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[Jun. 18th, 2008|10:56 am]
Hey. Can anyone tell me the absolute best vegan food in the TO? I'm coming up on Sunday and I haven't gotten any good food in NY since I moved here in November. I don't care how much it costs, cos my moms is coming from Los Angeles and I'm making her pay.

also second best places are good too, cos i'll be there a lot more now, and me and the bf and the pug are planning on moving in a year.

[User Picture]From: varinobo
2008-06-18 03:09 pm (UTC)
I forget the names of some of the places, but have a look around Kensington Market (Spadina station then take the streetcar south to Kensington) and there's some pretty amazing places there.
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[User Picture]From: northbard
2008-06-18 03:10 pm (UTC)
- Your best bet for fancy dining is Fressen. http://www.fressenrestaurant.com/

Make reservavtions...the food is fabulous, and wonderfully presented. Service can be a bit slow. Yer mom's in from LA though, so I wouldn't worry.

- Less fancy dining, but larger portions and a nice combo between hippy and fancy is my personal fave, Vegetarian Haven. http://www.vegetarianhaven.com/ Try the cheesecake for dessert.

- Fresh is a trendy and yummy place that does almost entirely vegan and has three locations. http://www.juiceforlife.com/ The rice bowls are awesome.

- check out http://veg.ca for other listings. They do a breakdown by neighborhood etc...


M&B Yummy Ethiopian is frikkin amazing.
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[User Picture]From: monkeyman
2008-06-18 03:14 pm (UTC)
Seconded on all accounts, though I personally like the food much better at Veg. Haven than at Fressen.
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[User Picture]From: northbard
2008-06-18 03:26 pm (UTC)

Really, my favorite place to eat is Buddha's...but not so much for impressing the mom in from LA. :)
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-06-18 04:27 pm (UTC)
Fressen is your best bet, as others have said, in the pesto and sundried tomato range of things.

My second choice would be Cafe 668, which is now at 1100-ish Dundas W. as opposed to its original location, 668 Dundas :]. It has lots of nice stir-frys (real stir-frys on really hot flame), mostly chinese style food.

Vegetarian Haven is okay, but relies too much on fake gluten meat. I have not been impressed so far. Reservations are also recommended on busy nights.

Fresh is a crapshoot... It really is the fast food outlet of the vegan restaurants in Toronto, except that vegan fast food is better than McDonalds :] I would avoid dishes with the peanut sauce. The miso sauce is mustardy but goes well with many dishes. The chickpea filling is gross, avoid it. The deep-fried coconut tempeh is really tasty, there's a salad that's topped with it that's delicious. The thing you want to try at Fresh are the shakes... Don't go for the cheaper, fruit-only shakes: you can make these at home. You really want to try out the more complex shakes, like Blueberry Thrills, my all-time favourite.

Fressen goes in the 50 to 70$ range for two people with one drink, the others are more in the $30 to $45 range.
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[User Picture]From: jes_sic_a
2008-06-18 09:20 pm (UTC)
i really like cafe 668 and now that they're in their new location (885 dundas st w) it's a lot brighter/more classy looking. check out their menu here: http://www.cafe668.com/

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[User Picture]From: dem
2008-06-19 01:04 am (UTC)
I also recommend Fressen.
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From: collapsing
2008-06-19 05:22 pm (UTC)
You're in NY(I'm assuming NYC, correct me if I'm wrong) and haven't found anything good? Foodswings and Atlas Bakery alone stole my heart(and got about $200 combined in a day's visit).

That being said, I'd recommend Bo De Duyen, but it's still closed for renovations. Saddest tale in Toronto, at least I think so.

668 is good. The best of the chinese vegetarian restaurants(save for the Bo), it can be a bit pricey, but the new menu is pretty worth it. The deep-fried banana dessert is essential.

Fresh on Crawford is probably the best bet. The Richmond & Spadina location is like a McDonalds in quality, for the most part. The Bloor location is really iffy. Sometimes amazing, sometimes uhhh, not amazing.

The Pulp Kitchen on Queen East is great, though they're a breakfast/brunch joint exclusively. Great smoothies, and the service is usually pretty alright.

My recommendation is going to be Sadie's Diner, though(Adelaide and Portland). It's veggie diner food, 7 days a week. It's open til 10pm for dinner, Wednesday til Saturday. The food is generally amazing. The dinner BBQ plate is amazing. I'll be eating there tonight. Service is generally awesome, and they've got some great art hanging at the moment, not to mention a killer selection of Pez dispensers.

Finally, Hibiscus on Augusta for coffee/tea/hot chocolate, vegan crepes, and vegan ice cream(made in the cafe).

I hope this helps a bit!
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From: blehpunk
2008-06-19 05:36 pm (UTC)
awesome thanks! im actually in buffalo for the time being, which is seriously lacking. i moved here from washington state, and between seattle and portland we had 2 vegan doughnut places and a vegan pirate restaurant among others. the best was vegan rastafari down the street from my house though. Luckily we cook a lot here. I'll have to write these places down. Thanks again!
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