20 Detroit-area plant-centric restaurants that we love
As you’ll learn in this week’s cover story, eating less meat can help cool the planet. But helping to save the environment can be delicious, too — when we’re craving vegan and vegetarian, these are some of the local spots we go to.
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Chili Mustard Onions
3411 Brush St., Detroit; 313-462-4949;
Welcome to Detroits first vegan coney island, where you can get a vegan take on Detroits signature dish made with a Smart Dog, house-made-chili, mustard, and onions. You can also get vegan versions of coney classics like gyros, chili cheese fries, and nachos.
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Detroit Vegan Soul
19614 Grand River Ave., Detroit: 313766-5728; detroitvegansoul.com
While Detroits all-vegan soul food restaurant announced its original location in the West Village neighborhood was permanently closed last month, business is carrying on at its Grand River location in the North Rosedale Park area. Favorites include vegan mac-n-cheese, the DVS burger, and a red velvet cake.
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33043 Grand River Ave., Farmington; 3148-7144; chivekitchen.com
This hip downtown Farmington spot closed for indoor dining at the outset of the pandemic, but has since pivoted to carry-out, grab-n-go, events, and catering. They recently launched a vegan wine club, and still offer hits like grilled Chicken Marsala (with panko-crusted grilled chicken seitan) and a jalapeño burger.
241 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-733-4905; publichouseferndale.com
This gastropub formerly owned and operated by the folks behind Ferndales Imperial taco spot opened under new management in December, along with a second kitchen to accommodate an additional vegan-centric menu. (It also boasts a revamped four-season patio with a floral wall.) Highlights include a vegan burger made of a house-made blend of barley, carrots, beets, and potatoes served with vegan American cheese, vegan dijonnaise, and an option to add house-made tempeh bacon.
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Inn Season Kitchen
32867 Woodward Ave.; Royal Oak; 248-850-8500; innseasonkitchen.com
GreenSpace & Go recently closed, replaced by Inn Season Kitchen, a grab-and-go spot from the owners of Royal Oaks The Inn Season Cafe.
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2541 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-662-1111 | 66 E. Forest Ave., Detroit; 313-974-6661 | sevarestaurant.com
This longstanding vegan favorite has two locations (it has operated in Ann Arbor for more than 40 years, and opened a Midtown spot in 2011), boasting a completely vegetarian menu, along with a full bar, fresh juice bar, and coffee bar.
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1222 Library St., Detroit; 313-964-9005 | 344 Hamilton Row, Birmingham; 248-792-8600 | 4065 W. Maple Rd., Bloomfield Hills | 7greens.com
Known for its salads, this chain also has a wide selection of wraps, bowls, burritos, and more.
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15010 W. Warren Ave., Dearborn; 313-908-9527 | 873 Inkster Rd., Garden City; 734-237-4606 | altayebrestaurant.com
Most Middle Eastern spots have plenty of vegan options, but AlTayeb, distinguished for its Lebanese-style brunch offerings, is on another level. The spot was already a local favorite but found a wider audience after the New York Times featured it on a list 50 exciting American restaurants, the only Michigan spot to make the cut.
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1440 Sheldon Rd., Plymouth; 734-228-5990; shimmyshack.com
This restaurant and food truck boasts a 100% vegan and gluten-free menu, with green takes on comfort food classics like burgers (made with a lentil patty), chili, fries, nachos, cookies, and more. It recently announced its closing on March 11, so stop before before they do.
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255 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-268-3211; spacecatvstro.com
Opened in 2020, Spacecat V-stro offers vegetarian comfort food, focused on breakfast and lunch made from scratch (so no Beyond or Impossible meat substitutes here). Most items can be made vegan.
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