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El Rayo Vegan Cantina – Spark York

AD (pr meal) | It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Spark York so I was excited to be invited to try out…


AD (pr meal) | It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Spark York so I was excited to be invited to try out the new El Rayo Vegan Cantina.

El Rayo Vegan Cantina - Spark York

Spark is an outdoor community space with units that are home to York’s startups for food, drinks and arts. It’s a bit like a street market, with stalls where you can buy delicious food and drink and enjoy the lively and quicky looking outdoor area which is made from shipping containers.

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Spark’s newest addition, El Rayo Vegan Cantina, is at unit one and is an all-vegan menu serving tacos, burritos, burgers and sides.

It was so nice to go there for food as it was two days after our wedding and the day before my husband when back to work, it was a warm day and just felt like a nice ending to our wedding.

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I ordered a classic burrito with the vegan style pork and it was absolutely loaded with filling. I couldn’t eat all of it and brought half home for later. I might have given it a good go if we didn’t get sides. The burrito was a chunky thing! It was a bit of a messy eat due to all the sauce but it was worth it.

My husband (!!) ordered the jalapeño cheeze burger. If you’re not a fan of spicy food, it wasn’t too overpowering with the chilli and peppers. He said it had a bit of a kick without being too spicy.

The stars of the show were the two sides, the Dill Fries were delicious! I never would have put the two together but they were a great choice. The fries were crispy and tasted like sour cream and chive crisps, my favourite. I’ve never tasted any chips like it. I usually find chips boring but these were great and I’m sure they’ll get lots of compliments about them! We gave some to Leo and he couldn’t get enough.

El Rayo Vegan Cantina - Spark York Menu

The nachos were, well I think the picture speaks for itself. Everyone knows the best nachos are the ones loaded with toppings and there wasn’t any shortage of toppings here. The cheeze and chipotle mayo made it hard to believe it was vegan. The severing of guacamole was generous too. There were enough toppings for every nacho to be completely loaded.

El Rayo Vegan Cantina - Spark York

We washed it down with a Modelo and Pacifico beer, yummy Mexican beer.

Thanks for having us, El Rayo! Be sure to check them out next time you’re in York.


  1. The food looks really delicious. What a great opportunity to try some different food. You have taken lovely pictures. Thank you for sharing your experience.


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