Restaurant Guides

July Veg Guide Updates

Hello everyone! Welcome to the strangest July on record. We’re happy to announce that despite the weirdness and uncertainty we’ve been experiencing, there are a lot of new restaurants for you to check out in this months update! Read on to see what’s new!   Dolled Up Desserts 142 James St N, in Hamilton Dolled Up Desserts now has a storefront location in Hamilton! Find all your gluten-free favourites from veg fests, including their amazing potato chip rice krispies, as well as soft-serve ice cream, savouries, and more! We can’t wait to visit.   Eat Nabati 160 Baldwin St. Torontonians have long wished that Dar Nabati in Oakville was closer. And now it is… sort of! Eat Nabati is the Toronto location of this great Middle-Eastern food spot. Expect to find great pita wraps and platters, as well as desserts in this takeout spot. Take your food to Bellevue Square Park and enjoy great food in the sun!    La Dolce Vita gelato 22 Lakeshore Rd. W, Oakville Gelato shops usually have a few flavours that are vegan friendly. But this gelato… Read More


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February Veg Guide Updates

Happy February! Every day it’s getting a little bit lighter, and if that’s not enough to bring you a little joy, hopefully, this lovely list full of new veg things to eat will help! Read on! New Vegan and Veg friendly spots Bloomers pops up in Momo coffee! 20 Bay Street, Waterpark Place If you work near Waterpark Place on Bay Street and are craving donuts, you’re in luck! Bloomers now offers their awesome donuts at a popup inside Mos Mos Coffee! Pickup a treat with your morning coffee, or buy a bunch and treat your office!   Bo Tree Plant-Based Cuisine 4568 Highway 7 East, Unit 3, Unionville While this new cafe in Unionville calls itself plant-based, be aware that they DO serve eggs and cheese! However, there are still plenty of vegan-friendly options of all kinds, from avocado toast to pizza, pasta, and casseroles, in addition to more Asian-inspired dishes.   Indian Spice Room 717 Queen Street East This cozy new Indian restaurant is now open at Queen and Broadview! There’s an extensive, all-vegetarian menu, with lots of vegan options! We can’t wait to try it.  … Read More


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Veg Out 461: Year in Review

On today’s episode we have past temporary Executive Director of the TVA, Lucas, discussing his personal and business life and his evolution of becoming vegetarian and vegan. AND as a “year in review” we will be talking about the openings and closings of new and old GTA Veg restaurants during this past year! VEG OUT, from the offices of the TVA is also brought to you today by Nicole and Steve. Listen to Veg Out Year Review Here MORE LINKS La Bartola Taco Shop! Visit veg.ca for a ton more! P.S. TVA members are invited to our Annual General Meeting on December 1st, 1-4 p.m. at CSI Annex (720 Bathurst St.) 🙂 … Read More


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Thanksgiving and Autumn goodies from the Veg Guide!

It would be hard to believe that it’s October already if it wasn’t for that chill in the air, and the leaves beginning to change. If you’ve got a craving for some nice autumny specials, you’re in the right place, as we’ve got plenty of great things to talk about in this month’s update! Read on for all the Thanksgiving and Autumn specials from Veg Guide businesses, and make sure you place your orders for the big meal! Better Cookies.ca “BetterCookies.ca has many personalized thank-you gifts available for ordering on-line. For Thanksgiving this year, we are offering the Giving Thanks Edible Cookie Arrangement. This gift comes with 12-24 freshly baked and very delicious gourmet cookies. This giving thanks cookie bouquet is carefully packaged in a flower box with tissue paper, cellophane and tied with a ribbon. Each gift order includes your own free personal inscription message, photo/logo and other special touches. To order online please see https://www.bettercookies.ca/gift/601-giving-thanks-edible-cookie-arrangement”   Big Carrot The Big Carrot is giving thanks this season with the classic vegan holiday special: Tofurkey! They’re all on sale at the following prices: Roast SAVE $5 NOW $13.99. Feast SAVE $10 NOW $29.99. Gravy SAVE $2 NOW $4.99… Read More


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September Veg Guide Updates!

Welcome to September! You know what that means; Veg Food Fest is a week away! We can’t wait to see you all at the Harbourfront Centre from Sept 6-8th to eat all your favourite things, but if you can’t wait for that, here’s what’s new and vegan in Toronto this month! Arvinda’s Square One, The Food District, 100 City Centre Drive, Mississauga. Square One mall in Mississauga has a fancy new food district, and in it you can find Arvinda’s spice blends, and a chai bar. Make your curries and other cooking even better with one of their blends! 2-4-1 Pizza Various GTA locations 2-4-1 Pizza is the newest pizza chain to introduce plant based meats and cheese. They have pre-made options, but here at the TVA office we’re fans of their Detroit-Style deep dish pizzas with vegan cheese and meat! Give it a try next time you’re looking for pizza and aren’t in the neighbourhood of one of the vegan faves. Starbucks Various GTA locations After what seems like forever, Starbucks is starting to roll out vegan foods. They now have a yogurt parfait available with fruit on the bottom, and granola… Read More


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Find Vegan Ice Cream Shops in the GTA

Care of Carla Williams Updated November 2019 Is vegan “ice cream” even ice cream? Arguably (and by that we mean technically), it is not! The important thing is we’ve got a list of local spots where you’ll find the good stuff: delicious, dairy-free concoctions that will satisfy any ice cream lover’s craving for cool. Top Picks Bunner’s Bakeshop 244 Augusta Ave. 647-350 2975  bunners.ca This all-vegan and gluten-free bake shop has two locations in Toronto but their soft serve ice cream is only available at their Kensington Market location – 244 Augusta Ave, during summer months. Enjoy the classics: Vanilla, Chocolate, and Swirl in a cone or paired with a baked treat. See their complete listing on veg.ca Eva’s Original Chimneys 3 GTA locations:  454 Bloor Street W. 100 City Centre Dr. (Square One), Mississauga 53 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga originalchimneys.com Eva’s is famous for their delicious, soft-serve ice cream-filled Chimney Cones™, which are vegan by default, and can be filled with vegan soft-serve! Many of the menu flavours are vegan, or… Read More


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Muskoka Round-Up

Planning a trip to Muskoka? Here are some veg-friendly spots to check out on your next cottage-country adventure. Affogato Cafe This gelato shop and bakery is teeming with vegan options that are clearly labelled! They’re located right in downtown Huntsville on the water so you can enjoy a refreshing gelato while you stroll the waterfront. Bala Falls Pub This pub with a waterfront (and pet-friendly!) patio has a separate vegetarian menu, and the staff are familiar with veganism so can easily guide you on any dishes that might need small tweaks or substitutions to be made vegan (i.e. just hold the mayo!). The Frying Dutchman Co. Keep an eye out for the bright red vegan food truck in Huntsville because you don’t want to miss out on The Frying Dutchman! They serve traditional and modern chip truck food prepared without any animal products. Don’s Bakery of Bala Don’s Bakery has been serving customers in Muskoka fresh baked goods since 1947. The staff can help point out the vegan offerings, which include cinnamon buns, scones, Chelsea buns, and Parker house rolls, or just take a look… Read More


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Vegan Round-Up in Thornhill

Care of Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator Updated June 2018 They say we all want what we can’t have. My parents complain that all the great vegetarian restaurants are downtown, but lately I’ve been finding that there are so many great vegan hot spots in the area where I grew up that when I’m home for a visit, I don’t have time to fit it all in. Places outside of the downtown core like Thornhill, Burlington, and Oakville, now have a large enough collection of their own vegan restaurants that more and more I’m finding myself planning day-trips (see my post on great hike ‘n dine day trip ideas here) instead of hopping on the subway or my bike to get to some of my favourite places. If you’re in Thornhill or Richmond Hill anytime soon, your problem won’t be finding a place to eat, but instead narrowing down your options to pick just one or two. Vegan Danish Bakery: No matter what part of the GTA you are from, the Vegan Danish Bakery is well worth the trip to the corner of Yonge and John Streets in old Thornhill. Read More


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Vegetarian Breakfast & Brunch Guide 2017

Looking for vegan & veg-friendly options for breakfast and brunch? You’ve come to the right place! Here you will find complete listings of the best breakfast & brunch offerings from your favourite Vegetarian Directory businesses. From healthy, energy-packed granolas to decadent scrambles with “sausage” and “bacon”, this Brunch Guide’s got something for everyone.      Belmonte Raw 1022 Queen St. E., 647-340-1218 130 King St. W. (The Exchange Tower), 647-343-6169, www.belmonteraw.com “It’s the most important meal of the day. From our trend-setting chia seed puddings to filling and hearty overnight oats, start your morning with the right fuel to take on the day.” Find options like chia pudding and overnight oats for a healthy, energy-inducing start to your day. When: Monday – Friday from 7:30am, Sat-Sun 10am (Queen St. location), Monday – Friday from 7am (Exchange Tower location) Menu: https://belmonteraw.com/collections/breakfast/breakfast      Berkeley North 31 King William St, Hamilton, 905-522-5858, www.berkeleynorth.ca Find awesome veg & vegan brunch options at Berkeley North, including the  Veg Taco with a Tumeric & Coconut Taco, Pickled Veg,… Read More


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A Guide to Vegan Ice Cream in Toronto’s Veg Village

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator The latest Veg Out: Toronto’s Vegetarian Podcast gave a fabulous rundown of the increasing vegan options for ice cream around the GTA. With so many options to choose from, it’s hard to decide where to go when you feel like treating yourself to something cold and creamy. Imagine what it’s like for me, famous for my sweet tooth, working just around the corner from what’s been dubbed “veg village”, where there are FIVE places serving up vegan ice cream all within a couple blocks of each other. One might wonder how they can all stay in business at the same time. Isn’t the vegan ice cream market saturated in Kensington? But once you take a closer look, you’ll realize that each place offers something unique and special, making them all worth a visit this summer. I’ve recently designated Thursday as my Veg Village treat day, so that I can make sure I try them all before fall rolls around. Here’s a little guide to what distinguishes these great options from one another. Cosmic Treats: Anyone who thinks vegans are depriving themselves has clearly never stepped into this retro style diner… Read More


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