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Top 6 Vegan Eats in Toronto

As the vegan trend proliferates in Toronto and beyond, with even McDonald’s looking to cash in with McVegan, options are ever increasing, and really good taste filled options too!

But which Toronto vegans eats are worth venturing to? And which ones can satisfy the cravings of a non-vegan?

Top 6 Vegan Eats in Toronto:

  6. Quinoa Onion Rings.

Fresh Onion Ring Quinoa

Hand coated with breadcrumbs and puffed quinoa, their crispy exterior and fresh interior will hook you at first bite. $7 at Fresh, various locations.

  5. Savoury Buckwheat Crepe.

Best Vegan Crepes Toronto

Fill your appetite with vibrantly flavoured fresh tomato, basil, spinach, mushroom and vegan mozzerlla at this tiny Kensington Market eatery. For total triumph,  add cucumber and avocado. $15 at Hibiscus Café, 238 Augusta Avenue.

  4. The Planta Burger.

Best Vegan Burger Toronto

Non-vegans won’t know the difference to their usual beef burger! This one holds perfectly together as you bite down into a savoury mix of queso, mushroom bacon, pickles, onion and garlic aioli. It comes with a side of paprika dusted crispy fries at a Yorkville price point. $19 at Planta, 1221 Bay Street.

  3. Tempeh Reuben.

Best Vegan Sandwiches Toronto

Marinated and grilled tempeh with avocado, pickles, sauerkraut, secret sauce in between fresh home-made bread. You’ll be wondering how this vegan creation tastes so good. $9 at Bloomers, 873 Bloor Street West.

  2. No-Butter Tart.

Best vegan dessert Toronto

Bite into the flakey exterior and golden gooey interior with or without guilt! This sweet treat is made with agave oil, palm oil, corn syrup and raisins. $3.50 at Bunner’s, 244 Augusta Ave.

  1. Muay Thai Box.

Best Salad Toronto

20 ingredients blend together to offer your taste buds a unique flavor combination at each bite: Yam noodle, mint, basil, pea shoot, chili, peanuts, spinach, tofu, bean sprout, cucumber, beets, zucchini, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, napa cabbage, cabbage, cilantro and ginger-tamarind dressing. $8 at Veghed, 1199 Dundas Street West.

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Get Sassy with this Classic Dessert

Have you ever sunk your teeth into a fresh homemade family dessert, knowing that decades worth of family tradition is in your mouth?

You may have muttered “Holy Cannoli!” if you were able to get any words out at all.

The cannoli maker

Growing up in her parent’s Italian bakery in Scarborough, Vanessa Chiara launched Holy Cannoli in September 2014 doing popups like at Toronto Gourmet Food and Wine and Waterfront Artisan Market.

Best Cannoli in Toronto


Holy Cannoli owner Vanessa Chiara

With deeps roots of Italian desserts in the family business, Vanessa’s classic vanilla cannoli stays effortlessly true to Italian tradition. However she offers some sassy variations: Cannoli tiramisu cups, cannoli chips and dip, cannoli cream pie and even a fill-your-own cannoli kit!  She prides her desserts on being freshly filled (never soggy) with her handmade cream.


Cannoli Chips and Dip 

“One of the most memorable moments on the job is finding new ways to present cannolis – we’ve collaborated with Eva’s Original Chimneys to create a Holy Chimnoli (Canolli Chimney cakes),” says Vanessa.

When you sink your teeth into a freshly filled cannoli at CraveTO on May 27, know that you’ll be holding decades worth of family tradition in your mouth. If you can get any words out at all, ask Vanessa some questions about her trips to Sicily where she handpicks the shell you just ate.

 Canno-spberry Chocolate Cannoli

Raspberry Chocolate Cannolis

Can’t wait until May 27th? Find Holy Cannoli at local retailers: G for Gelato, McEwan Foods or Daniel et Daniel.

Where to Find TV Show Winning Donuts

You know your donuts rock when you win a TV baking competition.

That is exactly what happened with two friends, who prior to entering the Food Network’s Donut Showdown, had never baked donuts before!

Owners of Rolling Pin DonughtsThe Rolling Pin owners Isabel Loiacono and Vanessa Baudanza

After winning the showdown, where they discovered their love for baking donuts, they knew this is what they wanted to do and setup shop.

Upon entering The Rolling Pin, the sweet scent of freshly baked deserts immediately hits your nose. You know that saying, ‘it smells better than it tastes?’  Well that doesn’t apply here, one bite into a donut and you will know why.

The Rolling Pin Yonge Street

So what are their donut secrets?

“Our doughs are homemade – made from scratch; they’re handrolled and we don’t use any machines. All the fillings and different types of donuts we make are dipped, stuffed, popped and injected,” says Isabel. As a foodie who doesn’t understand that process, all I can say is- TAKE MY MONEY!

What to order at The Rolling Pin?

Your sweet cravings have MANY options: Cherry Pie (shown in the lead picture), Lemon Bomb and Chocolate Salted Caramel are highlights.

They also have “Chef Specials”, which are one-off products. They feature a special ingredient, usually inspired from local artisans that Isabel and Vanessa admire. They once created a Strawberry Funnelcake Donut, and they collaborated with Great Lakes Brewery to create Super Bowl 50– a donut made with the Toronto brewery’s beer.

Gourmet Lemon Doughnuts“Lemon Bomb” Donuts

What sweet treats does the future hold?

The Rolling Pin ladies will continue to provide new ways to satisfy your sweet cravings, as more local collaborations are in the works.

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