Butter Cafe

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1106 Brown St, Dayton, Ohio, USA, 45409

Serves meat, vegan options available. Lunch and all-day breakfast place. Has a vegan tofu scramble, a vegan burger, and vegan butter for bread. Uses local and some organic ingredients. Open Mon 8:00am-2:00pm, Tue-Sun 7:00am-3:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Organic, Delivery, Take-out, Non-veg

12 Reviews

First Review by julesy bear

OMG!!!! - Edit

This place.... O.M.G. The vegan pancakes are to die for!!!! If I could, I would eat them everyday. Only downside, you only get 2 pancakes for $8. Talk about expensive taste.

Pros: Delicious vegan options

Cons: expensive

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great! - Edit

I had the tofu scramble. It was wonderful. Came with vegan butter for the toast. They also have vegan pancakes and vegan breakfast burrito options, as well as almond milk for coffee.

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not impressed - Edit

Out of everything vegan except this burrito. Poor flavor, dull...

Pros: vegan

Cons: no flavor, no options

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good food & atmosphere - Edit

Stopped here on a road trip. The building/decor was neat & the food was good. However, the staff wasn't super friendly. My hubby ordered the vegan burrito & I got the vegan burger. Both were great! The potatoes were tasty, but greasy.

Pros: tasty, good decor

Cons: wait staff not real friendly

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Nice place in Dayton for a nice price - Edit

First and foremost, I very much enjoyed my first trip to Butter Cafe this morning and will definitely be going back in the near future. The staff was very friendly, and weren't overbearing like at some restaurants. And for the price, you get a lot of food. My wife is one of those people that never finishes a meal out, she always brings some of it home. That being said, she was only able to finish half of her omelette and potatoes. You definitely get bang for your buck.

The reason Butter Cafe gets a four cow rating and not a five cow rating is because of the little things. I ordered a vegan burrito for breakfast. It's tofu scramble, vegan cheese, and beans in a tortilla. It came with a side of salsa and potatoes, and I got some vegan sausage on the side. In retrospect, I should have got the sausage in the burrito, but whatever. I really liked the burrito, but I wish it had just a little bit more to it. Maybe some onions, or mushrooms, something like that. Not a big deal, just a little quibble.

And when I went to the bathroom, there was hardly any soap (foam soap) in the dispenser, and it was only 11 am. And the paper towel dispenser was empty, with the paper towels set off in a corner. And there was a post-it note on the toilet telling the customers to please hold the handle down when flushing haha. Personally, I didn't mind that much, but seriously, the cafe should take care of that. I'm sure this restaurant isn't making money hand over fist, lighting cigars with hundred dollar bills and such, but seriously, how much does it cost to fix the handle on a toilet?

There were three of four little things I noticed, that if the Butter Cafe would just take care of, it would change my rating from a four to a five. Like I said at the beginning though, I did enjoy my meal there, and will return.

Pros: Lot of food for the money, Friendly staff, Multiple vegetarian and vegan options

Cons: Bathroom could have been better

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Veggie Fave - Edit

It's a special splurge for me. I work on Brown Street and this is my favorite on the street. I love the tofu and salads! Pretty pricey for substitutions and they don't have whole grain tortillas and bread that meet my criteria (then again almost nobody does). I think the sausage tastes crazy real. Make sure you ask for no butter on the oatmeal even if you aren't vegetarian, they douse it in butter. haha they are called butter. Boyfriend loves it but says the biscuits aren't worth the calories.

Pros: Friendly Staff, excellent vegan and vegetarian options, Pretty Decor

Cons: No good whole grain options, Pricey substitutions

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Butter Cafe - Edit

I tried the Butter Café for the 1st time after reading the reviews. I decided to try the "Tofu Scramble." I was very disappointed in the meal. The tofu eggs tasted terrible, and the vegan sausage tasted strange. The wheat toast was good, and the seasoned potatoes were okay. The fly's were pesky, and two of them ended in my water glass. Plus there was food left on the table and chair. I don't know if it was an off day for the restaurant, but I wasn't impressed. I doubt, seriously, I'll go back again.

Cons: Dirty table, and chairs., Food was below par., Waitress wasn't very attentive.

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Road-trip Break - Edit

We stopped at Butter Cafe after being on the road for a few hours. The kids were hungry and we were getting grumpy. We were instantly impressed by the town and we were excited when we walked into Butter Cafe. I got the vegan reuben with house fries (kind of grilled smashed potatoes), my husband got the veggie burger with house fries, two kids got the fruity pebble pancakes and the littlest got the grilled cheese. We were all very impressed with the freshness of the food and the inventive choices. The kids finished off the meal with a vegan oreo cupcake which was delicious. Make Butter Cafe a stop when you are in Dayton!

Pros: excellent food, inventive choices, kid-friendly

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Great food - shame about the wait - Edit

Our group waited around 30 mins for a table around lunch time on Sunday but it was well worth the wait! The waitress did give us our drinks for free when she found out about our wait. There were at least 4 solid vegan options. I had the tofu scramble which came with vegan sausage and potatoes. Really delicious - I shall return!

Pros: Good selection for vegans, Nice atmosphere, Friendly staff

Cons: Long wait

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Great place! - Edit

This is a nice place to eat. It's rare to find somewhere you can eat a healthy breakfast. The menu is great and the place has a nice vibe when you're in there. The menu has options for all people: meat eaters, vegans, and vegetarians. All while maintaining a healthy standard. The only thing I would recommend is ketchup without high fructose corn syrup.

Pros: Great food, menu variety

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Happy vegan cafe! - Edit

A bright and friendly stop on a rainy day! Everything is made to order and wonderfully prepared. I went in alone, but the group of 8 or so women at the next table were treated to a colorful array of dishes and, attesting from the empty plates, they enjoyed them! I enjoyed a full-flavored vegan Reuben with kettle chips...great coffee as well! Open for breakfast and lunch, breakfast is served all day. I especially enjoyed the friendliness of the wait staff who were happy to hang with me a bit and chat. They also have some vegan baked goods, but, alas, not enough because they were all out! Maybe next time. Don't rush...enjoy your time at The Butter Cafe.
Updated from previous review on Thursday July 19, 2012

Pros: Vegan choices, Locally sourced food, Friendly staff

Cons: None

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some pretty yummy vegan options - Edit

I feel good about supporting this place because: a) it's independently owned; b) it serves meat and dairy but cares enough to use local, cage-free meat and eggs (hey, it's a start!); c) it offers several vegan options. The breakfast burrito is very tasty--by far the best thing on the menu I've had. Vegan sausage patties are tasty and the scramble is good but needs more veggies added for sure. Chairs are uncomfortable but the overall atmosphere is cute and hip. I love that it serves breakfast all day! My biggest complaint is that the place seems to be providing an environmentally-friendly, veggie-friendly vibe, but then they use Styrofoam to-go containers! Huh??! Get rid of that crap, please! Oh, and please make vegan pancakes a regular offering.

Pros: cute atmosphere; friendly waitstaff, trying to be animal-friendly, know what vegan is!

Cons: styrofoam to-go containers--NO!, chairs uncomfortable

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