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The Best Vegan Options At York University

The Best Vegan Options At York University

Being a vegan on a university campus can be intimidating. YorkU does make things a little easier by including a list of vegetarian and vegan options on their website. Unfortunately, this list is outdated including restaurants that have long left York, and missing restaurants that have come into play the past couple years. Following a special diet such as being vegan or vegetarian in university is possible, though it takes some effort. A lot of this effort goes into figuring out what foods you can eat outside of homemade dishes, so that you’re still able to go out to eat with family and friends. This is my extensive list of vegan options at York University that I use to navigate what to indulge, and what to avoid on campus.

Jimmy the Greek

What’s Vegan:

  • Veggie Pita (Confirm no feta)
  • Falafel Pita (Confirm no feta)
  • Greek Salad with no feta
  • Oven Roasted Potatoes
  • Oven Baked Rice

Falafel Hut

What’s Vegan:

  • Hummus & Pita Falafel
  • Artichoke Salad, Chickpea Salad, and Eggplant Salad
  • Veggie Delight
  • Fried Eggplant, and Fried Cauliflower
  • Tabouleh Salad, and Garden Salad
  • Lentil Soup

Great Canadian Bagel

What’s Vegan:

  • All bagels with exception of French toast bagel, and those with cheese on top
  • Veggie Sandwiches

 

Berries and Bloom

What’s Vegan:

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Pre-made salads (York Animal Rights Group has NOT confirmed which of these salads are vegan or vegetarian so careful with these, and ask Berries and Bloom employees)

 

The Absinthe Pub and Coffee Shop

What’s Vegan:

  • Hummus Platter
  • Vegan Chilli
  • The Ab also has vegan soups on rotation so ask your server!

 

Booster Juice

What’s Vegan:

  • Juices
  • Wheatgrass shot
  • Matcha Shaker
  • Acai Berry Bowl
  • Remember that boosters (ex: energy booster) contain bee pollen and therefore are NOT vegan

 

Indian Flavour

What’s Vegan:

  • Rice
  • Chana (Chickpeas)
  • Daal (Lentils)
  • Potatoes
  • Veggie Samos’s
  • Mixed Vegetables
  • MOST Curries (Confirm with Indian Chana employees)
  • Some salads

 

Orange Snail

What’s Vegan:

  • The Orange Snail doesn’t list what’s vegan on their menu, but I wanted to include it since the owners are very approachable and were always super helpful in letting me know what I should avoid

Pagoda

What’s Vegan:

  • Mixed Vegetables
  • Tofu
  • Sesame Potatoes
  • Spring Rolls
  • Salad

Pita Pit

What’s Vegan:

  • Garden Sandwich
  • Hummus
  • Falafel
  • Since pitas are made in front of you, you can order any of their pitas with only vegan ingredients

 

Express

What’s Vegan:

  • Vegetable Sushi Rolls

The Underground

What’s Vegan:

  • Baked Empanadas

 

Wendy’s

What’s Vegan:

  • Mandarin Chicken Salad (Request without chicken)
  • Salad with fat free ranch dressing, or Italian vinaigrette
  • Plain baked potato

Z-Teca

What’s vegan:

  • Chips & Salsa
  • Z-teca has vegetarian soups, burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and salads. To make them vegan ask for no cheese and no sour cream.

 

Second Cup

What’s Vegan:

  • Italian Soda
  • Sparkling Green Tea Lemonade
  • Frozen Lemonade
  • Brewed Ice Teas
  • Whole Leaf Teas

 

Tim Horton’s

What’s Vegan:

  • All Rolls
  • Hearty Mixed Vegetable Soup
  • 12 Grain, Blueberry, Cinnamon Raisin, Everything, Onion, Plain, Poppy, Sesame Seed Bagels
  • Cookies

 

Starbucks

What’s Vegan:

  • Black Americano
  • Soy Latte
  • Refreshers
  • Soy Mocha Frappuccino
  • Overnight Oats
  • Hippeas
  • Fruit Salads and Dried Fruit
  • Roasted Almonds and Mixed Nuts
  • Dark Chocolate Bars
  • Potato Chips
  • Plain, Sprouted Grain, Multigrain Bagels
  • Avocado Spread
  • Raw Granola Bars

 

La Prep

What’s Vegan:

  • Tuscan Summer Salad (ask for no chicken, no parmesan)
  • Lemony Chickpea Salad
  • Avocado BLT (ask for no bacon)
  • Toast with Jam or Peanut Butter
  • Fresh Fruit Salad

 

Mac Sushi

What’s Vegan:

  • Spicy Crunch Vegetable Rolls
  • Vegetarian California Rolls (ensure no crab)

Thai Express

What’s Vegan:

  • Thai Express states on their website: “Even with precautions our products might have been in contact with products containing animal or seafood during transportation or preparation” so be aware of this
  • Pad Thai (ask for no eggs)
  • Pad Sew (ask for no eggs)
  • Stir Fry (ask for no eggs)
  • When ordering ensure the sauce you’re using is vegan otherwise they will add fish sauce
  • Be aware tofu is questionable at Thai Express as it is deep fried in eggs as far as I know but confirm with cashier

 

Central Square

What’s Vegan:

  • Tofu Pasta
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Vegetables with Hummus
  • SOME soups

Stong Cafeteria

What’s Vegan:

  • Veggie Sandwiches
  • Salad Bar
  • Falafel Shawarma

Winters Cafeteria

What’s Vegan:

  • Falafel
  • All salads with falafel are vegan
Please let me know in the comments if there are any errors on this list due to restaurants changing their ingredients, or simple miscommunication. If you know of any other vegan options at York University, leave them in the comments as well!

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Lastly, it’s is always a good idea to confirm with restaurant employees that your dish is free from animal products, just to be safe.
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