Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada

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Alberta

Banff

·Nourish Bistro

211 Bear St., Banff, AB T1L 1B4

(403) 760-3933

Vegetarian/international. Nourish Bistro offers an all-vegetarian menu of "gourmet comfort food." Designed to share, their innovative dishes are served tapas-style with fresh, handpicked ingredients. In addition to the many vegan items, gluten-free, wheat-free, and raw foods selections are also available. Reservations are recommended. Nourish is located near the Banff National Park.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, smoothies, fresh juices, beer/wine, special beverages
VISA/MC, $$

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Calgary

·Five Rivers Indian Cuisine

11 Castlebridge Blvd., NE, Calgary, AB T3J 2J8

(403) 258-1111

Vegetarian/Indian. Located west of the Calgary airport, Five Rivers Indian Cuisine features authentic and inspired vegetarian dishes. The buffet is very popular and filled with a wide selection of seasoned rices and vegetable dishes. The menu also includes veggie burgers, salads, and pizza. Many traditional dessert items available as well.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, delivery, catering, special beverages
VISA/MC, $-$$

·Happy Veggie House

303 Centre St. SW, #109, Calgary, AB T2G 2B9

(403) 294-0626

Vegetarian/Chinese. This all-day buffet features items like Veggie Ginger Beef, Coconut Rice, and various wheat gluten dishes. Egg noodles can be substituted for rice noodles upon request.

Open Thursday through Tuesday for lunch and dinner. Open Wednesday for lunch only
Buffet
vegan options
non-smoking, reservations recommended, take-out, delivery
VISA/MC/AMEX, $

··Healthy Funky Foods

1235 26th Ave., Calgary, AB T2G 1R7

(403) 609-6866

Vegan/raw foods/organic. Healthy Funky Foods is a completely vegan, raw, and gluten-free café. Stop in for a snack like Zucchini Hummus or Cacao Buckwheat Crispies. Main dishes include Vegan Raw Sushi, Zippy Jicama and Mango Salad, and Falafel. Healthy Funky Foods offers classes for those interested in preparing raw foods.

Open Wednesday and Thursday for lunch. Open Friday through Sunday for breakfast and lunch. Closed Monday and Tuesday
Limited service
take-out, delivery
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

Thai Sa-on

351 10th Ave., SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0A5

(403) 264-3526

Thai. Thai Sa-on features authentic Thai cuisine including homemade curries, pad Thai, spring rolls, coconut rice, salads, and desserts. The restaurant is located behind the Gulf Canada Parkade. Thai Sa-on is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday for dinner. Closed Sunday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, wine/beer/alcohol
VISA/MC, $$

The Coup

924 17th Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0A2

(403) 541-1041

Café/eclectic. The Coup is committed to using local, sustainable, and ethical ingredients and resources. Many of their menu items are made with produce from their own garden. You’ll recognize many local companies on the wine and beer list. The menu has a wide variety of unique items such as the Falafel Quesadillas. The Coup has live music in the evenings every weekend and supports local artists by displaying their work throughout the restaurant.

Open Tuesday through Friday for breakfast and lunch. Open Saturday and Sunday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Closed Monday.
Full service
esperesso, beer, wine, alcohol, take-out
VISA/MC/DISC, $$

The King & I Thai Cuisine

822 11th Ave., SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E5

(403) 264-7241

Thai. Enjoy the contemporary décor with soft jazz background music at The King & I. Vegetarian selections include Moo Moo King Tofu, Chu Chi Vegetables, Galanga Cashew Veggies, and Buddha's Delight. Reservations are accepted.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, espresso/cappuccino, wine/beer/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX/DC, $$

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Cochrane

·Thai Onzon

115 5th Ave., W., Cochrane, AB T4C 1B1

(403) 981-1499

Vegetarian/Thai. Thai Onzon offers fresh and flavorful all-vegetarian Thai cuisine. Enjoy dishes like Kao Soy (noodles with yellow curry sauce), Swimming Rama (baby spinach in peanut sauce), and Panang (veggie sautéed red chili paste in coconut milk). The dessert menu includes a variety of Thai recipes and vegan cakes. Thai Onzon is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday and Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC, $$

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Edmonton

Highlevel Diner

10912 88 Ave., Edmonton, AB T6G 0Z1

(403) 433-0993

Natural foods. The Highlevel Diner is an environmentally responsible natural foods eatery furnished with antiques and decorated with local artwork. Vegetarian options include salads, vegan chili, sandwiches, spinach pie, enchiladas, and mushroom stroganoff. Patio dining available.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, wine/beer/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX, $$

·Loma House Vegetarian Express

9142 23 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton, AB T6N 1H9

(780) 466-8391

Vegetarian/Chinese. Loma House Vegetarian Express offers an all-vegetarian menu that is mostly vegan. Enjoy such dishes as Red Curry Mutton, Spicy Eggplant, and Teriyaki 'Chicken.'

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, smoothies
VISA/MC, $-$$

New Asian Village

10143 Saskatchewan Dr., NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 4R5

(780) 433-3804

9803 34 Ave., NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 5X8

(780) 463-9997

17507 100 Ave., NW, Edmonton, AB T5S 2B8

(780) 488-6666

320 Manning Crossing NW, Edmonton, AB T5A 5A1

(780) 473-7777

Indian. In an atmosphere of Indian decor and music, vegetarian options are provided by a friendly staff.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for dinner
Full service
take-out, catering, wine/beer/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX, $$

·Noorish Conscious Eatery and Superfood Elixir Bar

8440 109th St., Edmonton, AB T6G 1E2

(780) 756-6880

Vegetarian/raw foods/organic. Noorish Conscious Eatery and Superfood Elixir Bar is a one-of-a-kind place with not only a café featuring various raw and vegan delights, but also a yoga studio offering classes daily. When describing themselves they write, "Noorish is a multi-faceted conscious eatery, smoothie bar and community platform for events, conscious living, education, yoga and meditation." They offer playful foods such as raw vegan 'Nearly Nirvana Nachos' and a vegan 'Bodhi Tree Burger.' Breakfast and dessert items are also on the menu including the 'Wonderous Walnut Brownie,' a delicious cacao walnut pecan brownie topped with a creamy vanilla cashew topping. Reservations are accepted.

Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for three meals. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, smoothies
VISA/MC, $-$$

··Padmanadi Vegetarian Restaurant

10740 - 101 St., Edmonton, AB T5H 2S3

(780) 428-8899

Vegan/Indonesian. The food at Padmanadi is a blend of Indonesian, Chinese, Thai, and Indian cuisines and is all-vegan. The menu contains a variety of options including rice and noodle dishes, mockmeats, and wheat-free selections. Try such dishes as Chili Tofu, Spicy Coconut Eggplant, BBQ 'Pork,' or Ginger 'Beef.' Padmanadi is closed between lunch/brunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
take-out, delivery, soymilk, espresso, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

·The Clever Rabbit Vegetarian Café

10722 124 St., NW, Edmonton, AB T5M 0H1

(780) 455-4550

Vegetarian/café. At The Clever Rabbit, you can find something to satisfy any sort of craving! Breakfast is available all day and includes Vegan Egg & Tofu Biscuits. The dinner menu is quite eclectic, with items ranging from TVP Tacos to Seitan Vegan Donair. For dessert, choose from any of their vegan donuts or the popular Nanaimo Bars and Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for lunch. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, smoothies, espresso/cappuccino, soymilk
VISA/MC, $-$$

·The Happy Camel Mediterranean Pita Bakery and Deli

6404-177 St., Edmonton, AB T5T 4J5

(780) 487-7482

Vegetarian/natural foods. At The Happy Camel they keep things simple with salads, handmade pita bread and a variety of traditional Mediterranean spreads. Try one of their whole wheat pitas with garlicky hummus or the red lentils pate with sundried tomatoes and olive oil. Gluten free pitas are also available.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday.
Counter service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC/DISC, $$

The King & I Thai Cuisine

8208 107 St., NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 6P4

(780) 433-2222

Thai. The owners emphasize healthy cooking, and special requests will be cooked to order. The Vegetarian Bird's Nest entrée is a must!

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for dinner
Full service
take-out, wine/beer/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX, $-$$

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