A cold spell at the end of April made me homesick for St Pete, which in turn made me miss the yummy vegan breakfasts that I have had at a now closed place called Healthy Hut. Then I remembered that The Earth sells vegan breakfasts and I woke up extra early (for me) to drive to Norman before their breakfast selling time was over.
I walked into The Earth, found a place to park and was greeted by a busy but friendly waitress and a menu. I ordered a cappuccino to warm up with and looked over the menu to decide what to eat while my coffee was being made.
The cappuccino was almost spilling out of the cup it came in. I was afraid that I was going to spill the first couple of sips, but I didn’t luckily. The coffee drink was nice and creamy and the coffee flavor was present through the vanilla soy milk.
I ended up getting a half order of pancakes (which was one pancake for $3) and the Scramble Mountain. (Biscuits and Gravy topped with soysage, tofu scramble, and a side of baby greens). Before I knew it my food was ready and looking at me wanting to be eaten. I immediately dug into the biscuits and gravy, something that I haven’t had in a long time but have been craving. The white sauce was creamy and had the hints of salt and pepper in it. I wish it had chunks of the soysage in the gravy itself so it could have gotten some of that smoky flavor that the real thing gets. The biscuit was a whole wheat biscuit and was dry but not inedible. You could tell it was a whole wheat item from the flavor and the dryness of it. There was enough gravy on top to counter this however. The tofu scramble was bright yellow from the turmeric and tasted good but I think it could have used more yeast flakes. I liked how there was a side of greens with the meal to help wash it all down. Overall the flavor was not bad, it was actually pretty good, the issues I had was nitpicks and nothing really ruined the experience for me.
The pancake was really good. I should have ordered a full order, thinking a half would be two pancakes and a full would be 4. It had that griddled buttery, taste. It was soft and fluffy and like eating the real thing. Next time will be a full order for sure and probably ask them to add blueberries and chocolate chips in them.
The waitress although busy was friendly and outgoing and even took the time to chit chat with me about 80s cartoons we liked. The place seems to be really mellow and the staff are allowed to come to work in jeans and a t-shirt. I understand that the only way this place would survive in Norman would be to be on Campus Corner so it is within walking distance of the students, but I tend to avoid Campus Corner when school is in session because of the headache of this area with the student population. If it were in a different part of Norman I would come here more often. There isn’t any other choice in Norman, and not much else choice in the entirety of OKC for a veg*n restaurant. The food here is good from the other times I have been here and it is recommended for those who are at least curious. My meat eater dad has eaten here with me and he liked the items he ordered as well.
The Earth cafe can be found at:
746 Asp Ave (tucked in the parking lot on Campus Corner)
Norman, OK 73069