The top 5 vegetarian Caribbean restaurants in Toronto
Vegetarian caribbean restaurants in Toronto will have you skipping jerk chicken and oxtail in favour of plant-based dishes. These eateries have taken dishes that usually require a hearty helping of meat and transformed them into delicious vegetarian eats. What's on the menus? Everything from spice-infused stews to jerk tofu.
Here are my picks for the top vegetarian Caribbean restaurants in Toronto.
This takeout spot serves up plant-based Caribbean fare to hungry Kensington Market goers. Sticking with the vegan theme of the building's former resident, Hot Beans, there's a meat-free, egg-free, and dairy-free menu that doesn't slack on flavour. Expect to find protein-packed meat alternatives like jerk seitan and spit pea roast accompanied by locally grown veggies.
One Love Vegetarian
This neighbourhood staple offers vegan and vegetarian meal options to the Annex crowd. You'll find the menu chock full of hearty eats like pumpkin roti, corn soup and fried plantains. A huge plus, you can top off your meal with a fresh juice or smoothie at a price point much lower than your local juice bar ($5-$7).
Near Eglinton and Keele, Irie Veggie is a choose-your-own adventure style restaurant. Diners can mix and match a smörgåsbord of side dishes from spiced chickpeas to okra stew. If you're more of a pescetarian, they also have a few seafood-based dishes on hand.
If you're in Scarborough, check out Ital Vital, a "rastarant" specializing in vegan fare. Expect to find everything from squash curry to veggie BBQ as well as a few fresh juices (prepared in-house). The menu changes on a daily basis, so you'll want to keep tabs on the website to know what's on tap.
In Mount Dennis you'll find everything to satisfy your rumbling vegan stomach. The menu includes items like cinnamon squash stew, maple jerk tofu, and callaloo. Got a sweet tooth? No problem. The restaurant offers up sugary desserts like vegan donuts. Their menu changes day to day, so expect to find some new dishes with every visit.
What did I miss? Add your favourite vegetarian Caribbean restaurant to the comments. Photo from One Love.
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