John and I visited Cafe Gratitude for brunch on Memorial Day. A healthy, organic vegan meal was just what we needed to recover from all the partying at Henry and Michael’s wedding the night before. It was convenient that Cafe Gratitude was just a few blocks from our hotel.
We lived in Berkeley for years, but never visited this place. They have raw dishes and cooked dishes, so there’s something for all variations of plant-based and veg-curious eaters. I remember friends telling us the food is good, but the place was kind of odd and quirky. They apparently used to ask every customer what they’re grateful for. On our visit, our waiter didn’t ask us that, but there was a question of the day (which I don’t remember).
We started with the “Honoring” raw nachos ($13) to share. This is basically a salad with sunflower seed pate, salsa fresca, guacamole, sprouted chips, and spicy cashew nacho cheese. I wish it came with a few more chips, but overall, this is was a delicious, healthy take on nachos. Loved the sunflower seed pate and fresh guacamole!
John ordered the “Magical” black bean burger ($13) with sauteed onions, tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, and homemade ketchup on a wheat bun. The black bean patty was a beautiful color. I had a little taste of it, and it may be the best black bean patty I’ve ever had.
I had the “Extraordinary” vegan BLT ($12) with maple coconut bacon, romaine, sliced tomato, avocado, and cashew chipotle aioli on a wheat bun. The coconut bacon was interesting. I expected larger slices, instead of flakes of coconut. The maple flavor was subtle and complemented the coconut flavor. The chipotle aioli and avocado added the right touch of creaminess. Both our dishes came with a fig balsamic salad with fresh, leafy greens.