The Location: Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden (sounds like a perfect destination for a vegetarian, no?)
The Time: Easter weekend
The Company: Two brunch dates in a row!? Diana and Paul
Veggie Menu: Beet and goat cheese sausage, veggie BLT (tomato sausage and, unfortunately, mushroom bacon), veggie ranchero (black beans, eggs, avocado, cheese curds served on top of nachos – known in the states simply as “chips”), veggie benny (tomatoes and avocado instead of pork), granola with fruit and yogurt served in a mason jar (of course)
Speaking of mason jars, what makes a brunch joint a hipster brunch joint? After my visit to Banger’s, I have some ideas:
- The establishment is called Banger’s Sausage, unironically
- Middle-aged ladies dancing in the rain with their elbows high in the air while the Big Band plays = an ordinary Sunday
- The staff scoffs at you for daring to order something on the regular menu during brunch hours, even if it is an order of the jar of pickles, and the walls are lined with pickles…
- At Banger’s, the size difference between the mimosas and a flight of beer is not humorous. Don’t laugh at these pictures.
- Any random member of the staff has more tattoos than all the customers combined
- You can get your own tattoo, while you’re at Banger’s, of the Banger’s logo
I broke all the hipster rules. I expressed excitement when the Big Band played covers of pop anthems. I gawked, laughed and rejoiced when the woman danced in the rain with her elbows to the sky. I dared ask for the jar of pickles, which was answered with a curt response. I did not get a tattoo. I loved my veggie benny, smothered in shoe string onions. And I had a great time.
Despite the lack of vegetarian options, this is a fun place to go. Banger’s, next time I’m trying the veggie sausage, I won’t get a tattoo, I won’t dance in the rain, but I will smile the whole time, because there is no equivalent to Banger’s in Toronto.
Shari’s Veggie Meter (out of five):🍅🍅🍅