Vancouver Restaurants – Vegetarian 6

As I explained last time, I am concentrating on Vegetarian and Vegan restaurants as they can serve a global clientel with very diverse dietary needs which may not be served otherwise or they will have very restricted choices (as in kosher and halal choices) in Vancouver, especially during the Winter Olympic Games. These are often excellent choices for those needing gluten-free meals, but double-check the ingredients when you go.

Here are a few more choices, most with less details, just to keep the better-regarded options moving along!

___ Fraser Valley Juice & Salad, located in the Public Market on Granville Island in Vancouver, BC. is known for fresh salads, steamed and stir-fried vegetables, salad rolls, and freshly squeezed juices. All food is made on the premises with a focus on health and quality. Some meats are offered, but there are plenty of vegetarian options. They are open the hours of the Public Market, every day from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm. Fraser Valley Juice & Salad – menu

___ Sejuiced Vegan is a very casual counter service diner with wheelchair access and take-away options. The food is great, especially the soups. They have large selection of energy drinks and tinctures and fruit or vegetable smoothies; they will be able to make just about anything you ask for.

But, the service tends to be slow and the staff are not always on the ball with your order, but they are very nice. If you’re doing take-out, I suggest that you check the contents of your order before you leave the restaurant.

Great frequent diner punch card to receive your 10th juice or smoothie free!

The food is organic and it is made fresh so it is not a place for a rushed lunch, but the food is definitely worth waiting for, with large portions and great salads. And, the food is well presented. Sejuiced serves what I will call “California style” vegetarian food. That means juices, smoothies, wraps, veggie burgers, salads and soups. It doesn’t have much ambiance, but the quality of the ingredients shine through.

The veggie burgers are quite tasty; the rice/quinoa bowls are as good as can be; the soups are generally delicious; the sandwiches/wraps excellentand the smoothies and juices downright tasty. They stock Chi vegan cheesecake and bliss balls for dessert (among other cookies and squares).

Sejuiced has featured tempeh, which few restaurants bother with. A thoughtful preparation can make fermented soybeans taste absolutely exquisite, and Sejuiced does it right. So, consider substituting the tofu out for tempeh in the salads and sandwiches to extend your options.

When you are through dealing with the stress of Olympic crowds, consider the really tasty, high quality, healthy food served here. Almost everything on the menu is so good for you, so that you know you’re doing your body good by eating there.

Other favorites: the “burgers” there are very tasty, and are quite large; also try their grilled tofu sandwich, quesadilla, and their standard dahl soup. Their take-out containers are made of compostable pulp products. Everything there is good for your body and for our earth.

Sejuiced Vegan
1958 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6J 1M5, Canada
(604) 730-9906
Bus: EB w 4 Av NS Cypress St

____ Bodhi Choi Heung Vegetarian Restaurant is a Buddhist vegetarian favorite and you will often see groups of nuns and monks eating there. It is VERY inexpensive, with well-done food and very friendly service, but the cafe seriously needs a facelift.

The food is traditional-style Vegetarian: simple, made with veggies, beancurd, and tofu, without any of the manufactured, new style veggie “fake meats”. Make sure you don’t go on the Lunar 1st or 15th days of the month, though, as the place gets packed and then, there are only a SET food menu which is more expensive. And, remember, most Chinese restaurants close on Tuesdays.

Bodhi Choi Heung Vegetarian Restaurant – Vancouver
3932 Fraser Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, V5V 4E4
phone: 604-873-3848
Bus: SB Fraser St FS E 23 Av

___ For a chance of pace, there is a Mexican vegetarian option. La Taqueria on Hastings at 322 West Hastings. (Another more extensive vegan and vegetarian Mexican restaurant is available, too, see next choice.)

La Taqueria on Hastings does serve meat, but also offer four vegetarian dishes:

1. De Pecadillo (sauteed ground tofu)(chin chin’s secret recipe) *vegan
2. Rajas con Crema (roasted poblano peppers with creamed corn, sour cream and Mexican cheese)
3. Frijoles Charros con Queso (refried beans with Mexican cheese)
4. Tinga de Hongos (sauteed mushrooms in a spicy chipotle sauce)

The tacos use delicious corn tortillas that taste like they were made in-house. You can mix and match from the menu to create your perfect meal. Vegetarian tacos are $2 each or you could get four tacos for $9.50.(That math not add up!) Regardless, the tacos are worth the money. The space is light and bright.

Another possibility is across the street, at Nuba, and yet another is Bandidas Taqueria, below.

___ Banditas Taqueria has an extensive vegetarian and vegan menu and is well-regarded for excellent Mexican food. Check them out online at: Banditas Taqueria – menu They take credit cards; are good for groups and kids; do NOT take reservations; are wheelchair accessible and offer take-out. For the breakfast: ask your breakfast burrito to be baked. This is also a wonderful gluten-free brunch.

Hours:Sunday – Thursday 10am – 10pm
Friday and Saturday 10am – Midnight
Brunch: daily 10am – 3pm
2781 Commercial Drive (Kensington neighborhood)
Vancouver, BC, V5N 4c5
Phone: 604.568.8224
Fax: 604.568.8276
bandidastacos@gmail.com
Train: Commercial Platform, #4

___ Raw Foodists have a harder time finding complete-meal experiences and a place to dine, but there is a mecca in Vancouver at Gorilla Food. Read the menu at Gorilla Food, Vancouver near Harbor Centre.

They announce on their website: “We are an organic, vegan, raw food take away and catering service. We also provide a line of prepared, vegan, raw foods and vegan, raw food ingredients available at select retail environments. We can also provide a delivery service, bringing raw foods to you with convenience.” The delivery option might be very valuable, if they will offer it during the Olympic Games.

436 Richards Street
Vancouver, BC V6B, Canada
(604) 772-2504

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