Sally MacKinnon scours the city in search of Calgary’s best meat-free burgers.
1. Diner Deluxe
The veggie burger at this popular ’50s-themed café is served with pea shoots, roasted red peppers, Dijon dill mayo and oka cheese. 804 Edmonton Tr NE, 403-276-5499.
2. Dairy Lane Café
Hillhurst’s favourite neighbourhood haunt has three excellent options: the Dairy Lane Veggie Burger, Mediterranean Veggie Burger, and Pesto & Gruyère Veggie Burger. 319 – 19 St NW, 403-283-2497.
3. The Coup
Calgary’s most popular vegetarian restaurant doesn’t disappoint with their seeded yam, smoked tofu and cashew patty, served with fresh dill, red onion and garlic aioli sauce on organic foccacia. 924B – 17 Ave SW, 403-541-1041.
This popular hangout is best known for their bellinis, but the veggie burger is surprisingly tasty. For no extra charge you can also opt for their four cheese topping, made with cheddar, mozzarella, goat cheese, feta and roasted garlic. 107 – 8 Ave SE, 403-410-9521. Southcentre Mall, Anderson Rd & Macleod Tr, 403-225-1150. Market Mall, 3625 Shaganappi Tr NW, 403-247-3792.
5. Burger Inn
It may be fast food, but this local burger joint’s harvest gold burger is worth talking about. 1711 – 4 St SW, 403-244-9293. 9669 Macleod Tr SW, 403-252-4840.