We’ve included both American and Canadian chains to assist you when you are traveling in addition to dining out in Toronto.
PLEASE NOTE: The items listed as vegan do not contain animal flesh, dairy, eggs, or honey products directly. However, we have not confirmed whether or not they may contain additives, preservatives, or chemical ingredients which are sometimes animal-derived, and the products may be cooked on the same equipment as animal products. If you avoid consuming products of this sort, you may want to do additional research on their ingredients and cooking process.
Veg options available
Chic-fil-A (LAST UPDATED 2016)
Over 1,300 locations in 37 U.S. states
Chick-fil-A sent this response via email:
“Our Restaurants try very hard to accommodate customers with special requests. We offer several items that can be modified to fit into a vegetarian and vegan diet. However, because special requests are not already prepared, please call your local Chick-fi-A® Restaurant ahead of time to order your local meal or be prepared to wait a few minutes for your item to be specially made.”
For Breakfast: Vegetarian: biscuit, biscuit with egg, biscuit with egg and cheese
Vegan: sunflower multigrain bagel, oatmeal, fruit cup, hashbrowns
For Lunch/Dinner: Vegan and Vegetarian: side salad without cheese, any entrée salad without chicken or cheese, cool wrap without chicken or cheese, fruit cup, waffle potato fries
Condiments: Vegetarian: Reduced Fat Berry Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing (they list it as vegan but the ingredient list says that it contains honey), Ranch dressing, Spicy dressing, Avocado Lime Ranch dressing, Honey Sesame dressing, Zesty Apple Cider Vinaigrette Vegan: Light Italian Dressing
They recommend contacting individual franchises to ask about policies regarding what the fries are cooked in and/or with if that concerns you.
Unfortunately it seems the vegetarian patty they used to have has been discontinued. The only item that is now vegan are the fries.
Swiss Chalet – Swiss Chalet has a veggie burger which is vegan, but the bun and garnishes are not. You can still put together a decent meal though by ordering a veggie burger without the bun, and a couple of side dishes. Vegan options include the oven-baked potato, a garden salad with the fat free raspberry vinaigrette, the fresh vegetable medley, sweet kernel corn, seasoned rice, a multigrain or white roll, and you can even get yourself the apple pie for dessert and a shirley temple to drink!
Note: the plum sauce, sweet chili sauce, and salsa are also vegan if you’d like to top your salad, potato, or rolls with any of those!
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Wild Wing (LAST UPDATED 2016) – For vegetarians they have Pickled Willys, Jalapeno Poppers, Ravioli Cheese Bites, Sweet Potato Fries, Nacho Camachos, Onion Rings, Mozza Sticks, Mac N’ Cheese. They have a Wild Salad, Greek Salad, and Caesar Salad with a choice of dressings Dill, Blue Cheese, Caesar (Contains anchivoies) Ranch, Greek, Balsamic. For vegans they also have sweet potato fries, onion rings and a veggie burger (ask to hold the mayo).
Popeye’s – Things have come a long way here since our last update in 2016! As of January 2019, you can make a meal out of a combination of sides that include the baguette, cajun fries, red beans and rice, cajun rice, grits, and hashbrowns. Watch out for the green beans, corn on the cob, and onion rings which all contain milk.
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