Burgers made of beans may sound like a tough sell, but Boon Burger, Canada’s first all-vegan burger café, is enjoying immense popularity. It may have something to do with filling and flavourful options like the buddha burger – a curry-spiked chickpea patty topped with savoury-sweet red pepper peach chutney.
Location: 79 Sherbrook St, 204-415-1391
Circle Kitchen is the only spot in the city that offers a completely vegan menu. The lox toast is a runaway hit. Marinated with tamari or soy, cider vinegar and smoky paprika, shaved roasted carrots deliver the subtleties of salmon atop cashew cream “cheese” and a seedy slice of bread. A shaved nori, capers and red onion garnish elevates this little treat to winning status.
Location: 1-709 Corydon Ave
The Grove, known for its elegantly plated British pub fare, also offers a quinoa salad that is simply too good to be a side. Sweetly satisfying, this dish comes with sour cherry and pistachio crumble, and is rounded out by cucumber, tomato and red pepper dressed in a lemon garlic vinaigrette.
Location: 164 Stafford St, 204-415-3266
As one of the city’s top steakhouses, Hy’s Steakhouse is an unexpected but delightful addition to this lineup. Chef Jackie Hildebrand brings a variety of veggie selections to the upper-class menu. The meatless loaf offers an unexpected mix of veggies, walnuts, tofu and oats resulting in a hearty and savoury version of the timeless classic.
Location: 1 Lombard Pl, 204-942-1000
Marion Street Eatery
Sandwiches: the ultimate grab ‘n go meal and a lifesaver for navigating those busy schedules! Traditionally stuffed with meats and cheeses, Marion Street Eatery switched it up and created a protein-packed sammie for all the herbivores out there. Hearty garlic cashew spread mimics the consistency of cream cheese, apple slices add crunch and pickled veg complements with punches of bright acidity.
Location: 393 Marion St, 204‑233‑2843
Resto at Thermëa
Head Chef Thomas Stuart of Restö at Thermëa has spear-headed the venture of creating delicious and healthy meals to complement the urban oasis’s relaxing and rejuvenating atmosphere. The beet bowl uses the hearty root veggie in four different ways, including sliced, puréed and even powdered. One extra large bowl makes a fun and colourful starter for sharing.
Location: 775 Crescent Dr, 204-284-9595
Stella's Cafe and Bakery
Unlock the flavours of nature’s bounty with a dragon bowl from Stella’s Cafe and Bakery. This dish is heaping with heart-healthy ingredients like eggplant, mushrooms, red peppers, and cabbage bathed in a spicy sauce.
Locations: 1895 Grant Ave, 204-488‑7810; 166 Osborne St, 204-453‑8562; 110 Sherbrook St, 204-783-1453; 116 Sherbrook St, 204-477-5556; James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, 2nd Floor, 204-779-1415; Plug In Gallery, 460 Portage Ave, 204-772-1556; 340 Provencher Boul, 204-477-8393; 1463 Pembina Hwy, 204-275-2001
Middle Eastern eateries like Yafa Café are a primo spot for healthy and inspired vegetarian options. Try the veggie za’atar, a chewy baked flatbread smeared with tomato paste and sprinkled with thyme, marjoram, sumac and sesame, finished with a topping of fresh slices of cucumber, tomato, radish and mint.
Location: 1785 Portage Ave, 204-221-1636