Another egg and cheese? Yes please!

A new breakfast option arrives in Lexington


Caroline Saltzman

You can now start your day the healthy way with the new breakfast menu at the Counter Culture Cafe.

Located inside Healthy Foods Co-op, the cafe is now serving breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., bringing an extra option to downtown dining.

General Manager Amenie Hopkins said she is thrilled to finally offer breakfast at the Counter Culture Café.

“For the last two years I have increasingly had people wander into the store looking for breakfast,” Hopkins said. “Although the options are improving, there still aren’t many places downtown that offer healthy breakfast options.”

The breakfast is in line with the mission statement of the cafe, meaning that every meal is composed of all natural and local ingredients. There are over ten gluten free and vegetarian options.

Options on the breakfast menu range from the “Simplicity” option, which is scrambled eggs and toast, to the “Early Bird Wrapsody,” a breakfast wrap that is stuffed with scrambled eggs, tomatoes, avocado, black beans and more.

“I love breakfast, so coming up with the menu was a snap,” Hopkins said.

This addition to the menu is also exciting for W&L students, many of whom enjoy eating at the local organic shop.

“I really enjoyed my first breakfast at Healthy Foods Co-op, and I’m looking forward to trying the rest of the menu,” Erin Duffy, ‘18, said.

Bishop Snedden, ‘18, agreed with Duffy after trying the “On the Go,” the cafe’s version of the classic breakfast sandwich.

The café sets itself apart with its completely vegetarian menu.

“I feel that we are sort of in a league of our own since we are still the only vegetarian eatery in the area,” Hopkins said. “Other places offer vegetarian options, but if staying strictly no-meat or even kosher is important to you, then we are the only place that can guarantee your food hasn’t been contaminated with meat products.”

In addition to further expanding the menu, Hopkins said she has big plans for the café and store in general.

“On a purely selfish note, I’ve been coming here since I was three or four, so it’s always been a part of my life and I’d like to see that continue,” Hopkins said. “I’d love to see the café eventually expand into dinner, increase the seating area and refine the grocery offerings to really reflect the changing needs of our community.”