In honor of the most important meal of the day, we dined around town to compile this list of the 8 best vegan breakfasts in Kalamazoo. Here they are:
1. Studio Grill - 312 W Michigan Ave.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: vegan pancakes. These hotcakes are a VegOut favorite. You can top them with blueberries or enjoy them as is with traditional maple syrup. Studio Grill can also put together an American fry hash with veggies if you prefer a savory breakfast.
2. Anna’s House - 4700 Stadium Dr.
Kalamazoo’s newest breakfast joint offers a few House Bowls that can easily be veganized. These include the Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprout Hash, Hippie Hash, and the Tempeh Power Bowl. Anna’s House also serves up a yummy Baked Oatmeal and Tempeh Bacon. Look at our previous post for more information on what Anna’s House has to offer.
3. Food Dance - 401 E. Michigan Ave.
Our favorite Food Dance breakfast creation would have to be the Ultimate Home Fries. Order these without the cheese or sour cream, and pair it with avocado and a side of Kirklin Farm’s Black Beans (also sans sour cream). Food Dance also offers tofu which can be substituted for eggs in scrambles or Huevos Supremos. See our previous post for more great ideas.
4. Crow’s Nest - 816 S. Westnedge Ave.
Try one of the many breakfast scrambles by substituting tofu for eggs and omitting the cheese and/or meat. Our favorite is Queen Anne's Revenge. Or go for the new Vegan Reuben! That's right. A vegan Reuben! Sandwiches for breakfast are totally allowed. We discuss some of our other Crow's Nest favorites here.
5. Turntable at Green Door Distilling Co. - 429 E North St.
Chef Denise Miller and Chef Paul Vugteveen have teamed up to boost the vegan scene in Kalamazoo. With offerings like vegan Quiche, Chicken-ish & Waffles, and Root Vegetable Hash, you don’t want to miss this. Check out our previous post to read more about the vegan brunch offerings. Make sure you are following us on Facebook so we can keep you posted on upcoming Turntable events.
6. Michelle’s - Multiple Locations
This well-known local favorite can put together vegan skillets consisting of sautéed vegetables paired with American fries or hash browns. Order “The Skillet” without eggs, cheese, or ham. Add spinach, tomato, and avocado to the mix and pair it with a side of fresh fruit for good measure.
7. Pierce Cedar Creek Institute - 701 W. Cloverdale Rd.
For all the vegans who brunch, you’ve gotta check this out. Pierce Cedar Creek Institute offers a gourmet brunch buffet each month. We attended February’s brunch and enjoyed the vegan omelet station, chocolate covered strawberries, butternut squash bacon, and much more. Check out their website for information regarding this month’s brunch. You won’t be disappointed.
8. Water Street Coffee Joint - Downtown, Oakland Dr., and Portage
This café serves more than just soy milk lattes. It has plenty of vegan breakfast offerings like oatmeal, granola bars, and a Vegan Tofu Scramble Wrap for those quick grab-and-go work days. Sometimes we’re even known to enjoy their Fried Tofu and Kale Salad for breakfast; trust us it’s that good.
Do you have a favorite vegan-friendly breakfast? Let us know!
Anja is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a Graduate Teaching Assistant at WMU currently working toward a Masters of Arts in Family and Consumer Science. Growing up in her parents’ restaurant in northern Michigan instilled in her a lifelong passion for both nutrition and cooking.