Brunch is a hallowed, time-old tradition for food-lovers everywhere to gather on weekends, indulge, catch up, and shake off the craziness of the previous week. Alright, so maybe it’s rather “trendy” than “time-old,” but either way there’s no reason to miss out on this social and culinary occasion. Below, we’ve compiled a list of some must-see places in the US to get your plant-based brunch on.
1. by CHLOE – New York, New York
by CHLOE is a chain of vegan restaurants primarily based in New York, but those living in Boston, LA, London, and soon Providence can get their hands on this plant-based food as well. The brunch menu includes items like The Early Bird, which is a tofu scramble with spinach and vegan maple sausage, or Quinoa Hash Browns. You can also go classic with pancakes and whipped vegan maple butter. If there isn’t a by CHLOE near you, try making these Activated Buckwheat and Hempseed Blender Pancakes at home!
Visit by CHLOE at one of its multiple locations.
2. The Butcher’s Son – Berkeley, California
Brunch at The Butcher’s Son is oh-so-satisfying, entirely vegan, and ideal for those recovering from a long week or wild weekend night. Served on weekends from 9 AM to 2 PM, brunch consists of incredible food like the Level 8 Vegan, a bagel with cream cheese, lettuce, avocado, tomato, pickled jalapeno, and vegan chicken and fried bacon. Or go for the #ThisIsMyAddiction, grilled ciabatta with bacon and scrambled egg, grilled mozzarella, and avocado. If you’re just looking for something light, you can order bagels with toppings of your choice, like cream cheese or garlic butter. If you don’t have the oppourtunity to get to Berkeley to try out these iconic dishes, try our 15 Stunning Savory Vegan Breakfasts That Are Perfect For Brunch!
Check out The Butcher’s Son at 1941 University Ave., Berkeley, CA.
3. The Beer Plant – Austin, Texas
The Beer Plant is the “first vegan gastropub” according to its website, and lucky for vegans and non-vegans alike, it serves brunch! Come down on a weekend between 11 AM and 3:30 PM to order Carrot Lox on a toasted bagel, Brioche French Toast with housemade butter, or Avocado Toast. Don’t miss out on its rotation of brunch pastries and feel free to indulge in some beer while you’re there. If you can’t make to The Beer Plant, try making your own Bagels With Tomato Lox and Cashew Cream Cheese at home (you could even pair it with a vegan beer).
Grab brunch at The Beer Plant at 3110 Windsor Rd., Austin, TX.
4. Aviv – Portland, Oregon
Get your Mediterranean food on at Aviv, which serves Israeli inspired plant-based food. Brunch is served from 10 AM to 3 PM on weekends and includes vegan versions of hearty dishes any brunch-goer will know and love. For example, try the Shakshuka with a plant-based egg, a Falafel Bowl, or a Savory Boureka (pastry stuffed with spinach and tofu feta). Treat yourself to a brunch cocktail like the Bloody Miryam or a Mimosa. If you don’t live near Portland, here is how to make vegan Shakshuka at home!
Aviv is located at 1125 SE Division St, Portland, OR.
5. The Chicago Diner – Chicago, Illinois
The Chicago Diner proudly advertises that it has been “meat free since ’83.” All its menu options are either vegan or can be made vegan. This makes its brunch, served in a quintessential diner atmosphere, a cinch for plant-based eaters. Enjoy a Vegan Cinnamon Roll, a Country Benedict made with grilled tofu, or a Potato Tempeh Hash. Alternately, you can build your own brunch, choosing from items like tofu scramble, French toast, seitan sausage, and more. Craving a sweet vegan cinnamon roll but don’t live in the windy city? Check out these ‘Buttermilk’ Cinnamon Rolls and These Vegan Cinnamon Roll Flavored Treats!
Check out The Chicago Diner at 2333 N. Milwaukee Ave. or 3411 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL.
6. Imagine Vegan Cafe – Memphis, Tennessee
As the name implies, food at Imagine Vegan Cafe is entirely plant-based. Breakfast is available anytime on Saturdays and Sundays during Imagine Vegan’s open hours, from 11 AM to 9 PM. Stop by for some classics like a Breakfast Burrito with scrambled tofu, salsa, and cheese, or the locally-inspired Memphis Slam, two biscuits with tofu scramble, gravy, sausage, and cheese. Wash down your plant-based comfort food with a vegan smoothie like the Chunky Monkey, which blends chocolate, peanut butter, and banana. Need a breakfast burrito fix but don’t live near Imagine Vegan Cafe? Make this Spicy Sausage and Tofu Breakfast Burrito at home for an equally hearty brunch!
Imagine Vegan Cafe can be found at 2158 Young Ave., Memphis, TN.
7. Cafe Sunflower – Atlanta, Georgia
Lift your spirits with Cafe Sunflower‘s Sunday brunch. Here, you can indulge with classic brunch food like Blueberry Pancakes or Tofu Benedict featuring vegan hollandaise, or try out the Sesame Chicken or the Chicken Biscuit, which comes with mango orange passionfruit jam. If you’re in town for Southern comfort food, Cafe Sunflower’s brunch menu offers Chicken and Waffles. With its two Atlanta locations, Cafe Sunflower makes vegan brunch accessible (and delicious). If you need blueberry pancakes NOW and can’t get to Cafe Sunflower, try these gluten-free Cosmic Blueberry Pancakes at home!
Find Cafe Sunflower at 2140 Peachtree Road or 5975 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA.
8. Detroit Vegan Soul – Detroit, MI
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By now, we’ve established that soul food makes for excellent brunch. So Detroit Vegan Soul is here to answer all of your brunch needs all day Sundays, serving up not only the classic Biscuits and Gravy or Fried Tofu and Waffle but also its signature “Catfish” Tofu & Grits. You can also indulge in Sweet Potato Stacks with maple syrup, cinnamon, and walnuts, or a Homestyle Breakfast that features tofu scramble, sausage, potatoes, and toast.
If you’re in the mood to make your own vegan soul food, try these 15 Amazing ‘Fried Chicken’ Recipes.
Try out Detroit Vegan Soul at 8029 Agnes St. or 19614 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI.
Making your own brunch at home? The Food Monster App can help. It is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
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