Vita Cafe has a cool vibe and feels like a rustic diner where you could chill with friends, get a beer or a cup of coffee, and talk about life. It's a laid-back joint.
I wasn't impressed with the food, however. I had a half order of vegan french toast ($3.50), a Denver tofu scramble ($8) and also tried a few bites of my friend's vegan biscuits and gravy ($5).
First, the french toast was not good. While I like that the bread had heft (as opposed to being made with sandwich bread, they make it with sourdough at Vita), the bread itself was too sour for my likes. The syrup didn't help much. Also, the texture of the bread came across as chewy, rather than moist and fluffy.
The tofu scramble was really basic: tofu, seitan, bell peppers and onions sauteed in oil and served with some fried potatoes and toast. The scramble itself could have used more spices (maybe I ordered the wrong one? they had multiple scramble offerings) an the portion size wasn't particularly large; most of the calories seemed to come from the potatoes. I loved the spelt toast, however.
My friend's biscuits and gravy were okay, but not the best I've ever had. For one thing, the biscuits were too dense and hard, and not flaky-soft. Also, the almond gravy is a nice bit of experimentation, but as others have noted, mushroom gravies just work better than anything else. Lastly, the dish could have used more scallions and maybe a nice heaping of diced tomatoes just to freshen up the plate and bring out some other flavors.
Kudos to Vita for serving loose-leaf teas, by the way.
The service was friendly but not particularly fast; we waited at least 15 minutes for our order, which was strange given that there weren't many people in the restaurant.
All told, Vita isn't great but I suppose its vibe and solid number of vegan offerings make it a keeper. That said, you can get better vegan brunch foods elsewhere (Sweetpea Bakery comes to mind).