We recently discovered a great little vegan restaurant: The Hogtown Vegan, in the heart of Toronto. Located at 834 Bloor Street West, The Hogtown Vegan is Toronto's answer to traditional comfort food, with the added twist of being completely meat-free. It's a fantastic place for all vegetarians and vegans who crave a little junk food now and again. Even meat-eaters would scarf this food down happily!
This places serves up delicious dishes - hearty meals and a little taste of home 'sans' the meat. We're talking Unchicken & Waffles, Philly Cheesesteak, Phish and Chips, BBQ Pulled Pork, and Mushroom Po’ Boy, just to name a few of their signature dishes. Their appetizer menu includes Chips ‘n Guacamole, The Fries Supremacy (with fresh cut fries, nacho "cheese" sauce, sunflower sour cream, scallions, and house made fakin’ bits), Nachos, Hogtown Wings, and more. There's also a salad menu which includes Caesar Salad.
The menu is ideal for those with food allergies, specifically kids, who love diner style food but often can't eat out in restaurants. Dishes are completely dairy-free, fish-free, and they do offer many gluten-free and nut-free options as well.
During our visit we chose the Unchicken & Waffles and the Philly Cheesesteak (which tasted like the real thing). Both came with a mountain of crispy fries that were simply some of the best fries we ever tasted. The waffles were so light and fluffy and the sweet potato mash was out of this world. We also tried the Southern Combo with breaded, deep fried soy chicken, sautéed garlic collard greens, and mac ‘n "cheese" served with house made bbq sauce. The southern fried unchicken was moist and tender with that pull-apart, flaky texture that actual chicken gets when it’s cooked to perfection. Mashed yams! Collards! Mac 'n Cheese! We loved it all.
With its great food, friendly service, and laid-back atmosphere, Hogtown Vegan is bustling... They don't take reservations so try to go during off-peak times. The restaurant has however recently expanded its hours and is now offering a weekly lunch and Brunch menu on weekends. Hogtown Vegan is a 'Cash Only' establishment.
The Hogtown Vegan is a place to stay vegan but indulge in a bit of that brown, fried, homestyle cooking you grew up on. Definitely comfort food at its finest!
- 834 Bloor St West
- Toronto, ON M6G 1M3