Eat this, vegans: Avocado frites at Heirloom Vegetarian

Avocado frites

Forget potato, yam, and even cassava fries—avocado frites are where it’s at. (Stephen Hui)

The October debut of Heirloom Vegetarian (1509 West 12th Avenue) was easily one of Vancouver’s top restaurant openings of 2012. Ever since my first visit to the upscale South Granville eatery, I’d wanted to try the avocado frites ($12). In late December, I got my chance.

Both vegan and gluten-free, the avocado frites are dredged in cornmeal, chana flour, and sweet paprika; served with a house-made ketchup; and simply delicious. We couldn’t get enough of these fancy (and somewhat delicate) fries. They’re found on the menu in the Some (starters) section.

During our recent visit, we also enjoyed the roasted yams ($12), the wild and foraged mushrooms ($16), and the vegan version of the tempeh reuben ($18). The latter surprised me, because I normally only consent to eat tempeh in the form of bacon—in Portland.

Heirloom Vegetarian

Heirloom Vegetarian opened on October 10 in South Granville. (Stephen Hui)

Heirloom is open daily for brunch and lunch (10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) and dinner (starting at 5 p.m.).

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