Summer vacation this year was delightful culinary trip covering some of the renowned food Meccas in North America. Read on to get a taste of our favorite picks from various cities.
The Niagara Falls are on every tourist’s to-do list and we discovered that apart from the breathtaking falls the charming town of Niagara-on the Lake has amazing “farm to table” concept restaurants and local wine bars. Treadwell Farm to table sources all its produce from the best artisan farmers within a 100 mile radius and guarantees dishes bursting with natural flavors and colors. Vegetarian and vegan friendly options are available. The staff is extremely friendly and makes sure you enjoy your meal thoroughly.
- Foccacia with Roasted Pepper jelly, Cheese & Arugula ; Roasted Beet Salad with Feta & Dill
- Homemade Linguine with Brussels sprouts, Spinach, French mustard sauce, Brown butter, Emmental Cheese
- Dark Chocolate Caramel Tart with Salted Caramel Ice-cream and Pretzel Crunch
Budget: CAD 80-90 for two with wine
Pizzeria Libretto, Downtown
In the heart of downtown Toronto, with three branches Pizzeria Libretto at University Ave, has a spacious terrace perfect for the Canadian summer. Their specialty is Wood fired Neapolitan Pizza paired with Canadian or Italian wines, as you like it.
- Grilled Eggplant: Tomato, Basil, Chili Flakes, Ricotta Salata
- Pizza of the Day: Tomato, Zuchinni, Buffala, Mint
Budget: CAD 30 per head with wine
Maoz, Multiple locations
After being a diehard Maoz fan in Europe, I was delighted to find my favorite Falafel vegetarian chain in Chicago. Maoz’s signature dish is the Falafel as the centerpiece of a sandwich or salad with a variety of toppings such as Hummus, Babaganoush, Feta cheese etc. What’s unique is that they even have a vegan shawarma! The Juice Stand completes your meal with fresh fruit blended juices from ABC to healthier options with Kale and Celery
- Falafel Salad with Hummus, Yogurt Mint dressing, Olives , Tomato Salsa ,Coriander Chilli salsa
- Juice Stand : UP Beet with Apple, Beets, Carrot, Orange, Ginger, Celery
Budget: $10- $12 per head
Ann Sather, Multiple Locations
Established over sixty years ago, Ann Sather is a Swedish diner and has become a Chicago institution for breakfast fare. With a traditional décor that takes you back in time, you are welcomed by wicker chairs and the comforting aroma of freshly baked cinnamon rolls. There is a decent selection of vegetarian options especially if you eat eggs. The menu offers a variety of omelets for the lacto-ovo-vegetarians as well as Breakfast wraps for the vegans. Looking for a something sweet instead? There are pancakes, Waffles and More.
- Veggie Florentine :Poached Eggs, Assorted Fresh Vegetables and Hollandaise Sauce
- Mexican Omelet: An Avocado Delight Served with Homemade Salsa
- All Egg Entrees are served with Cinnamon rolls which are a must try!
Budget: $15-20 / head
WASHINGTON D.C. USA
Ethiopian cuisine is sorely missed in Asia and DC is said to be the “capital” of Ethiopian food outside of Ethiopia. Das Ethiopian was started by a vegetarian lady about 5 years ago who is extremely welcoming and friendly. Ethiopian food is characterized by the several spicy vegetable dishes, local cheese and salads, served on injera, a large sourdough pancake made of Teff flour (Similar to quinoa). As you can imagine Ethiopian food is quite hearty and healthy given the balance of proteins and vegetables.
- Vegetarian sampler with Injera : red & yellow lentils, greens, eggplant, carrots & string beans
Budget: $20 -25 per head with wine
Tru Food Kitchen specializes in an anti-inflammatory diet, simply put no preservatives, no artificial sugars, no processed ingredients. With an open kitchen and a large modern opening dine in area Tru food is a perfect brunch spot. With a wide selection of healthy, vegan, vegetarian dishes your search for a delicious green experience ends here.
- Edamame Dumplings ; Watermelon & Feta Salad
- Quinoa Tagliatelle with summer vegetables
- Cucumber Citrus Skinny Margarita (several non-alcoholic refreshers are available)
- Flourless Chocolate Cake with Almond Butter & Caramel
Budget: $40 for two
I was wondering if this was another ‘Farm to Table’ restaurant when I discovered it wasn’t just that. Founding Farmers is owned by American Family farmers and their mantra is quality is natural Ingredients. They have also invented Farm to Still™ a proprietary line of spirits, Founding Farmers Whiskey and Gin. Coined Farm to Cork™ they also develop their own line of wines.
- Butternut Squash Mascarpone Ravioli
- Many Vegetable Salad: Avocado, Egg, Peanuts, Cannellini, Onion, Tomato, Romano
- Farm to Still™ Farm Daisy (Gin based cocktail with green chartreuse lemon, lemongrass)
Budget: $25-30 per person with drinks
Piadina, West Village
If you are looking for some authentic, warm and feel good Italian that will make you go Mamma Mia, Piadina is a real find. Tucked away in West Village with a cellar like ambience, Piadina brings you home to the comforting flavors of toasty piadina, gorgeous gnocchi and Italian wine. Perfect for an evening with friends or a romantic date!
- Caprese Alla Bufala
- Gnocchi Verdi Al Pomodoro E Basilico: homemade spinach gnocchi with tomato sauce and basil
- Papardelle a la Truffe
Budget: $30 per head with wine
What’s sushi for a vegetarian you might ask? Beyond Sushi explains that beautifully by breaking boundaries and creating some fresh and exotic vegetarian bites. Blending flavors from East and West, the menu boasts of an array of rolls, wraps, salads, soups and desserts. They also have Monthly specials which are a must try!
- Spicy Mang : Black rice – Avocado – Mango – English cucumber – Spicy veggies
- La fiesta: Black rice – Avocado – Chayote – Pickled jalapenõ – Cilantro
Budget $20 per head
On Fifth Avenue, you do everything in style. The sophistication of Illili brings true Lebanese food and style to life. I absolutely love Lebanese food because of the lip smacking variety for vegetarians and healthy balance between mezze, fresh herbs, salads and pita. Ilili serves some unique vegetarian mezze that will taunt any meat lovers. Reserve a table for a stylish Lebanese lounge dinner with friends before you head out to party!
- Cold Mezze: Tabbouleh, Hommos and Baba Ghanouj
- Hot Mezze : Falafel, Moujadara Croquette, Arnabeet Mekle, Batata Harra
Budget: $30- 35 per head with wine