• all you can eat vegan brunch at sweetpea!

    September 4th, 2010quarrygirlmore restaurants (not LA), portland

    i kinda wanna move to portland, just so i can hit up the all you can eat vegan brunch at sweetpea baking company every sunday.

    sweetpea is located in the famous vegan strip mall, a sight that must be seen to be believed. honestly, i thought it was a mirage the first time i went there—an entirely vegan clothing shop, bakery, grocery store, and tattoo parlor all right next to each other. it seemed too good to be true.

    sweetpea is the all vegan bakery of the bunch, but they do much more than just baked goods. of course they have a slew of vegan cakes, cupcakes, and cheesecakes…but they also make daily soups, sandwiches, and even host an unbelievable ALL YOU CAN EAT SUNDAY BRUNCH! and that’s what this post is about; the motherfuckin’ brunch. oh yes.

    the buffet-style brunch takes place every sunday from 9am until noon (or until food runs out), and features rotating specials each week. be sure to check sweetpea’s website for the latest on hours and menu. the brunch we attended was all about biscuits & gravy, chicken fried seitan, kale, and tofu scramble. plus coffee! sounds amazing, right? we decided to get there early to ensure a good seat.

    we arrived at 9:08am, and the place was already hoppin! i’m talking a solid buffet line, with about 3/4 the tables full, and many people already happily eating. it looked pretty busy, but the line moved fast. the trays were quickly emptied by hungry folks, but were always immediately refilled with what seemed like an endless supply of food.

    we were able to grab a seat at the counter by the window, which suited me perfectly. we were on stools rather than chairs, but we weren’t crammed in, and eating in the sunlight was lovely.

    all you can eat brunch: biscuits and gravy, chicken fried seitan, kale, tofu scramble and coffee. $10

    most importantly, the food was excellent. as you probably know, portland is known for its vegan biscuits & gravy, and these held their own against the best of them! the gravy was a tad on the thin side, but what it lacked in creaminess it made up in flavor. the biscuits were absolutely perfect—moist, soft, and slightly flaky. next up, the chicken fried seitan was unbelievable. a deep fried crispy shell covering an incredibly moist and spongy wheat meat center. i ate about 9 pieces of this stuff, and then i felt like i couldn’t move…in a good way. the kale and tofu scramble were also on point. i have no complaints whatsoever.

    there was also something sweet at the brunch, maybe it was apple cobbler? i forget. i didn’t try it, whatever it was…because i don’t usually like baked fruit. i’m sure it was awesome though, because everything else was WONDERFUL.

    i can’t speak highly enough of sweetpea’s brunch. the food was perfect, we got a decent seat even though it was crowded, and we ate a load of good stuff for a ridiculously cheap amount. and it was ALL VEGAN. god, i love portland. go there!

    sweetpea baking
    1205 SE Stark Street,
    Portland, OR 97214
    (503) 477-5916
    sunday brunch 9am-12pm

    PS: this week’s brunch 9/5 is Faux McMuffins and McGriddles, with sides of hashbrown patties and kale, and fried apple pies for dessert!! GET ON THAT.

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  • Sweetpea brunch is wonderful. I kind of wanted to move to Portland too, so I could have all you can eat brunch more often. (Or just have Sweetpea nearby in general)

    Those biscuits are pure heaven.

  • Everything looks so tasty. Wish I could go there. Maybe I could convince them to open up shop in my little neck of the woods?

  • Nice! I live close by. Thanks QG!

  • You had me at All You Can Eat…

  • Looks so good!! 😀

  • Although I love visiting Portland, no brunch is worth months of rain & gloom. I’ll make my own ‘all you can eat’ biscuits and gravy’ and continue to live in the beautiful california sunshine, thank you very much.

  • I’m still beating myself up over missing the all you can eat brunch when I was in Portland. I’ve heard soo much good stuff about it!

  • I just returned to LA after a week in Portland, and I ate four of Sweetpea’s delicious sandwiches when I was there (not all in one day :-)). I didn’t know about brunch!! It looks SOO good!!!

    But being a Portland native, I have to agree with Gina: The rain, gray skies, and cold weather can really take its toll on a person. But the summers are GLORIOUS!

  • Went to the brunch here on Valentine’s Day last year! It was fantastic. Portland rules. That’s all.

  • SOB

    My one great sadness is that the Portland Marathon is on Sunday … the only Sunday I’ll be in town. With a 7 am start, the only chance I have of getting to Sweetpea for epic brunch is to run way faster than I have in any previous marathon… I really don’t think a 4 hour race is in the cards but perhaps the sweet, sweet idea of Sweetpea biscuits will give me wings.

    Or perhaps I’ll send my SO to nab some biscuits and bring them to me, post race. Yeah, that seems more likely. 😉

    Sweetpea brunch is tops!

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