My Favourite (Healthy) Vegan Restaurants In Toronto

I love how Toronto has SO many vegan restaurants.

Here are my top 4 favourite healthy vegan restaurants (and trust me, it was hard to pick just 4)

 

1. Live Organic Food Bar

 This had been a long time favourite restaurant of mine - I used to go here even before I was vegan. They offer both raw and cooked foods, and it's RIGHT across the street from Dupont station so it's pretty convenient for TTC lovers (there's also a ton of street parking available too).

Don't let the term 'food bar' stop you, this is a full scale restaurant (though you can pick up your food to-go if you prefer).

My favourite things include:

       - The Black Bean Burrito (MY FAVOURITE!!!! I've ordered it the last 4 times that I've been...no regrets. Black beans, brown rice, guacamole, tomato salsa, spinach, chipotle aioli, on a brown rice tortilla - you can also add cashew sour cream, or vegan nacho cheese!).

       - The Pad Thai (made with sweet potato noodles - their actual cooked noodles made with the starch from the sweet potatoes. Sweet potato noodles, onion, celery, red pepper, gren onion, carrots, tofu, spicy almonds, tamarind sauce, and sunflower sprouts)

        - The Mediterranean Platter (delicious and also raw! Cashew-dill ricota, mixed olives, kale cauliflower tabouli, cherry tomatoes, 'roasted' red peppers, marinated mushrooms, sunflower falafels, tahini sauce, hemp basil pesto, sunflower sesame hummus, assorted raw crackers)

*** I can NEVER leave Live without getting a slice of their raw black forrest cake...it's getting to be a problem, BUT I DON'T CARE BECAUSE IT'S SO GOOD!!! 

       BONUS: Well-known vegans are known to frequent the spot including Angela Liddon (author of Oh She Glows), and Lauren Toyota (creator of Hot For Food)! Last time I was there I met Lauren Toyota and made a complete fool of my self because I was so excited.

Pictured below: The Mediterranean Platter, The Black Bean Burrito, and The Raw Black Forrest Cake (pictured when I was lucky enough to get THE WHOLE THING instead of just a slice, because it was my birthday!).

Site: http://liveorganicfood.ca/

Menu: http://liveorganicfood.ca/LIVE_FoodMenu2016.pdf

2. Fresh

If you live in Toronto, chances are you've been to Fresh. In fact, I almost didn't include it because it seemed way to obvious... but it's truly one of my favourites.

Fresh is a mostly vegan, and totally vegetarian restaurant (as they do give you the option to add cheese to a few of their items). I find that Fresh is so mainstream that a lot of people don't even know it's vegan...which is great for getting people to give vegan food a chance!

My favourite things include:

       - The Picnic Burger (SO GOOD. It comes with curry-mayo, but I get it with chipotle-mayo instead.Fred's Bread burger bun, veggie patty, avocado, lettuce, tomato, green onion, and alfalfa sprouts) *This isn't as healthy of an option, but I'm still going to include it in this post as Fresh is generally healthy!

        - The Jerusalem Bowl (pretty basic, but I always find myself ordering it - flax hummus, grilled spinach, tomato, cucumber, parsley, red onion, sunflower sprouts, olive oil, tamari, lemon, mixed herbs and chilli powder) *You can also add falafel.

        - Squash Tacos (no explanation needed - they're delicious. Crunchy panko coated squash with shredded kale, creamy jalapeño/lime sauce, tomato, onion and cilantro)

*** The daily soups from Fresh are always SO GOOD! A cup of soup is only $4, and it's always worth it. Add a Fred's Bread baguette with Earth Balance butter and you'll think you've died and gone to vegan heaven.

*** In the summer I LOVE getting their fresh juices (I do the 'create your own' juice and have them make me carrot-orange juice).

***Their grab-and-go section is also great (especially when there is a line and you're in a hurry). My go-to is the raw veggie noodle salad with peanut dressing!

Pictured below: The Jerusalem Bowl, a Daily Soup, Carrot-Orange Juice (the one on the left), Raw Veggie Noodle Salad, The Picnic Burger (The Mushroom Onion Burger in the back), Chocolate Cake.

Site: http://freshrestaurants.ca/

Menu: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0888/5788/files/table_menu_web_final.pdf?17316438550249437150

3. Kupfort & Kim

"Fast food should not be bad food" - Preach, Kupfort and Kim.

K&K is a favourite among the business crowd because of it's downtown locations in The Path. Most of their locations are fast-food stands, but their newly opened Spadina location is a sit-down restaurant and it's beautiful. (They have 6 locations in Toronto!)

My favourite things include:

       - The Oaxaca Bowl (SO GOOD - it's like guac and chips that you can feel good about. Brown rice, black beans, organic kale, beats, non-GMO corn, daikon, hemp seeds, organic tortilla chips, pico de gallo, guacamole and cashew cream. The guac lightly coats all the kale and it's AMAZING!).

       - House-Made Granola (This is my go-to breakfast and though I make a similar one at home, I always find myself picking this up. Gluten free-rolled oats, dates, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pecans, flax, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon and maple syrup, tossed with organic blueberries, organic dried cranberries, hemp seeds and your choice of vegan milk).

        - First-Canadian Place (This is a classic meal of theirs, and named after one of their locations.Organic quinoa, organic tempeh, organic kale, roasted yam, pomegranate,beets, carrots, rainbow radish, purple cabbage, white cabbage, organic sprouts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, with maple chia sauce).

Pictured below: The Sit-Down Spadina location, The Oaxaca bowl (with edemame instead of beats), The House Made Granola.

Site: http://kupfertandkim.com

Menu: http://kupfertandkim.com/images/menu/menu.pdf

4. Urban Herbivore

I especially love this one because it's so convenient. How cool is it that there an ALL vegan restaurant in the food court of the Eaton Centre?! There's also a really cool location in Kensington Market (right near Bunner's Bake Shop).

They offer salads, bowls, sandwiches, soups, and baked goods (!!), and everything I've tried has been delicious. 

My favourite things include:

        - The TLC (A simple sounding sandwich with only few ingredients, but don't let that fool you.Tomato, romaine, coconut 'bacon', and garlic aioli served on foccaia buttered with their sunflower miso spread)

       - A Custom Bowl (Make anything you want! Pick grains, greens, or both as your base, then add pretty much any toppings you can think of, including coconut 'bacon, sprouts, seeds, avocado, sweet potatoes, and chickpeas).

        - Moroccan Stew (Mediterranean stew served with root vegetables and chickpeas, served on your choice of grain!).

*** Their baked goods are also SO GOOD!!!! I'm obsessed with their cupcakes and have a VERY hard time not buying one every time I'm at the mall.

***They also have fresh juices!

Pictured below: The TLC Sandwich, a Custom Bowl, and their Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.

Site: http://www.herbivore.to/

Menu: http://www.herbivore.to/#menu

What are your favourite healthy vegan restaurants in Toronto?