For the month of October, Durham (the city I live in) is having a vegan brunch challenge. Six local restaurants have been offering vegan options on their brunch menus for the entire month. Each place must offer a sweet and a savory option and cannot do something mundane like oatmeal.
I was ecstatic when I learned that three of the places were offering gluten free dishes. Those places are The Refractory, Daisy Cakes, and Bull Street Gourmet and Market. Those restaurants are offering tofu scrambles, cookies, cupcakes, tofu and sweet potato hash with green beans and red pepper sauce, and peanut-corn-potato cakes with caramelized onions. For the non-gf items there is French toast, bananas foster, and burritos. Everything sounds amazing!
Last weekend we tried The Refractory and had a delicious dal and rice dish along with a tofu scramble with pumpkin seeds and black beans. I regret that I did not take a picture of our dishes. The dishes were both hardy for a chilly fall morning. It was a nice start to a weekend day and kept us full until dinnertime.
This weekend we went to Daisy Cakes and had their North Coast Tofu Scramble that contained roasted veggies, garlic cilantro tofu topped with vegan mozzarella, cilantro, and scallions. We enjoyed this meal with local coffee with soy milk. We both enjoyed the scramble as the predominate vegetables were white potatoes, sweet potatoes, and red bell peppers. The scramble had a nice flavor and they get extra points for having hot sauce. I always eat my scrambles with hot sauce.
Next weekend we plan on trying Bull Street Gourmet Market and I hope to post the pictures of their TWO gluten free, vegan dishes! Thanks to all of the organizers, restaurants, and chefs!