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good vegan food but not all vegan restaurant recommendations

dotca Aug 28, 2013 05:13 AM

A family member became vegan (no meat no cheese) about a year ago. We have a dinner party coming up before the theatre and we are looking for recommendations on somewhere that has a decent variety vegan fare. With a majority of the party not vegan we are looking for the best of both worlds. Ideally around the junction (bloor and landsdown or dundas and bloor) but we are fleixble provided it is in Toronto / north york.

Any ideas friends? Would also need to be large enough to host a table of 8.

Thanks in advance everyone..

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    JennaBean RE: dotca Aug 28, 2013 09:15 AM

    Maybe try Woodlot. They always have a two menus - meat and vegtables but I would give them a call to see if they can do vegan.

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      MeMeMe RE: JennaBean Aug 28, 2013 06:20 PM

      Woodlot has a great veggie/ vegan menu. It mirrors their regular menu.

    2. MissBingBing RE: dotca Aug 28, 2013 10:11 AM

      Why not just go to a vegan restaurant?

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        JennaBean RE: MissBingBing Aug 28, 2013 10:24 AM

        No one EVER wants to be forced to eat vegan for the one single person in a big group. If it were that person's bday or some sort of special event for that specific person sure but if not, I for one would be fully p*ssed.

        No meat, sure. No cheese or butter, why even bother eating it? Might as well skip salt as well.

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          kwass RE: JennaBean Aug 28, 2013 10:38 AM

          Not necessarily. Have you tried Grasslands?

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            JennaBean RE: kwass Aug 28, 2013 10:59 AM

            If you mean the place on Queen West that used to be Fressen (sp) yes and I'm not a fan. I was forced to go for a vegan's bday. Not my thing - and my mom is vegan, and has been for decades now, so I'm also not a newbie to these things or uneducated. Just not my cup of tea - at all, ever. :-)

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              kwass RE: JennaBean Aug 28, 2013 11:08 AM

              I hear ya!! It's not for everybody.

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                dotca RE: JennaBean Aug 28, 2013 02:29 PM

                Laughs everyone a very helpful and interesting thread. I agree no meat, fine. However no fish cheese or butter... Lol no thanks. I shared this thread he vegan and he says he'll outlive us all. Lol ill go down with the meat/cheese/butter ship with a full belly :) farmhouse looks good and close to where we are headed. Thanks all!

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          sbug206 RE: dotca Aug 28, 2013 10:49 AM

          The Living Room at the Windsor Arms has a very large vegan menu.


          1. kwass RE: dotca Aug 28, 2013 11:09 AM

            What about the Farmhouse Tavern? It just received a great review from Amy Pataki in the Star. She said the vegetable dishes are the star attraction. That being said, it isn't a vegetarian restaurant. They have burgers, and rib eye steaks on the menu, just to name a few of their meat dishes.

            1. prima RE: dotca Aug 28, 2013 03:06 PM

              Tabule and Jerusalem both have some vegan dishes (mejadra, rice-stuffed grape leaves, hummus, baba ghanouj, tabbouleh, etc), and their meat dishes are great.

              If you're open to Indian food, might want to consider an Indian place that serves south Indian food. Moti Mahal, Saravanaa Bhavan and Udupi Palace serve vegan dosas and other vegan dishes even non-vegans like me enjoy.

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                JennaBean RE: prima Aug 29, 2013 08:23 AM

                I always forget about Tabule being a good vegan option! They even have notes on the menu to reflect veg choices. Good reminder Prima!

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                sochow RE: dotca Aug 29, 2013 01:58 PM

                Although it is not by any stretch "fancy" and there are no reservations, the Beet has some great vegan food, as well as nice lamb burgers and terrific salads. (it's on Dundas in the junction)

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