Dining Out

Veg Guide — Mother’s Day Specials!

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 13th!  If you’re looking for a place to take Mom to eat, or somewhere to buy her a nice treat to bring along for your day, you’re in the right place! Here are some great ideas from our awesome Veg Guide businesses!   Mother’s Day Meal Specials   Yoga Meditation 416-539-0234 www.yogameditation.ca Meditation Toronto is having their weekly Enchanted Evening on Mother’s Day. Group meditation. Breathing meditation plus chanting of sacred mantras to live music. Vegetarian meal. 6-8 pm. Free or by donation. Trinity-St. Paul’s Church, 427 Bloor W. at Spadina. meditationtoronto.com 416-539-0234.     Rawlicious Toronto location: 785 Bathurst St., 416-519-7150, www.rawlicious.ca Other locations in Kitchener, Hamilton, Markham, and Whitby. Rawlicious is having a Mother’s Day Pancake Brunch! From 10am ’till 2pm for $18.00 per person, you will get coffee or tea, Pancake stacks with mixed berries, bananas & fruit compote.         Thrive Organic Kitchen & Cafe 3473 Lake Shore Blvd. W, Etobicoke 416-252-7700 www.thriveorganic.ca   Thrive will be offering new menu items for Mother’s Day:… Read More

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Vegetarianism on a Dime

Cheap Vegetarian Eats Everyone’s talking about the economy these days, and looking for ways to save some extra cash. Lucky for us vegetarians, it’s usually much cheaper to eat out meat free than it is for omnivores. For example, have you ever gone to an Italian restaurant and taken a look at the cost of the pasta dishes sans meat compared to the veal parmigiana? Here are some tips for treating yourself to tasty meals, both out on the town and at home, without shrinking your wallet. There are plenty of vegetarian restaurants in Toronto that offer great bang for your buck. Check out Buddha’s Vegetarian Restaurant on Dundas Street for massive portions with a small price tag, or Udupi Palace in Little India for an affordable and delicious vegetarian meal. If you live in the suburbs, you’ll want to try Gourmet Vegetarian Restaurant at Highway Seven and West Beaver Creek, another Asian vegetarian restaurant that can easily fill a family of four for $30. If you’re looking for organics, don’t assume it has to cost a fortune. Consider some of the smaller, independent health food stores such as Baldwin Naturals in Baldwin Village, Foods for Life in… Read More

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Discount Profile: King’s Cafe

Delicious box special at the newly renovated King’s Cafe. Just when people were starting to worry that King’s Cafe was closed for good, they re-opened after a long but impressive renovation. King’s Cafe has long been a vegetarian favourite in Kensington Market, offering a large menu of Chinese dishes including dim sum, soups, and plenty of mock meat dishes. They also offer a small store where you can purchase frozen mock meats, even faux tuna and other “seafood”! With the renovations came some new menu items, including a whole page of speciality teas. But don’t worry, the Toronto Veg Card has not been lost! Show your card and receive 10% off your meal. Where? 192 Augusta Ave (s. of Baldwin) Veg Status? Entirely vegetarian Savings with Toronto Veg Card: 10%… Read More

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Discount Profile: Green Earth Cuisine

A tempting dish at Green Earth Cuisine With something to please everybody, the five-page menu at Green Earth Vegetarian Cuisine serves up international cuisine (think Asian, Italian, Mexican and burgers); and it’s all vegetarian -and mostly vegan!  NOW Magazine gave it 3 N’s out of 5 (see the review here), and the review is enough to get your mouth watering; but just wait until you’re there. Our TVA insider tip: the vegan chocolate cake is unbeatable! Vietnamese spring rolls and mock chicken balls have also gotten rave reviews. Be sure to visit Green Earth in the Lakeside Terrace Tent at the Food Fair! But in the meantime, stop in at the restaurant and present your Toronto Veg Card to receive a 10% discount. Where? 385 Broadview Ave (n. of Gerrard) Veg Status? Entirely vegetarian. Most dishes vegan, and those not vegan are clearly marked. Savings with Toronto Veg Card: 10%… Read More

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Discount Profile: Sadie’s Diner

Sadie’s Diner: 15% off with Toronto Veg Card Delicious brunch at Sadie’s           Source: Blogto Sadie’s Diner serves up traditional diner fare veggie-style, with a great selection of juices and smoothies, ranging from super-healthy (think beet juice with a shot of veggie greens) to wonderfully indulgent (our favourite is the chocolate, peanut butter and banana smoothie). Vegan french toast with a side of veggie bacon is another menu highlight, but whatever you choose at Sadie’s, the ingredients are always top-quality. They also score big for using biodegradable take-out containers, and donating table scraps to feed animals on a no-kill farm. To top it off, the kitschy cool decor, complete with a wall of Pez and work by local artists makes it just plain fun to sit and sip on your cup of perfectly brewed, organic and fair-trade coffee. In addition to the fact that you can save 15% off the cost of your meal when you present your Toronto Veg Card, the warm, unpretentious service and atmosphere make Sadie’s a perfect spot for a weekend brunch with friends or a fun dinner date. Where? 504 Adelaide Street West (at Portland Street) Veg Status? Entirely vegetarian. Many vegan options. Savings with Toronto… Read More

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Discount Profile: Moe’s Southwest Grill

The spiced beans (black or pinto) and rice (Spanish or brown) at Moe’s Southwest Grill are vegan (they don’t contain any meat or animal byproducts), as are the guacamole, nachos, tortillas, and taco shells. Plus, they will substitute grilled tofu for meat in any of their dishes. There are always three kinds of grilled vegetables on hand. Moe’s Southwest Grill has won the Most Vegetarian-Friendly Mexican Food Chain category in PETA’s sixth annual Proggy Awards(2009). Our TVA insider tip: Jessica writes “There is a tofu option (and it’s actually great) so you can get those burritos with tofu and substitute guacamole for cheese or sour cream – they are really delicious.” Where? 35 Eglinton Ave East (East of Yonge), 416-489-6637 www.moes.com Veg Status? Many vegetarian options. Savings with Toronto Veg Card: 10%… Read More

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Discount Profile: Vegetarian Haven

 Example of a Veg Haven special – yam croquettes, potatoe-taro mash and shanghai noodles. Photo care of “Iheartmuseums” . Looking for somewhere nice for a dinner out this Valentine’s Day? Vegetarian Haven offers a calming, romantic atmosphere as well as delicious and healthy plant-based food. Their Asian fusion menu offers fresh salads, warming soups, sizzling mock meats and rice bowls speckled with seitan to name just a few. But make sure to check out their daily special – which is always sure to please whether it be a tofu and veggie stuffed pepper or a warm, avocado soup. Not to mention their wide array of dessert options, including vegan sundaes and cheesecake. You’ll have room to splurge on dessert if you’ve got the Toronto Veg Card, which gives you 10% off. And, make sure to pop upstairs when you’re done your meal to the TVA Resource Centre – located right above the restaurant and open Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons (Toronto Veg Card holders also receive 10% off all books in the TVA resource centre). Where? 17 Baldwin Street Veg Status? Vegan Discount: 10% off  … Read More

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Discount Profile: Fresh

  Fresh is well known in Toronto not only amongst vegetarians, but among omnivores as well. Through its trendy, delicious food it’s been able to reach a wide dining audience across all diets. In fact, it recently won out in a competition in the Toronto Star against the non-vegetarian Freshii. With three locations, you’re sure to find a Fresh that’s convenient for you to dine on spectacular salads, wraps, sandwiches, juices or its famous rice bowls. But don’t forget, this place is popular, so arrive early! Or, opt for takeout so that you can use the Toronto Veg Card to enjoy 15% off take-out. Where? Three locations (Crawford and Queen, Bloor and Spadina, Queen and Spadina) Veg Status? Vegan Savings with Toronto Veg Card: 15% off takeout (excluding baked goods)… Read More

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Discount Profile: Simon’s Wok

Care of Patrick Lee   Photo care of BlogTO Simon’s Wok is a little Chinese eatery serving Buddhist vegetarian delights. Tucked away on Gerrard just west of Carlaw, you can get a quick and inexpensive meal for less than $10 per person all in. Popular dishes include the gluten and tofu-based vegetarian dim sum and the olive leaf fried rice. Seating is generally easy to come by in this cozy space. During peak hours or to enjoy at home, take-out is also a popular option. Use your Toronto Veg Card and get 10% off. Where? 797 Gerrard Street East (at Logan) Veg Status? Vegetarian Savings with Toronto VegCard: 10% off… Read More

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