It’s about time I posted these pictures up! I actually went to Sadie’s Diner several days before Veggielicious wrapped up but I was too stubborn to blog about it until I developed some photos and made my scrapbook layout for it. I was so excited about the experience and the decor and the food that I was completely unwilling to go ahead without a layout. It’s here now though and I hope you all liked the pictures I posted yesterday as a teaser to today’s post! I’m so happy I found out about Sadie’s Diner through the Veggielicious event because it is yet another place that I envision myself coming back to over and over.
For one thing, I adore the decor. It really adds to the charm and the essence of what a diner is and the role the diner has played historically in the American restaurant industry. Diners have traditionally provided patrons with comfort food and casual dining atmospheres conducive to socializing – just think back to those traditional juke boxes and turntables! At Sadie’s Diner, we have what I call a “fusion of the decades”, where we see inspiration from the 50s, 60s, 70, and a even a little bit of the 80s with the acid bright red and aqua colours. Look around and you’ll quickly notice vintage Heinz tomato memorabilia, figurines of Lard Lad and the Big Boy Restaurant mascot, and of course, Sadie’s signature singing swallow which I think is totally inspired by Rockin’ Robin from the 50s 😀
Not only is the decor indicative of and inspired by decades of vintage foodie memorabilia, but it’s a vegetarian breakfast diner with vegan huevos rancheros for crying out loud, c’mon! 😀 Huevos rancherous is one of my favourite breakfast dishes (that I could eat any time of day, really) and I thought it was so cool that they offered a vegan version with tofu scramble instead of eggs. For whatever reason, I had a hankering for tofu scramble during the month of April and I was daydreaming about tofu scramble sandwiches all month long. So tofu huevos rancheros? Hell yes! I do love eggs, but it’s all about having choices and making food accessible to everyone despite differences in diet and I’m so pleased that there is a great vegetarian breakfast diner like Sadie’s within the heart of downtown Toronto.
Traditionally, huevos rancheros is a Mexican breakfast dish comprised of fried eggs (think sunny side up), guacamole or sliced avocados, some form of tomato sauce and/or salsa (or pico de gallo), and refried beans, all served on top of soft or lightly fried corn tortillas. Sadie’s Diner offers the traditional version with eggs as well as a vegan version with tofu scramble replacing the egg portion of the dish. There are three large crunchy corn tortillas, a huge helping of tofu scramble with a bit of tomato flavour to it, refried beans, creamy guacamole and tomato salsa, and a delicious sprinkling of shredded soy cheese that just melts in with the warm tofu and it is just yum omg!
The tofu is great because it’s firm and doesn’t fall apart, all the while absorbing the flavours from the rest of the plate. Each compenent was delicious and held its own. The guacamole was very creamy, the refried beans were incredibly smooth, and the shredded soy cheese was so delicious and quite honestly, I think this is what kicked the dish up another notch! Inevitably, parts of the corn tortillas didn’t stay as crispy during the duration of the meal simply because of the weight of everything that was on them, but as a whole the dish was delicious and I was full and so satisfied.
It was forkful after forkful of great flavour and I’m glad that the tofu didn’t succumb to its bland reputation or end up tasting like someone dumped a whole salt shaker over it. I’ve eaten a lot of tofu in my lifetime and it’s the bland reputation that causes the overseasoning where people will literally drown it in soy sauce and it’s not necessary to go seasoning berserk on it like that. It absorbs flavour really easily so if it’s being served on its own, herbs and lighter sauces (like the full-bodied tomato flavour in this scramble) are good enough and if it’s served with other things, it’ll take on those flavours. And of course, grilling it makes it great too!
Sadie’s Diner offers numerous vegetarian breakfast and lunch options, ranging from buckwheat pancakes and waffles, veggie “bacon”, vegetarian breakfast burritos, omelettes, and sandwiches, and plenty of freshly blended fruit smoothies, juices, and protein shakes. All their smoothies start with a banana base with a choice of either two other fruits, or with peanut butter and chocolate. For my Veggielicious special, I ordered mango with my banana smoothie and it was nice and cold and perfectly thick 😀 Their breakfast is all-day and they even have a blackboard up by he cash with a menu of homemade vegan desserts. Needless to say, you know I’m going to come back and try one…or several! I had a great experience my first time here. The staff are friendly, the main dishes are totally on par with other breakfast diners in terms of price ($10 and under), and the charm is just infectious to me. You know I’ll be back 😀
Sadie’s Diner is located at 504 Adelaide St. West, just east of Bathurst St. They are open for business at 7:30am from Monday-Friday, and at 9am on weekends.
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