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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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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.

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