PLACES TO EAT
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Here is a list of places to eat in the Ottawa area.
Please check the websites or call ahead for hours and more information. Make sure to tell these places that you heard about them on punkottawa.com!
Our Top 7
All kinds of vegan treats, including gluten and sugar free, can do special orders. Auntie Loo bakes the vegan birthday cake for the annual punkottawa.com anniversary party too! Her items available at Herb and Spice Shop (Bank and Lewis), Natural Food Pantry (York St.), Rainbow Foods (1487 Richmond Rd.) and Cyclelogic (1111 Wellington St.).
Diverse vegan menu with some raw and gluten free options. Great brunch menu available anytime as well as seasonal specials. The tempeh cheeseburger is amazing!
Large selection of veg/vegan dishes. Vegans, make sure to ask for the veg dishes "without egg". Friendly staff, very reasonable prices. Veg stringhoppers and kothu roti (without egg) rock. Roasted potatoes is the bomb (not on the menu, ask for it!). Get 10 people together and call ahead for an all-you-can-eat buffet. Catering available.
Best new Eithiopian place in town! Better variety than the others as their veg platter has six stews (split peas in yellow sauce, green beans, lentils in spicy bebere sauce, lentils in brown sauce, potato/cabbage/carrots and one more I forget) and salad. It's vegan and an awesome bargain at $8 per person. Food is eaten with your hands using the pancake-like injera bread as a utensil. Super fresh injera.
All you can eat vegan buffet. $5 for students/seniors, $7 for others. Soup, green salad, pasta salad, basmati rice, two curries and dessert. Best deal in town! Mon-Fri 5pm-8pm. Krishna festival Sundays at 5pm.
La Belle Verte
Half & half mix of raw and cooked food. They do great things with seeds and nuts. Incredible desserts.
Health food store with a range of ready-to-eat products. Deli counter with many vegan items.
Other Vegetarian and Vegan-friendly restaurants
Similar menu to Horn of Africa. A touch pricier. Downtown. Open late.
Ethiopian restaurant in Centretown. The vegetarian plate has good variety and it's right next to McNabb Skatepark in the summer time!
Brunch, sandwiches, soups, vegan and wheat free items.
Good selection of vegetarian dishes. If you're vegan let them know and they can accomodate. Good dosas and thali. Try the eggplant too!
Horn of Africa
Longest running Eithiopian restaurant in town. Best deal at $7.00 per person and 15% off with a coupon from the Bytowne Cinema guide. Veg platter consists of four stews (split peas in yellow sauce, lentils in spicy bebere sauce, lentils in brown sauce, potato/cabbage/carrots in yellow sauce) and green salad. Downtown. Open late.
Volunteer-run pay-what-you-can vegan food service at Carleton University. Bring your tupperware and cutlery to 426H Unicentre for lunch 12:30-2:30 Monday through Thursday.
The Green Door
Ottawa's original cafeteria-style, pay by the pound veg/vegan buffet. 100% organic. A little expensive. One major downfall is that the menu NEVER changes. Great desserts!
The tofu tacos on their dinner menu are amazing. Good assortment of vegan appetizers on the regular and "late night" menus too. Hummus, guac, nachos, bruchetta and usually one vegan soup. One or two brunch options. Healthier after show alternative to Elgin Street Diner!
Middle East Bakery
Small bakery with the freshest pita bread in town (regular and whole wheat), hommos, baba ganoush, falafel sandwiches etc. Their zatar (onions/tomatoes/thyme/olive oil baked on a pita) is heaven on earth. Call ahead for large orders or catering.
The Pantry Vegetarian Tea Room
Nestled inside the Glebe Community Centre, this cosy café serves open-faced sandwhiches, soups and at least one hot casserole. Food is organic where possible. Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm.
Perfection Satisfaction Promise
Specializing in potatoes served with a variety of toppings, some vegan. Also soups, salads, "fast" foods and desserts. Ever notice how the world leaders who have had their photo taken with Sri Chinmoy end up dying -- Mother Theresa, Lady Di?!? Closed Sundays.
Peace Garden Café
More Sri Chinmoy approved vegetarian goodness. Juice bar. Daily lunch specials. Breakfast served. Open seven days. Catering available.
Excellent variety of dishes on menu. Juice bar, organic coffees and teas, as well as natural beers and wines. Snacks and desserts are also available.
Hintonburg/Westboro location, pay by the pound veg/vegan buffet. Organic where possible.
Most Indian and Mediterranean restaurants have a good assortment of veg/vegan dishes. Most Japanese restaurants can prepare veg sushi. Be careful with Thai restuarants as some "vegetarian" dishes have fish broth/stock. Always ask your server or better yet, the owner or cook. I find saying I have a deathly food allergy to meat/fish/dairy gets you through the smoke quite quickly :)
Health Food Stores
Organic bakery carrying a variety of breads, soups, sandwiches and baked goods. Ask them what's vegan or gluten free. There's always something.
The Herb and Spice Shop
1310 Wellington St. West (view
Two locations. Similar products (herbs, spices, produce, ready-to-eat items). Same logo. Different owners. The Bank Street location carries Auntie Loo's vegan treats.
442 Hazeldean Rd. (view
1309 Carling Ave. (view
Great health food store with four locations. Organic produce, bulk foods, natural cleaning products and a lot more. The York Street location carries Auntie Loo's vegan treats.
Great health food mini-supermarket. Become a member (free) and get money back on purchases.
The Wheat Berry
Organic produce and bulk foods. Great all round health food store. Right beside the Green Door restaurant.
Organic co-ops and markets
Weekly inexpensive/organic fruit, vegetable or combo baskets of varying sizes. Delivery available.
Ottawa Organic Farmers' Market
Vegetables, herbs and baked goods. Approx 10 vendors. Saturdays 10am-2pm.
If you are short on cash and hungry or looking to volunteer/make a donation...
Emergency Food Centre
On campus food bank for Carleton students. CUID card required.