Fresh, healthy, organic, vegetarian – trendy terms around the culinary landscape these days. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with feeding yourself with the good stuff, so to speak. A healthy diet does translate to a whole host of bodily benefits, and many restaurateurs have taken their personal anti-meat mantras and translated them into vegetarian restaurants to entice fellow herbivores.
Though there are more and more veggie-friendly restaurants popping up all the time, it’s important to have options depending on your mood, cravings, and time constraints. In the true VTV spirit, here’s a list of seven vegetarian restaurants that will fit any mood…
Lounging in Luxury
Trading in their low-key digs at Fressen for a full facelift, both atmospherically and gastronomically, Grasslands is the new Queen West haven for the haute-vegan palate. We’ll soon be putting their dynamic dining experience to the test, so look out for a full recap come Monday.
With three fresh, fast and affordable locations around Toronto, the Fresh Restaurants are unlikely to ever disappoint. Nearly two decades deep, Fresh is constantly refining their offerings to suit the ever-changing palates of discerning vegetarian and vegan diners.
Kale Organic Eatery
With no set menu and a daily/seasonally changing spread of treats to serve the vegan and macrobiotic community, you won’t find any deep fryers at this Yonge Street vegetarian staple. One of the first restaurants to lead the charge towards vegetarian friendly offerings, they’ve been in the game since 1993.
West Side Wonders
The Beet Organic Café
They post up their daily specials… uh… on the daily, and there’s always something noshworthy to note. If you find yourself west of the Toronto equilibrium and aren’t one to manhandle a major meat sandwich, this veggie friendly Junction restaurant is a prime spot.
Quality on the Quick
Feel Good Guru
If you’re in a hurry and have an appetite for the healthy, then this Queen West take-out spot is the epicenter of awesome. Locally sourced, all-organic plant powered nutrition is what Feed Good Guru stands for.
Rearing for Raw
All raw, all the time – Belmonte Raw is notorious in Leslieville for their signature juice cleanses. Made fresh daily, they’re available in-house, for takeout, or can even be delivered direct to your door. Pop by if you’re in the East End and need a veggie fix!
Ethnic and Earthy
Annapurna Vegetarian Restaurant
The true original, this Bathurst Street restaurant has been serving mountains of mouth-wateringly delicious vegetarian cuisine since 1974. Claiming to be the oldest vegetarian restaurant in Ontario/Toronto, Annapurna may look a little weathered from the outside, but their food is nothing but fresh, flavourful, and fantastic.