October 22, 2020

By: Mrinalini Sundar

As a vegetarian, I always look for restaurants that serve some veggie treats. Though going out for a meal can be difficult right now, there’s no better way to support local than buying from restaurants that are closer to home. I already knew my top three vegetarian spots in Oakville, so I spent my week exploring their top dishes. Here are my picks:

Note: Please follow Halton Region’s guidelines when eating out:

  • Limit your dining to those within your household
  • Order takeout or use a delivery service when possible

Information is changing quickly, so please contact each business directly to ensure their offers are still eligible.

Community Restaurant: Caesar wrap

This cozy spot in Kerr Village is perfect for anyone who is looking for plant-based goodness. The chic eatery is popular for their brunches, including pancakes, French toast and omelets in vegetarian and vegan options. If you are looking for yummy munchies, then I definitely recommend their onion rings, cauliflower florets and dosa. However, my go-to dish every time I head to the restaurant is their caesar wrap. Extremely filling and super satisfying, the wrap includes crispy tofu, tempeh bacon bits, almond parmesan, Caesar dressing and romaine. When all of this comes together, you get pure bliss and some memorable bites. The wrap is accompanied with fresh fries that are utter goodness.

Their jalapeno bacon mac & cheese is also a showstopper and is available in a gluten free option. Their friendly staff also recommend their gourmet burger that comes with a beyond meat patty, queso cheese, garlic aioli, gluten-free sesame bun, truffle fries, almond parmesan and mushroom gravy. Their burger comes in gluten-free and soy-free options.

They are open for dine-in, patio, and take-out.

Price: $17

Website: www.communityresto.com

Lettuce Love Cafe: Nachos

Whether you are vegan, gluten-free or just want a plain vegetarian treat like me, this cafe in Kerr Village has you covered. I especially love heading to this joint on Wednesdays and Fridays for their perfectly cooked lasagna. Veggie goodness and some cheese make this one special and something you won’t find on their website.

If you are looking for something filling, their staff recommends their special monthly feature – the Autumn Harvest Bowl. This wholesome bowl features organic brown rice, loaded with braised kale, roasted squash, sweet potatoes, cranberries, lemon tahini dressing and their famous homemade stuffing.

My favourite and top pick at this restaurant has to be their nachos. The crunchy organic corn tortillas are loaded with Daiya cheesy goodness and their special tempeh chili. The crisps are topped with fresh-cut tomato, onion, lettuce, salsa, cilantro and avocado. Take every bite with their dairy-free sour cream on the side.

They are open for dine-in, patio and take-out.

Price: $18

Website: www.lettucelovecafe.com

Dar Nabati: Mama’s Shawarma Plate

If healthy eating is what you’re looking for, then Middle Eastern food should be your top choice. Dine at Dar Nabati (winner of the Best Vegan Menu Talk of the Town Award) and you’ll get healthy plant-based food with zero preservatives. This charming spot in Downtown Oakville brings together Middle Eastern flavours and the North’s harvest. They are also known to make their own sauces, and all their food is cooked with traditional spices.

If you are a hummus lover, you’ll love their mezze platter that features hummus, feta, labne baba ghanoush, olives, and pita. If you are looking for something more filling, then check out their Mama’s Shawarma Plate – which is a perfect substitute for chicken-lovers. This flavourful bowl comes with organic plant-based chicken shawarma chunks marinated in their house garlic and herb sauce. On the sides are Egyptian Salata (tomato, onion, cucumber, feta), pickled cabbage, beets, toum (garlic sauce), hummus, tahini and saj pita.

Another favourite is their Baba’s Shawarma Plate. It is similar to the Mama’s plate, though it substitutes in a beef-style plant-based shawarma. We also highly recommend their baked cauliflower, which are flavourful florets on a bed of quinoa and a lot of veggie goodness.

They are open for take-out only.

Price: $15.50

Website: www.darnabati.ca

The next time you are hungry and are looking for vegetarian options in Oakville, you know where to head and what to choose. After all, life is always better with some yummy food by your side.

Bon Appétit!