Did you know that the plant-based movement began with veganism, a way of living that aims to avoid animal harm for ethical reasons? It has expanded to include people who make dietary and lifestyle choices to minimize harm to the environment and their health.
Whether you have a dietary restriction, want to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your daily routine or simply just have a soft spot for animals, plant-based food is a growing trend that restaurants across Canada are embracing.
For a perfect drink pairing this #TakeoutDay, Pacific Foodservice brings three decades of crafting plant-based beverages and Pepsi is your bold and refreshing match, no matter your non-meat meal.
If you are interested in exploring some plant-based choices this Wednesday, we have 10 restaurants for you!
Republica (Multiple Locations, BC)
Republica is serving up fair-trade and organic coffee every day. With three different locations in BC, the establishment is known for offering complimentary coffee with every bag of beans that are purchased.
Although the restaurant has a wide variety of coffee options, this #TakeoutDay you might want to try their Diabolique Premium European Espresso (med-dark roast) blend, which combines South Pacific and South American coffees with flavours of buttery caramel, dark Belgian chocolate and candied fruit.
Flores & Pine (Calgary, AB)
As an elevated casual restaurant and cocktail establishment, Flores & Pine focuses on sustainability, as well as a variety of food options to accommodate dietary restrictions and tastes.
While there are several meat options on the menu, the Calgary location is known for its Tofu Stir Fry, which includes black pepper sauce, edamame, carrot, chilli and peanuts.
254028 Bearspaw Rd, Calgary, Alberta, T3L 2P7. @floresandpine
Twiggs (Multiple Locations, ON)
At Twiggs, you can rest assured that the coffee beans start green and are roasted to perfection in-house every day. With a fine-tuned recipe, this #TakeoutDay is the best time to indulge in a unique and satisfying fresh cup of joe.
In addition to its coffee, there are several plant-based food options available for you as well.
Pukka Restaurant (Toronto, ON)
Pukka is a forward-thinking take on Indian cuisine with its family-style sharing plates and full-size flavours. When ordering, you can expect an elevated integration of typical Indian curry into clean, modern bites.
One of the popular menu items happens to be plant-based. The Toronto establishment is well-known for its Vegan Tikka Masala, made with tofu, red onions, sweet peppers, tomato and cashew cream.
778 St. Clair Ave W, Toronto, Ontario, M6C 1B6. @pukkatoronto
Parka Food Co. (Toronto, ON)
Parka Food Co. is one of the top vegan eateries in Toronto, offering straight-up favourites with a gourmet vegan twist. No mock meats. Never any artificial ingredients or preservatives. Just fresh whole foods and high-quality ingredients transformed into delicious plant-based meals.
If you are looking for some best sellers this #TakeoutDay, try the Truffle Mushroom Mac N Cashew Cheese, the Portobello Burger, or the Cauliflower Fritters.
424 Queen Street. West, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2A7. @parkafoodco
Extreme Pita (Multiple Locations)
At Extreme Pita, they are in constant pursuit of pita perfection. With over 50 fresh ingredients including plant-based toppings and sauces, you can create your own masterpiece in the form of a pita, bowl, or salad.
If it is your first time eating vegan at the Canadian establishment, try the fan-favourite Vegan Pita Bread with veggies or falafel and their variety of meat-free fillings and sauces.
Cultures (Multiple Locations)
Cultures believes in providing meals that make people feel good about eating while serving a menu that is inspired by real food and real ingredients. The restaurant continually prides itself on nutrition-led items which include several vegan and vegetarian options.
This Plant-Based Day, you can choose from a selection of gourmet sandwiches, warm grain bowls, hearty salads, and more. All food is made fresh on-site every day, so you can feel good about the food you eat.
Harvey’s (Multiple Locations)
Harvey’s has a long history of proudly serving Canadians great tasting burgers. For over 60 years, its restaurants have been Canadian owned and operated, serving hungry folks across the entire country.
Although the establishment is known for its beef, they have an increasingly popular Lightlife Burger. This vegan option is made with plant-based ingredients like pea protein, Canola oil, beet, onion, garlic and green tea.
Surf Side California (Kelowna, BC)
Surf Side California serves up some genre-bending fare that pushes the envelope on taco creativity. They are bold, creative and filled with ingredients not normally found in a taco. Additionally, the Kelowna establishment is a southwest coast-inspired mobile food truck.
To get your plant-based kick this Wednesday, opt for their Veggie Tacos with zucchini, cabbage and pico de gallo.
888 McCurdy Place, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1X 8C8. @surfsidecalifornia
Propeller (Toronto, ON)
“Quality. Sustainability. Community. More than just coffee” is the motto of Propeller. Their ultimate goal is to purchase 80-90% of their coffees directly from farmers, using beans with no interaction with any type of animal.
This #TakeoutDay, you can enjoy the freshness of Propeller by indulging in their curbside pickup from 11 am-5 pm.
50 Wade Ave, Toronto, Ontario, M6H 2Z3. @propellercoffeeco