Vancouver is home to lots of great plant-based restaurants. I am personally a fan of The Acorn, Heirloom, and for junk food, MeeT. We even had a plant-based ice cream shop for a while, but sadly Nice Vice closed their doors a few months back.
Virtuous Pie is a new vegan pizza place.
I should say, it’s a new pizza place that happens to be vegan.
Now, you might be all questioning, “how can a pizza be good without meat and cheese?” Well, my friend, you need to get your butt to the corner of Keefer and Main, and you’ll understand how a pizza can be delicious without meat and cheese.
The Stranger Wings is my fave: cauliflower wings on a pizza? Oh yeah.
Virtuous Pie is currently doing a limited edition brunch. On Saturdays and Sundays, they open their doors at 10 and serve brunch pizzas until 2:30 pm. This will only be around until June 11, so if you want to try vegan brunch pizzas (bucket list!) you need to do so before then.
There are a couple of different pizzas for brunch. First, there’s “Eat Your Tators,” which is basically tater tot pizza. House-made San Marzano pizza sauce, black beans, Tater Tots, a tofu scramble, Maple Breakfast Sausage, and topped with a spicy, creamy chipotle aoli. It has a pleasant kick, but it’s not too much. Plus, did I mention tater tots? They are the best tots.
Secondly, there’s “AKA Benny Eggs,” which is basically an eggs bennedict (vegan) on a pizza: herbed potato cream, Tofu scramble, arugula, oven dried tomatoes, asparagus, and then drizzled with a creamy cashew cream hollandaise.
If pizza for breakfast is not your thing (then there is clearly something wrong with you), they also have breakfast tacos (again with a tofu scramble base), a couple of different bowls (one with smoked carrot “lox” in the place of salmon) and a sweet breakfast calzone.
And for dessert? You have to have dessert, right? There’s ice cream. My fave here is the “Coffee & Donuts,” which, let’s face it, it pretty perfect for a brunch dessert. It has a creamy mocha base, with crumbled up bits of Cartem’s donuts. Match made in heaven and in your mouth.
If you’re a vegetarian or a vegan, I’d highly recommend getting down to Virtuous Pie before June 11 to check out their brunch. If you’re not, I challenge you to try to the pizza there and see if it does not stack up to your carnivore versions. Really! It’s that good.
583 Main St
Open for brunch Sat & Sun 10 am to 2 pm until June 11 only