Favorite Vegan Brunch Spots

by | Jul 24, 2017

If you’re a meat-lover or even an egg-eating vegetarian, the brunch world is your oyster, so to speak. However, when you’re vegan, your dine-out brunch choices contract considerably. Thankfully, some Coastal Virginia proprietors and chefs are working to change that. Following are just a handful of our favorites.


Deli Brunch 

Yorgo’s Bageldashery

Order: They’ve got bagels with assorted vegan cream cheese, vegan breakfast sandwiches and a phenomenal vegan burrito with tofu scrambler, hash browns and vegan chili on a jalapeno-cheddar wrap (vegan cheese just 75 cents more).

2123 Colonial Ave., Norfolk, 757-623-6609, YorgosBageldashery.com


Bakery Cafe Brunch 

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Kahiau’s Bakery and Café

Order: Get your fill of breakfast biscuit sandwiches, deviled eggless eggs, eggless salad, Chix salad, assorted pastries and fresh-brewed, 100 percent Hawaiian coffee.

3712 S Plaza Trail, Suite 101, Virginia Beach, 757-340-0071, Kahiaus.com


My Vegan Sweet Tooth, Cinnamon Rolls, Favorite Vegan Brunch Spots, Virginia Beach

My Vegan Sweet Tooth

Order: Choose from bagels, doughnuts, cinnamon rolls, quiche or shepherd's pie as you sip a special tea blend by Green Leaf & Pebble Tea Spa or iced Fair Grounds mocha java cold brew coffee.

3916 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, 757-279-4789, MyVeganSweetTooth.com


Diner-Style Brunch


Charlies Café, Riverview

Order: Go savory with their vegan omelet, southwest tofu scramble or even biscuits and gravy—or sweeten things up a little with a stack of vegan pancakes.

4024 Granby St., 757-962-7701, CharliesAmericanCafe.com


Brunch in a Bowl

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Zeke’s Beans and Bowls

Order: The acai bowls are fresh and fantastic (we’re especially fond of the North Pole Bowl), the kale salad is always a winner, and you can get any of their signature poke bowls and simply substitute tofu for tuna (it even saves you $2).

800 Granby St., Norfolk, 757-963-5220, Facebook.com/ZekesNfk

616 Norfolk Ave., Virginia Beach, 757-963-5155, Facebook.com/ZekesVB/


Super-Charged Brunch



Order: Every single item on their menu is 100 percent plant-based, certified organic, kosher, sustainable and homemade, so you really can’t go wrong. From sensational smoothies to superberry bowls, waffles wraps and sandwiches, Fruitive is the place for healthy, flavorful fare.

Ghent: 1501 Colley Ave., Norfolk, 757-500-4564

Hilltop: 1624 Laskin Rd., Virginia Beach, 757-351-0559

The Main: 100 East Main St., Norfolk, 757-266-3227



Host your own vegan brunch with this Savory Slice of Summer Tart Recipe, and be sure to see more brunch options in our three part Brunch feature.

Betsy DiJulio is a full-time art teacher, artist and curator with side hustles as a freelance writer, including for Coastal Virginia Magazine, and a vegan recipe developer and food stylist and photographer for Tofutti Brands.

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