One of the things I love the most about Detroit is its inhabitant’s propensity for guerrilla-style entrepreneurship. Yeah, we don’t have many jobs, so people make their own! Especially evident in the food scene, where people sell BBQ out of their driveways, noodles from their front porch, or fried fish from their garages.
Enter Detroit Brunch. A similarly brave enterprise involving two students serving up vegan deliciousness from their basement apartment near Wayne State University.
Full disclosure: I’m not a vegan, but I enjoy vegan dining options. I find vegan meals very agreeable to my feeling of health and well being. I prepare a lot of vegetarian and vegan meals at home, so love it when I can actually get some food out that fulfills my goal of trying to eat more on the healthy end of the spectrum.
Here’s the deal with Detroit Brunch: it’s only once a week (Sunday), you order online well in advance (by Friday night), pick up only and cash only, and the menu options change each week. Sounds pretty restrictive, I know, but believe me, you DON’T want to miss this brunch.
I ordered the scrambled tofu with breakfast potatoes and the biscuits with white-bean-tempeh gravy and sweet potatoes. For one thing, the quality was out of this world. I have had a LOT of tofu scrambles over the years, having spent quite a bit of time in tofu-crazed parts of the country (West Coast). And I can say with complete confidence that Detroit Brunch’s tofu scramble was on par with the best tofu scrambles I’ve ever had. The gravy – of my God! I have to get that recipe! Sage-y,creamy, hearty, and dare I say it? Even better than “real” gravy! And the breakfast potatoes were also divine. Crispy browned edges mixed with a velvety insides, and oh so flavorful. As good as it gets. The scramble was served with flawless Avalon bread.
The only thing I can find to say on the detracting side is that the biscuits could have been better, but honestly I’ve only ever made biscuits with butter and milk or buttermilk (being the true Southern girl that I am), so not altogether sure how one would make biscuits of the vegan variety, so perhaps this is not a fair criticism. It could very well be that this is the pinnacle for vegan biscuits.
And another thing, the quantity! I got two items, and what I received was enough for three and a half people, easily. Generous to the point of being questionably sustainable…We couldn’t finish, and ate the rest later in the day. In any Pacific Northwest restaurant I would’ve gotten 1/2 the food for twice the price.
So what I am trying to say here is: get to Detroit Brunch. Ordering is easy if not a little on the low tech side, but who cares. It’s tucked away, so be warned when you pick up you’re going to feel like you are in a secret society – a secret society of yumminess.