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I apologize if this has been asked before (couldn't find much in a search) and please point me to a thread if it has!

My vegan friend is coming to visit in a couple of weeks and I'd like to take her out to brunch/breakfast. She's very picky about her dietary requirements, so the place we go has to be in the least 100% vegetarian, if not completely vegan. No meat allowed!

We'll be coming from the east end, so I'd like to keep it east of Bathurst. Any suggestions? It will be on a Saturday morning.

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  1. The best advice I can give you is to follow this link http://veg.ca/content/view/74/108/ to veg.ca. Here, you can select neighbourhoods and view the restaurants and cafes in those areas. Addresses and hours are listed, along with live links to each restaurant's website (if there is one). Some offer brunch menus, while others just offer their regular options throughout the day. I've heard very good things about Fressen, but I haven't been. I've had decent food at Fresh. If your friend's open to exploring the world of raw veganism, Live Organic Juice Bar might be an interesting option. It offers both cooked and raw vegan brunch options. There are a bunch of other places, so have a quick look at each before making your choice. Also, you might want to inquire as to whether your friend would prefer "traditional" brunch items or whether she might be into a more Asian inspired menu.

    1. I haven't been to either, but have heard great things about
      Get Real! Cafe http://www.getrealcafe.com/
      and Sadie's diner http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/sad...

      Fresh and Fressen would also be great picks! Enjoy!

      1. Also consider Cafe Vert, Queen East at Carlaw. They are vegan, and they do brunch.

        http://www.chow.com/places/11426

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        1. re: thought_for_food

          I've heard Vert has closed. What about Pulp Kitchen (Queen & Logan)?

          1. re: ChalkBoy

            You know, I think if was Pulp Kitchen that I meant to say in the first place. Thanks, ChalkBoy!

        2. I started a thread on how great Get Real was---I can try to post the link if you want. I've been twice and I loved it. It's one of those places that I want to order about 5 times as many dishes as I'm capable of eating. I've eaten at Fresh (on Bloor) many, many times and I like their weekend tofu scramble lots---and they have all sorts of neat things that can be added to it. Their whole grain pancakes are great and so is the masala dosa. I'm not keen on their rice "bowels" but I tend to only go on weekends when I can get the tofu scramble.

          I'm not that keen on Fressen and Pulp Kitchen for brunch but then I've only been to each once so maybe I'd have enjoyed a time #2. And Fressen is a very pretty restaurant. If you go to some place I haven't been, please post and let me know what you think! I'm always trying to decide if it's worth hunting out those places in the east end...

          Oh another place I really want to try one Sunday (I know, you said Saturday but I have to throw this in) is Y & B Yummy; it's apparently veg Ethiopian and they have an all day brunch on Sunday but don't open until 11am which isn't convenient for me these days...

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          1. re: Ediblethoughts

            LOVE Get Real, though the coffee was terrible the last time I went.

            1. re: piccola

              I think I had a latte there---but I can't remember what I thought of it... hmmm... will make a note to notice next time.