Morning Glory Cafe is a quaint family-run vegetarian restaurant in Flagstaff's historic downtown neighborhood. The cafe has been serving area vegans and other health conscious diners for over 25 years.
Hours are a bit limited (Tuesday through Friday from 10am-2:30pm & Saturday from 9am-3pm), however, if you find yourself visiting the city one afternoon, you will find that Morning Glory offers a nice selection of vegetarian and gluten-free meals.
Because Morning Glory Cafe doesn't have a website, you will need to check it out on Facebook (under Notes), or visit the restaurant in person. As a brief overview, the menu consists of numerous Mexican dishes using blue corn as an ingredient (Blue Corn tamales, blue corn pancakes on Saturday), sandwiches, salads, soups, and light appetizers. Items that can be made gluten-free are marked as so on the menu.
The soup of the day varies. On this particular occasion, it was a wonderfully satisfying creamy potato (both vegan and GF).
As far as entrees go, if you are a fan of slightly spicy Mexican food, be sure to order the Blue Corn tamale (organic veggies topped with vegan cheddar, avocado, red chili sauce, cilantro, and beans). This vegan/GF dish was fantastic, although a bit overpriced due to the tiny serving size and no accompanying sides. I expect to leave full after spending $15 for lunch!
The green salad with grilled tempeh was piled high with fresh organic veggies like red onions, sprouts, cucumbers, carrots, and avocado. In terms of value, this was a much better deal than the overpriced tamale dish.
Other menu options include a Hempburger, Tempeh Club, and a Pesto Tofu sandwich.
A new weekend brunch special includes your choice of entree and 2 sides for $10. A few of the specialty items include blue corn pancakes, tofu breakfast tacos, and coconut french toast.
Staff was a bit snooty and not at all welcoming. On the plus side, food was served really quick. As a side note, be aware that they only take cash. Staff seemed inconvenienced that we didn't know about the cash only rule.
The dining room is very small and resembles a transformed yoga studio/holistic health office. While the decor is quiet and clean, it feels as if they did not put much effort into designing the space and transforming it into a restaurant. In my opinion, it feels too "healthy" and serious. This sometimes can lead to a stiff, rather than enjoyable restaurant experience.
As far as vegan restaurants go, Morning Glory is nothing special. It's one of those restaurants that you visit just because it exists as a gluten-free/vegan option, not because it goes above and beyond in any other department.
Service as well as food presentation and decor needs to be improved. Nonetheless it is an acceptable choice if you find yourself in the area seeking something new.