New Vegan Restaurants
Rosalinda (133 Richmond St. W., 416-368-8382, www.instagram.com/rosalindarestaurant/) is a huge vegan Mexican restaurant coming to the Financial District this spring! The 136-seat Mexican joint is the project of Max Rimaldi, Jamie Cook and Grant van Gameren — a trio of Toronto restaurateurs known for the massively successful Pizzeria Libretto and Enoteca Sociale, as well as Bar Isabel, Bar Raval and Tennessee Tavern. Rosalinda’s entirely plant-based menu will focus on Mexican and Baja flavours and will feature dishes like jackfruit pibil, Tijuana-style broccoli, spicy carrots in mole, and Japanese eggplant marinated in salsa macha. “The Toronto dining scene has evolved so much since we first started talking about this concept,” said Cook in the press release. “We’re excited to be opening Rosalinda at a time when people are more open than ever to incorporating meatless dining into their lives.” Follow Rosalinda on Instagram to stay up to date on the grand opening!
Planted (225 John St. S., Unit 1, Hamilton, 289-389-6676, www.plantedin.ca) is a new plant-based restaurant located in Hamilton, adding to the city’s rapidly growing number of vegan options! Open as of mid-January, Planted’s menu includes options like Crispy Buffalo Chickpea Wings coated in spicy buffalo sauce and served with a side of veggie sticks and creamy garlic dressing. Other options include the Meatball Philly Sub with house-made lentil meatballs covered in red sauce, with sautéed onion and cashew cheese (pictured), and Cashew Mac- Rotini and cashew cheese sauce, served with seared veg, and the option of adding jackfruit. You can also choose from a variety of salads, bowls, and incredible desserts like the Banana Split featuring ice cream from Rudy’s. “At Planted, we see dietary limitations not as restrictions, but as an opportunity to push the boundaries of just what is possible with plants...It’s a commitment to fostering an inclusive dining experience for our community and putting our absolute all into each and every plate.” Visit Planted’s website to view the full menu, and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates.
New All-Vegan Menu!
Disgraceland (965 Bloor St. W., 647-347-5263, www.disgraceland.ca) is now 100% Vegan! The new menu, which launched February 1st, features all the same vegan dishes we’ve come to know and love, like the Hail Seitan, the Ribwich, and the Butter ‘Chicken’ Burrito. Oh, and did I mention the Supreme Poutine topped with perogies, Popcorn Tofu (pictured) or the Deep Fried Oreos?? If you haven’t tried Disgraceland’s vegan fare, you’re in for a truly indulgent experience! It gets even better- in celebration of the conversion to a vegan restaurant, Disgraceland is offering TVA members 10% from February 14th to March 31st, 2018! Offer is valid 4 to 8 pm weekdays, and 1 to 8 pm weekends. Members must show your valid Toronto Veg Card for the discount. Follow Disgraceland on their various social media sites to stay up to date on news and upcoming events.
New Second Location
Apiecalypse Now (735 Bloor St. W., 416-516-4555, www.apiecalypsenow.com) has a new second location in the East End! As you may remember from a couple of Updates ago, a new location on Pape Ave., north of the Danforth was set to open early this year. Well that time has come! The new to-go/delivery location will open on Valentine’s Day (Wednesday, February 14th) from 4PM-10PM. Although the new location is take-out only with no seating, and no to-go slices (due to kitchen proximity), this location will have will have the entire pizza and sides menu, a full fridge and freezer with 100% vegan prepared meals, treats and ingredients. “A small vegan grocery section we will expand as we grow into our new digs, and hear from the people who come in about what to carry. We will have cookies, shortbread, pies, baked goods, and a variety of sweets each day.” In the spring, the menu will expand to include wholesale to other shops, a kids menu, and catering, as well as dedicated delivery for our pizzas and sides and grocery items! Winter hours are from Wednesday – Saturday from 4-10PM. Follow Apiecalypse Now on Facebook for more updates.
The Hearty Hooligan (292 Ottawa St. N., 905-807-0577, www.theheartyhooligan.com), yet another of Hamilton’s plant-based gems, has moved locations. Although the move occurred in the fall, the Veg Guide Updates forgot to let TVA’s followers know (whoops). So in case you were looking for nostalgic comfort food such as vegan Pizza Pockets, Grilled Cheese, Punkaroos (their vegan version of ‘Dunkaroos’), or one of their many special items like the S’mores Poptart (pictured), visit their new expanded location at 292 Ottawa St. N. in east Hamilton. The new and improved space is fully wheelchair accessible, and has seating! Visit the website for a full menu, and follow The Hearty Hooligan on social media for more updates.
Do you have your Toronto Veg Card yet? You could be receiving discounts at hundreds of veg-friendly businesses in the GTA, while supporting a great cause! Become a TVA Member today and get your Toronto Veg Card! Click here for the full list of businesses that offer discounts and for individual discount conditions.