What’s Vegan at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)?
My partner and I travel quite a bit. This past Christmas vacation was my first travelling experience being Vegan. During the time I was vegetarian, finding food when I was out was never an issue. I really didn’t need to research food options before going anywhere. Being vegan has been a different story. It can be fairly stressful to be somewhere new, starving, and have to search for something you can eat. Before I left for the airport this trip, I quickly searched online for what my options would be at the airport ( I anxiety eat, I hate flying) I found 1 or 2 places I knew, and figured that would suffice-well it wasn’t. I forgot that we wouldn’t have access to all terminals. As well, the 2 places I found were located before customs. We raced to check in, went through customs and realized that we were now going to starve. Well, not quite but it felt like that at the time. So back online I went.
Pearson’s website has a food finder under the title “Food & drink” You can put the terminal you are in, pre security or after, international or Canadian. There is a search bar you can type in exactly what it is you are looking for. So I typed in “ vegan,” But of course only vegetarian options showed up. While at the airport, I looked up 2 or 3 places then began the tedious task of googling each restaurants menus, and calling them when need be to clarify ingredients. It was annoying, so I figured, to make this a little easier for the next vegan at YYZ I should write a blog post about it. So here it is. If you notice food or restaurant is missing, it’s because I contacted them and they were not able to confirm if any of their food was vegan friendly, so I left it off to avoid confusion. The airport gets new restaurants all the time, so I will update this list every now and again.
I ended up getting a glazed yam burrito from Smokes Burritorie. It was my first time going there, and it was fantastic. I got it with rice beans & all the veggies on it, and topped with salsa & guac. I wish there was one of these restaurants near to wear I live cause I’ve been craving it ever since.
- Glazed yam burrito
- Vegetarian potato samosa
- Guac, tortilla chips
- Fruit bowl
- Spring mixed greens, red wine vinaigrette
- Edamame, & spicy Edamame
- Japanese kimchi
- Vegetarian curry
- Vegetarian california maki roll
- Oatmeal available for break fast
- Fries are ok
- Sweet potato fries, without the mayonnaise
- Their veggie burger says it contains milk, so does their onion rings 😦
All there smoothies can be made without whey or yogurt. Ask for it to be made vegan with almond milk.
Camden Food Co
Seems to be a very ethical company. Although a menu is not online, it states that all there products are bought within a 100 mile radius and that “those with specific diets we have (take a deep breath): organic, non-GMO, kosher, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, low fat, and anti-oxidant rich fare “
- Fried rice ( ask to be made without egg
- Stir fry, with,- Cashew nut
– Sweet and sour
– Basil sauces- Ginger
- Pad tai ( ask to be made without egg)
- Pad stew ( ask to be made without egg)
- The majority of bagels are vegan, including, plain,12 grain, everything, cinnamon raisin, sesame seed, poppy-seed, blueberry, pretzel and onion, as well as their loaves. I usually get tomato lettuce onion cucumber on a bagel, There are not any sauces you can add there, I like mustard but they only carry honey mustard. So I keep packets in my purse for this purpose lol. I eat there a lot lol. Or you can just have a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
- Potato wedges and hash-browns
- Oatmeal with berries
- Garden salad add balsamic dressing
- Harvest vegetable soup ( if they have it)
- green salad
- Spicy green coconut curry
- Blazing bahn fire noodles
- Sweet and spicy peanut slaw
Built custom burgers
- Vegan burger
Fetta Panini Bar
- Seasonal fruit bowl
- Marinated olives
- Mixed baby greens
- The detox (ask for no dressing)
Heirloom Bakery Cafe
- Fall harvest superfood salad
- Black bean edamame salad
- Fire roasted cauliflower
- Grapefruit if you ask for it with no honey
- Grapefuit if you ask for no honey
- Chana masala
- Vegetable samosa
- Aloo chat
- Basmati rice
- Tomato chutney
- Mango and mint chutney
- Roasted vegetable sandwich, ask for without feta
- Cumin chickpea salad ask for without feta
- Mixed green salad
- Fall quinoa salad
- Morning glory vegan cookie. ( yay to vegan baked goods options!)
Personally my favorite option, the food is great, tons of options.It is located BEFORE security. Don’t forget like I did lol.
There is the option to make a salad or wrap or bowl completely custom. Or, you can choose from something off of the menu, most meals that have meat you can ask for falafel or tofu. And the others that have dairy or non vegan dressing, you can ask them to hold that. As a bonus all packaging used at Freshii are made from Eco-friendly materials and are recyclable or biodegradable. I you buy a warrior bowl, proceeds go towards building gardens and school kitchens in developing countries.
- Avocado roll
- Cucumber roll
- Vegetarian california roll
Grilled vegetable sandwich, ask them to hold the mozzarella, pesto ( if containing cheese) and rouille.
- Breakfast fruit plate
- Italiana salad – ask for just olive oil dressing. There is a disclaimer that all salads come with honey in them otherwise.
- Giadiniera salad
- Pasta your way, ask for tomato sauce or garlic and oil,
- Vegatariano panini
- Misticanza salad
- Roasted beets (hold ricotta)
- Arugula salad ( hold parmesan)
- Mushroom quinoa salad
- spaghetti pomadoro ( hold parmesan)
- Breakfast fruit
Extreme Pita/ Purblendz
- Mediterranean vegetable, (request no cheese, or tatziki sauce )
- Sriracha falafel
- Flat bakes pita, veggie ( hold feta)
- Extreme entrée mediterranean falafel ( hold cheese)
- Variety of salads, but no menu for those seem to be available online.