Lettuce Love Cafe Burlington Canada
When I first moved to Toronto, I did some research on vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants in the area. To my surprise, a town 45 minutes out of Toronto called Burlington seemed to be the vegan mecca. For no discernible reason, it was home to several vegan restaurants, cafes, and bakeries.
I’m still no closer to understanding why this town is the veggie mecca, but I can now say that I’ve been and had the Burlington vegan experience at Lettuce Love Café.
Lettuce Love Café, formerly known as KindFood, was created by vegan chef Kelly Childs, out of a desire to share her knowledge of plant based and vegan food. And not only is Lettuce Love good for vegans and vegetarians, it’s also gluten free – making it safe for people with food intolerances and allergies to wheat and dairy.
After suggestions from our pretty, fresh-faced waitresses, we choose avocado fries and the vegan nachos, which we’re told are large enough for two people to share and not go hungry.
Adam picks the Real Brew Outrageous Ginger Ale, and I choose the Rise Kombucha Lemongrass Sparkling Living Tea. Mine reminds me of a more delicate lemon ruski, sans the sugary aftertaste and lack of dignity.
The avocado fries arrive – evenly sliced wedges of avocado, seasoned with herbs and spices, lightly baked, and served with chipotle mayo.
Adam describes the fries as unlike anything he’s ever tried before and he’s particularly taken with them.
I describe them as BLERGH. This is nothing to do with the chef’s skills and all to do with my hatred of avocado. Even tossed lovingly in seasoning and baked, I still can’t enjoy them.
The vegan nachos, on the other hand, I could eat for every meal for the rest of my life.
Vegan nachos come in an extensive array of creations: seitan faux ground meat with vegan cheese, roasted vegetables and chunky tomato salsa, crumbled up veggie patties and tofu sour cream… the varieties seem to be endless.
Lettuce Love nachos are organic corn tortillas with generous heapings of chilli marinated tempeh and daiya cheese, tomato, onion, lettuce, cilantro, avocado, fresh line, and dairy-free sour cream. I’m in nacho heaven.
Adam’s satisfied at this stage, but I’d only had a smoothie to eat that day so we ordered a small serving of the Chakra Salad for me to snack on. The colours are vibrant and it’s very similar to something I make at home – just a lot better than mine!
The Chakra Salad is a combination of lettuce and kale mixed with quinoa, chickpeas, black beans, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, with a balsamic orange dressing.
After Lettuce Love, we check out the waterfront at Burlington.
I’m struck by how beautiful Burlington is. It sits on Lake Ontario’s shorefront, and the lack of high rise office towers and condominium complexes when compared to Toronto’s shorefront is noticeable.
It’s interesting how when you move to a country, the main city is the first place that springs to mind, but so many outer cities have so much to offer.
Do you have any restaurants that you go out of your way to eat at?
Location: 399 John St, Burlington, ON L7R 2K3
Contact Details and Opening hours: 905 – 637- 2700, firstname.lastname@example.org, closed Mondays, Open: Tuesday 11-6, Wednesday to Friday 11-9, Saturday 11-9, and Sunday 11-4.
Cost: Approximately $50, including tip and tax.
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