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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

A Vegan Guide to Rural Nova Scotia

I want veganism to be accessible to everyone, so this is my guide to being vegan outside of the city in Nova Scotia. I grew up all over rural NS and have to say, even though I don't get there much anymore, you'd be surprised at the options you can find. Find the vegan guide to Halifax (HRM) here: Vegan Halifax

Pro tip: Almost all mainstream grocery store has a section with plant based milks, meat, cheeses, snacks, etc. Check the natural aisles in both Sobeys and Superstore. Many places also have restaurants that are willing to veganize items for you if nothing appears on the menu. It's important to ask questions. 

Irving Big Stop Restaurants are now serving the Beyond Burger! Locations are throughout the Maritimes. 

Welcome to The Vegan Peach's Vegan Guide to Rural Nova Scotia. 

Annapolis Royal: 
  • Annapolis Natural Foods local natural foods store that carries specialty vegan items, cruelty free cleaning and beauty supplies, bulk foods and snacks. 
  • Leo's Cafe made-to-order sandwich with sunflower spread and veggies, just specify no cheese.
  • Old Town Pub offers a veggie burger. 
  • Garrison House apparently has two vegan entrees.  
  • Bistro East reportedly has a separate vegan menu with customizable sandwiches and coconut ice cream.  
  • Founders: The menu doesn't look very vegan-friendly but if you call ahead they will take care of you. Reported to have 5 entrees that can be done vegan. 
  • Pachamama fully vegetarian cafe. Everything is made vegan but they do carry dairy milk for coffee. They have handmade gelato, raw chocolates, muffins, lunch specials, granola parfaits, snacks, smoothies, etc. and carry almond milk and coconut for coffee at no extra charge.
  • The Townhouse Brewpub & Eatery marks vegan items on the menu. Vegan chili, hummus, chana masala, apple tart. 
  • Sunflower Market sells cruelty-free beauty and cleaning supplies, bulk foods and other specialty items.
  • Brownstone Cafe offers a hummus dip platter, Black Bean & Mushroom Veggie Burger, as well as a few items that look like they may be able to be veganized upon request. 
  • The Moonlight Restaurant offers deep fried tofu with black bean sauce and also a mushroom chop suey. Rice noodles can be used in place of noodles that have egg in several of their meals.
  • Little Christo's has a number of options including falafel, hummus and other Mediterranean cuisine. 
  • The Tall and Small Cafe offers both almond and soy for beverages. Smoothies, sandwiches, a veggie burger (inquire if vegan) and wraps. 
  •  Thai Memory large menu with many vegan-friendly options. Inquire for details.
  • Bean There Cafe has almond and soy for drinks and bagels that are vegan friendly. 
  • Highwheeler Cafe offers a veggie burger and quinoa wrap which can be made vegan. Vegan baked goods are often available as well.
  •  Becca's Bayport Pub menu has marked vegan options including a black bean burger, curry, poutine, and chili.
Beaver Bank:
  • Beaver Bank Station offers a sweet potato and black bean burger and a few other items on the menu that has vegetarian options (inquire for vegan). 
  • Union Street Cafe have a veggie burger, hummus platter, salads and veggie curry and offers many different varieties of cauliflower as a meat-sub. 
  • Rising Sun Natural Foods carries specialty vegan food and cruelty-free products.
 Brier Island: 

  • South Shore Natural Foods sells cruelty-free products, supplements and other specialty items.
  • Lanna Thai Kitchen [TEMPORARILY CLOSED] serves veggie springrolls, curry dishes and other dishes that sound like they can be veganized if asked.
  • 27 South at Best Western has a portobello burger, salad, as well as a couple dishes that sound like they easily can be veganized (vegetable wrap without cheese). 
  • Fancy Pants Cafe: Lunch menu has a vegan sandwich, plus salad and the daily soup is always vegan.
  • Crystany's is a fully gluten-free restaurant that also offers several vegan options. Options include a veggie sandwich, spinach salad, mushroom dish and eggplant dip.
    • Kiwi Cafe doesn't have a lot on their menu but you will see a little note stating they will make vegan items upon request. They do have a veggie burger on the menu but not sure on the vegan status. They have a vegan power ball available and offer tea, coffee, etc. 
    • Cup of Soul offers a vegan panini and veggie burger   
    • Valley Natural Foods offers local products as well a variety of natural grocery products.
    • The Country Store specialty vegan foods, cruelty free products, supplements and more.
    • Green Elephant Cafe Offers daily items, some of which are vegetarian and occasionally vegan, such as noodle bowls, chili, and soups. 
    • The Crossing offers a vegan portobello burger (including vegenaise). A couple other dishes look like they can be veganized as well. 
    • Oaken Barrel Public House has a large menu with many marked vegetarian and vegan options. The curry bowl, fajitas,  greek salad (no feta), chickpea wrap and a few appetizers can be made vegan. 
    • Pascalice's Bistro:  The chef here is vegan and they offer a vegan rosti options with tofu and vegetables.
    Hackett's Cove: 
    • The Finer Diner has vegan dhal, bean salad and falafel. Informed by someone who has been there: "Seems they serve the Falafel on Naan bread and it does contain milk and eggs they said. Same with Dahl. You can get the Falafel on rice with just the chili sauce, but the naan is not vegan. We didn't ask if they had a substituent, like a pita or wrap, but that's a possibility."
    • Trellis Cafe has a veggie burger, soup, curry and hummus plate. 
    • Hubbard's Cove Coffee offers a vegan panini and soy milk for drinks. They are currently working on expanding their vegan options. 
    Kentville/New Minas/Coldbrook: 
    • Mere Health Foods sells health foods, supplements and cruelty-free products.
    • T.A.N. Coffee locations in Kentville and Coldbrook. Has soy milk for drinks and also has vegan treats.
    • Sushi Fang has vegan sushi options.
    • Edible Art Cafe has soy milk for drinks and sandwiches which can be made vegan (ask for no cheese). 
    • Soonhan's Sushi has veggie sushi (according to a friend the avocado rolls are amazing).
    • Lunn's Mill has a rotating menu but the vegan options (and the veg ones are pretty veganizable)

    • Golden Pond reportedly has many accidentally vegan-friendly items on the menu. The cooks and servers understand what vegan means and will advise you accordingly. 
    • White Point Beach Resort has many vegetarian menu options, inquire if vegan. The veggie burger was reported to me as vegan-friendly.
    • Lincoln Street Food is a small town restaurant who's menu changes often. Vegan options available.
    • Salt Shaker Deli has vegan pizza and a falafel burger. 
    • Laughing Whale offer almond and soy milk for drinks. 
    • The Savvy Sailor offers soy and almond for drinks and a vegan breakfast meal. 
    • The Bicycle Lunchbox small cafe style menu with several vegan options including smoothies, energy balls, wraps, burritos and soups. 
    Mahone Bay: 
    • Rebecca's Restaurant extensive vegan menu, almost everything can be made vegan.
    • Mateus Bistro offers 2 vegan salads and a peanut rice bowl.  
    • Cosmic Hippie  Boutique lots of cool items here. It's on the list for the cruelty-free beauty products they sell. 
    • The Barn is a coffeehouse that carries soy, almond and coconut milk, as well as a vegan brownie, energy balls, oatcakes and occasionally cake.  
    • The Biscuit Eater offers sandwiches, soups, salads and chilis that are available vegan. 
    • Jo-Ann's Market has a vegan wrap, samosas, oatcakes and salads. 
    • Masstown Market has a vegetarian chili and have customizable sandwiches as well.You can also find packaged snacks and such in their grocery area, such as, Belsoy pudding, Pur gum and mints, Daiya pizza, Sheese and other miscellaneous items. 
    • Sip Cafe: Has almond milk for drinks and vegan brownies.  
    Musquodoboit Harbour: 
    • Uprooted Market & Cafe offers a veggie sandwich (vegans ask for no mayo) and a vegan Buddha Bowl. They have soy milk for drinks. Also has a market with local produce. 
    • Nonesuch Cafe is an all vegetarian cafe that runs in the summer. They mainly open for special events and by chance basis. 
    Port Williams: 
    • The Port Pub has several vegetarian options (ask if they can be made vegan) but also has a vegan vegetable strudel and vegan chocolate pot de creme dessert.
    Rose Bay: 
    • Rose Bay General Store has a new bistro with many vegan options including energy balls, pizza, avocado toast, sandwiches and soup.
    • Supernutrition sells bulk foods, specialty items, supplements and cruelty-free items.
    • The Beandock carries soy milk for drinks and can make vegan sandwiches and wraps.
    • Charlotte Lane has a Thai veggie rice bowl.
    • The Ships Galley offers a portobello burger than can be made vegan suitable without cheese.
    • Flying Apron Cookery's menu changes weekly but it is suggested they offer vegan options as the website says they have a vegan burger and accommodate diet restrictions.
    • Peking Restaurant has an extensive menu of Thai and other Asian flavours that can be veganized.
    • Charlene's Nutrition Center sells cruelty-free products, specialty foods and supplements.
    • Flavor 19 offers a Thai noodle bowl. 
    • Flavor Downtown has a vegan pita, curry dishes and salad.
    • Flavor on the Water has a vegan tacos.
    • Black Spoon Bistro offers vegan sandwiches, soups and salads. Also has vegan baked goods such as cupcakes, cookies, etc.  
    • Mezza offers a falafel wrap and Lebanese plate which are both completely vegan. 
    • Doktor Luke's offers almond and coconut milk for drinks.  
    • Lebanese Flower  has a large menu with many vegan-friendly items. 
    • Habaneros is a fast food eatery with a few outlets offering burritos, tacos, bowls, quesadilla, nachos with option to build your own. Has a vegan Bombay curry bowl/burrito.
    • Bike & Bean has soy and almond milk for drinks and also sometimes has vegan baked goods from The Lively Bakery.
    • Mezza  now has a location in Tantallon and offers a vegan falafel wrap or Lebanese plate.
    • OHealthy Market sells cruelty-free products, specialty foods and more. 
    • Sun Spun Natural Foods has supplements, specialty food and other natural products. 
    • Sahla Thai has lots of dishes that can be veganized. 
    • Habaneros is a fast food eatery with a few outlets offering burritos, tacos, bowls, quesadilla, nachos with option to build your own. Has a vegan Bombay curry bowl/burrito.
    • Yoka has a large Asian menu with many vegan options.  
    • NovelTea Bookstore offers non-dairy milk for drinks, vegan somosas and pakoras and vegan treats. 
    • T.A.N. Coffee has soy milk for drinks and also has vegan treats.
    • The Rolled Oat has vegan food items such as bowls, wraps and sandwiches and vegan baked goods. 
    • Troy Restaurant offers quite a few vegan options, as well as options that can be made vegan including a vegetable kebab, hummus and falafel.
    • EOS Fine Foods specializes in natural food, specialty vegan products and cruelty-free living.
    • T.A.N. Coffee has soy milk for drinks and also has vegan treats.
    • Just Us has a location at the Wolfville market, as well as downtown Wolfville and another in Grand Pre which is just outside Wolfville. They offer soy and almond milk for drinks and select locations also carry a few vegan food options. 
    • Joe's Food Emporium has a huge menu with marked vegetarian options, many of which can be made vegan. Offers pasta dishes, Mediterranean food and stirfry's.   
    • Le Caveau has a separate vegetarian menu and are great about making vegan food upon request. 
    • Blomidon Inn has a thai tofu curry that is vegan on their dinner menu.  
    • Rosie's offers a vegan beet burger. 
    • Muddy's Convenience has vegan samosas from Staff of Life.  
    • Galah Natural Unrefined Treats: If you go to the Wolfville Farmer's Market you will find this 100% vegan vendor who makes smoothies, raw cakes and more. 
    • Yarmouth Natural Foods sells cruelty-free products, bulk foods and specialty items.
    • Sip Cafe offers almond, soy and coconut milk for drinks and also has vegan brownies.  
    • The Shanty Cafe has an extensive menu which offers many items that can be veganized. Reported that the staff knows in the ingredients very well and will answer all questions. 
    • Gaia Global Kitchen full restaurant with many vegan options and marked on the menu, including burgers, tacos, pad thai and much more.
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    1. Wonderful list! Makes me want to visit Nova Scotia and eat all the vegan food :)

      1. Why thank you. We have so much to offer here! :D

    2. Wonderful list! Makes me want to visit Nova Scotia and eat all the vegan food :)

    3. I was just in Antigonish, and the Brownstone told me that I could have a salad or french fries. They didn't say anything about the options you have here. Just an FYI...maybe the staff that I spoke with was misinformed, or maybe the one that you spoke with is.

      1. That's very strange. I got this info from a vegan that lives there.

    4. Great list Alex! I have a couple suggestions too. :)

      Leo's Cafe in Annapolis Royal does a made-to-order sandwich with this yummy sunflower spread and veggies, just specify no cheese.

      Yarmouth: The Shanty Cafe is AMAZING! They are socially responsible (from their website: Our mandate is to provide meaningful employment to individuals who face barriers to employment as a result of disability, mental illness, age, language, literacy, etc. Our mission is to do this in a professional restaurant environment which brings a variety of ethnic and organic menu items to our community) and the very multicultural menu has tonnes of veganizable stuff. They make their own bread which is vegan and delicious, and everything with plantains is a must-have. They know their menu ingredients inside out and make everything to order. An oasis in Lobster-land!

      Wolfville: Le Caveau at Grand Pre winery has a separate vegetarian menu and are absolutely amazing at making anything vegan. Once I went and the chef came out and told me the exciting ingredients they had that day and told me could pretty much make anything I liked. I ended up with chanterelle vegan risotto that was one of the best things I've eaten. They also always have acadiana tofu on the veg menu in some capacity, and the frequently vegan soup of the days are great. It's fine dining for sure but great for a special occasion.

      Blomidon Inn also has a thai tofu curry that is vegan. I believe it is only on their dinner menu though.

      Just Us in Grand Pre has vegan oatcakes, plain and chocolate dipped!


      1. Good lord called you Alex again! I'm so sorry, ASHLEY. (I told you I have a good friend called Alex Leslie, right? I do have attention to detail most of the time!) :)

      2. Ahh you rock, thanks for all the suggestions! I should have known you'd know more places. THANKS!! :D

      3. You are the one making it available! I will report whatever I find. :) ASHLEY. :)

    5. is it just me or is downtown dartmouth kinda failing the Vegan game? We moved here in September from Halifax and other than Liv's (on wyse rd so not downtown) there doesn't seem to be much in the way of Veg*n places... or even options?

      I walked all down Portland and Alderney unable to get almond milk for my coffee. What am I missing? Where are all the cool Vegan hang outs? I know belly full of veggies has since closed but surely there is somewhere to get something to eat right?

      1. Wow sorry I never responded. Dartmouth is very much lacking on the vegan front. Two if by Sea offers soy milk but i don't think they have any vegan food options. Big Life Whole Foods have a few options but their hours are awful and they are kinda expensive.

    6. It is really a helpful blog to find some different source to add my knowledge. I came into aware of new professional blog and I am impressed with suggestions of author.

    7. I am so glad I found you and this post! We are moving from British Columbia (the sunshine coast) to Nova Scotia this spring - we just don't know where yet. A vegan friendly community with lots of wild natural spaces for our canine pals to hike with us are the two most important considerations on where to live. We want to avoid hunting, mining, clear cutting, and all the other hubristic human pursuits that break our hearts as much as possible. So far Wolfville and Lunenburg are considerations, do you have an insights for two earth loving, energetically sentive vegans who just want to find some peace. Thank you!!!

    8. I noticed you have the energy balls at The Barn in Mahone Bay listed as vegan. Maybe they changed the recipe but they informed me that there is honey in those. Love to have an update.

    9. Laughing Whale in Lunenburg is now called The Shop On The Corner which still offers & sells Laughing Whale coffee. Every day they have one lunch item & they are always veg & OFTEN vegan.

    10. Thanks for this great list, my sister follows a vegan diet and she is coming to visit me here in South Farmington next week. This is much appreciated!