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Madhouse Coffee reopens with a new menu in east Vancouver

Breakfast, lunch, vegan options now available at coffee house

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Alisha Heilman serves customer Roger Keast of Vancouver on Friday morning at Madhouse Coffee in Vancouver.
Alisha Heilman serves customer Roger Keast of Vancouver on Friday morning at Madhouse Coffee in Vancouver. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

The father-and-daughter team of Eric and Alisha Heilman recently expanded the offerings at their Cascade Park coffee house, Madhouse Coffee, with new breakfast and lunch food offerings, including vegan dishes.

The Heilmans said they wanted to create a Panera-style cafe menu for their restaurant at 13503 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., Suite B-4.

“We thought about what fits in a cafe setting. The food needs to taste good. It has to be quick and easy to make and can be made by multiple staff,” Alisha Heilman said.

They said they were pleased with the response. Customers loved the new menu, though there were some kinks that they had to work out so food can get to customers quicker. “It was a wild and crazy time,” Alisha Heilman said.

Popular items include Alice’s favorite grilled cheese with Muenster, pepper jack, and cheddar piled onto basil, tomato, and bacon and vegan sandwiches made with MockingbirdPDX chix, a plant-based patty that tastes like fried chicken.

The chix patties are handmade by The Mocking Bird, which has food carts in Portland and Beaverton, Ore. They’re known for vegan comfort food like their vegan mac and cheese-topped “chicken” sandwiches. Madhouse is the only place on this side of the river where this popular plant-based patty is available.

Alisha Heilman said she was able to get them through her former boss and friend, Lauren Clark, who manages The Mocking Bird’s Portland food cart.

There’s also breakfast and lunch menus for non-vegans. Breakfast is served until 1 p.m. Lunch is served from noon to close (currently 6 p.m.).

Everything is made to order using a panini press, waffle maker, and air fryer. Heilman chose to air fry chix patties in order to avoid adding additional fat. Vegan dishes are cooked separately from meat and dairy by using a dedicated vegan food basket for the air fryer and putting all sandwiches in foil when cooking them on the panini maker.

Madhouse still has a full drink menu including bubble tea drinks and coffee drinks using their signature Madhouse blend roasted by Mr. Green Beans in Portland.

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