This was part of several write-ups about breakfast establishments that ran in the food section of the first issue of the new publication Lane Monthly (LaneMonthly.com), which first published in February 2015. The two photos that were used to illustrate the article were taken by me.
By Vanessa Salvia
Morning Glory, downtown near the train station, opened in 1996 and is Eugene’s longest-running vegetarian and vegan café. The menu is large and well-rounded enough, however, that all hungry diners can find something satisfying. This homestyle café serves savory or sweet breakfasts all day, with a lunch menu and a kids’ menu of eggs, pancakes and French toast.
From the Savory menu, the Happy Morning Sandwich ($9) is a fresh split biscuit slathered with herbed tofu sour cream. One half is topped with a soy sausage patty, while the other comes with an herbed tofu patty. Tomato slices top both halves, and alongside is herbed home fries smothered in what they call “tantric mushroom gravy” which is also generously served on biscuits ($6) and other potato dishes. They even manage to offer a satisfying vegan “omelette” made with veggies folded into a potato shell and topped with tofu sour cream. The Sweet menu has many familiar morning favorites such as waffles topped with fresh fruit, a bowl of oatmeal or granola, or The Muse—a poached apple stuffed with fruit compote and tofu cream ($7).
This is the kind of café that is busy nearly all day long. Service is friendly and quick, and the location near Smith Family Books and Fifth Street Public Market make it a great destination for a leisurely morning. Stop in for a sit-down meal or an espresso or herbal tea on the go, and pick up freshly baked breads, pastries and cakes made with local, organic ingredients with many gluten-free options.
450 Willamette St.
Open daily from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm
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