In an effort to make Mom proud, Chow Bella's taking a good, hard look at the most important meal of the day in the form of Scrambled, a weekly review of local breakfast spots.
Scramble has all the makings of a fantastic restaurant. It has a walk-up counter for fast dining times. The ingredients are fresh and often local. The atmosphere is cheery and a little hip, and there's a TV and free-wifi. Needless to say, we went into this review with high hopes.
Did the ingredients all add up? Find out after the jump.
The Sunny Side: The menu is very large for a breakfast spot and it features some interesting and unique items. Ever tried brizza? It's breakfast pizza, which is awesome. Not in the mood for meat? There's a vegan menu. And the rest of the menu includes almost everything you could want for breakfast, from biscuits and gravy to Benedicts.
We decided to go for the two extremes: The Chicago, a breakfast pizza with sausage, potato, Monterey Jack and cheddar, as well as the vegan soyrizo burrito which includes vegan soyrizo, red and green bell peppers, and avocado served with a side of sweet potato hash.
The breakfast pizza ($7.89) had a buttery crust and spicy, flavorful sausage. The sausage gave the pizza a little kick, which went well with the potatoes and crust. It was delicious the first few bites in, but it got a little heavy near the end. Still, it's a tasty and unique breakfast option and we are thrilled with the concept.
The coffee was also an extremely enjoyable part of the breakfast. The serve-yourself coffee makers had us worried, but we should know better than to judge a book by its cover. It was smooth, earthy, and flavorful.
Save Your Bacon: The vegan soyrizo burrito ($7.6) was a different story. The consistency was the most distracting part. The entire thing was soft and a little bland. The avocado worked really well with the soyrizo, but it would have been better with some potatoes, rice, or really anything else to give it a better texture. Even the soyrizo itself was on the soft side.
Luckily, the sweet potato hash really saved the dish. The mix of sweet potatoes, onions, and peppers had a really unique flavor. It tasted a lot like hash browns, but sweeter. They were delicious and put Scramble back on our good side.
The check: The place has a cheerful vibe and the service was really friendly. It's a very sunny place. The brizza and more traditional items are pretty good and at a fair price, but it seems to be hit or miss. Don't stray too far from the basics and choose your vegan dish wisely.
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