Good vegetarian cuisine options are sparse in this city, but thanks to Erin Prim and the Teatree Café, Eastenders have a fantastic little place to grab a meat-free bite. Teatree Café is a cozy little spot on the Danforth, just east of Jones Avenue, that offers a variety of yummy teas and coffees, along with baked goods, sandwiches and other light meals, including vegan and gluten-free choices.
One of the most popular items at Teatree Café are the grilled sandwiches. Made on fresh bread and prepared on-site daily, the sandwiches come with a side salad or soup and are as flavourful as they are filling. For $7.99 you can choose from the grilled brie on oatmeal raisin bread with honey baked apples, the chunky hummus on rye with green onions, cucumber and sprouts, or the tomato melt with avocado, Havarti and rosemary garlic mayo. I decided to go for the tomato melt and was happy with my choice. The tasty tomato complimented the avocado brilliantly, and the mayonnaise was heavenly, not to mention the delightful fresh-baked bread. I’ll definitely be returning soon to try the other sandwich choices.
Baked Goods and Other Yummies
Teatree also offers other meal choices like quiches, chili, black bean burgers and a hearty homemade mac ‘n’ cheese made with skimmed milk, whole wheat pasta and broccoli. If you’re looking for a little something sweet, try some of the yummy baked goods, which include a number of of vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options. Cupcakes, banana bread and mouth-watering cheesecake are among just a few of the delicious sweet treats available daily.
Upon entering Teatree Café, you immediately feel a zen-like peace overtake you. Calming natural and earthy colours, like green, brown and beige, add to the comfortable ambiance that encourages locals to stay for a while and take advantage of the quiet and the free Wi-Fi. A bold wooden tree dons one wall of the café, and menu choices are displayed on chalk boards attached to its branches. The café also has lots of space for strollers, and moms with babes in tow are frequent visitors.
Much of the furniture was made from reclaimed and recycled materials, including some of the kitchen equipment, which owner Erin Prim was able to purchase used at a fraction of the cost of new. Erin previously worked at Bloor Street Diner, where she was able to hone her cooking and restaurant management skills. She was also lucky enough to be able to use the help of her contractor father to renovate the space — which used to be a sushi restaurant — and saved a ton in start-up costs. Erin has been a vegetarian since she was 14 years old and has always been interested in making tasty meat-free meals. As the owner and cook, Erin makes everything from scratch every day. She is committed to making vegetarian food that tastes great.
Teatree Café and Eatery is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm and Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
Cheesecake photo courtesy of Teatree Café.
Teatree Café and Eatery
867 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, 416-901-9089