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Vegan in Detroit: 70 spots for meatless munching around the Motor City

The Metro Times guide to eating vegan

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(Counterclockwise from bottom left) Tostada, magic bar, Michigan Salad, Arugala Alfredo, ABLT, s mug of Neu Kombucha, Thai pasta salad, lima bean corn chowder, Southwest Appetizer w/sloppy joe (center). - TOM PERKINS
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  • (Counterclockwise from bottom left) Tostada, magic bar, Michigan Salad, Arugala Alfredo, ABLT, s mug of Neu Kombucha, Thai pasta salad, lima bean corn chowder, Southwest Appetizer w/sloppy joe (center).

Detroit usually lags a few years behind the coasts in kitchen trends, so if you want to know what we'll be eating here in, say, 2021, check out what's up in Portland's restaurants today. That's how it often goes (see also: the zaatar craze), but there's one culinary discipline in which we're ahead of the game — veganism. Despite the size of our still relatively small food scene, even PETA and VegNews each recently named Detroit as one of the nation's 10 most vegan-friendly cities.

Still, the city is a bit deficient in the overall number of restaurants specializing in vegan fare. But while it may not have quite the count of San Francisco or New York City (which is partly attributable to overall population), many feel that our vegan chefs and restaurants measure up to anyone, anywhere. Leaders like Detroit Vegan Soul, the Clean Plate, or GreenSpace can put together a meal as tasty as what's rolling out of the kitchens at Portland's Bye and Bye or Doomie's in Los Angeles.

"I've traveled extensively, especially in New York in the 2000s ... and I've found that Inn Season Cafe offers some of the best vegetarian and vegan food that I've had anywhere," says Amber Poupore, a former Inn Season chef and owner of Cacao Tree and the Clean Plate. "Same with GreenSpace — they've developed a product line that is really top notch, and I think that their food is amazing. Same for Detroit Vegan Soul — there's nothing that comes close.

"So even if we don't have the numbers, we have a superior product."

Beyond that, Detroit's new, talented chefs are generally hip to the fact that more and more people are going meatless, and they're adjusting their recipe books accordingly. Add to that the presence of national and regional cuisines like Middle Eastern or Bangladeshi that come with vegan options built in, and you start to see why meatless dining in Detroit isn't too difficult.

Still, there's a way to go says Kirsten Ussery Boyd, a co-owner and manager at Detroit Vegan Soul. And part of the next step is educating people about the vegan lifestyle.

"While our restaurant is in its fourth year open, we started our business five years ago. I can remember people asking us, 'Are you sure you want to use the word vegan in your name?'" she says. "There seemed to be this sentiment that Detroit might not be ready for vegan and certainly at that time there weren't any other options." But Vegan Soul's success, she says, proves that a market exists.

"We still have some ways to go, however. Some people are still confused about what 'vegan' really means and that it's not just a diet, it's a lifestyle."

To get a better handle on the pros and cons of plant-based dining in Detroit, we talked to over 20 vegans in southeast Michigan. They range from chefs to restaurant owners to those who went vegan for health reasons to those who did so because the industrial meat industry is a horror show.

We asked about their favorite restaurants and preferences when it comes to vegan cooking, and, not surprisingly, there's a lot of range in both. Some confessed to being addicted to "junk food" — like the double scoop of dark chocolate vegan ice cream from Treat Dreams — while other more health conscious diners steer away from most oils and soy products. Some love pre-prepared "meat substitutes" like "not dogs" or seitan, while others gravitate toward whole ingredient fare and rarely dine on anything processed. Some say Daiya cheese is an abomination. Others seem to love it like some love cheddar.

As for the restaurants, we looked for eateries, cafes, pop-ups, or food trucks at which vegans enjoy the same sort of hard decisions that meat eaters encounter. It's by no means a definitive list, but here are 72 of the spots that our sources say are among the metro Detroit and Ann Arbor's most vegan-friendly.

Soul Platter at Detroit Vegan Soul. - COURTESY OF DVS
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  • Soul Platter at Detroit Vegan Soul.

1 Detroit Vegan Soul 8029 Agnes St., Detroit; 313-649-2759:

It's Detroit's only all-vegan restaurant, which several of our sources point out is a huge bonus because "you don't have to worry or ask questions." Vegan Soul trades in comfort foods and our favorite is the Catfish Tofu (cornmeal battered tofu, a broccoli and corn medley, redskin potatoes, and onions). Collective favorites include Smothered Tempeh (tempeh smothered in a brown mushroom gravy topped with green onion and sliced almonds, served with redskin mashed potatoes, and green beans) and the Soul Platter (mac-n-cheese, tenderly smoked collards, maple-glazed yams, black-eyed peas, and a cornbread muffin).

2 The Clean Plate 45629 Hayes Rd., Macomb; 586-580-3293: The east side's most comprehensive vegan and vegetarian restaurant makes everything from scratch and serves dishes like the ABLT, a veggie BLT on toasted wheat bread topped with avocado, shiitake "bacon," lettuce, tomato, and garlic aioli. There's also the Thai, a colorful, piquant Thai-inspired dish built around spiral zucchini noodles, sauteed shiitake mushrooms, and a peanut sauce. Owner Amber Poupore is one of the area's most talented and pioneering vegan chefs, and her resume is lengthy - she worked at Inn Season for around 11 years, then opened Cacao Tree Cafe before venturing to Shelby Township for the Clean Plate three years ago.

3 PJ's Lager House 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-961-4668: The Corktown dive bar offers a good selection of tasty vegan sandwiches like the bahn mi, po' boy, or bbq tempeh sandwich, among many more plant-based menu items.

4 Ollie Food + Spirits 42 E. Cross St., Ypsilanti; 734-482-8050: In Ypsilanti's Depot Town, Ollie's can make all the options off its lauded mac and cheese menu vegan, but don't forgo the dinner menu with items like mushroom and chestnut pierogi made with apples, herbs, nuts, and arugula salad.

5 Pepe Z at EL Club 4114 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-436-1793: There's a lot to love about Pepe Z's, not the least of which is Pepe's housemade vegan cashew cheese. Three pies are topped with it: Glenda (oyster mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, and arugula); You Butternut (seasoned butternut squash puree, Italian tomatoes, sauteed onions, and spicy chili honey drizzle); and the Julian (kalamata olives, sauteed onions, green peppers, Italian tomatoes, spinach, and a drizzle of housemade tahini and balsamic dressing).

6 Yemen Cafe 8740 Joseph Campau Ave., Hamtramck; 313-871-4349: Some of the Hamtramck Yemeni eatery's dishes might need some modification before they're vegan friendly, like the misleadingly titled Foul which is a jumble of mashed fava beans, tomato, garlic, and onions, but it should be ordered sans eggs. Others need no modification, like the hummus, fattoush, or vegetable gallaba.

7 Brooklyn Street Local 1266 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-262-6547: The Corktown diner is one of our sources' collective favorites for the variety and because it sources from the area's best producers. That shows in its vegan breakfast options, like the banana walnut pancakes (organic bananas, Carncross Sugar Bush real maple syrup, and candied walnuts) or vegan breakfast hash with tempeh. The housemade Ashley's Veggie Burger is another favorite, as is the spicy tofu sandwich, along with sides like roasted potatoes and fresh greens.

BBQ Jerk burger at Paradise Cafe. - TOM PERKINS
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  • BBQ Jerk burger at Paradise Cafe.

8 Paradise Cafe and Juice Bar 19164 Livernois Ave., Detroit: The vegan restaurant will be opening on Livernois later this year, but, in the meantime, find its pop-ups multiple days weekly in Highland Park. In chef Nezaa Bandele's cooking, you'll find influences from all over the globe, but her speciality is Jamaican. The moist and crumbly black-eyed pea patty is one of the best veg patties in town, and can be prepared as a standard burger or Jamaican jerk barbecue-style.

9 Taste Of Ethiopia 28639 Northwestern Hwy., Southfield; 248-905-5560: Ethiopian kitchens generally produce a good deal of vegan-friendly cuisine, and some of the top dishes here are gomen with collard greens and teff injera, and defin misir with green lentils simmered in garlic, ginger, onion, and turmeric.

10 Cacao Tree Cafe 204 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-336-9043: This raw, soy and gluten free cafe is a favorite of the city's vegan community, and a second owned by Amber Poupore. The smoothies and juices are a main attraction, and our sources recommend the Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie (strawberry, almond mylk, honey, date, brown rice protein, hemp seed, maca, and raw tahini) and burrito (seasoned nut "meat," pico de gallo, guacamole, cashew sour cream, and shredded romaine). We also will point you to the General Tso's Lettuce Wrap (romaine leaves, sesame nut "meat," cilantro, basil, avocado, carrot, red cabbage, sprouts, and General Tso's sauce).

11 Al Ameer 12710 W Warren Ave., Dearborn; 313-582-8185: Lebanese and Middle Eastern restaurants' come with a good amount of vegan options built in, and Al Ameer is a James Beard winner for a reason. Items like the Ameer tomato kibbee — a meatless take on the classic Lebanese raw meat dish — are unmatched in its piquant flavor.

12 Neu Kombucha 33305 Grand River Ave., Farmington; 248-837-0932: Visit its downtown Farmington fermenting room where you'll also find vegan snacks, like kale chips, Mitten Bites, and ice cream floats prepared with Neu Kombucha.

13 Ima 2015 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-502-5959: The Forest Udon made with porcini broth might be one of the best vegan menu items under the sun. Several other bowls can be made vegan with little effort, and the tofu tacos are hard to beat.

14 Pie-Sci 5163 Trumbull Ave., Detroit; 313-818-0290: Most Pie-Sci pizzas can be made vegan for a couple extra bucks, and the Woodbridge pizzeria uses Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet cheese, which some of our sources say is the best on the market for pizza making.

15 Dilla's Delights 242 John R St., Detroit; 313-346-3771: The small downtown Detroit donut shop includes options for vegans in its cinnamon raisin and blueberry doughnuts — but get there early as they sell fast.

16 Try it Raw 213 E. Maple Rd., Birmingham; 248-593-6991: Among the highlights in a simple-but-exciting menu at the Birmingham raw cafe is Los Tacos. In the dish you'll find a collard-green wrap holding walnut pate, pumpkin seeds, "refried beans," avocado, tomato, lettuce, green onions, red pepper hot sauce, nacho kale chip crumbles, red peppers, sprouts, and cashew "sour cream."

17 Astro Coffee 2124 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-808-0351: Our most trusted sources rank chef Jess Hicks among Detroit's best chefs, and she prepares plenty of vegan options like the Avo Sandwich (avocado sandwich) and almond cake, among other rotating baked goods.

18 Moor Herbs 16140 W. Seven Mile Rd., Detroit; 313-583-9709: Detroit's Moor Earth is part store, part grab-and-go restaurant offering daily specials and dishes like pineapple fried rice, or sandwiches like the Philly Cheeze Shroom, a take on the Philly cheesesteak but with shiitake mushrooms, red onions, green peppers, garlic, seasonings, and vegan cheeze.

19 Chive Kitchen 33043 Grand River Ave., Farmington; 248-516-7144: This slightly more upscale vegan-only restaurant boasts items like the Grilled Chicken Marsala (panko crusted grilled chicken seitan, creamy marsala wine sauce, cremini mushrooms, potato mash, and grilled zucchini) and the jalapeno burger (seitan, house made cashew nacho cheese, jalapenos, and Avalon bread) along with a long list of craft cocktails.



20 Electric Plate 15535 Mack Ave., Detroit; 347-570-0909: It's a pop-up, so check its Facebook page for when you'll get a chance to try the Mack Ave Mushroom Melt, the BBQ'ed Pulling Jack with barbecued jackfruit, or Somerset Street Tacos, which are one of the town's limited options for vegan Mexican food.

21 Jerusalem Pizza 26025 Greenfield Rd., Southfield; 248-552-0088: Located in Southfield, the kosher pizzeria will make any of its pies with vegan cheese, offers veggie pepperoni and sausage for toppings, cooks a vegan chicken parm, and stacks lots of vegan sandwiches. (But watch out for the egg!)

22 Inn Season Cafe 500 E. Fourth St.; Royal Oak; 248-547-7916: Chef Jenny New of Nue Kombucha calls Inn Season "the grandfather" of Detroit's vegan food community, and most of the menu is such. It also denotes dishes that are wheat, soy, and gluten free. New, a former Inn Season chef, highlights the Sunday brunch menu and the Macro Platter (brown rice, steamed kale, sea vegetable, and your choice of sautéed tofu, tempeh, or adzuki beans. Served with shiitake-miso sauce and garnished with the Brinery sauerkraut).

23 Buddy's Pizza multiple locations; 1-800-965-0505: The OG Detroit-style pizza-maker does a vegan Tuscan pizza with parsley, oregano, and garlic on a multigrain crust. It's topped with tomato basil sauce and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. Buddy's also uses Daiya cheese, so you can build your own pie.

Gobi 65 at NeeHee’s. - NICK AZZARO
  • Nick Azzaro
  • Gobi 65 at NeeHee’s.

24 NeeHee's (Canton and Troy) 45656 Ford Rd., Canton; 734-737-9777: NeeHee's bills itself as vegetarian Indian street food, and its meatless menu is literally a book, so there are plenty of vegan options to choose from. We recommend the Aloo Paratha with unleavened dough stuffed with a spiced mixture of mashed potato, rolled out and cooked on a hot tawa. One of the great bummers of veganism is that chicken 65 is out of the question, but NeeHee's remedies that with its Gobi 65, a take on the dish.

25 GreenSpace 215 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-206-7510: Among the latest of the area's meatless restaurants, GreenSpace is a product of esteemed vegan cardiologist Dr. Joel Kahn. Our sources suggest a wide range of favorites, including the Blackened Tempeh (cajun spice, organ­ic tem­peh, avo­cado, creamy herb dress­ing, organ­ic leaf let­tuce, lemon-vinai­gret­te dressed greens, and pick­le). The sliders could fool you into thinking they're meat. GreenSpace's menu also notes which dishes are prepared free of any cook­ing oils, coconut, nuts, avo­cado, and refined sug­ars.

26 Bonoful Sweets 12085 Conant St., Hamtramck; 313-368-8800: A good portion of the menu at the Hamtramck Bangladeshi restaurant is vegan, which shouldn't come as much of a surprise as Bangladeshis eat less meat than any other country's residents. Still, the Americanized menus are generally meat heavy, but about half of Bonoful's menu is vegan, and our sources highlight the hot and sour soup, vegetable biryani, and aloo gobi.

27 Om Cafe 23136 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-548-1941: Another of the vegan and vegetarian pioneers, Om Cafe is described as a "Cheers of the vegan community." Nearly all of our sources offered suggestions, but the most common favorites are the Nori Roll (organic brown rice, umeboshi plum paste, carrot, daikon radish, and pickle, all wrapped in toasted nori — served with Om's tahini dressing for dipping, pickled ginger, and wasabi) and the tempeh reuben.

28 Avalon Multiple locations: Depending on which location you're at, you'll find vegan cookies, muffins, breads, date bars, foccacia, avocado toast, and much more.

29 Seva Multiple loctions: An old-school vegan and vegetarian favorite with dishes like the Vegan Veracruz (fried corn tortilla topped with pinto beans, Daiya "cheddar," tomatoes, green onions, guacamole, cilantro, and choice of sautéed tofu or chargrilled tempeh — served with salsa and a whole wheat tortilla).

30 Blue Nile 545 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-547-6699: Another Ethiopian favorite with tons of vegan options.

31 Harmonie Garden 4704 Anthony Wayne Dr., Detroit; 313-638-2345: The Midtown Mediterranean restaurant procures a long list of vegan dishes with twists on standards like falafel and options that need minimal modifications, like the zaatar pie that should be ordered sans Syrian cheese.

DVS Breakfast Sandwich at Detroit Vegan Soul. - COURTESY OF DVS
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  • DVS Breakfast Sandwich at Detroit Vegan Soul.

32 Living Zen Organics Cafe 3030 Casmere Ave., Hamtramck; 313-366-7738: Located in Hamtramck's Zen Center, the organic cafe serves seasonal menus with dishes like Ja-Jang-Myun.

33 Shangri-La 4710 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-974-7669: Lots of vegan options are included on the Midtown Chinese eatery's long menu. Try the salted tofu, Incredible Hulk roll, or ma po tofu.

34 Trizest 33170 Dequindre Rd., Sterling Heights; 586-268-1450: There are lots of vegan options in what's arguably southeast Michigan's most authentic Sichuan restaurant — but watch out for any hidden fish product.

35 Earthen Jar 311 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-327-9464: Over the decades, vegans and carnivores alike have gotten down with Ann Arbor's best vegan and vegetarian Indian buffet that's stocked with dishes like Hahi Korma Sabzi with a broccoli in a rich mushroom masala sauce, and a menu that denotes which options are meatless and which are not.

36 People's Food Co-op/Cafe Verde 216 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-994-9174: The Food Co-op's hot and cold bar is a chance to build your own salads.

37 Anita's 22651 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248 548-0680: Ferndale's popular Mediterranean eatery is an easy pick for vegans with the classic Mediterranean options and some originals, like the chickpea salad with cracked wheat, fresh mint, parsley, lemon, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil dressing.

38 The Lunch Room 407 N. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-224-8859: One of three Ann Arbor restaurants owned by Phillis Engelbert and Joel Panozzo. As of this year, the Lunch Room will be converted into a diner concept that will serve vegan takes on diner and comfort dishes for breakfast and lunch, and feel more like a neighborhood bar and ice cream parlor in the evening. Check out the Buffalo Wrap which offers buffalo sauce-coated soy curls wrapped in a tortilla with lettuce, celery, red onion, cucumber, tomato, shredded cabbage, and housemade ranch.

39 Detroit Street Filling Station 300 Detroit St., Ann Arbor; 734-224-8859: Panozzo and Engelbert's second space highlights produce grown on the Lunch Room's Belleville farm, and will hold a full bar with a "carefully curated" wine and beer selection, and craft cocktails. Here is where you'll find items like pad Thai or the Queso Burrito.



40 The Lunch Room Bakery and Cafe 2200 Fuller Ct. No. 8b, Ann Arbor, 734-224-8872: Panozzo and Engelbert's third space that specializes in vegan bakery fare — donuts, croissants, bagels, fruit-granola yogurt bowl, biscuit sandwiches, and breakfast tacos.

41 Sava's 216 S. State St., Ann Arbor; 734-623-2233: Options like the Hippie Bowl with grilled tempeh, avocado, cucumbers, scallion, wild rice, quinoa, carrots, sprouts, beans, cherry tomatoes, cabbage, roasted sweet potatoes, kale, and lemon-tahini dressing stand out, but a long list of menu options can be made vegan with only a minor tweaking.

42 Ypsilanti Food Co-op 312 N. River St., Ypsilanti; 734-483-1520: There are plenty of rotating pre-made vegan options in the small Depot Town Co-op.

43 The Nosh Pit Detroit Mobile truck: Try the Larry (corned tofu, sauerkraut, house-made vegan 1000 island dressing topped with either sharp or vegan cheese on fresh-made N.Y. kosher rye) the Dill Pickle Soup, or the Kaz (house-made black bean and chickpea burger topped with vegan cheese, granny smith apple, and vegan aioli). It's a food truck, so check its site for details.

44 Sy Thai Multiple locations: A favorite among our sources, with vegan dishes like Pad Pow Prik Vegan, curry noodles, and spring rolls.

45 Sweet Lorraine's Multiple locations: Many of Sweet Lorraine's soups are vegan, and among the breakfast options are a scrambled tofu.

46 Russell Street Deli 2465 Russell St., Detroit; 313-567-2900: Among the favorites our sources pointed to are the banana waffles, the TLT, and its housemade veggie burger. The amazing soup roster includes vegan options like carrot ginger, crushed lentil, and Cuban black bean.

47 Royal Kabob 3236 Caniff St., Hamtramck; 313-872-9456: All the Mediterranean favorites are made at this Hamtramck restaurant. Its sour and salty fattoush and hummus are among the best east of Dearborn.

48 Tumerican 24259 Novi Rd., Novi; 248-305-3357: Vegan and vegetarian Indian cuisine with dishes like Quinoa Fried Rice, a dish comprised of organic quinoa tossed with onion, bell pepper, and a ginger and garlic sauce.

49 Wasabi 15 E. Kirby St., Detroit; 313-638-1272: This is one of the few spots in town where you'll find vegan udon, ramen, and other noodle bowls, along with a selection of vegan sushi rolls.

50 UFO Factory/Laika Dog 2110 Trumbull Ave., Detroit: Laika uses Field Roast-brand vegan frankfurters and vegan cheese for its take on the coney. Try the Detroit, with vegan chili, onions, mustard, or the Kimchi with kimchi, wasabi vegan mayo, and fried ramen.

51 Riviera Pizza Ottawa Street 1959 Ottawa St., Windsor, Ontario; 519-254-1334: Sources say they make the world's best vegan cheese in house, but won't reveal the secrets. "It tastes like you're eating a Hungry Howies pizza," we are assured.

Quinoa burger with kale chimichurri at Green Dot Stables. - COURTESY OF GREEN DOT STABLES
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  • Quinoa burger with kale chimichurri at Green Dot Stables.

52 Green Dot Stables 2200 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit; 313 962-5588: Corktown's beloved slider spot earned fame for its creative meat play, but it also has noteworthy vegan options, like the kale salad and quinoa burger with chimichurri.

53 White Castle Multiple locations: Yeah, we know... but it's hard not to get excited about filling a Crave Case with vegan (Dr. Praeger's) sliders or black bean sliders.

54 The Wurst Bar 705 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti; 734-485-6720: Ypsilanti's sausage house didn't ignore that Washtenaw County is home to tons of vegetarians and vegans. Find hits like the Hot Seitan made with red pepper, paprika, fennel (uncased), or the Chick-fu made with tofu, vegan chicken stock in a southern fried "chicken" patty served with L.O.T., and pickles.

55 Shish Kabob Express Multiple locations: The menu is fairly standard for what one would expect at a Mediterranean restaurant, but the falafel and grape leaves come highly recommended.

56 Arbor Brewing Co. Multiple locations: Vegan Poutine (thick-cut seasoned fries, avocado, vegan curry, gravy and sliced scallions) are worth the trip, and there are a lot of directions one can go with the vegan burgers.

57 Chili Mustard Onions 3411 Brush St., Detroit: File this under "on it's way," though you'll be able to find it as a pop-up from time to time. As we reported, owner Pete LaCombe brilliantly came up with the idea of establishing Detroit's first vegan coney island. Expect all the delicious but meaty menu items you'll find at a regular coney island, including Detroit's venerable coney dog. Beyond that, LaCombe serve dishes like pierogi, Hani, gyros, and much more.

58 Treat Dreams Multiple locations: The craft ice cream parlor keeps up to five vegan options in its freezers, like cookies and cream, dark chocolate, lavender, and many more.

59 Johnny Noodle King 2601 W. Fort St., Detroit; 313- 309-7946: Not a ton of vegan options here, but the vegan miso broth alone is worth a trip.



60 Boboville Brunch at Kelly's in Hamtramck 2403 Holbrook Ave., Hamtramck; 313-872-0387: Chef Blair Wills is one of Detroit's top brunchers and prepares at least one vegan item on his regularly shuffled menu, but he says he can make most egg dishes vegan upon request.

The Killer Tofu and Summer Quinoa Salad at Boboville Brunch at Kelly's in Hamtramck. - PHOTO BY TOM PERKINS
  • Photo by Tom Perkins
  • The Killer Tofu and Summer Quinoa Salad at Boboville Brunch at Kelly's in Hamtramck.

61 Jerusalem Gardens 314 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; 734-995-5060: One of Ann Arbor's favorite old-school vegetarian and vegan spots that trades in the Middle Eastern standards on its 42-plate menu.

62 Pho Nguyen Hoang 510 Wyandotte St. W., Windsor, Ontario; 519-977-0852: Our friends in Windsor say this Vietnamese spot is one of the few spots that vegans can slurp a bowl of meat product-free pho.

63 7 Greens 1222 Library St., Detroit; 313-964-9005: A salad shop is sort of a no-brainer, but salads can be boring. However, 7 Greens does it right. Behold items like the Hippie Bowl made with red cabbage leaves, corn, black beans, radish, green onion, organic blue chips, avocado, salsa fresca, vegan taco meat, hemp hearts, and lime wedge.

64 Hippie's Pizza 121 W. 13 Mile Rd., Royal Oak; 248-733-1111: Hippie's made its name on creative toppings like hemp seed and corn, and it didn't forget about vegans. Pizzas can be ordered with Daiya cheese and vegan sausage and pepperoni. As a bonus, there's also a vegan dessert menu with choices like Vegan Bam Bam Bread.

65 Pupuseria 3149 Livernois Ave., Detroit; 313-899-4020: As one of our sources explains, you have to know a little Spanish to tell the Salvadoran waitstaff that you don't want any meat product stuffed into the thick, fried tortillas that comprise a pupusa. So bring your bilingual pals. Or check out the elote tamales with grilled corn and bean masa. It's worth the extra effort.

66 Shimmy Shack Multiple locations: New American is all the rage these days, but new American vegan food is something original. Check out plates on the vintage food truck's rotating menu like the Classic, your classic burger with a lentil patty under lettuce, vegan cheese, tomato, pickles, mustard, and ketchup.

67 Pink Flamingo 2746 Vermont St, Detroit; 414-630-9603: The rotating weekly menu on this farm-to-table food truck serves menu items like the savory chickpea and zucchini waffle with roasted summer squash. The Pink Flamingo rolls in a vintage airstream that you'll regularly find in North Corktown and other spots. Check its website for more details.

68 Ben and Jerry's Multiple locations: The national chain's Ann Arbor location keeps a few vegan options on tap, like scoop Caramel Almond Brittle and PB and Cookies, and it stocks ice creams like Cherry Garcia, Coffee Toffee, Chunky Monkey, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, and more by the pint.

69 Orchid Thai 115 Monroe Ave., Detroit; 313-962-0225: Another Thai favorite among our sources with plenty of vegan options and dishes that can be made vegan with slight modifications. As always at Thai places: Beware of the fish sauce!

70 Parks & Rec Diner 1942 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-446-8370: Several of the downtown diner's menu items can be modified to be vegan, including the Chilaquiles and Green Goddess Bowl (puffed farro, seasonal vegetables, roasted garlic vinaigrette, spiced nut crumble, and house vegan feta cheese).

The Clean Plate. - PHOTO BY TOM PERKINS
  • Photo by Tom Perkins
  • The Clean Plate.

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