These veggie and vegan Vancouver restaurants are expanding, big time

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It’s a good time to be a plant-based eater in Vancouver, thanks to what seems like an ever-expanding range of options for meals, snacks, drinks, and treats.

There are three Vancouver-born restaurants, though, that are not only very veg-friendly, but are also growing their reach by adding multiple new locations.

MeeT

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MeeT’s signature Chili Cauliflower (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)

Featuring vegetarian and vegan comfort food (think burgers you need a stack of napkins to tackle and a signature fried cauliflower dish), MeeT began on Main with their first restaurant in 2014, before opening a second location in Gastown two years later. Now a third location, this one in Yaletown, is set to open by the end of 2017, giving veg fans three places to MeeT and eat.

Locations: 12 Water Street; 4288 Main Street; 1165 Mainland Street (opening soon)

Heirloom Vegetarian

It’s been more of a slow burn for the expansion of Heirloom. The vegetarian and vegan restaurant’s South Granville location has been going strong and steady for a few years now, always pleasing fans with their food and drink. Though they did open an off-shoot juice window, the real growth is about to unfold, as they prep at least two new locations: one in West Vancouver at Ambleside, and one on Main Street. It’s looking like 2018 opens for them both.

Locations: 1509 West 12th Avenue; Ambleside – West Vancouver (opening 2018); Main St at 20th (opening 2018)

Virtuous Pie

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Pizzas at Virtuous Pie in Vancouver (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)

Who knew that a vegan pizza joint would capture so many ominivore hearts? And yet that’s just what the all plant-based Virtuous Pie did earlier this year with their clever pies featuring big flavours and their housemade nut cheeses. They’ve already taken the big cross-border leap and opened up in Portland, Oregon, and they’ve got a Toronto location and a second Vancouver location in the works.

Locations: 583 Main Street; 3339 Shrum Lane – UBC Wesbrook Village (opening soon)

 

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Lindsay is a Senior Writer at Vancouver Is Awesome. A fifth generation Vancouverite, she was previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive and Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz. Lindsay grew up in Vancouver and Toronto, then spent over 20 years in Los Angeles, where she was EIC of the city's top blog, earned her Masters in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com