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Help - Restaurants that can accomodate vegans downtown (Scotiabank Theatre)

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fifitinkerbell Mar 17, 2010 06:13 PM

Meeting a few friends for drinks/dinner before a late movie at John and Richmond. Can anyone suggest vegan friendly places in the vicinity. We aren't looking for a vegetarian specific place - just somewhere nice that has a few vegan options or would be flexible enough to accommodate, within a 10-15 minute walk

Was thinking of Thai or Japanese with good veggie options but am wide option to alternatives???

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    tinybites RE: fifitinkerbell Mar 17, 2010 06:55 PM

    Possibly Fresh at Queen and Spadina?

    1. Rabbit RE: fifitinkerbell Mar 17, 2010 07:46 PM

      Fresh was my first thought too.

      Ematei on St. Patrick has a pretty comprehensive izakaya style menu so you might find some suitable vegan options there.

      Vegetarian Haven on Baldwin is probably a 15-20 minutes walk. Fine for vegans, but not good for cocktails (as we discovered last week) since they don't have a liquor license.

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      Ematei
      30 Saint Patrick St, Toronto, ON M5T3A3, CA

      Vegetarian Haven
      17 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T1L1, CA

      1. num nums RE: fifitinkerbell Mar 17, 2010 09:13 PM

        For a not specifically vegetarian restaurant, the Queen Mother is very vegetarian/vegan friendly. It's right around the corner on Queen just east of John.
        http://www.queenmothercafe.ca/

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        Queen Mother
        206 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z2, CA

        1. pescatarian RE: fifitinkerbell Mar 17, 2010 09:19 PM

          Hosu at Richmond and John

          1. helen0505 RE: fifitinkerbell Mar 18, 2010 07:06 AM

            i would go to Queen Mother or Hosu like the others suggested. Wouldn't really go to Ematei as it's an authentic Japanese place and a lot of the sauces and pretty much all soups would have Bonito in it. IMO you can probably find a few items for vegetarians but not vegans. Queen Mother or Hosu probably get enough people asking for vegan food that they'd know exactly what to do.

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            Queen Mother
            206 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z2, CA

            1. Rabbit RE: fifitinkerbell Mar 18, 2010 07:12 AM

              Agree with others that the Queen Mum is a good pick... slipped my mind.

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                jnine RE: fifitinkerbell Mar 18, 2010 06:02 PM

                There's veggie and vegan options at burrito boyz.

                http://www.burritoboyz.ca/

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                  jeffs101 RE: jnine Mar 23, 2010 08:59 AM

                  Not sure about all Burrito Boyz but the one out west at Lakeshore and Brown's Line adds dairy to their guac so vegans should ask before ordering it.

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                  Burrito Boyz
                  9 Stavebank Rd, Mississauga, ON L5G2T3, CA

                  Lakeshore Restaurant
                  2390 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M8V1C3, CA

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                  dubchild RE: fifitinkerbell Mar 19, 2010 06:32 AM

                  I've only been once for brunch and it wasn't really to my liking. I'm not a vegan. But I thought Fressen was the restaurant for people with your diet.

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                  Fressen
                  478 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V2B2, CA

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                    MeMeMe RE: dubchild Mar 19, 2010 07:17 AM

                    Fressen is definitely passable Vegan food.

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                    Fressen
                    478 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V2B2, CA

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                      KitchenVoodoo RE: MeMeMe Jul 7, 2010 02:07 PM

                      I was interested in trying Fressen at some point - I had heard good things but you say it's "passable"? Can you elaborate? I know there are some strong anti opinions abiut its sister place Herbivore Magic (?) in Kensington Mkt.

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                      Fressen
                      478 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V2B2, CA

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                    naterpillar RE: fifitinkerbell Mar 22, 2010 07:55 PM

                    I live in this neighbourhood.
                    Some of these were mentioned, but your really good options are:
                    Fresh at (Queen and Spadina), Sushi Queen (on Queen St closer to University), and Smokeless Joes (a tiny vegan-friendly bar at 125 John Street, check out the chili!).

                    & You can always check out veg.ca (Toronto Vegetarian Association Directory)

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                    Smokeless Joe
                    Toronto, ON, Toronto, ON , CA

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                      apaaj RE: fifitinkerbell Jul 7, 2010 12:47 PM

                      I also have a similar question. My cousin is very much a meat and potatos type of person and my boyfriend and I (both vegans) are meeting up with him downtown Toronto for dinner. Any suggestions on where to go?

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                        Herb RE: apaaj Jul 7, 2010 02:28 PM

                        Budget?

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