If the world was about to end and the only food available to eat was mac and cheese, I’d survive because it is my favourite food! Ironically, I’m lactose intolerant – dairy foods are my (food) worst enemies. However, that does not stop me from eating it, as the saying goes ‘you want what you can’t have’.
Thankfully, I live in the beautiful city of Toronto, where the streets are full of vegan and vegetarian restaurants that serve my ultimate comfort food, macaroni and cheese. So, I went on a mission to find the best the city has to offer.
Here are my top 5 must try vegetarian & vegan mac and cheese dishes in Toronto:
#5 Hard Rock Cafe
I managed to visit the Hard Rock Cafe’s Toronto location in May before it closed to try their vegetarian Mac Daddy Mac & Cheese. It is amazing, made with twisted macaroni in a creamy cheese sauce and it even comes with a side of garlic bread! I felt like I was in rockstar heaven! If you are ever in the Niagara Falls area (or anywhere else in the world where the Hardrock Cafe is located), I totally recommend trying this dish!
I’m hurt that the Hard Rock closed in Toronto and that’s why I ranked this dish at number five. Also, it is technically an appetizer; I had it as my main because their menu is not very vegetarian friendly.
#4 Thompson Diner
The Thompson Diner is a Toronto staple. Has anyone ever gone to the Thompson Diner and ordered something other than their Double Mac & Cheese made with Truffle Oil? It’s delicious! The Diner is open until 3am everyday and I’ve enjoyed many late night meals here. The menu says it’s made with LOTS of asiago and mozzarella cheese; as you can tell, I like anything with lots of cheese!
I can’t have it all of the time because it’s very rich, that’s why it is number four. Although it is mouth watering, I would not be able to survive on this mac and cheese dish every day unless I wanted to weigh 400lbs.
You can find their menu here.
#3 Grasshopper Restaurant
Located in the Junction area and on College Street, Grasshopper’s vegan Quinoa Mac ‘N Cheese is a game changer. Meals like this make me consider going vegan. It’s made with quinoa rice (red and white) macaroni in a creamy ‘cheesy’ vegan chedda sauce, you can’t tell it’s not the real deal.
I ranked this dish at number three because it is the healthiest one for me to eat. Since this is vegan, it doesn’t make my tummy spin and my lactose intolerant pills are not required. Also, I’m glad there are multiple locations and I don’t have to trek to the Junction in order to get my fix.
#2 The Sweet Potato
This past winter, I interned at a social media marketing agency located in the Junction area and was introduced to The Sweet Potato. It’s not a restaurant, but a little organic food store that also sells prepared food. One day I stumbled accross their baked vegetarian Mac and Cheese, and I knew I had to give it a try. My verdict? Mouth watering good. You can find it on the shelf in their prepared food section.
Ranked at number two, this dish is delish! Plus, the Sweet Potato has the nicest staff. Even though it’s a grocery store, their prepared food is made fresh every day. If you’re ever in the Junction area, I highly recommend visiting this food store because it will change your life.
#1 Mom’s home cooked mac, broccoli and cheese
One of the reasons why I still live at home is because my mom is an unreal cook. A specialty of hers and my personal favourite is mac, roasted broccoli (plus tons of other veggies) and cheese. Made just for me, mom puts a healthy spin to my favourite dish by using whole wheat macaroni, and reduced fat cheeses. It’s really tasty.
Out of all the ones I have tried, nothing beats my mom’s home cooked mac and cheese!
Have you tried unreal mac and cheese in Toronto? My research is on-going, please reply in the comments where your favourite hotspots are.