There’s something to be said about going out for dinner alone. The service is better, and the focus is always on the food. There’s less mindless food-shoveling, and you can enjoy the little details that are put into your meal. I took myself out for dinner last Friday to a new vegan restaurant on Bloor Street near Ossington called Hogtown Vegan. They are described as “vegan comfort food” (check out Marni’s Comforting Vegetarian Feast class in winter 2012 to learn how to make your own!). The space was small and quaint, with someones awesome iPod playlist playing and one friendly server.
Their menu was made up of literally just comfort foods (two of the appetizers are wings and Mac and Cheese), with mains including nachos, tortilla salad, reuban sliders, unchicken and waffles, burgers, and various sandwiches. They have a handy guide on the menu to indicate gluten-free, soy-free and nut-free items. Unfortunately there weren’t too many soy or gluten-free options, which is probably the only thing I would change about my experience there. I got the curry-roasted sweet potato sandwich with baby spinach, toasted sunflower seeds, and house mayo on their housemade chickpea flatbread (originally came with rye pumpernickel, but I subbed it) with a side caesar (other sides included fries and sauteed garlic collard greens).
SO GOOD! I was expecting comfort “sizes” as well, with a massive sandwich and a dressing-soaked pile of salad, but the sizes were perfect (I forgot to take a picture before I took a bite). I was perfectly satisfied after my meal, but had to try their dessert (for business purposes). I went with the chocolate mousse with coconut cream.
It tasted like those chocolate Jello cups with a dollop of coconutty goodness on top. Basically, it was the perfect ending to a seriously satisfying meal. Other desserts were a flourless chocolate torte and maple pecan pie.
I love the idea behind this restaurant; it makes vegan food approachable, delicious and satisfying. The restaurant isn’t trying too hard, or trying to be too “alternative” which many vegan restaurants do. The crowd there was young and friendly. Very casual and inexpensive (my whole meal was around $20 with tax and tip). I definitely recommend checking them out!
Hogtown Vegan: 834 Bloor St. W, Toronto, ON M6G1M2
Check out their Facebook page (click here) for more info.
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