Vancouver’s Mightiest, Meatiest Vegetarian Eats

You got to watch the football game, but your lady forced a concession of a different kind: You’re eating vegetarian tonight. But before resigning yourself to the idea of late-night drive-through, check out Vancouver’s heartiest, meatiest meat-free dishes.

Tempeh Reuben at The Naam
The Naam’s marinated tempeh (fermented soybean cake) tastes so similar to corned beef, it could fool Mr. Reuben himself. Top it with melted cheese, grilled mushrooms and sauerkraut, and get some sesame fries with miso gravy on the side. Open 24 hours. 2724 West 4th Ave., 604-738-7151.

OPPP at The Foundation
Our Peanut Pesto Pasta is a popular item at this trendy SoMa hangout for good reason: Hefty portions of tofu and broccoli are swathed in the thick, supremely satisfying sauce. 2301 Main St., 604-708-0881.

Zucchini Linguini at Gorilla Foods
Zucchini becomes linguini at this raw resto; the zoodles are topped with a cashew alfredo sauce that only tastes like it’s made with triple-fat cream. 436 Richards St., 604-684-3663.

Raw Burrito at Truffle Café
Flax, avocado and lime juice make a soft tortilla that’s filled with a spicy mix of sunflower seeds, sun-dried tomatoes and grated veggies. Top it with homemade salsa and macadamia nut-sour cream. 1025 Commercial Dr., 604-255-8690.

Indian Spread at Annapurna
Share a couple of dishes at this Kits curry house, and sop them up with naan and chapati bread. Highlights: palak with paneer (curried spinach with cottage cheese) and navrattan korma (seasonal vegetables in poppy seed paste). 1812 West 4th Ave., 604-736-5959.

Image courtesy of Jonathan McIntosh on Flickr.

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