Okay, brace yourselves: you’re about to get hungry and suddenly be overcome with the urge to drive straight to Burlington, Ontario. It might be out of your way, but I promise the vegan delicacies on offer at Kindfood Cafe and Kelly’s Bake Shoppe are worth the drive.
Owned by a mother-daughter power duo, these adorable, charming and friendly shops are within blocks of each other in downtown Burlington. Our plan was foolproof: we started at Kindfood for dinner, and then went for dessert at Kelly’s. A winning combo.
For dinner, we shared the Happy Buddha Bowl and the daily special, which was raw avocado fries. The dressing on the Buddha bowl was so flavourful, the sweet potato and rice cooked perfectly, and the avocado ripe. The ingredients are simple, but they’re all wonderfully prepared and the bowl really comes together. The avocado fries were interesting and tasty, seasoned with a variety of spices and flax seeds. They weren’t crunchy, but the coating gave them a nice texture. The chipotle “mayo” alongside was awesome, once we were finished with the fries we dipped the lettuce that came underneath in the sauce and ate it as is! Ha!
Both dishes were so delicious and everything was so fresh. Everything else on the menu was so tempting as well: lots of other styles of rice bowls, “burgers” and sandwiches, and tons of great-looking salads. We made a pact to go back and try some of their other options. The staff that we interacted with there were so cheerful and friendly, it gave the place such a nice, relaxed atmosphere.
They have everything a vegan with a sweet tooth could possibly want: cupcakes, cookies, brownies, even soft serve ice cream! Everything they sell is not only vegan, but gluten-free, peanut-free, and organic. And they don’t only sell like two kinds of everything, their selection is incredible!
Their cookies are more like sweet energy bars, really dense and packed full of good stuff. Their dark chocolate caramel one, and the oatmeal cookie were both standouts.
I opted to try the soft serve ice cream, mainly out of curiosity. The verdict? Not quite the same (obviously), but the texture is perfect. If I was vegan, it would be a must! It’s soy based, but I could have sworn I tasted coconut flavour, and I have to say it was quite tasty.
We were so impressed with the selection, freshness, service and atmosphere at both restaurants, they’ve done such a wonderful job making the places inviting and the food delicious. Kelly’s is a bit on the pricey side, but it was well worth it. Overall, loved our experience there and would highly recommend it to anyone in the area. (Or even to people not in the area!!)
Kindfood Café and Kelly’s Bake Shoppe