The top 10 vegetarian lunch options in the PATH
Vegetarian and vegan food in the PATH is pretty easy to find - plenty of eateries will happily cater to your desire to counteract all those sedentary hours spent at a desk with a nice, healthy lunch. These grab-and-go options should serve you well after you've eaten at Freshii for the nine millionth time.
Here are the top vegetarian lunch options in the PATH.
Kupfert & Kim / K&K Food Stand
The original vegan, gluten-free eatery, with locations in First Canadian Place and Brookfield Place, specializes in bowls and salads loaded up with grains and veggies. Meanwhile, K&K, their little sister eatery in the Sun Life building, takes the concept a step further with burgers (try the sunflower and hemp burger!) and tacos.
This soup counter, with three PATH locations, ladles out a rotating daily roundup of delicious soups, with vegetarian options (dairy or non-) clearly laid out on the menu board. Personal veggie-friendly faves: Their vegan vegetable soup with quinoa and kale, or mediterranean lentil soup with orzo and Parmesan.
iQ Food Co.
Veggie options abound at these takeaway counters in Brookfield Place and TD Centre. Their lighter menu starts off with snacks like avocado toast (be still, my Pinterest-loving heart) and vegan-friendly soups. For something more substantial, there's their Glow box (which features quinoa, kale, avocado and hummus) or Ssam bowl (with bulgogi flavoured tempeh).
Crave Healthy Habits
In 145 King St. West, Crave puts a spin on the quinoa/rice lunch bowl concept by offering a few steamed in lemongrass veggie broth for a tasty kick. Add on your choice of protein (including tofu and tempeh) and top it off with sauces like pomegranate balsamic and Thai coconut.
Are you having the kind of day only a burrito can fix? Freshwest Grill, with a handful of locations scattered around the Financial District, has you covered, with soy burger listed as a protein alongside the usual omnivore-friendly fixings. Get it as an "inside-out burrito" on rice if tortillas aren't your thing.
This combination lunch counter / health food supplement store does grab-and-go items, large salads, soups and rotating hot table specials that are vegan-friendly, if not always light (crowd favourites include the lasagnas and yam burritos).
Doing some shopping on your lunch break? Swing down to Urban Herbivore in the Eaton Centre, where you can grab yourself a coconut-bacon BLT and BBQ tofu sandwiches, some coconut curry, and their famous vegan spelt-flour muffins.
Tamarind - The Indian Kitchen
This Indian spot in Brookfield Place offers vegetarian options galore, including frequent veg-friendly lunch specials (think $8.85 thalis with three veggie dishes, rice and naan).
Herbivores flock to this takeout counter in First Canadian Place for massive green salads, which usually ring in at about $9. They also offer prepared pasta salads and wraps, and their relatively inexpensive juices and smoothies are a favourite of cost-conscious regulars.
Fast Fresh Foods
Build yourself a sandwich piled high with roasted veggies, vegan spreads, and maybe some cheese (if that's your thing) at this grab-and-go spot with multiple PATH locations. Or head to their salad counter, where you can bulk up yours with nuts, fruits and veggies.
Did I miss any? Leave your favourite vegan and vegetarian-friendly lunch options in the PATH in the comments.
Photo of Naturally Yours by Jesse Milns.
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