Toronto’s Best Sandwiches: a vegan-friendly “cheeseburger” from Live Food Bar
By Karolyne Ellacott
Veg out (Image: Karolyne Ellacott)
Dupont Street’s Live Food Bar is one of the city’s original havens for vegans. Opened in 2002, the eatery is the work of siblings Jennifer and Chris Italiano, who strive to offer vegan food that appeals to everyone. With menu staples including sushi, Caesar salad and a black bean burrito, it’s easy for non-vegans to pinpoint some normal-sounding items, but veg-lovers can rejoice, having the pick of the litter for once.
From the sandwich list, we singled out the hearty-sounding bacon cheeseburger which, naturally, has neither bacon nor cheese ($15). The hub of the sandwich is the chickpea patty: a medley of cooked chickpeas topped with macadamia nut cheese. Strips of eggplant “bacon” sit on top, joined by tomatoes and arugula and dressed with both sesame hemp mayo and a house barbecue sauce. Placed into a gluten-free bun, the burger comes with a side of pickles and a handful of “chips” (thin slices of dehydrated carrots and zucchini).
This may be the only time you can chow down on a burger and say with certainty that it’s for your health.
Live Food Bar, 264 Dupont St., 416-515-2002
More of Toronto’s best sandwiches:
The Cuban from The Stockyards
The mozzarella avocado melt from The Rectory Café
The vegan-friendly BLT from Tori’s Bakeshop