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Green Eats: The Best Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants
|Detroit Vegan Soul|
Think you can’t have a good meal without meat on the menu? A good vegetarian dish makes even a die-hard, meat-and-potatoes fan forget one of their staples is missing. Whether you’re vegetarian or not, you can get your daily allowance of fruits and veggies at one of these metro Detroit vegetarian and vegan restaurants.
Detroit Vegan Soul (DVS) does more than serve up a great-tasting, nutritious vegan meal; they cater and even – get this – take customers on guided tours through natural food stores showing them what to look for, what to avoid and how to read nutrition labels. Need a kitchen pantry makeover or help making out the dreaded grocery list? Do you see where we’re going with this? DVS will open Detroit’s first vegan soul food café in the historic neighborhood of West Village in spring 2013.
The recently opened Detroit extension of this Ann Arbor favorite offers a similar menu of inventive vegetarian cuisine, including vegan and gluten-free options. Their Midtown location at the back of the N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art makes Seva a great place to stop after visiting any of the neighborhood’s world-class cultural institutions.
Located on Woodward Avenue in downtown Ferndale, the family-owned Om Café has been serving up vegetarian, vegan and macrobiotic dishes for more than 25 years. Om’s distinctive exterior is easy to spot, but you won’t get a sense of the modern interior and creative menu until you step inside. “Eat to Live” is the Om Café’s motto, so expect a meal that pleases your taste buds and keeps your doctor happy.
One of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in metro Detroit, this Royal Oak institution has been focusing on organic, local produce since 1981. All menu items are vegan unless otherwise noted, and the restaurant is Kosher-certified. Rotating art displays and a cozy atmosphere make Inn Season a popular neighborhood hangout for vegetarians and omnivores alike.
Also nestled in downtown Royal Oak, Cacao Tree Café takes vegan cuisine one step further, specializing in gourmet raw foods and “detox” cuisine. Don’t be deterred by the focus on ultra-healthy superfoods; Cacao Tree’s specialties are so delicious you would never guess how good they are for you.
Michell Danell’s early life in smog-covered Mexico City inspired her to live a healthful lifestyle as an adult. Her Grosse Pointe juice bar and café serves clientele looking for fresh, organic ingredients and made-from-scratch care. The multi-ethnic menu is vegetarian and gluten-free, and includes a selection of vegan baked goods.
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