Toronto's plant-based food game is so strong now we've even got vegan junk food: a lot of it.
The city has some of the best vegan restaurants in the world to satisfy even the strongest and most unique junk food craving you could have, whether you're vegan or not.
From vegan mac ‘n’ cheese, “Impossible” Malaysian street food, and everything in between, these spots will make even the staunchest meat-eater start to rethink their life choices.
Address: 4 Temperance St., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: They have vegan poutine. They have a Cubano sandwich made with jackfruit, which for some reason is indistinguishable from meat when it's shredded. But mostly, they have vegan poutine.
Address: 3054 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: Not only is Bunner’s Bakeshop vegan, it’s also entirely gluten-free, too. But it doesn’t matter what your dietary needs are, because anyone can use their GTA-wide door-to-door delivery service to pick up a combo box of muffins, brownies, and cupcakes.
Address: 2968 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: Eating brunch is always fun, but eating mac ‘n’ cheese at brunch? Now that’s something worth celebrating. This dish will have you swearing off dairy faster than you can say “cheese.”
Address: 94 Ossington Ave., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: Fat Choi makes plant-based Malaysian street food four days a week as a pop-up operating out of Soos Restaurant. From their Impossible Satay Lilit to the Char Kway Teow, these dishes are warm and rich and perfect for the dreary days of winter.
The Hogtown Vegan
Address: 382 College St., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: The Hogtown Vegan is the holy grail of junk vegan food in Toronto. From “phish ‘n chips” to fake steak to every kind of sandwich you can think of, this restaurant has possibly the biggest variety of junk vegan food you can find in the city.
Address: 1265 Queen St. W, Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: Bar Vegandale’s food is made by Doomie’s, a popular LA spot that spread north in 2016. As vegan food goes, it’s about as unhealthy as you could ask for (I mean, deep-fried Oreos?!). But when that’s what you’re looking for, it’s everything you could ask for.
Buddha Vegan Restaurant
Address: 666 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: Buddha’s stirfry, fried rice, and dumpling dishes might be on the healthier side of Toronto’s vegan offerings, but it doesn’t make them any less cravable. Plus, there are so many options for take-out (62, to be specific) that even your non-vegan friends will find something that they love here.
Address: 620 King St. W, Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: This isn’t your regular vegan junk food — this is your high-class vegan junk food. Whether it’s the crispy tofu burger or the delicious tacos with toasted brunoise and avocado sauce, LOV is perfect for when you wanna indulge but still feel sophisticated about it.
Kupfert & Kim
Address: 140 Spadina Ave., Toronto ON
Why You Need To Go: If you like your waffles covered in fruit covered in twice as much chocolate sauce, this is the place for you.
Address: 1122 Queen St. W, Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: Hello123 is a sister store of Kupfert & Kim, which means you could pair your waffles with some pesto potato wedges or even some fully loaded vegan nachos.
Address: 133 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: If you prefer to eat your Impossible Burger in a swanky downtown restaurant, then look no further than Rosalinda. Its beautiful interior is only half as satisfying as their gorgeous vegan tacos and churros.