Detroit Vegan Soul, Indian Village (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free) With recipes based on family dishes and quality ingredients, this place is a must-visit. All the food I’ve had has been excellent, and the recipes are a refreshing change from a lot of vegan standards.
Seva’s, Midtown (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free)
One of Ann Arbor’s oldest vegetarian restaurants opened a second restaurant in Detroit, and there was much rejoicing. There’s a reason why Seva has been around for more than 30 years. Great vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menu, they have a great variety of Mexican and Asian inspired dishes. Don’t miss their yam fries.
Psychedelic Healing Shack and Vegetarian Cafe (formerly Goldengate Cafe) Highland Park (all vegetarian)
I’m not sure why this place has not crossed my radar before— but now that it has, it’s next on my list. It’s also great to see veggie options away from the Midtown/downtown area and immediate neighborhoods.
The Sprout House, Grosse Pointe Park (all vegetarian) One part health food store, one part sandwich and soup shop. Vegetarian soups made daily, and freshly made veggie sandwiches and salads in their cooler.
Zerbo’s Health, Livonia (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free)
This is a fantastic health food store—and after you’ve spent some time admiring the produce and prowling the aisles, you’ll stumble on the sandwich shop in back. They sell fresh salads and smoothies as well, with gluten-free bread and wraps available.
Nee Hee’s, Canton (vegetarian, vegan)
Don’t let the huge menu or the flat-screen TVs playing Bollywood movies and cricket matches distract you. If you like spicy food, there’s a ton of delicious options. The menu is almost overwhelming in its variety (I keep track of what I’ve had in the past on a take-out menu.) Try one of their dosas— tall, thin and crepes served with vegetables and chutney. Don’t forget the sugar cane juice to wash it down.
Om Cafe, Ferndale (vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free)
I love the green exterior of this place, and the food is wonderful as well. One of metro Detroit’s older vegetarian restaurants, and for good reasons. Make your own nori rolls, a rotating selection of vegan desserts— and I dare you to follow them on Facebook and not have your mouth water daily.
Greenspace Cafe, Ferndale (all vegan) The newest, much talked about, vegan restaurant in Ferndale, the menu is amazing, with artisanal vegan cheese, small plates and Asian inspired dishes, all with the eye to be healthy while exuding flavor.
The Inn Season Cafe, Royal Oak (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free) One of metro Detroit’s oldest vegetarian restaurants, and for good reason: excellent recipes, in season produce, and wonderful produce. If you plan to get brunch on Sundays, count on making a reservation.
Cacao Tree Cafe, Royal Oak (vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free) Where raw foods meets delicious, the Cacao Tree is a great spot for lunch or dinner. Their dessert selection is amazing, and their smoothie selection superb.
Try it Raw, Birmingham (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free) Bright, cheery cafe, with a great rotating selection of specials and smoothies.
Chive Kitchen, Farmington (all vegan) A bright, airy cafe, and a great stop for lunch or dinner with a drink (they serve alcohol.)
The Treehouse for Earth’s Children, Farmington (vegetarian) Part health food store, part vegetarian cafe.
The Clean Plate, Shelby Township (vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free) A great selection of salads and sandwiches, daily soups and hot entrees make this the best— and only!— vegetarian eatery in Macomb. Plus, they feature the same tempting desserts as the Cacao Tree in Royal Oak (both restaurants have the same owners.)
Also: if you’re at a Tiger’s game in Comerica Park, check out Brushfire Grill. They have veggie hot dogs, veggie burgers and hummus and veggies.
Food trucks: You should check out the delicious, all-vegan Shimmy Shack, which can be spotted across metro Detroit.
Did I miss your favorite place, or have your heard of a new spot that’s opened? Drop me a line at V dot 8mile at gmail.