NEW: Grow Your Roots Café
220 Terence Matthews Crescent (Kanata South)
Grow Your Roots is a 100% vegan restaurant which opened August 2016 in Kanata! Grow Your Roots also serves weekday breakfast and weekend brunch, and also provides catering services. They’re open six days a week (closed Monday’s) and have been getting rave reviews. For breakfasts and brunch you can try items like vegan breakfast scrambles, tofu benedicts, vegan sausages and tempeh bacon. Want some baked goods? Try some cinnamon buns, cookies, bars or donuts. Looking for lunch? Try a vegan burger, or a panini. Yum!
NEW: Chickpeas (Trainyards)
500 Terminal Avenue Unit A05
Chickpeas is Ottawa’s first, and only falafel and hummus eatery that uses purely 100% organic chickpeas – with no exceptions. They pride themselves on being as “local as we can be”, as well as offering an unexpectedly exotic vegan menu. The restaurant opened up on September 5th, 2016 in the Ottawa Trainyards, next to the Payless Shoe Store. All food is made in-house with falafels and homemade hummus as the star: sandwiches, salads, and fawaffles! They have about 6 different hummus flavours available, the mango hummus is just ridiculously delicious! They don’t have the full menu yet, more items to come soon (including salads and sandwiches!)
NEW: Your Fit Mind Body (YFMB) Vegan Eatery
2 Ullswater Dr
Your Fit Mind Body (YFMB) Vegan Eatery strives to provide only the purest, organic, non-GMO and fair trade foods whenever possible. They focus on providing nutrient dense vegan meals, and also offer vegan cooking classes on their monthly Eat & Greet nights.
381 Cooper Street
Opened April 23, 2016. Located just steps off of Bank Street, Rawlicious is located in an old Victorian building with 22 seats. All food is vegan, raw and gluten-free. Rawlicious also offers cleanses, cooking classes, and catering services. For more information, click here.
Cafe My House
1015 Wellington Street West (Hintonburg)
Cafe My House is Ottawa’s premiere vegan restaurant. It’s a go-to for special occasions, or for an upscale weekend brunch, and places a strong emphasis on presentation and creativity. In the evenings it offers a rotating tapas style menu, as well as a chef’s tasting menu. Sunday is pizza and beer night. One of the few licensed veg restaurants around. Don’t miss the waffle BLT, tempeh cheezburger, or the decadent desserts. Many raw and gluten-free options as well. It was formerly located on Bank Street South, and I held my wedding reception there. Closed on Monday.
989 Wellington Street West (Hintonburg)
A fully vegan, mostly raw foods cafe and juice bar. Limited seating and most appropriate for very small groups. It’s perfect for a quick or relaxed lunch, or a place to grab something from the cooler and take it on the go. There are daily specials, hot soups, quinoa bowls with tempeh, and raw desserts. There is also a small shop that sells some raw/vegan lifestyle accessories and aids. Owned and operated by two-time cookbook author Natasha Kyssa. Closed on Monday.
Govinda’s Vegetarian Buffet
212 Somerset Street East (Sandy Hill)
This is a Hare Krishna temple. It is an inexpensive, all you can eat buffet, comprised of a handful of authentic East Indian, naturally vegan dishes. You do need to remove your shoes at the door. It nice to be mindful of noise and conversation here. The cost for the buffet is a bargain at $7, and students and seniors eat for $5. Limited hours (Mon – Fri, 5-8 pm). It’s recommended to call ahead during summer and off semester times, as it’s often not operating when the students aren’t around.
Strawberry Blonde Bakery
114B Grange Ave (Hintonburg/Westboro)
Strawberry Blonde is an entirely vegan, gluten-free and nut-free bakery located in Wellington West Village, owned by Jacqui and Claire. Jacqui got her start baking for farmer’s markets and supplying health food stores, joining forces with Claire to open a physical shop in Nov. 2013. They have a diverse and delicious range of products, including power cookies, cupcakes, brownies, whoopie pies, cakes and weekly gluten free bread (Saturdays). Their bread is so popular that it often sells out within a couple of hours! Strawberry Blonde is currently the only place where you can buy vegan donuts in Ottawa – their fritters and donuts are heavenly! They also sell frozen items such as vegan tourtiere and pot pie, pizza, and Jamaican patties; perfect for the lazy vegan who also wants to support local enterprise. Now serving vegan soft-serve ice cream!
Little Jo Berry’s
1305 Wellington Street
Opened in March 2016! Little Jo is a former head baker at Auntie Loo’s, and recently opened her own entirely vegan coffee shop and bakery! There is very limited seating but a huge take out counter at which she sells creative and adorable treats, coffee and coffee-related beverages, and some sandwiches. Hours are mostly daytime (8 am – 5 pm) except on Saturday when the cafe will stay open until 7 pm. Closed on Monday. For more information, click here.
2333 Church St, North Gower, ON