Vegetarian food in Edmonton?
My teenage son and I will be spending the May long weekend in Edmonton. We will be staying downtown close to Grant MacEwan College on 104th Ave., and are looking for some suggestions for good veggie or veg-friendly restaurants. We won't have a car, so they need to be within walking distance. Ethnic is good...especially spicy food. I'd also like to hear about any good quality bakeries and coffee shops in the vicinity :)
Thanks very much.
Go to Sofra (Turkish cuisine) - on 104th Ave and 106 Street right across from GMac. Only open in the evenings... make a reservation. Not vegetarian, but they have amazing fresh pita and dips, and i will often order the grilled veg platter as my entree. It's an awesome meal...
I think that restaurant is a Hari Krishna learning centre or something. They have strange hours, and "classes" in the restaurant.
cyberveg, if you don't mind taking the LRT to University, and walking a few blocks, go to Cafe Mosaics on Whyte ave & 108 St. It's 100% vegetarian. There's a nice bakery on Whyte as well, and a farmer's market on Saturday if you don't mind the (pleasant) walk all the way to 103 St.
Also, I liked the Baraka cafe downtown (Jasper & 101 Street, not too far from Grant MacEwan) but I haven't been there in a few years now.
The High Level Streetcar starts operating on the Friday of the long weekend, so you can take it directly to the Farmer's Market and Whyte Avenue from downtown. You can catch it south of Jasper Avenue between 109 & 110 Street; or take the LRT to Grandin Station and catch it just east of the station. Return fare is $4.
If you're willing to walk to Chinatown or take a short cab ride, there is a veg restaurant there.
10626 97 Street
Just a warning though, there is a shelter in between Grant Mac and Chinatown so you may not feel comfortable walking past there at night. I personally haven't had any problems with them but you never know.
I couldn't imagine going to China Town and not hitting up my favorite veg restaurant if your craving vegetarian.
Oriental Veggie House
10586 - 100 Street
As well, you can always swing into Garden Bakery for some delicious treats. It is only a stones throw from OVH. http://www.gardenbakery.ca/
Like someone else mentioned the neighborhood can be a little nervous, but my friends and I have never had any problems.
The new vegan place is called Way of Life and it's excellent. They are open odd hours (usually only for lunch, and on top of that, on a lunar calendar), but you can call and request she open for dinner or see if she has a dinner going. Odette, the owner, is VERY friendly and is very accommodating. 455-1230 is the number.
They have a set lunch every day, with a piece of bread, soup, salad, main and dessert plus tea and some kind of juice; all vegan. The most you will pay is $10.50 for the whole deal. It's excellent and it is quite close to Grant MacEwan. Here's a review of Way of Life http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal...
Incidentally, the bread is usually from the organic whole grain bakery near Grant MacEwan called Breadland. A short review here: http://www.vueweekly.com/article.php?... Even though I live in the area, it's not my bakery of choice, so I can't speak for it myself.