The Whip Veggie Burger ($13)
Oh this is so good. A truly crave-worthy veggie burger. The patty is made in house with beets, black beans and carrots. It sits between a sourdough bun and is dressed with a sweet chili glaze, chipotle aioli, lettuce and tomato. Because of the sourdough bun and aioli, the burger tastes slightly tart. This mingles really well with some of the sweet flavours of the glaze, carrots and beets. The patty is a touch on the mushier side, but overall a really great taste. The bun is nice and soft. I added cheddar cheese, which was a good move if I do say so myself. The burger comes with a choice of fries, yam fries or salad. I added a side of veggie poutine for $3, which was good but maybe a bit too much gravy, which makes the fries soggy.
We arrived at around 6pm on a Friday. The place was already hoppin’ (do kids still say that these days?) with lots of people (many of the hipster variety) for after work drinks. It was very LOUD and pretty dark – definitely a bar-like atmosphere and is open until 2am. It was a relief that our baby was allowed! They had high chairs and were very welcoming. We got a seat right away and the service was fast and to-the-point.
J ordered the balsamic roasted veggie linguine ($14), which comes with garlic toast and plenty of vegetables, including asparagus. The roasted tomato balsamic reduction sauce is flavourful and the feta cheese topping gives everything a nice saltiness. Overall, a tasty pasta with lots of veggies and not just an afterthought on the menu like many vegetarian pastas tend to be.
This place has a lot of vegetarian options (maybe not so many vegan ones) and the food was all very flavourful and hearty.
J is already planning on going back for an evening with friends, but maybe this time sans baby. I’d like to try the brunch because I think the vibe would be pretty different.
I give it four spinach leaves out of five!
Other vegetarian options for lunch/dinner:
- Whips Wok: Steamed noodles with fresh vegetables in a teriyaki sauce with sesame seeds. You can add tofu for $2. I expect this wouldn’t be gluten-free because of the soy sauce.
- Fresh Garden Sandwich: avocado, cucumber, lettuce, tomato, pea shoots, & Monterrey jack cheese with garlic aioli on sourdough.
- Salads: Arugula and fig salad (vegan if you switch out the honey vinaigrette), goat cheese salad (gluten-free), taco salad (gluten-free)
Vegetarian options for brunch:
- Waffles with berry compote and whipped cream
- Stuffed French toast
- Granola yogurt and granola yogurt parfait
- California Benny with avocado and tomato
- Sambal, tomato and goat cheese omelette (gluten-free)
- Roasted veggies and monterrey jack omelette (gluten-free)
- Vegan tofu scrambler (vegan, gluten-free)
- Havana rice bowl (gluten-free)
Check out their full menu.