This guide will show you where to eat each meal of the day as a vegetarian foodie in Toronto, one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities!
Living in Rochester, New York, I often forget how close I am to Toronto. We’re just a short three and a half hour drive to one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities! And when I say cosmopolitan, I mean it. Toronto is one of the most culturally diverse cities I’ve ever visited, and that’s evident in its food. So whether you’re lucky enough to live as close by as I do, or you’re visiting Toronto from another country, this guide will introduce you to some of the city’s best veggie eats.
Breakfast at Landwer
165 University Ave Toronto, ON M5H3B8
Landwer might just be the cutest diner of all time. It’s got a clean vintage vibe, full of bright colors and retro accents, but if the atmosphere wasn’t enough, the menu is Mediterranean-inspired. I mean, come on. How often do you find a diner that serves up anything other than bacon, eggs, and home fries? Classic diner food can be great, but when you get a classic diner feel with a more fresh, modern and interesting menu? That’s just pure magic.
First of all, they have a whole plant-based menu and they deserve high praise for that reason alone. But we actually ended up getting the “Landwer’s Breakfast For Two” off the regular menu. There are few things in the world that are sweeter than sharing breakfast with a loved one and this dish is a testament to that beautiful morning ritual. Make it vegetarian by replacing the tuna salad with another side!
The presentation had to be my favorite thing about our Breakfast For Two. Each person got their own plate with a side salad and two eggs cooked your way. And then came a giant shared tray that contained two loaves of bread and all of the sides! We quickly realized that ordering our eggs scrambled or as an omelet would have made them way easier to eat with all of the sides. But of course, it was still delicious regardless.
Lunch at Wvrst
609 King Street W Toronto, ON M5V1M5
Now that you know about Wvrst, you are a fool if you don’t go there. I’m not even kidding, it is truly one of the best restaurants in Toronto. It’s a beer and sausage hall that has not one, not two, not even three, but SEVEN vegetarian sausages to choose from. Seven! Never have I ever had so many options to choose from at a place that specializes in meat.
It’s long, communal, picnic-style tables make for such an inviting and friendly atmosphere. The counter service is casual and simple. First, choose your sausage and then choose your style by adding your choice of toppings. And don’t forget to grab a beer (or cider or glass of wine!) while you wait. If you’re still hungry afterward, you should absolutely try the fries with truffle mayo or any other dipping sauce that looks good to you! You won’t regret it, I assure you.
Dinner at Off The Hook
749 Broadview Avenue Toronto, ON M4K2P6
Okay, so Off The Hook is a “Fish Bar,” but boy do they have some delicious vegetarian food. And I truly can’t think of another restaurant I’ve visited that had service as good as Off The Hook. Ryan and I could not stop talking about it, probably very loudly, despite being approximately two feet away from all of the staff. What can we say, we were impressed!
It’s small and dim and intimate, and amazingly, we were seated right away on a Friday night. You must get the Crispy Cauliflower Tacos. You must. They are hands down the best cauliflower tacos we’ve both ever had. One order comes with two tacos, and I guarantee you won’t want to share, so just keep that in mind ahead of time.
And of course, what is a trip to Canada without poutine!? Luckily, Off The Hook has a bunch of different poutine offerings, including a vegan poutine! We got “La Poutine,” their classic poutine option, and it was great, but I will regret not getting the Clam Chowder Poutine every day for the rest of my life. Where else can you get something like that?!