My recent trip to Iowa City had no end of breakfast delights. I
secured a comforting omelet at an old favorite, The Hamburg, No. 2
blog post]. And
took an opportunity to rediscover another Iowa City institution,
Lou Henri [see
The last morning, on my way to catch a bus out of town, I visited
Coffeehouse and Bakery, conveniently located across the
street from the Megabus
stop and just around the corner from the Greyhound/Burlington
Fair Grounds is a nexus of vegetarian/vegan breakfast items, with
a dizzying selection of egg-free, cholesterol-free, dairy-free
waffles and french toast. Gluten-free waffles are available upon
request as well. Sadly, things like pancakes, waffles and french
toast aren’t my cup of tea, but I did spot a breakfast burrito on
the menu which looked promising.
With scrambled tofu, roasted potatoes, homemade vegan
mockstarella and sour cream, and fresh salsa in a spinach
tortilla, the breakfast burrito is formidable in size and scope.
All together, the flavor and texture reminds me of a spicy potato
salad. I rather like it! Quite creamy inside, but nicely balanced
with bite-size chunks of potato. Pieces of carrot and celery are
an unexpected bonus; perhaps from the salsa? The overt yellow hue
of the scrambled tofu likely comes from turmeric, which my taste
buds appear to agree with. For the portion on the plate it's a
good valve and all the breakfast you'll need to order.
Feeling curious I also tried the grilled tempeh
then grilled in maple syrup. Salty like Parmesan, slighty sour,
great texture, the light touch of maple syrup complements. A good
protein source. If you like tempeh, then this should please you.
Being a dyed-in-the-wool crispy bacon eater, it doesn’t come close
to satisfying that desire.
After beholding the breakfast burrito I realized my error in
ordering a side of Fair Grounds homemade grilled toast, with sides
of hummus and butter. Still, I had to try the wonderfully creamy hummus. A
exceptional amount of tahini went into
this, so much so that the rich taste of ground sesame, paired with
tart lemon juice is a real eye-opener. This is a great hummus!
I’d come back here without reservation to sample their coffee and
to try the few savory waffles that pique my interest. Oh! Be still
my craving stomach.