Copper Branch (199 Bay St. (Commerce Court), 416-792-2982, www.copperbranch.ca) has opened their Toronto location! As of mid-July, the healthy, plant-based quick serve has opened up a downtown location in Commerce Court in the Financial District. Copper Branch, which opened a location in Brooklin (66 Baldwin St., 905-425-1066), just north of Whitby, last year, is a well known establishment in Quebec, with several locations across the province. Their health-inspired menu packed with delicious power-foods is a perfect fit for Toronto’s growing plant-based community. “Our mission is simple: serve our community quality, whole foods and offer the world real food as fast-food for a change. We’re getting back to basics; serving healthy and wholesome foods and offering real food energy with the focus of promoting health and vitality, great taste, convenience, and responsibility. These are power food meals you can trust and feel great about eating.” Choose from power bowls such as the General Copper, with Shiitake mushroom General Tao, broccoli, fresh avocado, organic brown rice, sesame seeds, sriracha coleslaw, and Copper Branch General Copper sauce. All bowls include a choice of base (Organic Brown Rice, Organic Quinoa, 0-calorie Konjac Noodles or Mixed Lettuce) and protein (Organic Tempeh, Organic Smoked Tofu Cubes, Shiitake Teriyaki, Carrot Keftedes or Organic Tofu Scramble). There are also burgers, sandwiches, soups & chilis, as well as all day breakfast smoothies and smoothie bowls. Check out the complete menu on their website, and follow Copper Branch on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more updates, including more locations to come (Waterloo in Fall 2017!).
The Fix & Co. (1 Thirtieth St., Etobicoke, 416-259-7525, www.thefixandco.com) is opening a new Toronto location at 848 King St. (at Niagara St.)! From July 24th – August 24th, the new location will hold their soft launch as a pop up from Monday – Thursday, 11am-7pm. The Fix & Co. is a healthy eatery providing fresh, plant based products such as cold pressed juices, shakes, elixirs, salads, and soups using organic, local, and seasonal produce. “We wanted to redefine the notion of “fast food” and make healthy, convenience foods more accessible by providing delivery to offices, businesses and homes in their community.” Along with cleanse packages and catering services, The Fix & Co. has a huge in-store selection of smoothies, including superfood varieties full of antioxidants and fibre, like the Smooth Operator with Strawberry, Pear, Acai Powder, Hemp Milk, Hemp Hearts, Mint, Coconut Yogurt, Vanilla Epic Protein Powder and Lucuma. There’s also tons of add-ons to customize your smoothie, as well as fresh pressed juices, smoothie bowls, and a daily soup. You can also find their cold-pressed juices at several Toronto locations. Visit their website for more details and a complete menu, and follow The Fix & Co. on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more updates. Toronto Veg Card holders save 10% (orders over $20, not including detox/cleanse packages)!
Hearty Catering (1255 Sheppard Ave. E. – inside The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine – 416-410-2928, www.heartycatering.com) has opened a second cafe location! Located in the east end at 1527 O’Connor Dr., the new location features a take-out counter, as well as their catering kitchen. For those who have never been, Hearty Catering provides a daily changing menu of breakfasts, salads, soups, and hot meals, as well as freshly made baked goods with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. Through their cafe locations and catering services, Hearty Catering offers fresh, healthy meals made with locally sourced, sustainable ingredients. Visit them online for more details, and drop by one of the cafe locations for a delicious, healthy, and homemade meal.
Hopscotch (40 King St. W., 416 792 5588, www.eathopscotch.com) is a fresh food eatery that recently opened a location at 40 King Street West in Scotia Plaza. Just more proof that healthy, fresh, plant-based food is in high demand, Hopscotch began in London, and is continuing to open locations in and around the GTA. Hopscotch offers healthy grain bowls loaded with fresh veggies and proteins, as well as salads, smoothies, and breakfast options. Try the Niagara Greens bowl with organic quinoa, grapes, cauliflower, golden raisins, shredded kale, apple, celery, radish, almonds, Hopscotch vinaigrette, Hopscotch cauliflower-hazelnut spread (pictured). Along with sourcing local, sustainable ingredients, Hopscotch also uses compostable packaging and containers. In addition to the new downtown location, Hopscotch is also opening locations on Queen West, and in Vaughan Mills in the near future. Visit www.eathopscotch.com for more details, and stay tuned to Hopscotch on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more updates!
Organic Garage (3 locations, www.organicgarage.com) has officially opened their new location in the Junction at 43 Junction Rd. (Keele & Dundas, 416-761-1500)! Now in full swing as of earlier in July, the new, flagship location is a huge store with tons of organic produce, and vegan grocery options. While it’s a ways off, Organic Garage will also be opening a couple of other Toronto locations as well- one in the Bayview Village, and one in Liberty Village! Stay tuned to Organic Garage’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for more updates, and visit one of their other locations in Oakville and Thornhill.
Virtuous Pie (www.virtuouspie.com) is a well-known plant-based vegan pizza and ice cream shop in the vegan circle in Vancouver with two locations, as well as a location in Portland, Oregon. As of January, 2018, Toronto will join their growing list of locations, with a storefront set to open in Little Italy at 611 College St. (between Grace and Clinton). “Virtuous Pie is an elevated fast-casual restaurant, focused on handcrafted pizza and ice-cream, made 100% from plants.” While there may be variations on the menu at the Toronto location (all ingredients are locally sourced), Virtuous Pie features vegan pizza with unique flavour combinations and toppings, including “Stranger Wings” with Bianca, Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower, Crisp Fried Shallots, Blue Cheese Drizzle and Scallion, or the Curry Mile with Butter Chickpea Curry, Mint Raita, Roasted Cashews, Mango Chutney and Pea Shoots. There are also a selection of salads, as well as vegan ice cream flavours like Peanut Butter Cookie Dough and Meyer Lemon and Lavender, which you can try in the form of single or double scoops in a bowl or cone, a flight of three flavours, in a pint to take home, or in an ice cream sandwich. Stay tuned to Virtuous Pie on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as well as the Directory Updates for more information on the upcoming Toronto opening!
New Farmers’ Market with Vegan Options
ApieCalypse Now! (735 Bloor St. W., 416-516-4555, www.apiecalypsenow.com) has a spot at the new Scotia Plaza Farmer’s Market every Wednesday from 8am to 3pm till the end of August in the Financial District, just off Adelaide at Bay. Here you can find classic vegan baked goods that ApieCalypse Now has been known for since their early days – treats like pies, shortbread, square, and giant “Hugh Jass” cookies in many varieties and flavours. Also check out all of these classic baked goods and more at their shop at Bloor and Christie (which will be for dessert after you pound back a slice of pizza and a poutine!). Check out ApieCalypse’s full menu on their website, and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for regular updates, and to find out what’s at the Farmers’ Market this week. And, as always, find ApieCalypse Now slinging slices and more at Veg Food Fest from September 8-10 at Harbourfront Centre!
The Beet (416-916-2368, www.thebeet.ca) has moved from their long-time location at the corner of Dundas St. W. and Midland Ave. in the Junction to just across the street at their sister restaurant, The Passenger, located at 2968 Dundas St. W. Don’t forget- Toronto Veg Card holders save 10%!
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