Now’s Best of Toronto – Veganed

It’s that time of year again, well, between now and September – to vote in NOW Magazine’s Best of Toronto Reader’s Choice. I was looking through some of the categories and I noticed something – more and more vegan businesses are cropping up in categories beyond the usual “vegan” or “vegetarian”, so I wanted to highlight the ones I’ve found. I have been posting about at least one business everyday on Facebook, complete with my case for why they should win, but I decided I should just wrap it up into one post anyway. I’m not telling you who to vote for. All I’m saying is that it’s worth checking out categories beyond “vegan” or “vegetarian” because so many fantastic vegan places are all over this year’s list. Voting closes September 12th, and winners will be announced in Now’s Best of Toronto Reader’s Choice issue out November 6th. I’m sure this goes without saying, but this list has not been endorsed by Now Toronto, and I’ve put it together without any biases beyond being vegan and liking tasty food. Table of Contents Best Bakery Best Bar Best Dessert Best Breakfast Best Brunch Best Caribbean Best Jamaican Best Caterer Best Cheap Eats Best Chocolate Best Cupcake Best Dessert Best Donut Best Vegan Best Vegetarian Best Pho Best Patisserie Best Korean Best Other Stuff

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Grasslands. Repeated Dinner Date Nights & Brunch.

JC have spent an increasing amount of time visiting Grasslands over the last few months. There have been the celebratory dinners, those random moments of “I would like to take you somewhere nice”, and the quick post-movie bites to eat (it is rather conveniently located a few minutes away from the Scotiabank theater) and those times when you want to take someone from out of town out somewhere vegan fancy-casual. We’ve attempted two large reservations since the tipping issue from our very first visit but it hasn’t worked out for some reason or another. Maybe groups of more than just JC & I + Grasslands just aren’t meant to be? Or we should just make fewer last minute reservations? I’d probably go with that one. Maybe. It doesn’t matter, they seem perfectly capable of seating JC and I most of the time, and it usually ends up lovely. Recently we went with JC’s Mom, and genuinely had a great time (and I think it was more than just company). I keep seeing the same couple of servers every time we go in. They’re great. They’re nice. And they don’t make me wish I was somewhere else. Grasslands feels a bit more like Vedge now, but with a uniquely Toronto vibe, and if they ever have the equivalent of Vedges “Dirt list” at Grasslands (locally sourced random dishes of the day/moment), I will be beyond excited. The ambiance is good, the food is good, and the menu seems to still be…

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