Date: January 3, 2008
Times Visited: 3
Move over Beaterville – I love your jam, but you don’t offer me pancakes – my breakfast meal of choice. Laurelthirst Public House has taken my number one favorite weekday breakfast spot. Laurelthirst is a quiet breakfast joint weekdays, bustling brunch spot on the weekends (like every other breakfast place in town), and a music venue/bar every evening.
The dark brick walls and deep red booths remind you that you’re eating breakfast in a bar. A quick glance to the actual bar and you consider beer for breakfast, forgetting the time of day. As the restaurant fills up and your coffee arrives, it turns into a nice diner and you notice the stand-alone tables and cute eating nooks by the windows – it’s breakfast time!
The menu has a lot of vegan breakfast items, namely the Pancakes and French Toast. Unfortunately, the pancakes are only sold on the weekdays, which is a shame. Vegans can also eat the potatoes and house-made veggie sausage patties. You can also try their Vegan Breakfast Burrito, Homefries with Vegetables, or Tofu Scrambles.
The pancakes are the reason to visit – they are light, fluffy, and best of all, HUGE! One pancake could be enough for some, but I prefer going for 2 and only eating one and a half. I love that you can add bananas, strawberries, blueberries or walnuts to the pancakes for just 50 cents more – the blueberries are my favorite. Usually they have earth balance so slather that on with some maple syrup and dig in! Your fork will cut easily into the cake with makes it easy to devour an entire pancake without realizing it – that’s why you get two – so you can savory the second one a bit more.
The Veggie Sausages are not your typical sausages. They are more like homemade patties.They have a pan fried firmness on the outside and smooshy feel on the inside. They appear to consist of diced, once frozen, vegetables, and only vegetables, no tvp hiding in there, possibly nuts, like their housemade Veggie Burger.
The Fresh Toast is created out of thick slices of French Bread. I always enjoy the dish, but I don’t think their recipe is anything unique. Maybe the big-time Vegan French Toast reviewers reading this can correct me if I’m wrong.
The lunch menu has never excited me, but they do have many vegan options like their Housemade Veggie Burger that has lots of seeds and veggies in it. Other options include the burrito and several salads.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Address: 3000 NE Glisan Portland, OR
Hours: Everyday Breakfast 9am-3pm; Lunch and Dinner all the time, everyday