Hope you all had a fantastic Canada Day long weekend! Mine has been a bender of gluttonous eating! Tonight’s plain-jane dinner and roasted veggies were a welcome return to normalcy.
For my boyfriend’s birthday and in celebration of making it through a tough month, we decided to treat ourselves and try Doomie’s, a well-known vegan comfort food spot in the West end.
We made the unfortunate choice to go during a heat wave, and I will caution that Doomie’s is neither air-conditioned nor well ventilated. The heat was so oppressive to me that it almost took my appetite. I do not recommend eating greasy comfort food when it’s 33 degrees outside!
That said, we were blown away by the food; nothing on the menu disappointed us (although we had to take a a portion of it home to enjoy as leftovers). While this is a bit of a trek for us from North York, it was worth the journey! Here’s what we tried:’
Macaroni and “Cheese” Bites:
Piping hot and served with hickory barbecue sauce for dipping, these were crispy on the outside, and creamy-delicious on the inside. I try to identify what type of cheese was used in the making of vegan mac… and these didn’t taste like a cashew base or squash to me. They were really savoury and creamy – not at all sweet tasting.
Buffalo “Chicken” Burger & Loaded Fun Fries
I’m a sucker for anything that has buffalo sauce, and this burger lived up to all of my buffalo sauce dreams. The patty was thick, doused in sauce and it held together. The burger came piled high with toppings and was huge!
On the side, I got loaded nacho “fun fries” which included vegan brisket, tomatoes, olives, onions, refried beans a vegan sour cream. I could only sample a bite or two in the restaurant (this whole meal was like the Olympics for my stomach), but reheated in the oven at home, they were great. Both my boyfriend and I commented on how close the texture of the brisket was to real meat (although it’s been awhile, ha).
Pulled “Pork” Sandwich
This was the favourite for us! Smothered in a delicious hickory-tasting sauce, this burger was gone in a few bites, although it’s a little sloppier to eat. Grab some extra napkins and dig in – The photo really doesn’t do it justice!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake
…with two straws please! We split this (and everything) and it was also outstanding. I would guess that cashew ice cream was used, and the resulting milkshake was creamy and really thick – you could eat it with a spoon! Coconut whip on top was the perfect finish. This will fill you right up, so tread lightly 😉
Vegan food is usually pricy, especially when served in trendy Queen West spots. While this meal won’t be cheap, I thought it was pretty reasonable for the quality and portions of the food. We will doubtless go back for more tasty cheats at some point, but we’ll order way less food now that the novelty inaugural visit is behind us! That will take discipline because everything is so good and it’s impossible to choose 😉
Have you tried Doomie’s or other vegan junk spots? I’d love to know which places and menu items get your recommendations!