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Veggie Burgers

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Anybody know the city's best?

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  1. I really like Lick's Nature burger. It's vegan to boot.

    BTW, don't *ever* try the veg burger at Shoeless Joe's. It was the most gawdawful thing I've ever tasted. Don't eat at Shoeless Joe's period.

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    1. re: shan

      The Licks veggie burger is almost enough to turn me into a vegetarian - plus it tends to go down easier than most burgers.

      1. re: jacaranda

        I live in the US (wish it was Canada---as Bill Mahr once said "Americans are too stupid to be goverened.") and I can't find Lick's Nature Burgers anywhere except in Ontario. Is there a reason for that? Anyone know how I can order some to be sent to me in Pennsylvania. I'm a vegan in a state full of hunters. Help! lol

        1. re: squarkman

          I don't know if you can get them shipped to you, because they are frozen, but you might want to consider a road trip to Ontario. All you have to do is cross the border with a cooler and freezer packs, then shop at a grocery store. Most of the major names keep Lick's Nature Burgers in the freezer section, with other non-meat items. You may need to declare them at the border, but that's not a big deal. I live in Windsor and have crossed the border to shop at Whole Foods in the suburbs of Detroit. Customs is okay with the shopping as long as there's no produce, meat, fish or dairy. Keep it to packaged items and you should be fine. Keep your bill handy, just in case.

          It's a long way to go for veggie burgers, admittedly, but you can spin it into a weekend road trip, stock up AND visit a lovely country that welcomes tourists, especially ones who shop in Canada.

      2. re: shan

        Hey all, there are some great burger joints in the GTA - many of them are discussed here; http://www.justifyyourself.com/debate...

        - I would have to say the veggie burgers at Johny's are amazing! Really can't beat them!!!

        1. re: Khanna

          lisks is still the best bar none.

          first time my BH returned it thinking it was the real thing, only to be proven wrong. that is how good it is.

      3. i second the call on licks' nature burger. very nice.

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        1. re: Sam I Am

          Most of the veggie burgers in restaurants seem to be Yves Garden Burgers, which are not my favourite and if not cooked thoroughly can be gummy. But there are some good ones.

          I like the Lick's Nature Burger as well. It's probably my fave in the city. I've even seen non-veggies order them and get bacon added! Very meat-like in texture (to a vegetarian at least).

          Fresh (Juice for Life) on Bloor has a veggie burger that's good and you can have it with sweet potato fries on the side!

          Groucho's Burgers used to have a great veggie burger that was more nutty and grainy, but last time I had it it wasn't that great.

          The Queen Mum has a Sun Burger on the lunch menu, which is a nutty/grainy veggie burger served in a pita and is nice. It's been a while since I've been there for lunch, so I don't know if it's still on the menu.

          1. re: Misha

            No offence but the Juice for Life Veggie Burger is nasty. It was like eating porridge on a bun.

            Licks' veggie burgs are kick ass.

            1. re: BUSTER

              It has been over a year since I've had one at Juice for Life. You just might be right as to theirs, as I've noticed that the quality of their food has declined quite a bit in the last year or so. As I live in Leslieville, it just doesn't seem worth the trip out there as it used to be.

              1. re: BUSTER

                Agree...center is very gooey. Been that way for years. But the sweet potato fires with miso gravy are quite tasty.

          2. Harvey's veggie burger is also quite good - closest taste to a real meat burger if that is what you desire.

            I also agree that Lick's makes a great one too.

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            1. re: Jono

              yeah I agree, the Harvey's veggie burgers just taste exactly like their regular burgers, so I think that's great. Plus, there is a buy one get one free burger coupon every week from Harvey's in my local newspaper. So I pretty much get them for $1.50 a piece every time I get them, with overloaded amounts of pickles, lettuce, and tomatoes..hehe

            2. I would say Licks by far is the best I have ever had!

              1. I heard Bocca Burgers are good, but never tried one...or know of any place that offers them other than a grocery store.

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                1. re: Brett

                  Boca burgers smell and taste so much like meat (if memory serves) that it freaks me out a little.

                  The veg burger at The Works is good, and the one at The Keg is decent.

                  In Ottawa, a bunch of pubs have good homemade ones.