My Top 5 Vegan Restaurants in GTA

Live Food Bar- Toronto

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264 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R 1V7

Live food bar is a raw and vegan restaurant serving both raw and cooked vegan food. They believe in using whole ingredients and keeping out the preservatives and animal products. I was first introduced to Live Food bar when I was still vegetarian and not yet vegan.  I was in whole foods one time and I saw their products sold there. I was curious about veganism and I looked up some more about their company and found they had a restaurant location.

Once I saw that they had a physical location I was excited to go and try it. I had never been to a vegetarian or vegan restaurant before where I could order anything off the menu and wanted to try it!

So a friend and I made a trip out of it down to Toronto, shopping and dinner! It did not disappoint! We ordered root vegetable spiral fries to begin with, these consisted of taro, potato, sweet potato and beets. For a main course I got a chickpea burger with coconut bacon and a chilli cashew sauce, and my friend got a raw lasagna. To finish off this delicious meal we shared a raw vegan brownie for dessert.

 

Green Bar- Downtown Hamilton 

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236 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 2L3

Green Bar is definitely my go to local vegan spot.  The cute, rustic atmosphere, friendly staff, and delicious food keeps me coming back. Serving smoothies, sandwiches and simple dishes such as this mac and “cheeze” or caramelized onions on artisan toast as well as bowls or burgers, all made with fresh, local ingredients.

Not only serving savoury but also a fair amount of baked goods both began and raw.All the dishes are very reasonably priced and is a great spot to bring your “vegan sceptical” friends.

Boon Burger- Burlington 

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399 Elizabeth St #6, Burlington, ON L7R 0A4

Not only, Canada’s first all vegan burger cafe but also featured on Food Networks You Gotta Eat Here, Boon Burger is the perfect spot for the plant based burger and fry lover such as myself. Burgers range from your classic bean patty burger with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles all the way to the Thanksgiving Burger with grilled white patty, cheeze, bacun, glazed yams, sauerkraut, lettuce, green onion, fresh beets, gravy, cranberry sauce, remoulade & dijon.

Any choice is a good choice with Boon Burger!

The Butcher & The Vegan- Downtown Hamilton 

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61 Barton St E, Hamilton, ON L8L 2V7

Located right downtown Hamilton this little restaurant is a little diamond in the rough. Serving half the menu vegan and the other half “normal’ this is a great place for all those with someone not interested in trying vegan food. The dim lighting and cozy atmosphere makes for a great date night restaurant.

Menu items ranging from chickpea tika masala, fried brussel sprouts, coconut curry chicken (veg/ meat) or beet ravioli. I would say it is a little on the pricier side but defiantly worth the splurge every once in a while.

Democracy Coffee House – Downtown Hamilton 

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202 Locke St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 4B4

Once again not solely vegan but serving vegan options which are clearly marked off on the menu another great choice with multiple options both savoury and sweet. Very inviting atmosphere here with a variety of baked goods on display, and easy to read chalkboard menu. Menu items ranging from burgers to salads to nachos as well and these vegan doughnuts and crepes.

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