Monday, March 14, 2011

sweetart: early eats

we've been sweetart devotees for a while now but somehow have never made it there for breakfast.  folks say it's the most important meal of the day.  this weekend we learned what that means.

(see our first sweetart entry here.)

we ordered the jewel, and got it upgraded.  it's a delicious vegan french toast--that's right, vegan, as in "not missing a single thing."  it comes with real maple syrup, and the upgrade gets you some amaretto sauce poured over the toast, sliced fresh strawberries, and slivered almonds.  clark's never really been into the breakfast thing, but lois has had french toast every which way and really has to say this is some of the best anywhere.  clark thought he'd just take one bite to say he tried it but ended up eating half of it, it was so darn yummy. sweetart's taste is always spot on: they know how much is just right, and that's so important with sweet breakfast dishes.  the addition of amaretto was delightful, surprisingly not too decadent, and perfectly complemented by the strawberries and almonds.  crunchy and crumbly on the outside, pillowy soft on the inside, the toast was perfection.  and you can tell them to hold the maple; you won't miss it.

we were glad to see the return of the flad, and we ordered a bowl--with dairy cheese, though next time we'll definitely try the vegan.  the flavor is somehow unlike other veg chili we've had.  it is the definition of hale and hearty, with a bold serrano presence.  it tempers any acidity from the tomato, and the combination of spices make it at once invigorating, soothing, impossible to push away.  at first glance it may look unimpressive, just a monochrome heap of beans in dark red sauce, but the complexity of the flavor and the simplicity of the ingredients will catch you unawares.

finally, we ordered the edna.  if this is named after someone, it's quite a tribute.  even lois's sweet tooth couldn't argue that this was the way to finish the meal.  it's a breakfast burrito filled with scrambled tofu, vegan sausage, and seasoned potatoes.  the scrambled tofu bursted with flavor, and we're not even sure what it was exactly.  neither too dry nor too wet, they somehow managed to do what almost no one else can: coax firm tofu into the loud, loveable star of the dish.  the potatoes, cheese, and sausage were brilliantly blended with the tofu; every bite was balanced and better than the last.  we bemoan the sad reality that, alas, we can't have one every day.  we also discussed plans for our next breakfast at sweetart: one edna for clark, one for lois, one to split (just because). 


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