Thursday, November 5, 2015

Restaurant Review: Green Sage Café in Asheville, NC

Restaurants that sell a vegan breakfast are hard to come by. Most breakfast foods are usually off the table for vegans (scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, and the list goes on). But here we were, in Asheville, the most vegan-friendly city in North Carolina. Instead of eating our usual vacation breakfast of a bag of dry cheerios, fruit, or a bagel, I found this vegan-friendly restaurant called Green Sage Café that looked like it may fit our breakfast needs.

It was a very busy café. Most people were there having morning business meetings over a cup of coffee (it was a weekday morning, after all), and there were quite a few people sitting at single-tables with their laptops and headphones on as they began their day.

When you walk in, you stand in line and place your order. After paying, they give you a cup to get yourself a drink, and you find a table to sit at, where you place your number so that they can come find you when your food is ready. We waited for about 10-15 minutes for our food. We didn't mind, because they had a lot of photographs on the walls taken by locals of the Blue Ridge Mountains, waterfalls, and all sorts of local nature spots.

For my breakfast, I ordered the Green Sage Plate, which came with a tofu herb scramble, a vegan biscuit with mushroom gravy, root hash, and sautéed kale and onions.

Green Sage Plate - Vegan ($8.95)

For the children to share, I ordered an additional serving of Tofu Herb Scramble and a tempeh "soysage". Bridget made a good effort on the tofu scramble, but I think it was too "herby" for her. She had some of the soysage, and so did Liam, but I honestly didn't think it was all that good. It was a bit on the mushy side.

Tofu Herb Scramble ($1.75) and Tempeh Soysage ($2.75)

I also ordered an extra biscuit with vegan margarine and fresh strawberry preserves (not pictured, though the preserves were tasty). Bridget and George both shared the biscuit and it was probably their favorite of all their breakfast options.

 
My husband, the only non-vegan in the family, ordered a pancake for breakfast. It may have been the most expensive pancake he ever ate in his life. He did say it tasted good, but was no where near being worth almost five dollars. The price in itself left a bitter taste in his mouth.

Buttermilk Pancake with Maple-Brown Rice Syrup ($4.50)

Overall, I thought the food was very tasty and very healthy, but a little too "earthy" to my liking. While I did feel good all day after having an extremely healthy breakfast, I felt this restaurant was not the best fit for my family. The children did not enjoy the food as I had hoped and my husband was not pleased with the prices.
 

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