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v.i.p. : brickway
March 23, 2010, 12:12 pm
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Brickway on Wickenden is one of those places where omnivores love to brunch, and it’s great to be able to share that experience. The vegan options are not many, but what Brickway lacks in veg-friendly fare it makes up for in atmosphere. Its quirky wall colors and mismatched chairs and tables lend it an artsy, big-city small-cafe feeling, and the bottomless cup of coffee means you can stretch your morning out a bit. I’ve been here on super crowded days (Sat & Sun, prepare for a wait) but I’ve never felt rushed through my meal.

The breakfast menu (which they serve all day) is mostly omelets and meaty sides, so don’t come expecting to fill up on hearty, greasy soy sausage. You will find, however, once your eyes move beyond the standard fruit-cup and wheat-toast-with-jam side dishes, that for six bucks you can order the most delicious bowl of oatmeal you’ve ever eaten in your brunchy life.

Topped with maple syrup and brown sugar, Brickway oatmeal has raisins and whole almonds mixed in to add a bit of creaminess, a bit of tang, a bit of substance to the dish. Amazingly, it’s neither mushy nor sticky, neither chunky nor runny, neither dry nor overly moist. This is Goldilocks oatmeal. It is just right. I don’t tend to be a fan of oatmeal, but this staff-certified fully vegan version, with all its trappings, has me sold. Plus, a bowl of this stuff is warm and filling – perfect for a light breakfast – and if you throw in some OJ and several cups of coffee, you’ve got a nice, satisfying, long-lasting meal.

I don’t know whether Brickway offers soymilk (I drink my coffee black) or whether they have earth balance available for toast (I’ve always gotten preserves), but I have every intention of finding out. Thus far the waitstaff has been nothing but friendly, helpful, and patient with questions, and they seem generally willing to accommodate special needs – especially since one of the waitresses is a vegan herself. In addition to oatmeal, Brickway has a couple of vegan lunch options – a hummus veggie wrap, and a veggie burger. (The burger itself is vegan, but make sure you clarify that the sauteed mushrooms and onions need to be veg-friendly.) I’ve yet to try, but I’ll report back when I do!

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