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Brunch at Munch Café


Last weekend, I had the hunch to have brunch at Munch and (you can already eat lunch at Munch) and I was glad to have done so a whole bunch. Okay, I’ll stop. Munch is fairly new vegetarian, nearly vegan, café in Oak Park, something local herbivores have been clamoring for for a long time. I reviewed Munch not long after they’d opened in July: I like the casual but welcoming vibe, and the unpretentious and well-curated menu. (I also like that I can get gluten-free goodies here, well-marked on their menu.) Right now, I am especially glad for their brunch, though. As Oak Park residents, if we have brunch out, we usually have to venture into the city or to the same old local coffee shop in town where they offer the tofu scramble. We certainly don’t mind doing that and are grateful for all the amazing vegan options in Chicago, but it is very nice to have a great Sunday brunch a little closer to home. In the milder months, there is also a small outdoor seating section on pretty Marion Street for the al fresco experience locals love so much.

The Munch brunch is Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 - 2:00 at their cute location in the lively Marion Street shopping district of Oak Park, 104 N. Marion, which is right off the Harlem stop of the Green line. There is also a lot of metered parking and bike racks nearby. Everything on their menu is well-marked as vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free. My son ordered the vegan version of the Breakfast Sandwich, which is an organic tofu scramble, red bell peppers, spinach, and thick slices of vegan bacon with Daiya mozzarella on a ciabatta roll for $6.50. It was a substantial sandwich and a great value. He loved it. My husband had the Groovy Breakfast Plate, which was the tofu scramble with sautéed mushrooms and colorful veggies, and arrives with sides of sautéed greens and their amazingly rich mashed sweet potatoes for $9.50. This also comes with toast or an English muffin. He loved the sweet mashed potatoes best and said that it was all spiced very nicely. He said that the scramble was not terribly memorable but he enjoyed it. I had the Comfort Breakfast, which was tofu scramble - as you can see, tofu is a big feature of their brunch - with roasted potatoes, vegan bacon or sausage and toast for $6.95. I like the emphasis on freshness and use of lots of colorful, still-crunchy vegetables. (I passed the bacon and toast on to my husband because I don't eat gluten.)

Some other options for future visits are the Cornmeal Pancakes topped with bananas and pecans, a Breakfast Salad, which features their tofu scramble on mixed organic greens, a dressing and toasted baguette, or their Coconut Steel Cut Oatmeal, which is organic oats cooked in coconut milk and topped with walnuts, bananas, and brown sugar.

I appreciate that Munch supports local businesses, such as Caputo's for their produce, Upton's Naturals for their seitan, and Chicago Soy Dairy's Temptation ice cream. Speaking of, my son had the Cookie Dough Shake for $4.50 and that was an amazing treat. There are other treats, such as the Homemade Brownie Sundae, and various cookies, also offered. Lots of coffees, organic teas, Filberts natural sodas and juices are also available.

Whether you are in the near western suburbs or not, Munch is a great place to check out for their healthy, delicious vegan-friendly brunch.