Toronto, ON M5T 1P1
A cheery neighbourhood staple for over 10 years now, Urban Herbivore is Kensington Market’s go-to place for vegetarian-friendly grub. Taking over a corner space on one of the market’s main thoroughfares, the Herbivore has an extremely loyal following in the community. With plenty of lime-green accents and ferns hanging from the ceiling, the space feels as though you’ve stumbled into an eatery straight off a Thai beach. Executive chef Christopher Barrett whips up hearty vegetarian and vegan delights, including the grilled vegetable sandwich ($12). The base of the dish is rosemary focaccia, which is baked thrice daily. Miso butter is slathered onto the bread, acting as a barrier, before the slab is loaded up with grilled market veggies: roasted peppers, zucchini, celeriac, eggplant and sweet potato. A layer of bruschetta topping and red leaf lettuce is added before the whole ensemble is finished with a lemon tahini dressing.