Sunday, Saturday, or Thursday Brunch
The Omnivore and I love brunch. We're both breakfast people so on the rare occasion we can sleep in AND go out for a delicious brunch, we're all for it. The irony is that breakfast is often the most difficult meal to eat out as a vegan. Eliminate the option of cooking with eggs and most places have no idea what to do with you. Thankfully, there are several vegan-friendly breakfast spots within minutes of our home [I knew I moved in with him for a good reason ;)]. Here are some of our recent favorites: Karyn's Cooked Blueberry Whole Wheat Pancakes & Tofu Scrambled Quesadilla:
As I've said before, pancakes are ridiculously easy to make vegan, but occasionally it's nice to have someone else do it for me. Especially when that someone else is a restaurant chain known for their extra-healthy foods. Karyn's Cooked, much like Karyn's on Green, is entirely vegan and, as far as we can tell, entirely delicious. Case in point, it was the Omnivore's idea to return here for brunch last weekend, not mine. There's nothing sexier than a non-vegan eager to eat vegan food. And while my pancakes were delicious, I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to steal a few bites of his tofu scrambled quesadillas.
Both of our meals were incredibly satisfying. As a matter of fact, I had enough energy from my pancakes to ride bikes around town all morning, work a serving shift that evening, and not eat another bite until 10pm. Of course, it wasn't just breakfast that kept my belly full, we also ordered this amazing chocolate silk pie for dessert.
Tweet's Vegan Breakfast Burrito:
Technically, Karyn's Cooked isn't minutes from our apartment, but Tweet is. Just a short bike ride away, this adorable brunch spot is vegan-friendly and completely cozy. With kitschy decor and cutesy menu illustrations, Tweet is a great place for a lazy mid-week meal. As a vegetarian, I was addicted to their biscuits & gravy; unfortunately, it isn't vegan. That's why I was more than happy to discover this monstrous beast of a burrito on their specialty menu during our latest visit. Stuffed with organic tofu scramble, red peppers, jalapeno, tomato, cilantro, onion, brown rice, black beans, avocado, and two types of salsa, the Vegan Burrito Numero #7 [yes, I realize that's redundant] was so filling I only made it halfway through. So use your own judgement, but I recommend bringing a partner willing to share.
Pick Me Up's Vegan Benedict:
Confession: I have never had eggs benedict. Therefore, I have nothing to compare Pick Me Up's Vegan Benedict to, but WOW was it delicious! I'm now a firm believer that you could cover anything in vegan hollandaise sauce and I'd eat at least half of it. I say this because, normally, I'm not a fan of Pick Me Up's tofu scramble [it's more like tofu cubed and fried], but with hollandaise, a few bell peppers, and a vegan english muffin, it was AMAZING! But once again, eat alone at your own risk.