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Jul 20, 2011 01:11 PM

What's your favorite vegetarian-friendly place in Toronto?

Full disclosure: I'm not a full-time vegetarian, but I do try to limit my meat intake, so I'd love to know where I can get some good veggie meals. I'm from out of town, but I'll bein the Vaughan area for the next eight months (working on Steeles, and right off 400 b/n Langstaff and 7). I'm trying to find some favorites I can hit regularly and maybe some special places, too.

I ended up at Teryaki Experience last night, I'm hoping you'll tell me I don't have to go there ever again!

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  1. Buddist Vegetarian Kitchen in Scarborough.

    1. If you're interested in coming south of the 401, I recommend the veggie dishes at Tabule on Yonge, north of Davisville, and the veggie dishes at Jerusalem on Eglinton W.

      Me Va Me and Sababa are both located on Steeles, and offer a fair number of veggie options.

      I also like Saravanaa Bhavan for South Indian food, esp the dosas.

      Would think Yummy Market on Dufferin or one of the other Russian grocery stores would sell a decent vegetarian borscht, but I haven't had a chance to go shopping in that neck of the woods lately.

      2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

      390 Steeles W, Thornhill, ON L4J6X6, CA

      955 Eglinton Ave, Toronto, ON M6C2C4, CA

      Me VA Me
      330 Steeles Ave W, Thornhill, ON L4J6W9, CA

      1. Kinda far for you, but at Leslie south of Major Mackenzie is Joe Yee. A small asian vegetarian restaurant that is a cut above. Alot of different types if dishes and their great vegetarian sushi. Their "salmon" looks and feels like salmon except the taste of course! :)

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        1. re: Wil

          As has been noted, Middle East restos - Tabule, Me Va Me, Sababa and such - offer a good selection of veggie dips, salads, appetizers and other dishes. Also on Steeles Ave. W., west of Dufferin, is another Middle East spot called Best Grill, which I find a tad more interesting than Me Va Me in its veggie offerings, and I think is closer to where you'll be living and working than Me Va Me. Though it's a small place, there always seems to be a table empty (I suspect lunch takeout is their main action). But perhaps closer to where you'll be living in Vaughan - off Hwy. 400 near Hwy. 7, if I read you correctly - is the newest Me Va Me outlet, in a new plaza at the corner of Bathurst St. and Rutherford Rd., a much updated version of the original Me Va Me outlets on on Steeles Ave., with a much more updated Middle East menu, more efficient service and a wider range of veggie options. Almost the equal of Tabule, which I regard as the best all-round Middle East spot in town - but which, alas, is far, far south of where you'll be living and working.

          But then, I find most restos around town offer several veggie choices. Not a problem at all for me when I'm in a veggie mood.

        2. if you are all the way up there, you can check out some of the vegetarian chinese places up there:

          graceful vegetarian (in the plaza outside pacific mall - steeles/kennedy)
          gourmet vegetarian (i forget the exact location)

          1. Thank you for all your advice so far! I will get to work right away!

            I went to Sababa tonight - best falafel I've had in a long time! I especially loved the spicy sauce. Can someone remind me what it was? It wasn't far from where I'm working, so I anticipate it becoming a regular part of my rotation.

            I was also impressed with the dinner I had at Autostrada last night. I'm working in a group with four colleagues, and, admittedly, I think I was more impressed with my dish than the rest of the group. I had a chesnut tagliatelle with trumpet mushrooms and oxtail ragu - very nicely done. And just a few bites of meat, which made it a perfect choice for me. (I didn't see many vegetarian choices on the menu - did I miss something?)

            I'm heading home tomorrow, but next week I'd like to head into the city one night for dinner. Maybe J.A.B.? Thoughts? Better suggestions?

            390 Steeles W, Thornhill, ON L4J6X6, CA