Cafe Evolution

Northhampton, Massachusetts

3.6 / 6 votes

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Vegan Cafe

Evolution is a 100% vegan cafe. The menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches, peanut noodles, veggie burgers, chili, lasagna, etc. Most produce and grains are organic. Oh Sweet Mama, the vegan bakery, is located inside Evolution, so you'll find all the vegan baked goods you want here. Sunday brunch includes vegan waffles, pancakes, scrambled tofu, home fries, homemade granola. The atmosphere is cozy; Evolution has sofas, magazines, and a courtyard.

Open Thursdays Friday & Saturday for dinner & performances and till midnight on Saturday (serving till 10 p.m.) with live jazz music.

Added by Ramona on Dec 18 06 (last updated Dec 18 10)

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I'm from out of town and my boyfriend's family lives here, and we were looking for a good spot for vegan brunch in northampton. This place sounded great, and one of the only places to get vegan brunch in the city, so we gave it a try. The sign on the door said closed, though they were in fact open. there was a long line at the register, and no overhead menu, so you had to wait a long time to even get to see a menu, and also to see a small "cash only" sign, after seeing which, we had to leave to get cash and then come back and wait again. We came at 11am for sunday brunch, and we each ordered the brunch special, which was tofu scramble, potatoes, pancakes, and tempeh sausage. They'd only been open for about an hour, and they said "we're out of tofu scramble." This blew my mind, because it's kind of the main ingredient for brunch for vegans and I would have thought they could at least say, "it'll be a few minutes on the scramble." We ordered and waited over 30 minutes for the food, and they have kind of a weird set-up, where the cook just puts some plates down on the counter on the other side of the restaurant and you kind of have to guess if it's yours. We finally got all our plates, and had no maple syrup for our pancakes or tempeh sausage, and so my boyfriend's mom went up to ask for syrup, and the girl working behind the counter told her to "grab it off someone else's table." I think maybe they should have enough bottles of syrup for each table during the hours of Sunday brunch, because pretty much everyone is going to want it, and I'm certainly not going to go to another guest's table and take their syrup from them. The food was pretty good, although I didn't get to try the scramble, but what I did have was tasty enough to go back a second time, but I was just so appalled at the service and set-up and the way the cook and "server" handled their guests requests. It's sad really, that the only place to get good vegan brunch in Northampton seems so uninterested in pleasing their customers and making them feel too unwelcome to return.

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This is a solid vegan cafe with a respectable brunch. It's a cozy spot and I appreciate that it's removed from the hustle of Northampton proper; this is a great place to get a cup of tea and hang around with friends on a lazy Sunday, in short.

I had their mixed breakfast plate (~$10) which consisted of tofu scramble, veggie sausage, potatoes, and two small pancakes. All of the food was decent, but didn't stand out in any way. I do think the pancakes could have used more chocolate chips, and the tofu scramble could have benefited with the addition of more garam masala.

The brunch plates come with a cup of coffee or tea included, which makes the meal an even better value.

I also tried a bunch of their desserts, but wasn't so impressed with any of them. I think the chocolate peanut butter bar was probably the best thing I tasted, but the cupcakes and the cinnabon were either too dry or too sweet for my likes.

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Wheelchair Accessible


$$ - average


  • American
  • Eclectic (Varied)


  • (Mostly) Organic
  • Brunch
  • Live Music
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Wi-Fi


main image for Cafe Evolution Cafe Evolution exterior, April 2011 Breakfast plate, April 2011


7:30am - 4pm
7:30am - 9pm
9am - 10pm
10am - 2pm

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