With BreakFest 901 at hand this Saturday, and a lovely break from the weather, it feels like everyone’s ready to just chill outside with a cocktail. I love my brunch, and I can’t express how excited I am to completely indulge!
So, in honor of all those things, I’ve put together a veggie’s go-to list for brunch. Contrary to popular belief, we actually have plenty of options when it comes to early morning dining. Or 2:55PM-rush-in-while-they’re-still-serving-because-you-overslept dining, if you’re like me.
1. Maximo’s on Broad
Maximo’s is one of my new favorite spots. It focuses on tapas-style eating, small plates just big enough to split, in a vintage atmosphere punctuated with 33s from decades ago. The brunch menu has a variety of options. Vegan bacon or sausage can be added or subbed,
Favorite Dishes: Tofu Scramble, Biscuits & Vegan Gravy, Omelet Florentine
2. Beauty Shop
While the Succotash (peas, corn, coconut milk broth) from their dinner menu is my favorite, the wait for Beauty Shop’s brunch is worth it. Everything from this place is delicious. The brunch features mostly egg-based dishes, but also has items such as Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, daily Veggie Sandwich specials, and Belgian Waffles. Don’t forget to check the mirror for daily specials!
Favorite Dishes: Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Huevos Rancheros, Skillet Eggs Bruschetta
3. Strano Sicilian Kitchen
My favorite thing about Strano’s brunch is the butternut pizza sauce. It’s just sweet and savory enough to be a fantastic morning treat. If you’re planning on having a lot of fun, there’s a Bottomless Mimosa offering. I advise sitting out on the patio, where you get a nice breeze, and can still hear the piano.
Favorite Dishes: Cefalu Pizza (w/o bacon), Mandorla Amaretto Pancakes
4. Bosco’s Squared
While you can still get items like the House-Made Veggie Burger, I recommend going with a Benedict here, sans meat. Sometimes, I substitute spinach to bring some crunch to it. Mimosas and Bloody Marys are $3.75, and you can enjoy them while listening to live music.
Favorite Dishes: Eggs Benedict, Eggs Sardou, Asparagus and Mushroom Omelette
5. Slider Inn
Grab a seat on the patio, and order yourself a $4 Mimosa/Bloody Mary. The atmosphere is very casual and dog-friendly. They even have a few vegan options, like the English Breakfast Bowl.
Favorite Dishes: Asparagus Benedict, Delta Grind Cheese Grits, English Breakfast Bowl
6. Peabody Hotel
If you want to go big, the Peabody brunch is your place. At $40 per adult, it offers a large buffet of apps, entrees, and treats, and drinks are included in the fee. I’ve been a few times for important occasions, and it definitely feels special. After your meal, step outside on the rooftop for a great view.
Stick around for a glimpse of brand-new Duckmaster Jimmy Ogle as he leads his feathered charges through the lobby of The South’s Grand Hotel!
Favorite Dishes: Chocolate-Dipped Fruit, The Omelette Station
7. Brother Juniper’s
A Memphis classic, Brother Juniper’s serves the best morning comfort food around. They offer anything from pancakes to potato bowls, and you can substitute veggie sausage into anything. It’s always fresh, and the coffee is amazing, so it’s well worth potentially waiting an hour.
Favorite Dishes: The P4 (Add Veggie Sausage), The San Diegan (w/o Bacon)
8. Texas de Brazil
It’s technically not brunch-themed, but Texas de Brazil still offers a great lunch. Even though it’s famous for its meat items, this place offers more than enough for the plant-based patron. The ‘salad bar’ is an extensive array of over 60 dishes, including imported cheeses, garlic mashed potatoes, and an olive selection.
9. R.P. Tracks
Saturday & Sunday til 3PM
This college hangout is locally famous for its tofu-based items. Personally, I love the tofu buffalo fingers from the dinner menu. Mimosas are $3.50, and the bar is always lively. It’s one of the most veg-accommodating restaurants I’ve found.
Favorite Dishes: Portabella Benedict, Veggie Breakfast Burrito
10. Fuel Cafe Food Truck
(Check their FB Page for their schedule!)
If you’re out and about, or at the downtown Farmer’s Market, stop by the Fuel Cafe truck. I always get the Breakfast Burrito, no bacon. It’s all made-to-order, and everyone’s super nice.
Favorite Dishes: Breakfast Burrito (w/o Bacon), Veggie or Vegan Tacos
I hope you try some of these places and love them as much as I do. If you haven’t bought your ticket to BreakFest 901 yet, do it soon, because they sold out last year. (Read my BreakFest overview here.)
See you there!