We’ve compiled a list of popular fast-food and chain restaurants that are serving some delicious vegan options in Canada. From Tim Hortons to popular fro-yo spot Yogen Früz, so many restaurants are recognizing that more and more people are choosing to go vegan for animals, for their own health, and to combat climate change.
Vegan Options in Canada
The following Canadian restaurant chains and fast-food spots offer a ton of tasty vegan options to keep up with the demand for more compassionate cuisine:
A&W Canada offers a Beyond Burger at all its locations. It comes on a vegan bun with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, ketchup, and mustard. Keep it vegan by asking for no burger sauce or mayo. The chain also carries a vegan Beyond Meat Sausage and Veggie breakfast sandwich and will be testing vegan chicken nuggets in British Columbia and Ontario, with plans to expand if the trial is successful. A&W U.S. needs to take a page from Canada’s book and offer a vegan burger as well!
The Beyond Burger is now available at Carl’s Jr. locations in Canada. Order the Beyond Famous Star burger topped with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and onions on a sesame seed bun, and request it without cheese or mayo. The Beyond Meat patty can be substituted on any other burger option as well.
Aroma Espresso Bar
The newest vegan addition to Aroma Espresso Bar’s menu is the Power Burger, which boasts a Beyond Meat patty, sautéed portobello mushrooms, baby kale, red onion, mustard, sundried tomato pesto, and a house-made avocado spread. Several of the chain’s salads can also be made vegan, and there are several vegan house-made soups that rotate on a weekly basis.
This popular upscale chain has added—and is continuing to add—a bunch of delicious vegan options to its menu. All the following dishes are completely vegan and don’t need any customization: Avocado Toast, Crispy Tofu Zen Bowl, Green Dragon Roll, Spicy Tofu Tacos, Field Greens Salad, Hunan Kung Pao, Quinoa + Avocado Powerbowl, Korean Bibimbap (only offered at select locations), and a Smoothie Bowl (only offered on the brunch menu).
The vegan options at Freshii are too numerous to list here (which is awesome), so here are a few of PETA’s faves: Umami Salad and Wrap, which boasts a whole bunch of veggies, tofu, brown rice, and miso dressing; Spicy Lemongrass and Super Food soup; and the Baha burrito. To see all Freshii’s vegan dishes, please consult its official nutrition list. The chain is also more than happy to customize any meal to make it vegan—just ask!
Popular casual eatery Harvey’s has its own house-made Veggie Burger that’s free of any animal-derived ingredients. The regular and multigrain buns are vegan, and you have the option to turn your burger into a burger bowl, which you can order over rice, lettuce, or, our personal favorite, French fries. Harvey’s onion rings are also vegan, and you can choose between several vegan dressings for your side salad.
Hero Certified Burgers
Hero Certified Burgers’ Soul Burger Patty is aptly named, considering that it’s free of animal-derived ingredients. The ciabatta bun, gluten-free bun, and multigrain flatbread are all vegan. Don’t forget about sides, as the onion rings, fries, and sweet potato fries are all vegan. Customize your burger with guacamole or crispy onions. Vegan condiments at Hero Certified Burgers include pineapple mango mustard, maple chipotle BBQ, and zucchini relish.
This Mexican-inspired chain offers a vegan Beyond Meat Burrito and Burrito Bowl, both of which are seasoned with Quesada’s signature spices and habanero pepper for a spicy kick. You can customize your burritos and bowls with Mexican slaw, salsa, guacamole, and more tasty toppings.
Red Robin makes it easy to build your own vegan burger. Order the veggie burger and choose from the following bun options: rustic Italian bread, ciabatta buns, spinach tortillas, or lettuce wraps. Top your burger with your choice of arugula, avocado, basil, cabbage, carrots, cilantro, cucumber, guacamole, jalapeño, lettuce, onion, parsley, red pepper, pineapple slices, sea salt, and white tortilla strips. Finally, pick your favorite vegan condiment, such as A.1. Steak Sauce, cocktail sauce, ghost chili ketchup, and many more. You can also pick between a number of vegan sides, including bottomless steak and sweet potato fries
Panera offers both ready-made and customizable vegan options. From the bakery, compassionate customers can choose between Plain, Everything, Blueberry, Cranberry Walnut, and Sesame bagels. Vegan breads at Panera include Black Pepper Focaccia, Sea Salt Focaccia, Country Rustic, Farmstyle, Artisan Ciabatta, Sourdough, and French Baguette. For breakfast, you can decide between Steel Cut Oatmeal with Strawberries & Pecans, a Summer Fruit Cup, a Peach & Blueberry Smoothie with Almond Milk, or a Green Passion Smoothie. Vegan options for lunch and dinner include the Ten Vegetable Soup or the Vegan Lentil Quinoa Bowl and Soba Noodle Broth Bowl with Edamame Blend. According to Panera’s website, you can customize the following salads and sandwich to be vegan:
- Summer Strawberry Caprese (Order without mozzarella)
- Strawberry Poppyseed with Chicken (Order without chicken)
- Fuji Apple with Chicken (Order without chicken and Gorgonzola)
- Greek (Order without feta)
- Modern Greek (Order without feta)
- Asian Sesame with Chicken (Order without chicken and wontons)
- Spicy Thai with Chicken (Order without chicken and wontons)
- Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich (Order without feta and switch to one of the bread choices listed above)
Mediterranean chain restaurant Pita Pit makes it easy to customize your own vegan wrap. Choose from white pita bread, whole-wheat pita bread, and an Aidan’s Gluten Free wrap. The following pita fillings are free of animal-derived ingredients: baba ghanoush, falafel, garden, hummus, and spicy black bean. Complete your wrap with as many veggies as you want, and top it with your favorite vegan sauce, like Pita Pit’s signature Special Sauce. The chain also offers several smoothies that can be made vegan by removing the yogurt.
Toronto-based chain Pizza Nova makes it so easy to create your own vegan pizza. All its pizza-dough options are vegan, along with its pizza sauce. Top your customizable pizza with dairy-free Daiya cheese and a bunch of veggies and you’ve got yourself a tasty pie.
Canadian pizza powerhouse Pizza Pizza has partnered with Field Roast and Yves Veggie Cuisine to launch two new tasty vegan toppings: plant-based chorizo crumbles and plant-based pepperoni. Pizza Pizza is becoming a go-to for compassionate Canadian customers, as its classic and whole grain pizza crusts are vegan and it offers delicious dairy-free cheese from Violife, which can replace cow’s milk mozzarella on any of its pizzas.
Pizza 73 has a whole bunch of vegan options on its menu. Compassionate customers can customize their animal-free pizzas to include the classic, whole wheat, or vegan cauliflower crust, along with dairy-free cheese and two plant-based protein options: Yves Veggie Cuisine pepperoni and Field Roast spicy sausage crumbles.
South St. Burger
So many popular burger spots in Canada have added vegan patties to their menu, including South St. Burger. The fast-food chain’s veggie burger is vegan, as is its gluten-free bun. Vegan burger toppings include maple syrup infused red onions, pico de gallo, and piri-piri marinade. Its fries and onion rings are also vegan.
After hearing requests from vegans across Canada, Starbucks is adding more animal-free options to its menu. The popular coffee chain will be expanding its list of plant-based grab with a dairy-free yogurt parfait and an “everything” bagel. The chain also offers other plant-based provisions, such as the Baby Greens and Brown Rice Protein Bowl and oatmeal with brown sugar, as well as Macadamia Oat and Emmy’s Coconut cookies!
Subway will test a Beyond Meat Meatball Marinara at several hundred locations around the U.S. and Canada starting in the fall of 2019. In order to make the new sub completely vegan, simply order it without cheese. The popular sandwich shop also offers a delicious Veggie Delite sub, which you can customize to be vegan by ordering it without cheese.
You can order a delicious Beyond Burger at all 70 quick-service Triple O’s restaurants. You can find locations, including standalone and counter-service restaurants, at college campuses, gas stations, and entertainment venues.
White Spot, a nearly 100-year-old burger chain, is rolling out the Avocado Beyond Burger, which can be made vegan by simply holding the ranch dressing. The chain also offers a Southwest Power Bowl—which is vegan as is—at its 64 locations, saying it did so “Quite simply, because our guests have asked.”
Popular fro-yo stop Yogen Früz offers a number of dairy-free desserts as well as a ton of rotating vegan yogurt flavors, including coconut and coconut strawberry. Compassionate customers can also indulge in several sorbet flavors.
These delicious vegan additions to popular restaurant menus prove that there’s no need for us to eat the flesh of other animals. With so many tasty vegan options available, going vegan is now easier than ever. Order PETA’s free vegan starter kit to receive tips, recipes, and insight that will help you make the transition to a compassionate lifestyle.
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