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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Date Night at Hogtown Vegan

JC and I went to Hogtown Vegan for dinner on Tuesday. Now I feel as though I have to take everything negative I’ve ever said about them back. But no, my thoughts were valid at the time, but the improvements are substantial from the last time I was there. Our server was friendly, upbeat, and helpful. We were well watered, and boozed (since they are now licensed to serve alcohol). We started with the Fries Supremacy since even when I didn’t like the atmosphere at Hogtown Vegan, I still liked those fries. That still applies. But this time they were even better. The fries were still shoe string just not too thin, with housemade cheese sauce, cashew sour cream, and sliced up green onions. We also ordered the The Big Hog, which somehow reminded me of a Big Mac (since that was the intention) but without being gross. Two thick veggie patties, with melted daiya cheese, lettuce, pickles, and House Mayo. All on a sesame seed bun. Huge, flavourful, delicious. And did I mention huge?  Huge.  Paired with a side of french fries, it was perfect. Then it was time to switch plates. We had also ordered the Southern Combo, with two breaded spears of soy chicken, garlicky collard greens and a bit of macaroni and cheese. It was okay, but the Big Hog was the clear winner at dinner. A friend had recommended the fried apple pie, and since we were going for nostalgia anyway, we ordered it. It came with…

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