Meatless and the City :: Blue Plate Diner

Before there were restaurants like Noorish and mainstream eateries offering more options than cheese pasta, there was Blue Plate Diner.

Serving casual fair, in a cozy atmosphere since 2003, this 104th Street gem has always been vegetarian friendly.

Famous for their veggie burgers (which FYI, they sell frozen in packages to take home) made with beets, turnips, zucchini, carrots, sunflower seeds and rice. But any of their vegetarian entrees are satisfying, filling and tasty. There’s six to choose from, on top of the eight veggie-friendly starters.

Be sure to add the Indian and tomato salad to any of your orders.

Fresh tomato wedges, red onion and cilantro leaves tossed with lemon, olive oil & chaat masala (a sweet & sour Indian spice blend of ginger, salt, pepper, cumin, chilli powder and other spices).

Or if you’re into sharing, the Falafel Platter is one of the best in town.

Four fried chickpea fritters with roasted red pepper hummus, tzatziki and tabouleh (chopped tomatoes, parsley, mint, onion, lemon, olive oil & bulgur). Served with warm pita bread.

While you’re waiting for your meal, check out local artists work covering the brick walls.

Blue Plate Diner (10145 - 104 Street, 780.429.0740, blueplatediner.ca)