The best vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free food on campus

Palate is a solid choice for vegan fare. Photo Kosta Prodanovic / The Ubyssey

As a university student, many of us have left home – whether we're in residence or off campus, we all share the same horrifying realization; we have to learn how to cook for ourselves. Or better yet, drain our bank accounts on takeout and delivery because with midterms just around the corner, who really has the time to cook? 

For some, options are limited. Many students are vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free or perhaps a combination of all three. Check out these restaurant dishes around campus if you are in need of something new, or just looking to change up your same-old boring lunch to healthy and delicious vegetarian and vegan options:


Vegetarian options: Breakfast Burrito, Veggie Burger, Avocado Chips 

My go-to: Stuffed French Toast, with local berry compote, mascarpone, topped with maple syrup 


Togo Sushi

Vegetarian options: Asparagus Roll, Avocado Roll, Kappa Roll, Mango Roll, Veggie Roll, Yam Tempura Roll, Edamame, Green Salad 

My go-to: Kap-Avo Roll, with cucumber and avocado 


It's About Thai

Vegan options: Som Tum Thai (Papaya Salad), Red Thai Coconut Curry

My go-to:Pad Thai with tofu, Asian vegetables, bean sprouts, toasted peanuts, cilantro, lime, rice noodles 


Pie R Squared 

Vegetarian Options: PIZZA! Margarita, Fried Cauliflower & Sage, Four Mushrooms, Butternut Squash

Vegan Options: Create your own pizza! Add as much or as little as you want.

My go-to: Caprese Pizza with baby tomatoes, bocconcini, basil, balsamic, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese 



Vegetarian Options: Radicchio Panini, Caprese Panini, Falafel Salad Wrap

Vegan Options: Vegan Panini, Satay Salad Wrap, build your own wrap, Vegan banana bread, zucchini squares and muffins 

Gluten-Free Options: Gluten-free baked goods made fresh and daily

My go-to: Roasted veg. Panini (nut-free!) with red pepper, red onion, mushroom, zucchini, mozzarella and pesto 


Palate takes the win by a landslide. Featuring the UBC Farms produce, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options of both meals and treats, Palate is the ultimate on-campus spot for not only vegetarians and gluten free, but for meat eaters as well!