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coffeecup Feb 10, 2010 02:55 PM

going to toronto soon on business -loooking for tasty vegetarian goodies near downtown TO - any ideas ?

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    piccola Feb 10, 2010 03:33 PM

    Are you looking for an all-veg restaurant, or just restaurants with veg food? Any particular cuisine or price point?

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      coffeecup Feb 10, 2010 04:07 PM

      i am looking for all veg or vegan - price isnt as important as a super-licious nosh ?

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        tasoid Feb 10, 2010 04:11 PM

        Fresh, Fressen and Urban Herbivore are all great.

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          Teep Feb 10, 2010 04:22 PM

          For fast food, Camros on Hayden (near Yonge and Bloor), lunch counter at Noah's Health Foods at Bloor and Spadina.

          For Chinese, Full Moon and Buddha's on Dundas east of Bathurst and King's Cafe on Augusta. For Vietnamese, Cafe 668 west of Bathurst.

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            kayehm Feb 21, 2010 07:06 PM

            Second for Buddha`s if you are looking for Hong Kong style Chinese - but just make sure you know the portion sizes are HUGE. Each is definitely large enough to feed 3-4 people. I made the mistake of ordering a dish for myself the first time I went - could not finish half of it. Great Hot and Sour soup.

        2. Ediblethoughts Feb 10, 2010 05:08 PM

          Anna Purna on Bathurst near Dupont. (Haven't been there for ages since they aren't liquor licensed). Seconding Cafe 668 and Fressen. Problem is none of these three are in the heart of down town. It depends on what part of the down town you're willing to travel around.

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            garfield Feb 10, 2010 05:44 PM

            I used to work near Le Commensal and have been there a few times.The food is just okay though, nothing spectacular.

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              Zengarden Feb 10, 2010 05:53 PM

              Vegetarian Haven on Baldwin Street, near McCaul Street. The food is excellent and the restaurant serves Buddhist Vegetarian food (no garlic nor onions).

              1. helen0505 Feb 10, 2010 06:23 PM

                There are so many great places downtown!

                - if you want the nicest veg restaurant, Fressen is your best bet.
                - For salads, macro bowls and smoothies, check out Fresh.
                - For the best sandwich, go to Urban Herbivore.
                - If you want the best food, trek down to Calico.
                - For great non-leafy salad and soup, go to Hibiscus (lunch only)

                there are so many more. if you have something specific in mind, let me know!

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                  piccola Feb 11, 2010 02:44 AM

                  Definitely Calico. And One Love, as mentioned below.

                  Just stay away from King's Café in Kensington -- the food tastes like it came from a can (except for the "pork" buns, which are great).

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                    ggom1 Aug 22, 2010 09:25 AM

                    Second Hibiscus, I crave their salads all the time. Karine's in the Village by the Grange foodcourt (Dundas and McCaul - http://www.karines.ca/) also has excellent food. My friend ordered their vegan goodness plate on our last visit and I had to stop myself from stealing all her food.

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                    toveggiegirl Feb 10, 2010 07:26 PM

                    You've been given some great suggestions. I think Fressen is the nicest veg. restaurant we have but it depends on what kind of food you want.
                    Check out the Toronto Vegetarian Association's guide for more info:
                    http://veg.ca/content/view/74/108/

                    There is also a brand new raw cafe in the St. Lawrence Market called Cruda. I don't know ow the food is, but the Market is a really cool place to visit. http://74.125.47.132/search?q=cache:UF-ZQw4ypnMJ:www.crudacafe.com/contact.html+cruda+toronto&cd=10&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&client=firefox-a

                    For lunch,there is another new place that I haven't visited yet called Teatree (on the Danforth). teatreecafeandeatery.blogspot.com/

                    For veggie diner food,try Sadie's www.myspace.com/sadiesdiner , M&B Yummy for Ethiopian www.mbyummy.com/ and for Jamaican food, One Love www.oneloveveg.com.

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                      SweetSweetPotato Feb 21, 2010 09:06 PM

                      If you're into raw food, go to Live on Dupont. Otherwise, I vote for Fressen and Vegetarian Haven.

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                        neighborguy Aug 21, 2010 06:11 AM

                        Fresh has three locations. Spadina/Queen, Bloor/Spadina, Queen West West near Trinity Bellwoods.

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