The top 10 vegetarian brunch in Toronto
Vegetarian brunch in Toronto seems like a fairly simple proposition, thanks to the meal's egg-centric qualities. Yet all too often, it seems like a meat-free brunch is doomed to a single omelette selection or a less-than full breakfast with all the good stuff withheld. Vegans are worse off still.
This list is all about offering variety - places where meatless morning meals are offered in abundance. These spots offer ample selections on spectrum of brunchy goodness, covering everything from greasy spoon grand slams to "unchicken and waffles".
Here are my top picks for vegetarian brunching in Toronto.
Doug's Public Kitchen
The organic, gluten-free vegan kitchen serves Sunday brunch from 10am to 4pm, and while the menu changes seasonally, a recent summer edition featured wood-fired bagels with smoked carrot lox ($12), berry waffles ($16), and omelettes served with tempeh bacon and sweet potato corn hash.
Brunch at this exclusively vegan Bloordale eatery is served on weekends from 11am to 3pm. The menu focuses on comfort foods, featuring satisfying selections like hearty tofu rancheros ($12), syrup-slathered unchicken and waffles ($14) and peanut butter, banana and tofu bacon french toast ($12).
The charming vegetarian cafe on Dundas West offers fluffy spelt waffles ($13), rustic granola bowls, and egg breakfasts ($10-$12) with the option to sub in house-marinated tofu. Better still, the cafe does mimosa and caesar specials for $4 with brunch served on weekends from 11am to 5pm.
Sadie's Diner & Juice Bar
Satisfying vegetarian cravings for good ol' greasy spoon fare, this diner replicates traditional two-egg breakfasts ($9.50) with home fries, toast and veggie bacon or sausage. Vegans will find at least half the menu suited to their needs, with rancheros ($12) offered with tofu scramble instead of huevos, and buckwheat pancakes ($9) made dairy-free.
This cozy neighbourhood brunch spot on Lansdowne at Wallace isn't really a vegetarian place, though the brunch menu is 95% meat-free. Served week-round, the ever-changing selection has recently featured poached eggs on polenta, shakshuka, breakfast tacos, and lemon curd blueberry pancakes, all of which are entirely meatless. Side orders of bacon or sausage can supplement omnivorous diets if necessary - or opt for the coconut bacon, just 'cause it's tasty.
Brunch starts at 10am this omnivore-friendly restaurant on Roncy. Meatless options are clearly indicated on the menu, and the selection doesn't disappoint. Vegans will find half a dozen choices, while vegetarians can enjoy huevos quesadillas ($11), bennies ($11) and coconut pancakes ($11).
Nouvelle vegan cuisine is the niche at this slightly more upscale Queen West vegan restaurant. On weekends at brunch, expect to find indulgent fare like Snickerdoodle French toast ($12) and colourful plates of seasoned tofu scrambles ($14) that come packed with fruit, salad and multi-grain toast.
Multiple locations span across the city, making this chain of vegetarian eateries a household name when it comes to accommodating special diets. Brunch, served weekends and holidays from 10:30am to 3pm, features full breakfasts ($13) composed of scrambled tofu, baked beans, home fries and a choice of tempeh bacon or vegan sausage. Gluten-free pancakes are great too, but skip the classic ($8.50) and have them upgraded with banana nut ($10.50) or blueberry almonds ($10.50).
A divey bar on Bloor where the brunch menu is omnivore-friendly but can almost entirely be made vegan on request. This place makes greasy hangover-soothing comfort foods its specialty, offering shortstacks of pancakes ($8), veggie bennies ($11) and breakfast burritos ($11).
While Easy's two locations don't cater exclusively to vegetarians, the expansive brunch menu offers ample variety for meat-free eaters. Omelettes ($13-$15), granola bowls ($7), mini waffles ($13) and various Mexican breakfasts fortified with refried beans are all on the menu. Vegans should sit this one out.
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