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Lola’s Kitchen

After a night out of partying and maybe one too many glasses of sangria, Lola’s Kitchen serves the kind of food I want the next day. Located on the vibrant and colourful Church Street in Toronto, Lola’s Kitchen is a perfect place to visit during the summer months.

After reading multiple reviews online I knew this would be the perfect spot to meet up with my sister and her boyfriend for brunch. Lola’s Kitchen offers a variety of options for both omnivores and vegans, and also the gluten intolerant. They make it clear to diners that they don’t cut corners, by using organic ingredients, naturally raised meats, and serving local craft beers.

Be warned that on Saturday and Sunday you can’t make a reservation for brunch, so be sure to get there a bit early, especially if you want a seat on the patio.

There is plenty to choose from on their menu as a vegan. I saw that the had a curried tofu scramble which sounded great. But after debating on what to eat, I decided to go for the Eggs Rancheros and of course asked for the tofu instead of eggs. Everything sounded amazing on the menu, even my sister and Geoff, her boo, had a hard time choosing.

After a 10 minute wait, our food was served! For me a good rancheros is all about the crispy tortilla, and at Lola’s they had me covered. My tofu rancheros was topped with fresh guacamole, pico de gallo, corn, and spiced black beans. It would have been nice if there was a vegan sauce I could have added, cashew sour cream would have been amazing on it. But since I ordered vegan they skipped on the sour cream for me. I had the option of getting either a side salad, fries, or the Lola’s home fries, and of course I had to get those home fries. They were probably my favourite part of the meal. They were crispy and were generously coated with a blend of various spices.

My sister had the eggs rancheros as well, but got hers with chorizo and of course an egg instead of tofu. She thoroughly enjoyed it as well it looked like her egg was still nice and runny. Geoff got the eggs Benedict with a side of home fries. Everyone seemed to enjoy their food, because for the first 5 minutes of eating we were all silent.

Everything on their menu is reasonably priced, which can be hard to find in a city like Toronto. I went on their website and their lunch/dinner menu seems to be very promising. I know that I have to go back soon to try out their other options! Over all I am giving Lola’s Kitchen a 4 out of 5! It’s a great place to go to for both vegan and non-vegan options. If you ever find yourself with a group of hungover omnivores, hit up Lola’s Kitchen.

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