Visiting Herbivore was one of the many foodie highlights of our recent SF Bay Area trip. After we checked into our hotel, we strolled through our old stomping grounds in Berkeley. We used to live just a few blocks away from Herbivore, and it was hands down our favorite casual restaurant. And that was long before we became vegetarian!
Over the years, we’ve brought many friends and family here, and I have many fond memories of this place and its simple, but delicious vegan food. It was great to be back for brunch and to see that it’s as good as I remembered. I was also pleasantly surprised to discover that the prices have not increased at all even though it has been 4 years since our last visit.
A large fresh squeezed ginger cayenne lemonade only set me back $3.50. John spent some time debating which beer to order. Bottled beers are only $4.50. Cocktails start at $6.
I was craving spiciness that day and ordered the Savory Crepes ($8.95) with red curry sauce. The crepes were filled with spinach, tofu, vegan cheese, mushrooms, onions, artichoke hearts, and capers. A generous serving of potatoes on the side.
I feel like the crepes could have been a little lighter, but it wasn’t bad as is. The veggie filling was good, and I loved that tasty curry sauce. I ate every last drop of that sauce. The potatoes were nice, but not necessary as the crepes alone were plenty of food.
John ordered the Southwestern Tofu Scramble ($9.95), which was quite a monster. A very delicious monster, I might add. Comes with tomato chipotle salsa, black beans, guacamole, vegan sour cream, and blueberry corn bread.
We make tofu scrambles at home from time to time, and John frequently orders similar dishes at vegan restaurants. He seemed very pleased with his entree. I tasted some of the tofu and it was light and fluffy with the just right touch of seasoning.
Since I’ve never tried Herbivore’s biscuits before, I decided to get the Sausage Biscuit ($4.75) as a side. The biscuit is also available as a full sized entree with a side salad.
Ordering this ended up being a foolish decision as our entrees were huge to begin with. Chewy sausage wrapped in a flaky biscuit. There was a reasonable balance of sausage to biscuit, and I liked the mushroom gravy. Serious comfort food. Bonus points: it’s all vegan!
Maybe I’ve gotten used to NYC, but it seems rare to find a vegan sit down restaurant with tasty, generous portions that’s also easy on the wallet. Herbivore, I hope we meet again soon. I leave you with a little something that was in the restroom…