7 Best Veg-Friendly Eats in Ottawa

This week I discuss my favourite vegan & vegetarian restaurants in the Ottawa area!

By Allegra Pearl

For as long as I can remember, one of my favourite hobbies has been going out to eat. Whether it’s going to a restaurant for breakfast, brunch, dinner or dessert, you can always count me in! When I started on my vegan journey I began an extensive search for delicious vegan-friendly restaurants in Ottawa that I could proudly bring my friends and family to. Today I'm going to recommend my favourite local vegan and vegetarian restaurants in the Ottawa area, in the hopes that you guys go out and try them and love them as much as I do.

#7 Little Joe Berry's

1305 Wellington St. W

Little Joe Berry's is a staple in the Ottawa vegan community that serves some of the best vegan pastries and comfort food around. Their decadent pastries range from pop tarts, scones and butter tarts (yes that's right - vegan butter tarts). In the summer they even serve milkshakes made with local ice cream from Oat and Mill, topped with donuts! Their menu changes daily so be sure to check their website and instagram for updates, but their incredible pizzas are made on Friday and if you're lucky you can get your hands on some tasty vegan friend chicken.

#6 The Green Door

198 Main St

When I was a kid I didn't used to like the Green Door at all, but now not a week goes by where I'm not tempted to swing by and pick up some delicious food. The Green Door on main street provides organic vegan/vegetarian food with gluten-free dessert options in a cafeteria/buffet style set up. You stack your plate with loads of salads, soups, curries, etc and pay by weight. My favourite item at the Green Door is their guacamole filled with chunks of avocado.

#5 Chickpeas

931 Bank St (multiple locations)

If you love falafel and hummus, then this place is perfect for you! Chickpeas offers a vegan menu that prides itself on putting a modern twist on traditional recipes. In Ottawa they have two locations, one at Train Yards and one on Bank Street. They offer different flavours of hummus such as: avocado, roasted red pepper, red beet, black bean etc. Salads, Soups and Sides of zatar wedges, pita and pickles are also offered. My favourite item on the menu is the falafel wrap with avocado hummus and a fattoush salad on the side.

#4 The Wild Oat

819 Bank St

The fact that I live walking distance from the Wild Oat is both a blessing and a curse. Their smoothies, coffees, pastries and sandwiches are just too good to resist. My favourite item on the menu is the el oaxaca sandwich that includes blackbean spread, sundried tomato spread, chipotle sauce, tomato and greens on a delicious multigrain bread. Wild Oat provides fresh, pesticide-free, organic and local ingredients that they grow themselves on their farm 50km outside of Ottawa.