Buffalo Brunch goes to an Entirely Plant-Based Brunch and Loves It!
A sugar-lover, a carnivore, and a gluten-lover walk into Buffalo’s first exclusively plant-based cafe… They are skeptics, dissuaded by the homemade recipes of friends claiming that their nut cheeses taste “just like cheese,” that seitan tastes just like bacon, that Just eggs taste exactly like eggs, etc. So you can see where I’m coming from, yeah? I am fully supportive of those enthralled in the plant-based food movement, and all of the reasons for doing so – but I’m not much for being convinced that something tastes like something that it isn’t.
In the case that is Root & Bloom, there’s no convincing. They combine ingredients in a way in which you are able to appreciate the flavor combinations that are happening in your mouth, and just feel good about it. Not to mention, it’s the most photogenic food this city has going for it right now.
Walking into Root & Bloom is a breath of fresh air – its bohemian, shabby chic decor is flooded beautifully with natural light, and there are plants are EVERYWHERE, which, let’s be honest – plants are the only thing you’re allowed to over-decorate with. You definitely get friendly with your neighbors at Root & Bloom, where the smaller section of tables are pushed very close to one another, but it just adds to the comfy-cozy, homey feeling.
Post getting my first cup of coffee (they serve Tipico!) of the day and looking over the menu, my friend and I ordered:
- Shirley: Snickerdoodle pancakes dusted in cinnamon sugar and topped with a house made cultured-cashew sweet butter and maple syrup
- Gertrude: Hardy smash of fresh avocado on top of 2 thick toasted cottage bread slices, topped w/ fresh cracked pepper and micro greens
- Fernando: Fried tostadas topped w/ black beans, huevos rancheros sauce, seasoned quinoa chorizo, griddle seared ranch “eggs” & vegetables, topped w/ habanero crema, sliced avocado, and cilantro
It made sense to start the meal off with the most refreshing, hardy avocado toast that I’ve had the pleasure of eating. If I had that cottage bread in my vicinity every day, I would not be able to stop eating it until it was gone. The Fernando affirms why I love Mexican food so much. Mexican food doesn’t have to have meat in it in order to be satisfying, and the seasonings in this dish combined with the quinoa, vegetables and habanero crema made it just as lip-smacking as a greasy, cheesy chorizo taco.
The Shirley was definitely the most mind-blowing, being that they are denoted sugar-free on the menu and yet were filled with flavor as if they were coated completely in sugar. Root & Bloom has done it, folks. While I am still married to bacon, cheese, and all things sugar-filled, I was delighted with the meal and will go back. The vegan population of Buffalo has a real treasure on their hands.
Location: 423 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222
Brunch hours: Saturday & Sunday brunch menu served 10am – 3pm