Veg Directory Updates

Vegetarian Directory Updates – March 2017

Now Open!   The Hearty Hooligan (368 Main St. W., Hamilton, 905-807-0577, www.theheartyhooligan.com) is now open! You may remember we reported on the upcoming opening of this vegan, comfort food location back in October last year… Well it’s finally open as of this February! The Hearty Hooligan is a punk-themed take-out spot serving up hot and ready to go vegan comfort food. “We have all kinds of wild flavours of pizza pockets, like Mac n’ Cheese, Poutine, Butter Chicken (pictured), Philly Cheesesteak, and more. We do nostalgic treats like Dunkaroos (called Punkaroos) and S’mores pop tarts. We really try to capture all the snack foods we loved as kids!” The Hearty Hooligan has also teamed up with Rescue Dogs in St. Catharines and uses their seitan. There are also events in support of animal-friendly charities which will happen throughout the year, like the recent Valentine’s Day promotion where all the proceeds from their Valentine’s Day chocolate boxes went to Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary. And as if it couldn’t get any better, there is also an in-store section of vegan grocery items! “Our shop is only 550 square feet but we have a wall of vegan goodies like GoMaxGo chocolate bars, vegan magic, soy curls,… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – January 2017

New Vegan Locations   SÜÜP Health Bar (382 Yonge Street, Unit 1, 416-977-1312, www.suuphealthbar.com) is a new healthy vegan eatery located downtown at Yonge and Gerrard. SüüP features… you guessed it- soup! If you’re not blown away by the idea of vegan soup for lunch, think again. There is a daily selection of eight different incredible soups, from Smokin’ Black Bean Chipotle to Un-Lobster Bisque, and these unique, flavourful soups will have you lining up day after day to get another bowl. There is also a great selection of salads and fusion burritos to pair with your soup. Again, while this doesn’t sound like groundbreaking vegan fare, the taste will change your mind. The Pad Ped Gai Thai Burrito with seasoned brown rice, marinated soy protein, sweet red pepper, carrots, green onion, Chinese eggplant, sugar snap peas, and a spicy Thai peanut sauce (pictured) is a blend of healthy ingredients in a filling and flavourful wrap. The salads are nutrient-packed, like the Supergrains Power Salad, a mixture of curly and baby kale and quinoa, loaded with red onion, carrots, sweet red pepper, toasted pecans, fresh blueberries, hemp hearts, sweet Asian dressing. The staff is also friendly and inviting, and are happy to… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – November 2016

New Veg-Friendly Restaurants in the GTA   Berkeley North (31 King William St, Hamilton, 905-522-5858, www.berkeleynorth.ca) is a brand new West Coast inspired restaurant located on historic King William Street in the heart of downtown Hamilton. Berkeley North serves up unique, modern fare, including many vegetarian and vegan options. “Serving up dishes that are creative and approachable, Berkeley North’s sharable style of dining resonates with our vision of combining delicious food with empowered service, allowing us to go above and beyond to create an exceptional culinary experience for our guests.” The lunch and dinner menus includes options such as a Falafel bowl with pearl couscous, fried eggplant and garlic sauce, and Squash Salad with roasted pear and squash vinaigrette. Plus, there are always exciting specials that include vegan options, daily soups, as well as unique house cocktails and a wide craft beer selection. Open for lunch Mon – Fri, 12 – 3 pm, and for dinner Mon – Wed, 5 pm – 9 pm, Thurs – Sat, 5pm – 12am. Find Berkeley North in the Vegetarian Directory, and follow the links to their website and social media pages for more details.   Copper Branch (66 Baldwin St., Brooklin, 905-425-1066,… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – October 2016

Now Open Pure Love Smoothie Bar (399 John St., Burlington, 905-637-2700, www.lettucelovecafe.com) is a new smoothie bar brought to you by Lettuce Love Café in Burlington! Located right next door to Lettuce Love (how convenient!), Pure Love features freshly made smoothies, plus tons of superfood loaded treats. “We sell Superfood Smoothies and Bowls, and have a section for Grab n Go foods, like Chia Puddings, Soaked Oats, Raw Chocolates, Energy Bar and Balls, Salads, Dressings and more!” The Yoga Bliss smoothie with orange, banana, pineapple, coconut water, and shredded coconut, and the Wake Up smoothie with Almond milk, cold coffee, banana, dates, cocoa powder and almond butter. Plus you can add additional ingredients like goji berries too. Open from 8am-7pm daily, except Mondays. Visit the Lettuce Love Café Facebook page for more updates.     Planta (1221 Bay St., 647-348-7000, www.plantatoronto.com) is now open! The highly anticipated plant-based eatery is open as of mid-September for brunch, lunch and dinner. The menu features unique vegan cuisine, such as coconut ceviche (coconut is marinated in lime juice, chilis, and onion, topped with sliced avocado and smashed organic corn nuts, and date puree), cauliflower tots (cauliflower and potato topped with… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – August 2016

New Vegan & Vegan-friendly Locations   Planta (1221 Bay St.) is opening soon in Yorkville! In case you haven’t heard yet, Planta is a new vegan restaurant set to open this September in the old location of Pangea. While another vegan restaurant in Toronto may not be surprising news, this one will offer something unique. Planta will be an impressive 165-seat restaurant that will offer an internationally inspired cuisine, organic wines, and cocktails made from fresh-pressed juice, and the menus will be the creation of award-winning Chef David Lee of Nota Bene on Queen West. Chef David Lee and Chase Hospitality Group (the group behind four other popular Toronto restaurants) are partners in the opening of Planta, and say that Planta will offer daily lunch, dinner, possibly grab and go breakfast, as well as takeout. The word is that Planta will be open in time for TIFF (Sept. 8-18), which isn’t long to wait! Follow Planta on Instagram and Twitter for updates on the opening day.   The V Spot (12 Millers Lane, Dundas, 905-628-4545, www.thevspotdundas.com) is a new vegan restaurant that recently opened in Dundas, Ontario, just west of Hamilton. Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – June 2016

New Vegan Restaurants   Karmah (343 Kerr St., Oakville, 905-808-8560, www.karmah.ca) is a “plant-based eatery revolutionizing the way quick service food is created.” Open in April, Karmah serves up freshly made signature dishes like bowls, tacos, and salads, and features a cold pressed juices, and raw, vegan baked goods. “Pairing ambiance with highly nutritious and vibrant food, our handcrafted meals are made daily and on-site by highly skilled chefs. Karmah’s on-site bakery and cold-pressed juicery provide the freshest culinary experience possible in the most convenient and accessible way.” Open Mon – Sat 10:00am – 8:00pm. Watch for Karmah’s upcoming After Hours and Sunday brunch menus. Visit the website for complete menus and to learn more about their multiple detox programs, and follow Karmah on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.     The Grow-Op (222 Ossington Ave., 416-532-9999, www.thegrowop.ca) is a vegetarian eartery that opened at Dundas and Ossington about 6 months ago, serving up fresh juice, salads, breakfast and lunch bowls, and sandwiches. With options like a vegan Reuben Sandwich (with marinated chickpea tempeh, avocado, spinach, sauerkraut, shredded carrot and cucumber), the Peanut Butter Acai Bowl (with acai berries, organic… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – April 2016

  New Vegan Ice Cream Parlour   Nanashake (4750 Yonge St., Unit 134, 416-226-NANA (6262), www.nanashake.com) is Toronto’s first all vegan frozen dessert parlour! “We serve a unique and original range of vegan soft-serve and popsicle treats. All of our desserts are made using frozen bananas as a base and then depending on the flavour, we add a unique combination of nuts, fruits and other plant-based ingredients.” Some of these flavours include Rosey Pistachio, Minty Chocolate, Spiced Date, as well as classics such as Chocolate, Strawberry and Original. You can also load these flavours with toppings such as black bean brownies (from YamChops!), double chocolate ginger cookies, coconut shavings, raw almonds, crunchy cereal, and Oreos. Each flavour is also available in a frozen pop form, called NanaPops. Located at Yonge and Sheppard, Nanashake is a trek north of downtown, but for vegan and non-vegan dessert lovers alike, it’s worth the trip! Check out the website for more details on our flavours and their story, and find Nanashake on Facebook and Twitter.   New Vegan Baked Goods   Vegebitez (9-2460 Neyagawa… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – March 2016

  New Locations!   Grasshopper (310 College St., 647-340-3666, www.grasshopperrestaurant.ca) is opening a second location in the Junction! The new location is at 3080 Dundas St. W., (just steps away from Bunner’s!) and will feature the same delicious dishes that the original College St. location is known for, such as bahn mi sandwiches and quinoa mac ‘n cheese, but will have quite a few new features as well. “We will be serving breakfast and brunch in the new location, and we will have a whole lot more green bowls and customizable dishes- salad bowls, grain bowls, wraps, soups- Yes, you’ll be able to customize the soup too- customers can choose vegetables to put in their soup! The drink menu will be bigger with more choices of cocktails and customizable juices and smoothies.” There will also be more options for coffee and espresso drinks. The new space is currently being transformed, and is set to open sometime in mid-April. Stay tuned to the Grasshopper Facebook and Twitter pages for updates and more details on the opening day. Toronto Veg Card holders save 5%* at Grasshopper!    … Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – February 2016

  New Vegetarian Indian Restaurant   The Veggie Thali (1410 Victoria Park Ave. Unit 10, 416-285- 8344, www.theveggiethali.com) is a brand new Indian restaurant in Scarborough. “Bringing our old age traditions of homemade Indian food, we, at The Veggie Thali, are all about fresh, great tasting, wholesome, and healthy food! We offer 100% vegetarian cuisine, without sacrificing our high standards and quality in the least. The idea behind a thali is to offer all the 6 different flavours of sweet, salt, bitter, sour, astringent and spicy on one single plate. According to Indian food serving customs, a proper meal should be a perfect balance of all these 6 flavours.” A thali comes with rice, salad, 2 rotis and a choice of 3 hot table items, which includes options like Channa Masala (chickpeas cooked in roasted spices), Bhindi (okra pan fried with onions, and authentic Indian spices), Aloo Gobi (spiced cauliflower and potatoes) and many more. Extras like Samosas and the Veggie Kebob Roti Wrap are also available. Click here to view the full menu, and visit The Veggie Thali’s website and Facebook page for updates and more information.   New Vegetarian… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – January 2016

  New Locations   Kupfert & Kim (6 downtown locations, www.kupfertandkim.com) has a sixth location! As of December 12th, the new, street-level location at 140 Spadina Avenue (at Richmond) has fully opened for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days/week. At this new K&K, you’ll find all the favourite menu items you’ve come to love, like delicious granola, waffles, bowls, burgers, curries and soups, as well as fresh juices and fair trade coffee sourced from local businesses. But there are also a few exciting new items on the larger menu, like smoothie bowls, and kombucha (on draught!). Click here to view the full menu. Downtown home and office delivery available through Hurrier. Check the website for a full list of locations and hours, and follow K&K on Facebook and Twitter.   Rawlicious (10 Toronto area locations, www.rawlicious.ca) is expanding their reach far beyond the GTA! Expected to open in the near future, Rawlicious is opening a new location in Ottawa at 381 Cooper Street. “Opening Spring 2016- Ottawa’s First Full Service Raw Vegan Restaurant!” Whatever your reason for visiting our… Read More


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