Blind Faith Café

August 14 2012 - 12:15 PM

I think I’m the only person who hates going out for Sunday brunch.  The thought of getting up and first thing in the morning stuffing myself with a butter soaked omelet, lard coated hash browns or sticky sweet french toast is completely unappealing.  If I’m going to expend calories I want a Gorgonzola cream sauce over pasta, chicken, beef, potatoes, just about anything will do.  Also, if I’m going to spend money on food I’d like it to be something mildly adventurous.  I’ve been able to make flap-jack’s and scrambled eggs myself since the 6th grade.  I do make an exception however, and happily, for brunch at the Blind Faith Cafe in Evanston.  When I invite people to go to Blind Faith, and then tell them it is a vegetarian restaurant, they are immediately turned-off.

I hear moans and groans about how there won’t be enough food, how tofu is “scary” and how can you really call it breakfast without sausage?  Well, they serve extremely large portions, the tofu is great (if I didn’t tell you it was tofu I bet you’d never even know it) and I’m glad there isn’t one slimy, greased soaked sausage in the place – that’s exactly why I like it.

Blind Faith tauts their international vegetarian cuisine – meaning they have Mexican and Asian style dishes, like Huevos
Rancheros, Seitan Marsala and Bibim Bop (they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner).  Up until a year ago they did have some more unusual finds–I did enjoy the black bean tamales for example–however, the menu has changed to be a bit more simplistic in it’s offerings – which I’ve gotten over, except for those tamales, and enjoy it just as much as before.

I’m completely obsessed with their Chilaquiles.  I have no idea if they’re anything like real Mexican Chilaquiles but regardless,
their version is addictive – crunchy tortillas fried with eggs (or tofu – but you wouldn’t have known the difference unless I told you) and salsa served with black beans, brown rice, sour cream and guacamole. Simple, I know, but so is your eggs over easy with a sausage patty and toast.  Wash it down with a freshly squeezed carrot/orange juice and you’re ready to start your day full and energized, not full and greasy. (I’ve been to diners where I’ve literally had to take a shower again after eating–to some this may be intriguing, but it’s just not my thing.)

They serve smoothies and salads and a full lunch and dinner but for me it’s the breakfast that keeps me coming back.  And the
bakery.  I’ve been completely amazed at the vegan and dairy-free baked goods that again, if I didn’t tell you, you’d never guess were vegan and dairy-free.  Pumpkin pies and chocolate cakes just as good, if not better in some ways, then the originals.  And no, I’m not a vegan–so why bother?  It just feels good to go out to eat and eat healthy sometimes, that’s why.

–Stacy Kenny