Veg Guide Updates: June 2019!

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May 31, 2019

It’s very nearly summer! It’s warm out, there are flowers everywhere, my eyes are running with allergies and it’s time to tell you about SO many new places that have opened recently. Tuck in folks, because vegan stuff is popping up all over the place!

New Vegan Businesses

Nourish Moi

229 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga

This Port Credit restaurant is having its grand opening this weekend! Serving up staples like salads, sandwiches, & bowls along with brunch and fun cocktails, Nourish Moi looks like a great place to eat next time you’re walking along the lakeshore.

 

Vegan Bear

335 Yonge Street

The food market at 335 Yonge Street is now even vegan friendlier! Vegan Bear serves up vegan gyros, and shawarma from their food stall, giving Ryerson students, tourists, and people at Yonge and Dundas a “street meat” option that’s cruelty free! Grab a bite, eat outside and soak up the summer rays.

 

 

New Locations of Popular Favourites

Bunners

This gluten free bakery will be opening its third location this summer! The new location will be near Dundas and Ossington, and conveniently close to Trinity Bellwoods park! We’re looking forward to being able to have gluten-free cinnamon bun and ice cream picnics in the park!

 

Copper Branch

There are new locations of this plant based casual food chain from Quebec popping up all over the GTA, and we’re stoked! Since we last updated you, Copper Branch locations have opened in Toronto at Yonge and Sheppard, and Kensington; in Thornhill, Mississauga, Brampton, and Markham, with more opening soon! We love that there’s a chain we can go to that’s entirely plant based no matter which part of the GTA we’re in.

 

Kupfert & Kim

2313 Yonge Street

Kupfert and Kim is moving north! Soon you’ll be able to have K&K’s bowls, smoothies, and everything else at Yonge and Eglinton, as they’re gearing up to open a new location on Yonge Street north of Eglinton very soon! We can’t wait.

 

 

Places with Great Vegan Options

Just a note for this category, that this month there are SO MANY new restaurants or businesses including great vegan options alongside their omnivore menu and we’re so happy about that!

Choco Churros

1165 St. Clair W

In addition to their permanent space at 335 Yonge (Where Vegan Bear is, have both next time you’re there!), Choco Churros has a new location at Dufferin and St. Clair. All their churros are vegan by default, and many of their sauces are too. Such a good snack!

 

Damn Fine Food

damnfinefood.ca

Not new this month, but new to the Veg Guide is Damn Fine Food, a catering company based in Kensington Market. They can make any of their catering menus vegan, and they even have an option to cater meals with what would normally be considered food waste!

 

IST Snack Bar

1263 Queen Street West

This new Indian snack bar in Parkdale is in the spot formerly occupied by Doomies. They have a few great vegan menu options, all clearly labelled. The vegan butter chicken, and the masala fries sound just amazing!

 

SOS Pasta

118 John St.

Basically everything at this choose-you-own-adventure style pasta place at John and Richmond can be made vegan. You make your choice of pasta (regular, gnocchi, or ravioli), sauce, and toppings (beyond meatballs, vegetables, mushrooms); or you can opt for vegan lasagna or caesar salad. This is the ultimate lunch destination for you and your non-veg coworkers!

 

Three Monks and a Duck

811 Queen St. West

This new bar at Queen and Manning serves snacks and small plates that are over 70% veg based! Many of the non vegan options can easily be made vegan as well. The signature Green Birds Nest, pictured above is a combo of fried cauliflower, green beans and a crispy taro basket, and it looks so yummy that we think one of those and a cocktail looks like an ideal Friday night!

 

Sorry to See you Go

Now to the sad bits, unfortunately there are two loved places that have closed recently: Wu Tai Vegetarian Restaurant in Markham, and Tori’s Bakeshop in the Canary District. If you’re craving Tori’s however, the beaches location is still open to serve you!

 

That’s all we’ve got for this month. If you hear of any great new vegan places, shoot me an email at torontovegdirectory@gmail.com, and I will add it to our list!

Happy June everybody!


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