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No Animals Were Harmed in the Making of This Breakfast

Written and Photographed By: Erik Hale Cafe Gratitude Newport

Breakfast is a major part of our American culture. It has been canonized by parents, teachers and fitness buffs. The “balanced breakfast” is fed to us in cereal commercials during cartoons and has been elevated by most outlets as “the most important meal of the day.” We don’t disagree. We love breakfast. French toasts, eggs Benedict, pancakes and even quiche. I mean, breakfast’s ability to mix savory and sweet is unique among all meals. However, if you are a vegetarian or vegan and live in Orange County, your options to enjoy breakfast and it’s fun drunk cousin, brunch, have been limited, until now. Starting today, July 2, Cafe Gratitude will begin serving a weekday breakfast from 8-11 a.m., and this weekend they will debut a seven-hour brunch from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. We were invited for a sneak preview tasting of a few of their new items.

Cafe Gratitude opened in February 2016 in the Westcliff shopping center in Newport Beach. They are defined by a unique attitude toward employees and guests, exquisite style and organic, plant-based cuisine. Each of their dishes and drinks are named after emotions or feelings. You can order a “Clean,” which is a pressed juice containing lemon, turmeric, ginger, cayenne, maple syrup and H2O, or a “Holy,” aka a gluten-free donut. Each dish is delivered to the table by your server and they deliver it with an affirmation. If you ordered the avocado toast, it would be delivered to you and the server would say “You are peaceful.” It is a very positive way to start your meal.  

During our sneak preview we were able to experience five dishes and these were our favorites in reverse order:


  1. You are HOSPITABLE

Available: Brunch only

Chicken and Waffles: chicken-fried mushrooms, gluten-free oat waffles, whipped cashew butter, maple syrup.


  1. You are CONTENT

Available: Breakfast and Brunch

Cast-Iron Quiche: kalamata olives, tomato, onion, cashew feta, spicy cashew aioli.


  1. You are LUMINOUS

Available: Brunch Only

Gluten-Free Crepe: cashew coconut whipped creme, fresh berries, strawberry raspberry sauce, maple syrup, mint


  1. You are CELEBRATING

Available: Breakfast and Brunch

Gratitude Benedict: Grilled asparagus, chickpea omelette, tempeh bacon, spinach, macadamia cashew hollandaise, sourdough english muffin.

  1. You are GRACEFUL

Available: Breakfast and Brunch

Tartine: arugula, shiitake mushrooms, cashew mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, seasonal pesto, brazilian nut parmesan, pain de levain.

Cafe Gratitude
1617 Westcliff Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660