Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada
§ Reviewer's choice
211 Bear St., Banff, AB T1L 1B4
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.
11 Castlebridge Blvd., NE, Calgary, AB T3J 2J8
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.
303 Centre St. SW, #109, Calgary, AB T2G 2B9
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.
1235 26th Ave., Calgary, AB T2G 1R7
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.
351 10th Ave., SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0A5
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.
924 17th Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0A2
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.
822 11th Ave., SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E5
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.
115 5th Ave., W., Cochrane, AB T4C 1B1
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.
10844 82 Ave. NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2B3
Vegetarian. Saddle up to a large range of vegetarian and vegan dishes served amidst real country music. Try tofu scramble, hash browns, salads, burritos, pasta, quesadillas, or the infamous Triple Decker Tofu Clubhouse with a delicious array of sides. Local musicians perform on Wednesday nights, and the restaurant displays the work of local artists. Patio dining available.
10912 88 Ave., Edmonton, AB T6G 0Z1
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.
9142 23 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton, AB T6N 1H9
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.'
10143 Saskatchewan Dr., NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 4R5
9803 34 Ave., NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 5X8
17507 100 Ave., NW, Edmonton, AB T5S 2B8
320 Manning Crossing NW, Edmonton, AB T5A 5A1
Indian. In an atmosphere of Indian decor and music, vegetarian options are provided by a friendly staff.
8440 109th St., Edmonton, AB T6G 1E2
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.
10740 - 101 St., Edmonton, AB T5H 2S3
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.
12809 66 St. NW, Edmonton, AB T5C 0A4
Vegan/bakery. Tamiri Bites is bakery that produces treats that are vegan, raw, gluten-free, and refined-sugar free. Don’t leave without trying one of their fifteen flavors of cashew-based cheesecake, raw cookies, or a savory Pad-Thai bite to-go. For a nut-free dessert, try their coconut bites. Visit their website to find out the several coffee shops, restaurants and supermarkets that carry their products.
10722 124 St., NW, Edmonton, AB T5M 0H1
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.
6404-177 St., Edmonton, AB T5T 4J5
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.
8208 107 St., NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 6P4
Thai. The owners emphasize healthy cooking, and special requests will be cooked to order. The Vegetarian Bird's Nest entrée is a must!