disgraceland

Veg Guide Updates – February 2018

New Vegan Restaurants   Rosalinda (133 Richmond St. W., 416-368-8382, www.instagram.com/rosalindarestaurant/) is a huge vegan Mexican restaurant coming to the Financial District this spring! The 136-seat Mexican joint is the project of Max Rimaldi, Jamie Cook and Grant van Gameren — a trio of Toronto restaurateurs known for the massively successful Pizzeria Libretto and Enoteca Sociale, as well as Bar Isabel, Bar Raval and Tennessee Tavern. Rosalinda’s entirely plant-based menu will focus on Mexican and Baja flavours and will feature dishes like jackfruit pibil, Tijuana-style broccoli, spicy carrots in mole, and Japanese eggplant marinated in salsa macha. “The Toronto dining scene has evolved so much since we first started talking about this concept,” said Cook in the press release. “We’re excited to be opening Rosalinda at a time when people are more open than ever to incorporating meatless dining into their lives.” Follow Rosalinda on Instagram to stay up to date on the grand opening!   Planted (225 John St. S., Unit 1, Hamilton, 289-389-6676, www.plantedin.ca) is a… Read More


Filed under: Front page post 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


Filed under: News Veg Directory Updates

Discount Profile: Disgraceland

Toronto’s vegan restaurant scene is booming, with new places opening all the time. No longer is it surprising to find vegan comfort food or bakeries in all parts of the city. You would think with such a plethora of options in this city it would be hard to find something unique, but Disgraceland, now an all-vegan bar and restaurant near on Bloor between Dufferin and Ossington, continues to surprise me with food that literally can not be found anywhere else. When I sat down to look at the menu my mind was swirling a bit trying to decide what to order. Should I go with the Indian poutine, or something even wilder like the perogies topped with poutine? Or should I try their vegan rib dinner that comes with smoky baked beans and coleslaw? Once I saw what was on the dessert menu – fruit perogies! – I decided I would forgo the perogies as part of my main dish and decided to order the popcorn tofu: KFC-style battered tofu that came with a delicious vegan gravy and a side of coleslaw too. It was incredible: the breading was crispy and flavourful and the tofu was chunky… Read More


Filed under: Discount profiles Eat Veg elifelines Uncategorised

Welcome to Toronto’s Vegan Alley

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor & Volunteer Resources Coordinator When my partner and I are planning a visit to a new city, it usually goes a little bit like this: Create a Google earth map of all the vegetarian restaurants we want to go to, then look up hotels near the biggest concentration. More often than not, this is relatively easy, with several must-visit restaurants clustered in one neighbourhood. I imagine this would be somewhat difficult for people visiting Toronto. It seems that the largest concentration of vegetarian and veg-friendly restaurants, bakeries and cafes is emerging not in any sort of tourist hot spot with hotels and attractions nearby, but instead it’s happening off the beaten path in the west end of the city, where accommodations are few and far between (or maybe non-existent?). Well, move over Kensington Market! Someone recently referred to the stretch of Bloor Street between Christie and Lansdowne as “Vegan Alley”, and I’ve made it my mission to make this phrase catch on. When I imagine myself as a newbie tourist in Toronto, I envision being overwhelmed by the vegan options in this neck of the woods and wishing there were a nice Hampton Inn & Suites nearby… Read More


Filed under: Eat Veg News News from the Toronto Vegetarian Association Restaurant Guides Toronto Veg Blog Uncategorised