Chummy with Plum

After running in my most recent half marathon, and setting a new PR for myself, I was ready to refuel with myself with some drool-inducing vegan food. So goes the eating pattern of my long run races—run for 2+ hours, snack on a sample or two of post-race freebies, then find a nearby vegan restaurant where I end up being the first lunch customer of the day. I have no shame whatsoever ;)

The Plum Cafe was the nearest vegan location to me, and after making a quick stop at Whole Foods to redeem my free runner’s recovery kit, they were open for lunch. 

front

The restaurant is more of a cafe housed in a cozy, old-style two-story building meant to be a home. Upon stepping inside, the place was also boasting a collection of assorted vegan and gluten-free cupcakes, so it quickly lived up to its reputation as a bakery.

 Blurry pics of cash register and baked goods case.

Blurry pics of cash register and baked goods case.

 Kombucha on tap. They even had a tumeric flavor?!?

Kombucha on tap. They even had a tumeric flavor?!?

My dad was there as company since he wasn’t that hungry, and I knew what I wanted. I just used the outdoor menu as an excuse to take more photos!

The Plum Cafe and Bakery (12)

The Plum Cafe and Bakery (13)

The Plum Cafe and Bakery (14)

I ordered a half-size chili cheez nachos plate, and the cashier had to do a double-take on the time since she expected more customers to be coming in for Sunday brunch, which they opened for around 10AM. Like I said, I’m used to being the first lunch customer of the day on race days like these…

While the kitchen went to work on my order, I took the time to take some more pictures of the cafe, in a semi-discrete manner. The quarters are quite tight and small, so it was difficult to not look somewhat awkward standing in the hall :P

The Plum Cafe and Bakery (6)

 Brunch room. I just want my nachos :P

Brunch room. I just want my nachos :P

In the back, there was more outdoor seating with nice furniture and music playing.

setting

They were actually playing Disclosure’s “Latch” by the time I got settled and put my orange “table number holder” down.

 The wedding magazine was already on the table---wasn't mine!

The wedding magazine was already on the table—wasn’t mine!

As I was waiting for my food, I noticed a pile of uncleaned dishes in the distance that still had food in them. Which had me question how people could waste food at a vegan restaurant?!

The Plum Cafe and Bakery (10)

Even though I ordered the chili cheez nachos, I realized that they had just given me the regular nachos since it had lime crema sauce instead of chili.

 Nachos, half-size: corn chips (rounds), nacho cheez, refried beans, fresh salsa (?), olives, avocado, lime crema.

Nachos, half-size: corn chips (rounds), nacho cheez, refried beans, fresh salsa, olives, avocado, lime crema. All for $7.

The sauces seemed more runny than expected, but the flavors were still there. The beans were mediocre and reminded me of regular canned vegetarian refried beans. I loved the huge chunks of avocado though. The chips were doused in so much topping, I pretty much had a salad to finish once the chips were all consumed :P

My “half” plate was a good lunch portion, and kept me refueled and recharged. I passed on dessert, at least in the cafe. I decided to honor my cravings for one of the Luna protein chocolate coconut bars I still managed to save from the race instead.

What’s your favorite food/cuisine to treat yourself with after a long race?

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6 comments

    • P says:

      I love how much variety their menu had. They even had a “tuna” melt made with jackfruit…which was pretty tempting!

  1. Ashley says:

    I always LOVE vegan nachos! Native Foods has an incredible version and I always stole some from my sister when we’d go there or to a vegan restaurant in my college town that had their own version. They usually are in huge portions, though, so a half size sounds perfect, post-race or not!
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