The hardest part of eating vegetarian is explaining to the family that the flamingo tongues at the Saturnalia banquet still count as meat. Introduce eaters of all of all persuasions to healthy vegan and vegetarian fare with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of vegan cuisine, smoothies and drinks at Fresh Restaurants. Choose from the following locations: Crawford, Bloor, or Spadina.
Led by health-food expert Ruth Tal and lauded in publications such as More, Fresh puts forth a menu of juice-bar beverages and vegan-based eats prepped fresh daily. Forage through brown basmati rice into a Ninja fresh bowl ($14), which a More columnist described as having "a plucky ginger-tamari dressing and crispy tofu cubes I have not been able to stop thinking about." In lieu of dairy and egg products obtained by arm wrestling a milkman, chefs drizzle peanut sauce over the Thai burger's ($10) vegan patty, and patrons load up fuel reserves with a freshly crafted soup, salad, and cornbread combo ($9–$11.50). Juice gurus meditate on an antioxidant-rich pomegranate and blueberry fruit smoothie ($4.50–$12) and then infuse the brew with an optional single ($2.25) or double ($4.50) shot of E3. Weekend brunch entrees ($11) such as two gluten-free pancakes arrive paired with a helping of vegan sausages that give diners the energy to throw a flaming tire through a larger flaming tire.
Fresh's casual confines were dubbed by Hello! Canada as "a haunt for visiting celebrities, local artists, mall-rat teens and young urban professionals." Each location's culinary crew helps to work toward a sustainable environment through practices such as recycling cooking oil, composting waste, and sewing uneaten lettuce to tree branches during the winter.