**Update: Sadie’s Diner and Juice Bar will be closing at the end of June 2015.
I found Sadie’s Diner by fluke and boy, am I happy I did. I can’t believe I didn’t know this place existed! When I went vegan, unfortunately lots of restaurants became hard for me to eat at. While I’d always go with my friends to keep them company and of course to keep up my social life, I usually ended up snacking on a bland salad and not really enjoying my food very much. Traditionally, diners’ menus are filled with tons of meat dishes, dairy foods and lots of eggs; obviously making it difficult for somebody who doesn’t eat any of those things. I won’t lie; I have missed the atmosphere you find in a diner. Somewhat dingy, always relaxed, diner’s usually have fun music playing, old fashioned decor and just an overall great vibe. Sadie’s is everything that I have missed.
We walked in to blasting rock n’ roll. The seats are old fashioned red cushions with bright turquoise tables. Behind the bar was a smiling face who was more than accommodating to my strange picture taking needs. There was a pair of friends dining at the front of the restaurant and the atmosphere was relaxed; exactly what I needed.
On to the food: it was AH-MAY-ZING. To start, pretty much the whole menu is vegan, with every non-vegan item being vegetarian. Each item is clearly labeled with a (V) or (GF) and there are quite a few gluten free options. This menu had items that I could only dream of to have in vegan form: mac & cheese, shepherd’s pie, veggie BLT, grilled cheese.. you name it! They have every comfort food your heart (or rather, stomach!) could possibly desire.
I ordered the Coney fries. They are french fries topped with chilli sin carne, vegan cheese, and vegan sour cream. I honestly can’t remember the last time I had something so good (pictured below). To finish off, I split a vegan, gluten free chocolate cake. It was heavenly; perfectly moist, perfectly rich. The portions were huge – my meal easily could have been shared between 2 people, or even 3. Prices are extremely reasonable – meals range from $9 CAD to about $13 CAD.