Vegan Voyage: 12 Delicious Plant-Based Offerings to Discover in North Bay

This Ontario city has plenty to offer vegan foodies. We've found a list of scrumptious vegan dining options, so you don't have to. Enjoy!
a Buddha Bowl from gd2go restaurant; a black bowl on a black background filled with quinoa, chick peas, diced carrots, cucumber and more, with two delicate white egg-shaped ramikens of sauces on the side.

Whether you’re vegan or simply interested in plant-based eating, it’s a good feeling to know you’ll have a variety of options to enjoy in North Bay. (No sad iceberg lettuce salads allowed!) Discover the abundance of vegan options in North Bay, Ontario as you explore restaurants, cafes, and unique plant-based offerings in this scenic, waterfront city.

Here are 12 tasty vegan offerings in North Bay to consider.

1. gd2go

a vegan burger stacked with guacamole and fresh vegetables next to a large, crisp and colourful salad.
Try amazing vegan specials like the Holy Guacamole Beyond Burger from gd2go.

Another local favourite is gd2go with a whole delicious menu dedicated to fast, fresh dishes that accommodate eating styles like gluten-sensitive, vegan, vegetarian, low carb and high protein. Try vegan energy bites, brownies, cookies or muffins from the baking category, an Italian roasted veggie focaccia panini, a Buddha bowl with their popular sticky tofu or chili potato bowl with housemade avocado dressing.

2. Blendz Smoothies

a pair of hands on a person wearing a Blendz t-shirt, holding two dairy-free milkshakes—one mint chocolate chip and the other rocky road.
Dairy-free Blendz smoothies in mint chocolate chip and rocky road.

The fun dairy-free eatery Blendz Smoothies is a real treat, featuring plenty of fruit, alternative milks, and natural sweeteners like dates and maple syrup. Try a miso cashew salad or California sushi bowl with seasoned tofu and vegan spicy mayo, build your own lunch bowl or indulge in a gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan milkshake or smoothie with flavours like London Fog, Mango-Rita and Orange Creamsicle. Yum! They also offer a small assortment of gifts and vegan grocery items.

3. Arugula

a vegan pizza covered in fresh, colourful toppings next to a glowing hot wood-fired clay oven. the screened-in patio at Arugula; a line of black iron tables and chairs along a screened corridor overlooking lush green forest all around.
A woodfired vegan meatball pizza, perfect for eating on Arugula's relaxing screened-in patio.

When only pizza will do, head to Arugula, a wood-fired Neapolitan pizza joint. There are nine (nine!) vegan pizzas with plenty of veggies and/or non-dairy, non-meat protein, like Spicy Pepperphony and Vegan Delight. Or try a housemade vegan burger or one of 10 salads that can go vegan if you ask your server.

4. Miso & Shiso

a plant-based vegan hot dog with kimchi and sliced veggies on the side on checkered wax paper in a to-go container.
The delicious plant-based vegan hot dog with kimchi from Miso & Shiso.

A Japanese fusion plant-based food truck at a craft brewery? Yes, please! At Miso & Shiso at Gateway City Brewery, you can dive into tasty fare like the Tonkatsu sandwich (with tofu, Asian slaw, Japanese mustard and secret sauce), a panko pogo, kimchi dawg, tofu teriyaki bowl, or samurai fries. (There are carnivore options available too.) Check their Facebook page for days and hours of operation.

5. Marigold Flavours

Marigold vegetable manchurian with vegetable balls in a savory sauce
Marigold's fantastic vegetable Manchurian with vegetable balls.

Satisfy your craving for East Indian, Thai and Indo-Chinese cuisine at Marigold Flavours. Vegan dishes on the menu range from Thai panag curry and Thai green curry to smokey baigan bharta (roasted mashed eggplant with green peas and garlic) and pakora to kung pao and steamed momo dumplings.

6. Crossroads Convenience

Crossroads Convenience vegan meatball sub topped with peperoncini Crossroads vegan-friendly coconut cream pie topped with coconut whip and toasted coconut shavings
Crossroads Convenience's vegan meatball sub topped with peperoncini, and their mouthwatering vegan-friendly coconut cream pie topped with coconut whip and toasted coconut shavings.

Crossroads Convenience may sound like a spot to shop gum, jerky and chips, but it’s actually a cozy and appealing local gem located in the old North Star Diner space. Examples of their vegan menu options include coconut curry soup, apple-squash-quinoa salad, a seitan and mushroom melt, and a breakfast sandwich, plus almond and oat milk for espresso, cappuccino, latte, Americano, or tea.

7. Indra’s Curry House

A hand reaches for a plate of Indra's tarka daal, chana masala and pakoras
You've got to try Indra's tarka daal, chana masala and pakoras.

The eponymous Indra was born in Punjab, and brings her homeland’s flavours to North Bay with Indra’s Curry House. There you can savour vegan menu items like onion bhaju with mango chutney, vegetable pakoras, poppadoms, several salads and pickles, aloo gobi, chana masala, and a range of daals, all beautifully crafted with authentic spices and techniques.

8. 1886 Lakehouse

Vegetable Wellington with roasted baby potatoes from 1886 Lake House Bistro
 1886 Lake House Bistro's out-of-this-world vegetable Wellington.

This casually upscale bistro in Callander Bay is a popular destination with Lake Nipissing as a backdrop, known for its focus on local, seasonal ingredients. Fortunately, it features several wholly vegan menu items.

Baked vegetable Wellington, a vegan pate and terrine, and a plant-based burger are all available on the lunch or dinner menus.

9. My Thai Palace

vegan spring rolls from My Thai Palace, stacked on a rectangular plate next to vegetables and a dipping sauce.
Crispy vegan spring rolls from My Thai Palace.

For Thai food fans, look to My Thai Palace There, your vegan options include spring rolls, salad rolls, pumpkin soup and mango salad so you can mix and match to create a fantastic and authentic meal.

10. Station Tap House & Steak Co.

Yes, “steak” is right in the name, but this upscale casual spot Station Tap House & Steak Co. does have a few vegan dishes, for those days when you are dining with carnivores. Consider the vegan grilled vegetable and crispy cauliflower salad, the light life burger served with hummus and pico de gallo on a vegan potato scallion bun, or the vegetable chow mein with a spicy Korean BBQ sauce. There’s a nice wine, beer and cocktail selection too.

11. Try North Bay's Vegan-Friendly Catering Options

For an event or rented accommodations with friends and family, book North Star Catering. This 100% plant-based, from-scratch business has a fantastic array of creative and comforting appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes and desserts. Watch their Instagram page for special theme meals for holidays and “dinner club for 2” menus too. Another wonderful option is Green Fox Kitchen where you can order fresh or frozen plant-powered meals for one, a couple or a gathering.

12. Vegan Shopping Options in North Bay

boxes of vegan chickpea pasta stacked into an attractive display on a wooden table with a vase of yellow flowers at Vested Interest. packages of vegan food products at Bins & Bins, with shelves full of groceries in the background.
Vested Interest and Bins & Bins carry a variety of vegan options.

Need to pick up some vegan food or personal items? Check out the vegan section of Bins and Bins for a small selection of grocery items, or head to Vested Interest for vegan condiments, soap, Caesar mix, bread, burritos, snacks, crackers and more.

Enjoy your vegan-friendly visit to North Bay….and bring your appetite!

About Bonnie Schiedel

Bonnie Schiedel is the founder of, which covers fun family-friendly attractions, events and restaurants in Thunder Bay. She enjoys canoeing, hiking, snowshoeing and travel, and you can read more of her award-winning work at

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