Care of Danielle Kirshenbaum

A day in downtown Barrie is always a must-do for my husband and I while staying at my in-laws nearby cottage over the summer. We love walking along the gorgeous waterfront, wandering along the famous Dunlop street where you’re always sure to see a variety of quaint coffee shops, casual and more upscale restaurants, juice bars, groups of people enjoying cold beers on patios – and now – my new favourite reason to venture to this bopping downtown mainstreet: Boon Burger Cafe is here!

For those of you who have never been to this little piece of vegan heaven, the menu for this burger joint is entirely plant-based and most of the ingredients are prepared in-house. The atmosphere is quaint with picnic benches and adorable pics of animals adorning the walls.

Gems from the menu include the Surf’n turf burger with bbq sauce, vegan cheese, bacon, veggies and sriracha, peach chutney & tartar sauce – surprisingly spicy but delightful; and of course my personal favourite, the Greek Almighty on the chick’n patty with Boon’s out-of-this world olive tapenade. The poutines are delicious too – as my non-vegan poutine-loving friends have echoed. But the real discovery for me in my last visit was the buffalo chick’n peace-za – it had just the right amount of spice; the crust was doughy and delicious, the chick’n patty bits and the house-made ceaser dressing – omg. You must get this.  Just don’t make the fatal flaw I always seem to make and fill up too much on the food to miss out on their fab sounding desserts!

Another bonus: Boon is environmentally-friendly and all of their materials are compostable or recyclable. Check out other locations in Burlington and Hamilton too (hopefully one day they will come to Toronto!).

Discount: 15% off

Veg Status: All vegan

Where: Locations in Barrie, Burlington, Hamilton, Oakville, and Guelph. Find a list of addresses here.