Apiecalypse Now! was at the top of my list in terms of places to go and things to eat in Toronto. At the time of our trip planning, I had been drooling over their slices – specifically of the mac and cheese pizza – for what felt like years. I was starting to feel like it existed only online. Something I would never be able to attain or experience for myself. My mind was blown, and my expectations were far exceeded the second I walked in the door of this infamous vegan pizza joint. I am pleased to announce, it is just as great as I thought it was online, and had even more menu items I wanted to try than I ever expected to find in one place! Apiecalypse Now! will go down in history as one of my favorite pizza joints, ever!
Most restaurants I’m used to going to have one, or maybe two menu items i’d actually eat. Especially since I’m super picky (even by vegans standards, AKA no mushrooms) I’m not used to having to make decisions about what to get, I consider myself lucky if even one thing appeals to me. This place really brought out my indecision. I wanted one of literally everything on their menu. Seriously, I felt like this menu was curated to my exact taste. Everything felt like a meal I would eat as a kid; pizza, mac and cheese, fries, tofu nuggets, korndogs, loaded tots and basically deep fried everything and anything. On top of that, most people couldn’t even dream of the amount of crazy pizza combos they had! Big Mac on a pizza, mac and cheese on a pizza, BBQ chicken on pizza… and somehow all vegan! I’m becoming obsessed with all vegan restaurants, spoiled even. I just love going into a restaurant and not having to worry about cross contamination, and being able to order literally anything on the menu with confidence.
The inside is instagram worthy af. The first thing you see when you walk in is a big, vibrant mural of Homer Simpson as a teenager, scoffing a slice and gripping a corn dog. The next thing I noticed was the huge display case of fluffy, colorful donuts, so many flavours of donuts!!! Including a bright pink Homer Simpson themed sucker of course. Next to that was a display case of pizzas cut into thick bitch slices. They were all so decedent, everything in this restaurant looked decedent and greasy af actually. How was it all vegan?! ….I’m still wondering?
The restaurant was really small when you first walk in. There was a few seats by the window, but not far behind that was the donut display case, which was attached to the cash and pizza displays, which was directly in front of the kitchen. You could literally see the staff making the pizzas behind the counter! It was pretty cool, but not a good place to be if you’re at all claustrophobic like I am. Other than being crammed in by the cash with all the other customers while you’re gawking at pizzas and ordering, it was super cute, theme was on point.
Luckily for us, there was also an upstairs dining area. This part had a little bar in it, and wasn’t very big either, but it was pretty empty when we went so maybe people just don’t dine in often? The view from the top of the restaurant was awesome, it’s right on the corner, so looking out across the intersection you had a view of the park with all its greenness. There was also a ton of natural light, so much so that we even got pictures worthy of the feed.
Something that I really liked about this place was that everything was serve yourself. They had a little stand near the entry upstairs with a pitcher of cold water & cups, reusable utensils and paper plates / napkins. In that way, it was pretty chill, you didn’t have people checking up on you, watching you eat every few minutes. The only interaction you have with the staff is at the counter downstairs where you order and pay for your food. Beyond that, a waiter brings your food to your table, but it’s very hands off, they don’t *really* wait on you, like in a traditional restaurant. Although I’m glad the employee interactions are confined to the first part of the visit, and are kept to a minimal, the interactions we did have were pleasant. Everyone seemed pretty nice there from what we could tell.
Another thing we loved about this place was the prices. Everything was super cheap?! Slices were $5 (they were massive, head-sized slices), poutine was $8, the yeezy bread was also only $8.00, and most items (other than full pizzas) were under $10! As much as we loved this, it was very misleading. We ended up ordering way too much food because we assumed the low cost would be associated with a small portion, but we were so wrong. We ordered a mac and cheese slice, and two ‘appetizers’ and it came to $20 + some pocket change. The apps were a regular sized poutine with mozzarella cheese (they also had gouda & jalapeno), and yeezy bread. The yeezy bread was sourdough bread topped garlic sauce and a fuck load of mozzarella cheese.
We thought this would be a safe amount of food, I mean we were starving, but we knew we had a limit. We had many food detours planned so we wanted to conserve stomach space. Since it was just two apps and a slice we thought we ordered a normal amount of food to share between the two of us. Safe to say that by the time the waitress brought out our yeezy bread (round 3 of 3), we were stuffed. When she saw the look on our faces upon seeing the bread, she says to us, “they didn’t tell you how big it was did they?” No, they didn’t tell us how big it was! But to be fair, we should have read the description more carefully, it did point out that it was a 12” dough. But it didn’t tell us it would be like 3 inches thick with like 3 pounds of cheese either! Shit was greasy af, which basically sums up the general theme of everything on their menu. All this to say, the portion sizes are more than generous, and the prices are super cheap. A dangerous, yet beautiful combo.
Overall, this place was legit af. The atmosphere was trippy, we love the theme so much! Everything was colourful, retro and greasy in the best of ways. We would visit this place again, and again. But I will say, it’s a dangerous game, it’s super easy to get a stomach ache when you have this much cheap and decedent food at your disposal! Thanks for existing Apiecalyspe! Chickpea Approved 10/10!
Vegan Menu Items
Apiecalypse Now! has the most expansive vegan junk food menu I have ever witnessed. I’m used to having just one or two menu options to choose from when I go out to eat, so this menu blew me away! They have a massive, rotating list of pizza flavours, and an entire page of deep fried appetizers like korn dogs, poutines with many cheese options, and jalapeno poppers. These are some of the menu items we got to try so far! See their full menu here!