Shakabrah Java

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    ( 8 reviews )
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2618 6th Ave (at S Adler St ), Tacoma, Washington, USA, 98406

Serves meat, vegan options available. Shakabrah Java is a breakfast cafe offering many lacto-ovo vegetarian options. Vegan options include any of the skillet choices (upon request), vegan margarine and many sides, including the Shaka potatoes.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Italian, Non-veg

8 Reviews

First Review by DavidDunning

Good-ish - Edit

Non-vegan restaurant making an effort to offer vegan options. There were only 3 vegan breakfast options. The vegan scrambler was okay tasting but had a lot of oil, the Huavos Rancheros were awsome. We were told the potatos were vegan, and they were oily but they tasted like they also had butter on them. Confusing since they had no vegan butter, cheese or milk options. So while they tasted awsome we would ask more questions before ordering again. The portions are great for sharing but pricy if you aren't sharing and don't like leftovers. All food is cooked on the same grill so I have to think there is cross-contamination. We really liked the Huavos Rancheros but would probably not try this place again unless we were with non-vegans because of the lack of options.

Pros: Good tasting food, Great for sharing

Cons: Large portion/pricy if not sharing or okay with le, Lots of oil , No vegan milk, cheese or butter options

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Vegetarian Friendly... But not Vegan - Edit

I used to love Shakabrah Java when we were vegetarians. Everything we've had here were excellent, Their vegan options, however, (which is very very limited) are not for me because I have soy allergy... I can't have tofu. And we don't really eat potatoes in the morning.

Pros: Great atmosphere.... very Tacoma., Very laid back if you just want to chill.

Cons: Not the cleanest restaurant., They get very busy, so be patient.

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Not vegan friendly - Edit

I tried this restaurant on the recommendation of a non-vegan friend. The staff appeared very knowledgeable about what exactly vegan means when I asked them about their vegan selections. I had ordered toast as a side and was told that they did not have margarine in house at all. That was fine. So I ordered the potatoes that everyone raves about. When I tasted them they tasted overwhelmingly of butter. Since I had been told specifically that they did not have margarine or anything like it in the whole restaurant it is clear that the potatoes were cooked in butter. I would definitely not recommend going here if you are vegan. I don't believe they have a full understanding of what veganism is. I also believe they should stop advertising as a vegan friendly restaurant.

Pros: Staff were nice

Cons: NOT VEGAN FRIENDLY, Cross-contamination is guaranteed, Potatoes were clearly cooked in butter

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My go-to place for breakfast - Edit

Shakabrah is a great place to get a filling breakfast, especially when dining with omnivores. They will sub tofu for eggs in just about anything. Rye and sourdough breads are vegan, as are the potatoes. Good selection of teas. Unlike another reviewer, I have never had a problem getting info from servers about ingredients or cooking. The last couple of times I've been there, the potatoes were way too salty. Otherwise I find the food consistently good.

Pros: Good for both vegans and omnivores, Filling hot breakfast, Come as you are atmosphere n

Cons: Salty potatoes

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Vegetarian Maybe, Vegan not so much - Edit

Have been aware of this location for some time and they get rave reviews from the locals I know that like good breakfast food (they are omnivores). Against my better judgement i gave it a go. The menu listed items such as tofu and veggies etc. Upon inquiry, i was given a number of vegan options but was informed that they would be cooked on the same grill as the bacon and other meat/egg/dairy options. i declined and they offered potatoes which were cooked differently. i gave it a shot and discovered butter as a main ingredient after one taste and smell. To their defense, i should have known better being a breakfast joint that prides itself on the eggs, bacon and cakes side of things; to my defense, better to drop the vegan advertisement.

Pros: Nice staff, Well respected

Cons: Not Vegan for the most part

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Good food, but beware - Edit

I have had breakfast here several times, and the food has always been great. The do seem to know what vegan means, and are able to veganize just about anything. They do not have dedicated vegan cooking equipment but I would imagine most places don't. I had a less than pleasant experience when I found a piece of bacon in my potatoes. I didn't notice it until I opened the takeout box at home, so I didn't get to say anything. I take it for what it's worth - a non vegan restaurant offering vegan options. Nothing is fully vegan when using shared equipment, thought I will say that finding meat in my food was very off-putting.

Pros: vegan options, good food

Cons: not always vegan concious

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Not So Vegan Friendly - Edit

I came here after another vegan breakfast placed closed very excited to find another place. However, I found the true vegan options minimal at best and when we received our food the tofu was very bland. They advertise as vegan friendly but the waitress was not able to answer any of our very simple vegan questions, like is it cooked in butter? I feel they advertise vegan options to try to get more business but in reality they really don't know what vegan is and they really can't cook yummy vegan food. We won't be going back.

Pros: Enviroment Was Nice, Dining Area Nice And Relaxing

Cons: Food Tasted Bland, Very Limited Options For Vegans, They Didnt Even Have Vegan Cheese

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great breakfast sandwich - Edit

They have great coffee choices and a nice vegetarian/vegan sandwich options. Price is bit high on those sandwiches but still nice for a treat now and then.

Pros: friendly staff, good vibe

Cons: food prices

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