Respond to Review of Wayward Vegan Cafe
by Shel Graves
Review: The new location in a word: Swank. In three words: Swank. Spacious. Bright. The Wayward for breakfast, yay! Awhile back when they updated their menu, I made a point to stray from my favorites (Biscuits Minimus, Lost Souls scramble and Very Veggie omelet -- maybe with a side of steamed greens and a cinnamon roll) and try new items. Every time we went, I ordered something new until I'd tried just about everything that would fit in my belly (the menu includes some very big, hearty dishes). It's great to have a place you can trust to experiment. I can now report: It's all good. In the new location, the Wayward has lost its edgy, self-serve diner-ness and added servers (nice, friendly!). We're already planning to bring more family and friends here — space will accommodate — and I can see us coming more often for dinner. Gosh, nostalgia: I remember two locations ago my first meal at the Wayward. My mother-in-law actually found and suggested it. I had no idea such a place existed — an all vegan breakfast? The location was, well, rustic, but I was in awe of the menu. Vegan biscuits and gravy?! Wow! Newly vegan, I was a little intimidated (don't fear the vegan!) but totally delighted. Then, Wayward moved just south of U-District, to vegan-ville (Vegan Haven, Pizza Pi, Araya Thai), it became our go-to breakfast home. We started to run into friends here — impromptu meet-ups. The new location — still not far from Vegan Haven — invites more people. It's bigger, brighter and less of a nook. But you can still order anything you want off the menu with confidence. Fantastic! The future is vegan.