A hoppin’ new vegetarian restaurant in Toronto
By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator
Just when I thought Toronto really had it all in terms of vegetarian options, yet another restaurant has opened up. This one brings unique menu items you might be more likely to find on a food truck, and since Toronto has been slow to catch up with other North American destinations in terms of the food truck craze, this is surely exciting news!
You may not have heard about Grasshopper just yet because they’re currently in their “soft-launch” phase. In fact, they’re still testing out their menu and adding or subtracting items, so if you want to give them some feedback and help shape their menu before the official opening date on February 13th, head over soon!
That’s exactly what the Toronto Vegetarian Association staff did earlier this week, and my mouth is still watering from the fantastic items we tried. Allow me to share:
Pulled Pork Bahn Mi Sandwich: This soy-based pulled “pork” sandwich comes on a perfectly toasted sub bun and has such a wonderfully sweet, gooey sauce. It comes with your choice of side, of which I chose the fries. They were classic fast-food style skinny fries with plenty of salt ‘n pepper. All this for only $8!
“Chicken” Nuggets: HOLD THE PHONE. I am just going to keep this simple. These were hands down the best veggie chicken nuggets I have had. You wouldn’t believe how crispy and crunchy the coating was. So good. So, so good. *Note: The default peanut sauce that comes with it is vegetarian but not vegan, so make sure to request without the sauce if you don’t eat dairy. But don’t worry, no sauce is needed because they are SO GOOD on their own.
“Beef” Skewers: If things that remind you of “real” meat gross you out, this isn’t the dish for you. But if you still enjoy the taste of foods from your past, the stretchy and stringy-ness of this dish will impress you with how beef-like it is. It comes interspersed with fried peppers and a chimmichurri sauce for dipping. Like I said – if you’re longing for food trucks in the dead of winter, this is a great alternative!
My colleagues also enjoyed their tempeh sloppy joes, veggie burgers and ooey gooey mac ‘n cheese.
With it’s location just west of Spadina and College, just about a 10 minute walk from the TVA office, this could be dangerous…very dangerous.
Keep watch to their website for more info as it becomes available!