Work cooperative The Allium serves plant-based fare with an array of international influences and largely avoids soy and lab-made products. The result is refreshingly original vegetarian cuisine that doesn’t try to replicate the meat-eating experience. A standout is the vegan Caesar salad, made with bok choy or other seasonal greens. Just about everything on the menu can be made vegan and gluten free.
211A 12 Ave. S.W., 403-264-5416, theallium.ca
This vegetarian establishment has been going strong on 17th Avenue S.W. for more than 15 years. Most of what you’ll find on your plate is organic, local and made from scratch, meaning you get inventive dishes like ginger “beef,” mushroom “sushi” and the ever-popular cauliflower cashew burger. Cocktails are also a highlight, especially the carrot Caesar and kombucha gimlet.
924 17 Ave. S.W., 403-541-1041, thecoup.ca
About halfway between Eighty-Eight Brewing and Fort Calgary lies The Dandelion, a vegan eatery serving hearty breakfast, brunch and lunch. The buckwheat pancakes with blueberry, basil and coconut will sweeten your morning and the zoodle pesto bowl with spiralized zucchini, lemon-walnut pesto, kale, tomatoes and cashew “parmesan” makes for an energizing lunch. The Dandelion also hosts art shows, yoga and community events.
1048 8 St. S.E., 403-475-3426, thedandelionyyc.ca
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