Torontonians line up for Doomie's vegan-take on Big Mac
Queen West is home to the first Canadian outpost of the popular L.A. restaurant Doomie's, which serves up indulgent vegan junk food.
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Torontonians are waiting hours to get a seat at the city’s newest vegan restaurant.
You read that correctly: Line ups. For a vegan restaurant.
Doomie’s, the first Canadian outpost of a popular L.A. restaurant specializing in meatless takes on comfort food staples, opened Apr. 28 on Queen West and is quickly proving the exception to the rule: vegan food must be bland, boring and strictly for the the rice bowl and salad crowd.
Doomie’s Cara Galloway told Metro the restaurant is out to prove vegans have the same tastes as anyone else: “We are trying to defy all vegan stereotypes: we have a contemporary space, great cocktails, top-40s and 90’s hip-hop music, and we offer comfort food everyone wants to eat.”
The restaurant is a no-salad zone, Galloway said, and the biggest draw is a meatless recreation of the iconic McDonald’s Big Mac, which comes served in a box like the real thing.
The curiosity has proven a social media sensation, with patrons commenting they look better than the real thing. But at $16 a pop, they’ll have to taste a whole lot better too if committed carnivores are expected to abandon the beefy original.
How Doomie’s burger stacks up to the original
1. Two non-beef patties - This is the vegan Big Mac’s real secret sauce. The restaurant guards its coveted meat substitute recipes, except to say they are made with wheat, soy and vegetable proteins.
2. Special Sauce - Doomie’s version is made from vegan mayo.
3. Lettuce - Shredded Iceberg like the original.
4. Cheese - A house-made spread deviates in texture from the original’s two slices of American.
5. Pickles - These are bigger than on the original and come crinkle cut.
6. Onion - Diced and in abundance.
7. Sesame seed bun - Cut into three pieces for that classic stack.
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