A few weeks ago, a follower of my Facebook page reached out to me and asked if we could meet up and have a chat at one of my favorite restaurants. Sure! I responded. That was the easy part. Selecting the restaurant was the hard part, because whatever place I chose would either confirm my prowess as a foodie or completely invalidate this idea that I have of myself (and that I hope others have of me). There were so many unanswered questions: would I take her to a vegan restaurant, a vegetarian restaurant, or to a regular restaurant with vegan and/or vegetarian dishes? Would we go for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner? Whatever place I chose, it had to be a great representative of me. It took some time for me to come to my senses, but when I did, Ethos Vegan Kitchen was waiting right there for me, right under my nose.
Ethos Vegan Kitchen is my hands down go-to place for great vegan food. They get it right every single time I visit. This may sound a bit weird, but these reasons were exactly why I didn’t want to take my newfound Facebook friend there. I wanted her to try something new and different– I had already assumed that she too had made Ethos one of her favorite spots. Plus, I’d written multiple times about the place like here. I wanted to try a new place that I could write a fresh blog post about. Two birds… After turning my wheels a bit longer, I decided to go ahead and simply ask her if she ever visited Ethos. To my surprise, the answer was no. I would later find out that she had, in fact, never eaten at a vegan restaurant. These new facts mixed with Ethos‘ amazing brunch menu, made it the absolute only option, especially if I wanted to hold onto my foodie crown.
Ethos already has a great menu for lunch and dinner, but when it comes to brunch they seem to take things up a few more notches. Here’s a little snippet of items you can find on the Saturday and Sunday brunch menu: tofu scramble, mimosas, home fries, pancakes, and this is only the beginning. The decision had already been made for me: it would be brunch at Ethos.
Whenever I’m going to a new place or I’m introducing a place to someone, I always like to order a number of different dishes. Once I was kindly given the reigns to order for the table, of which I took with great seriousness, I ordered a variety of items that really exhibit the thing that makes Ethos so great in the first place, which is their ability to take regular food usually infused with meat and transition it into a meat-free, vegan dish that is just as tasty as its meaty rival. Here’s what I went with: cinnamon rolls, breakfast burrito, biscuits & gravy, and french toast.
The ladies that I had the honor of spending those few hours with at Ethos, absolutely loved it! They were amazed that no meat products or by-products were used in the food. After trying the french toast for the first time, I have to admit that I too was a bit astonished at how they pulled off close-to-perect french toast without the nice dip in egg.
Be sure to take a look at the photos below for descriptions and more from my visit to Ethos.