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10 Unexpected GTA Restaurants With Great Plant-based Options

10 Unexpected GTA Restaurants With Great Plant-based Options

10 Unexpected GTA Restaurants With Great Plant-based Options

Plant-based food isn't just a trend or a diet for a select few -- plant-based food has evolved dramatically, and more people are opting for vegan or flexitarian diets for a multitude of reasons!

Many establishments have shown their dedication, flexibility and creativity when developing delicious plant-based dishes. Some are known for their plant-based fare, while others strive to be inclusive to all guests, even those with dietary restrictions and preferences.

So, whether you're on the hunt for hidden plant-based gems across Toronto -- or just menu items that are totally unexpected, at restaurants you may not know about yet -- here is a list of some spots you need to check out!

6 Markham St

On Third Thought

On Third Thought

What's better than vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free and sesame-free gelato? The answer is nothing. Every single flavour of gelato at On Third Thought is handcrafted with care and tastes amazing. Many guests have no idea that this is an allergen-friendly establishment. They have rotational flavours, classics and alcohol-infused flavours. Crowd-pleasers from the past two years of operations are Cookies and Cream, Mango, Pina Colada, Watermelon and Birthday Cake. On Third Thought is located at 6 Markham St near Trinity Bellwoods Park.

487 Bloor St W

Tenon Vegan Sushi

Tenon Vegan Sushi

Tenon Vegan Sushi has two locations -- Markham and downtown Toronto -- that serve plant-based guests their rendition of classic Japanese items. They utilize soy, mushrooms and vegetables to create textures and flavours that are sure to satisfy your sushi craving; popular menu items include the Tenon Special Roll and Spider Maki. A few of their items are gluten-friendly as well!

15 Merchants' Wharf Entrance 1 - West Side of Bldg Entrance

Mavericks Burger Co.

Mavericks Burger Co.

For those craving burgers in Toronto, check out Mavericks Burger Co. down by the lake at 15 Merchants' Wharf. Mavericks is Toronto's newest entirely plant-based burger joint. At Mavericks Burger Co., you'll find a variety of options (many closely resemble fast-food staples) to satisfy your burger (or Nashville chicken) cravings. Juicy, cheesy and piled high (with waffle fries on the side), Mavericks is a great destination for vegan burger enthusiasts!

497 Dundas St W unit 1

Boon Burger

Boon Burger

While not located in Toronto itself, Boon Burger is worth a mention. They have locations for "guilt-free eating" nearby in Oakville and Burlington and have been serving up incredible vegan burgers for years. Boon Burger is an entirely plant-based establishment (with gluten-free options) where you can find juicy, saucy burgers reminiscent of many 'classic' flavours, often associated with traditional burgers. You'll also be able to get your hands on plant-based hot dogs, pizzas and fries. If you find yourself heading west of Toronto, definitely make a stop at Boon Burger!

689 Queen St E

Good Karma

Good Karma

With several locations around the GTA, including Riverside and Fairview Mall, Good Karma is not exclusively plant-based but a healthy fast food haven for all...especially if you're craving Indian flavours. Good Karma aims to "inspire mindful eating by connecting people with real food." They have plenty of gluten-free and vegan options available on their menu and their meat dishes prepared with high-quality ingredients. Their Sriracha Chilli Cauliflower, Pakora and vegan Mango Lassi are popular items for those gluten sensitivities and plant-based preferences.

160 Baldwin St

Eat Nabati

Eat Nabati

If you find yourself in the Kensington Market area, you have to check out Eat Nabati -- Toronto's first plant-based Egyptian eatery! Eat Nabati features an array of menu items, including "Chicken" Shawarma, Koftka, Falafel and Egyptian Eggplant with all the typical 'fixins' and sides you'd expect at a Middle Eastern restaurant, except Eat Nabati has modernized tradition by making their menu entirely plant-based, but equally as mouthwatering.

125 Wellington St W

Beertown Public House

Beertown Public House

You might think that Beertown is all about beer and wings, but this chain offers so much more than that. Beertown has a vast, inclusive menu for plant-based diners and those with gluten sensitivities. With options ranging from Truffle 'varm' Fries, Nachos, Chick'n Lettuce Wraps, Bowls, Pad Thai and Sandwiches, there truly is something for everyone at Beertown (Toronto location is 125 Wellington St. W), making it a great gathering spot for groups.

424 Queen St W

Parka Food Co.

Parka Food Co.

Parka Food Co., located at 424 Queen St. W, is a quaint neighbourhood hub for plant-based, sustainable comfort food. Parka offers several gluten-free options and an entirely vegan menu that includes delicious poutines, burgers, chilli, and truffle mac and cheese! Their menu is quite extensive and also includes a number of hot and cold beverages.

319 Danforth Ave

Cinnaholic

Cinnaholic

We all know it: the drool-worthy, distinct aroma of fresh cinnamon buns with icing. If you're vegan, dairy-free, or just somebody who opts for a plant-based alternative, Cinnaholic has several locations across the GTA to satisfy your craving for all things cinnamon bun...and more! Anybody with a sweet tooth can get creative and indulge in a unique dessert experience at Cinnaholic.

10 Unexpected GTA Restaurants With Great Plant-based Options

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2 months ago

10 Unexpected GTA Restaurants With Great Plant-based Options

Lyndsy McDonald

Lyndsy McDonald

Plant-based food isn't just a trend or a diet for a select few -- plant-based food has evolved dramatically, and more people are opting for vegan or flexitarian diets for a multitude of reasons!

Many establishments have shown their dedication, flexibility and creativity when developing delicious plant-based dishes. Some are known for their plant-based fare, while others strive to be inclusive to all guests, even those with dietary restrictions and preferences.

So, whether you're on the hunt for hidden plant-based gems across Toronto -- or just menu items that are totally unexpected, at restaurants you may not know about yet -- here is a list of some spots you need to check out!

6 Markham St

On Third Thought

On Third Thought

What's better than vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free and sesame-free gelato? The answer is nothing. Every single flavour of gelato at On Third Thought is handcrafted with care and tastes amazing. Many guests have no idea that this is an allergen-friendly establishment. They have rotational flavours, classics and alcohol-infused flavours. Crowd-pleasers from the past two years of operations are Cookies and Cream, Mango, Pina Colada, Watermelon and Birthday Cake. On Third Thought is located at 6 Markham St near Trinity Bellwoods Park.

487 Bloor St W

Tenon Vegan Sushi

Tenon Vegan Sushi

Tenon Vegan Sushi has two locations -- Markham and downtown Toronto -- that serve plant-based guests their rendition of classic Japanese items. They utilize soy, mushrooms and vegetables to create textures and flavours that are sure to satisfy your sushi craving; popular menu items include the Tenon Special Roll and Spider Maki. A few of their items are gluten-friendly as well!

15 Merchants' Wharf Entrance 1 - West Side of Bldg Entrance

Mavericks Burger Co.

Mavericks Burger Co.

For those craving burgers in Toronto, check out Mavericks Burger Co. down by the lake at 15 Merchants' Wharf. Mavericks is Toronto's newest entirely plant-based burger joint. At Mavericks Burger Co., you'll find a variety of options (many closely resemble fast-food staples) to satisfy your burger (or Nashville chicken) cravings. Juicy, cheesy and piled high (with waffle fries on the side), Mavericks is a great destination for vegan burger enthusiasts!

497 Dundas St W unit 1

Boon Burger

Boon Burger

While not located in Toronto itself, Boon Burger is worth a mention. They have locations for "guilt-free eating" nearby in Oakville and Burlington and have been serving up incredible vegan burgers for years. Boon Burger is an entirely plant-based establishment (with gluten-free options) where you can find juicy, saucy burgers reminiscent of many 'classic' flavours, often associated with traditional burgers. You'll also be able to get your hands on plant-based hot dogs, pizzas and fries. If you find yourself heading west of Toronto, definitely make a stop at Boon Burger!

689 Queen St E

Good Karma

Good Karma

With several locations around the GTA, including Riverside and Fairview Mall, Good Karma is not exclusively plant-based but a healthy fast food haven for all...especially if you're craving Indian flavours. Good Karma aims to "inspire mindful eating by connecting people with real food." They have plenty of gluten-free and vegan options available on their menu and their meat dishes prepared with high-quality ingredients. Their Sriracha Chilli Cauliflower, Pakora and vegan Mango Lassi are popular items for those gluten sensitivities and plant-based preferences.

160 Baldwin St

Eat Nabati

Eat Nabati

If you find yourself in the Kensington Market area, you have to check out Eat Nabati -- Toronto's first plant-based Egyptian eatery! Eat Nabati features an array of menu items, including "Chicken" Shawarma, Koftka, Falafel and Egyptian Eggplant with all the typical 'fixins' and sides you'd expect at a Middle Eastern restaurant, except Eat Nabati has modernized tradition by making their menu entirely plant-based, but equally as mouthwatering.

125 Wellington St W

Beertown Public House

Beertown Public House

You might think that Beertown is all about beer and wings, but this chain offers so much more than that. Beertown has a vast, inclusive menu for plant-based diners and those with gluten sensitivities. With options ranging from Truffle 'varm' Fries, Nachos, Chick'n Lettuce Wraps, Bowls, Pad Thai and Sandwiches, there truly is something for everyone at Beertown (Toronto location is 125 Wellington St. W), making it a great gathering spot for groups.

424 Queen St W

Parka Food Co.

Parka Food Co.

Parka Food Co., located at 424 Queen St. W, is a quaint neighbourhood hub for plant-based, sustainable comfort food. Parka offers several gluten-free options and an entirely vegan menu that includes delicious poutines, burgers, chilli, and truffle mac and cheese! Their menu is quite extensive and also includes a number of hot and cold beverages.

319 Danforth Ave

Cinnaholic

Cinnaholic

We all know it: the drool-worthy, distinct aroma of fresh cinnamon buns with icing. If you're vegan, dairy-free, or just somebody who opts for a plant-based alternative, Cinnaholic has several locations across the GTA to satisfy your craving for all things cinnamon bun...and more! Anybody with a sweet tooth can get creative and indulge in a unique dessert experience at Cinnaholic.