NEW: Mucho Burrito
Multiple Locations: Trainyards (515 Industrial Ave), 1385 Baseline Road (Baseline & Clyde), South Keys (2210 Bank St), 2002 Mer Bleue Rd, 3170 Greenbank Rd (Barrhaven), 160 Earl Gray Dr (Kanata Centrum)
Fast-food burrito chain with solid vegan options. Their website includes an allergen guide which identifies all vegan options on the menu: http://goo.gl/yV9L3Q
NEW: Burrito Gringo
Multiple Locations: 566 Bronson Ave, 2430 Bank St, 1200 St Laurent (St Laurent Shopping Centre), 1715 Merivale Rd
Local burrito chain, with a wide variety of vegan options. You can get a burrito, a burrito bowl, or nachos (without cheese, meat or sour cream). Double-check whether the guacamole is vegan when you visit (there’s a chance it may contain sour cream).
NEW: Burrito Shack
2 locations: 775 Bank Street and 437 Sunnyside Avenue
Local burrito restaurant with two locations (one near Carleton University on Sunnyside, the other in the Glebe). Ask for the quinoa as the base, as that’s their vegan option.
1096 Wellington St W
“The Parkdale” veggie burger is vegan, and so is their bun. Their garlic sauce is also vegan, and is made from a potato base.
Urban Juice Press
340 Parkdale Ave. (off Spencer)
Urban Juice Press’ owners clearly believe in doing one thing, and doing it well. This little juice bar sells one thing: Juice. Okay, it also sells a few body care products from Saaboon. But other than that, it’s the epitome of specialization. Its adorable owners Justin and Tyler press organic fruits and vegetables to create juices with names like Happy Rabbit, Greens 101 and 201, and Creamy Cashew. On Dec. 1 they launched four new flavours: Açai Power Pudding, Raw Chocolate Pudding, Matcha Bowl and Hot Apple Pie Hot Smoothie. You can order your juices online for delivery, with free delivery over $60, or visit them in their cute industrial-inspired shop. Soon juices will be available in reusable/refundable glass jars.
98 Sparks St
50 Laurier Ave. E
Fresh, healthy and fast! The clean atmosphere and modern design is a great place for vegans and omnis alike. Has limited indoor seating but outdoor seating is also available. The menu is highly focused on building custom healthy meals, where you get to choose your toppings on wraps, salads and bowls. They also have plenty to drink, such as smoothies and coconut water, and to snack on.
The Fuel Bar
99 Metcalfe Street
A fresh new spot downtown that features bowls, salads, wraps, and breakfast items including smoothies and juices. There are even vegan breakfast options, and vegan black bean brownies! About two-thirds of the menu is vegan. The food is fresh, fast, and not unreasonably priced. I didn’t even see cow’s milk in the place – but there was almond and coconut. Daiya cheese available as an add on. The owner, Nancy Johnstone, is a warm and lovely woman who left a corporate job to follow her passion for helping others to live and eat more healthily. Only open on weekdays until 4 pm.
951 Bank St
Anyone in Ottawa who eats knows that Whole Foods is a swank grocery store. But it also boasts an extensive hot and cold takeaway bar, with well-labelled options that run the gamut of culinary tastes. Just recently someone shared an image of their vegan general tao dish. The also have vegan pizza slice options, and grab and go refrigerated meals. This is, of course, in addition to the plethora of vegan grocery items.
Gong Fu Bao cart (Food Truck)
100 Elgin (Confederation Park) on weekdays
Westboro Farmer’s Market on Saturday
In the Elgin area, this food truck offers some fun vegan options like the ”baos”, which is a traditional type of steamed bun. Be sure to check the hours of operation ahead of time as they are limited.
Dosa Inc. (Food Truck)
Dundonald Park (Somerset St. W)
This food truck, found in the Somerset area, offers traditional South Indian cuisine with many vegan options. Doshas, curries, plantain chips, coconut chutney and sambar are all great made-to-order options that are easy to made vegan on request. Limited hours – weekday lunch time. For the most accurate info use the Ottawa food truck app. Closed during the winter.
A convenient downtown-core location for a quick meal. Sandwiches, noodles and soups are readily available. Many options are vegetarian but can easily be made vegan.
10 Frank Nighbor Place
(the Home Depot Kanata parking lot)
Food truck with handmade vegan burgers and the option of adding Daiya, and many other toppings. They also make vegan breakfast (a potato hash with the same topping options as their burgers). They serve Bridgehead coffee as well.