Eating clean isn’t always easy, especially when going out to a restaurant with friends. You don’t want to be the person asking your waiter a million questions about what’s in your food, and you certainly don’t want to start the conversation (again) with an acquaintance about why you chose to be a vegetarian.
Next time you’re looking to grab some vegan or vegetarian grub, forgo the hassle and head to one of these spots where you know the menu is catered in your favor. Bring your friends – they could probably use with the extra veggies!
1. EnVie A Vegan Kitchen // 5775 Charles Street
The main objective at En Vie is to educate people about the food products they’re consuming, so that patrons are able to make informed, sustainable decisions about what they eat. En Vie offers a plant-based menu, catering services and fresh-pressed juice kits for cleanses.
2. Wild Leek Food and Juice Bar // 2156 Windsor Street
Wild Leek is a small, neighbourhood bakery and café that specializes in cooking up delicious vegan comfort food. Everything at the Wild Leek is made in house daily using locally grown ingredients from all over the Maritimes. Try their gluten free Wild Bowl next time you visit!
3. Heartwood // 6250 Quinpool Road
Not only does the Heartwood have an extensive selection of vegan and vegetarian options available on their menu, but they also offer many gluten-free dishes upon request. All their bread is baked in house, and they even serve local craft beer! The Veggie Burger here is a classic everyone has to try.
4. Fruition // 6389 Cobrug Road
Now with two locations open in Halifax – one on Coburg Road and one on Marginal Road – Fruition continues to prioritize the use of organic, locally grown ingredients in all their creations. If you’re looking to do a simple cleanse, try their 3 Day Raw Food Cleanse kit!
5. Lemon Tree Restaurant // 1532 Queen Street
Lemon Tree is a Turkish restaurant with a diverse menu that includes multiple vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Right across the street from the Halifax Public Library, Lemon Tree is a hidden gem with a beautiful little patio and amazing Turkish Coffee. Try their popular Carrot Salad next time you’re there!
6. Blue Apples // 5228 Blowers Street
The Blue Apples Arts And Wellness Centre is set up like an inviting living room, where patrons are welcome to lounge on cushions or sit by the open shutters with a beautiful view of Argyle Street. Not only does Blue Apples have a delicious vegan menu, but they’re lower level shop also sells a wide variety of organic herbs and spices.
7. The Good Food Emporium // 2186 Windsor Street
A cozy little spot to grab brunch, The Good Food Emporium has plenty of vegetarian and vegan options available on their menu. Monday to Friday they serve breakfast all day – be sure to try the Scrambled Tofu!
8. The Wooden Monkey // 1707 Grafton Street
With two locations in the HRM, The Wooden Monkey is a very popular restaurant with a massive menu that includes multiple vegan, celiac, dairy free and vegetarian alternatives to most of the advertised dishes. Try their incredible Vegan Raw Tacos with walnut mushroom “meat” and fresh salsa.
9. Sweet Hereafter Cheesecakery // 6148 Quinpool Road
If you’re looking for some vegan desserts you have come to the right place! Though their specialty is cheesecake (obviously) Sweet Hereafter carries over ten different types of sweet vegan cakes, including Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate and Vegan Oreo. Most cakes can also be baked gluten free upon request.
10. Humani-T Café // 1451 South Park Street
Not only does Humani-T Café have a delicious selection of panini’s and pastries, but they also serve homemade gelato and sorbet! Try their Breakfast Sandwich next time you’re there for only $4.50.
11. Pete’s Fine Foods // 1515 Dresden Row
Pete’s is the go-to grocery store in Halifax for any organic food shopping you need to get done. Their prepared foods are always delicious, and their selection of organic ingredients and produce is off the chain. Try their popular custom made salads next time you’re there!
12. The Nook on Gottingen // 2118 Gottingen Street
This little coffee shop in the North End is a great place to relax and get some work done with a cappuccino, cocktail or craft beer. They also provide an all day breakfast with some delicious vegan and vegetarian options – try The Herbivore, or their famous nachos!