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20 Vital Spots for Vegan and Vegetarian Food in Detroit

Vegan quesabirria tacos, grilled jackfruit burgers, and fun takes on fast food are just a few options around town

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Like the rest of the world, whether fueled by concerns over climate change or animal welfare, Detroit’s restaurant scene is evolving toward more vegan-centric offerings. With the many urban farms that dot the region, it’s no surprise that many restaurants, bars, and cafes incorporate that local veggie bounty into its menus.

Metro Detroit’s vegetarian and vegan options range from soul food comfort favorites, Japanese-style noodles, and hot takes on fast food favorites. Many of these restaurants offer all-vegan menus or a mix of vegan and vegetarian options and items for omnivores. Just about any spot can throw an Impossible burger on the menu, but these restaurants deliver with innovative food and flavor.

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NeeHee's Indian Vegetarian Street Food

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This strictly vegetarian restaurant features an extensive menu with items like masala dosas, dahi puri (crispy, bite-sized wheat balls filled with veggies and chutney), fresh sugarcane juice, and more original recipes such as the aloo tikki burger, a cheeseburger with mint-cilantro chutney, tomatoes, onions, and ketchup. The restaurant also includes a menu dedicated to vegan dishes. The expanding Neehee’s chain features locations in Canton and Troy.

Unburger Grill

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This Dearborn spot is a refuge for vegans who just want to bite into a juicy, fast food-style burger. Choose from items biscuits and gravy, fried “chicken” sandwiches, and vegan Philly cheesesteak. The menu is available for dine-in as well as delivery and carryout. Local food writer and faithful vegan, Randiah Camille Green, swears by the eatery’s chili cheese fries, which, according to a recent Year in Eater survey, she had to do a double take to make sure they were meat-free. “It’s that good,” she says.

Detroit Vegan Soul

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The menu here is filled with veggie versions of comforting soul food favorites like hush puppies, “catfish” tofu, and smothered tempeh. Many of the options are gluten-free, soy-free, and certified kosher for customers with more specific dietary needs.

Sisters on a Roll Mobile Cafe

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Mobile restaurant and pop-up Sisters on a Roll from Harriette Brown, better known as Chef Bee, serves a broad vegan and vegetarian menu that entices customers with choices like jerk “chicken” and waffles with bourbon syrup, garlic noodles, and crispy fried mushrooms. Catch Sister on a Roll at pop-ups around town by following its social media.

Cacao Tree Cafe

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This Royal Oak favorite is known for its raw, vegan food. Diners can expect plenty of big, filling salads alongside items like General Tso’s lettuce wraps, nut “meat” burritos, fresh juices, and smoothies.

One of the most critically-lauded sushi restaurants in recent years, Sozai is known both for its commitment to sustainable sourcing practices and for its omakase meals. One key feature, its emphasis on plant-based ingredients like sweet potato — which chef Hajime Sato has used for a more sustainable take on eel — along with fried tofu in mushroom sauce, and vegetable tempura. Makes for an ideal balance for dining parties where some enjoy seafood, but vegans and vegetarians can still find incredibly prepared options.

Ferndale Project

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This brewery is home to a variety of innovative startups including a vegan doughnut shop, Dooped Donuts, and a vegan bagel purveyor. Order a plate of tofu shawarma or roasted and flash-fried cauliflower dusted in tahini, parsley, and sumac, and enjoy a beer or N/A beverage.

Trap Vegan

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Trap Vegan made its debut in Detroit’s Green Acres neighborhood on the west side in late 2021, adding to the city’s offerings of meatless restaurant menus, with a variety of vegan burgers like the barbecue jackfruit burger and topped with grilled onions, mushrooms, pepper jack cheese, avocado spread. The menu is rounded out with smoothies, acai bowls, and cauliflower wings.

Spacecat V-stro

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Customers here can choose from sandwiches and wraps like the Hot Mess — a mix of grilled seitan, peppers, and onions on a hoagie — and “Chkn” fingers with dipping sauce. Modify the order with the addition of an egg or dairy cheese.

Public House

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Public House offers a plethora of vegan options, all cooked in a separate, vegan only area of its kitchen. About a dozen items make out the dinner menu, including a mushroom Bolognese, a “shrimp” jambalaya, and seitan-based wings. For brunch, enjoy a cornmeal waffle with fried “chik’n,” a Beyond-based sausage, JUST Egg, and “cheddar” in an English muffin, or a filling burrito bowl.

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The vegan Chik’n in a Biscuit, just one of several fast food-inspired vegan offerings at Public House in Ferndale.
Public House

Napantla

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Southwest Detroit-based food truck Napantla is helmed by James Beard Foundation Awards semifinalist Rocky Coronado, who offers their take on meatless Mexican. The menu for this mobile eatery has included jackfruit and mushroom quesabirria tacos, fried avocado tacos, and Armadillo Eggs — a stuffed jalapenos wrapped in vegan “bacon” and fried to perfection. Keep an eye on their social media for the latest locations updates.

Pie-Sci

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Woodbridge’s neighborhood pizzeria Pie-Sci gives diners the option to turn nearly every pizza vegan or gluten-free. Call ahead for carryout or dine in on the patio, weather permitting. Build your own pizza (square or round), or select from classics like the Tacos Modern Life with cashew-walnut “chorizo.” This spot also serves vegan and gluten-free ice cream sandwiches called Cloud Bites. Coming Saturday, February 10, Pie Sci will open its second location in Oak Park.

Grandma Bob’s Pizza

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Grandma Bob’s serves pizzas with optional gluten-free crust and plenty of vegan options like the Big Mack with Impossible burger crumble, vegan mozzarella, vegan thousand island dressing, pickles, onions, iceberg lettuce, and sesame seeds.

The Kitchen, by Cooking with Que

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Part cooking education space, part restaurant, the Kitchen offers New Center diners a rotating selection of primarily vegetarian and vegan choices like a fluffy stack of apple butter pancakes with oat crumble, paired with a matcha latte with dairy-free creamer, and some vegetable spring rolls.

While meat eaters and pescatarians are also welcome, vegans may also treat themselves to a fanciful vegan feast, put together by James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef in the Great Lakes, Doug Hewitt and the equally talented CDC, Pheobe Zimmerman. The multi-course tasting menu rotates frequently and typically can last several hours, so plan ahead and book accordingly on Tock.

Chef Mike Ransom grew up eating vegetarian and that experience shines through at Ima. Roughly half of the Asian-influenced menu comprises vegetarian choices such as the earthy forest udon with sesame tofu and smoked trumpet mushrooms and the golden curry rice bowl. Don’t overlook the Ima tacos with roasted tofu and spicy dipping sauce or the fried tofu sandwich.

A bowl of udon noodles with boiled eggs, green nori, baby bok choy, and pink pickled radishes at Ima in Corktown.
Udon noodles at Ima in Corktown.
Michelle and Chris Gerard

Cold Truth

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Cold Truth is a crowdpleaser whether you’re dairy free for the day or year round. Find a rotating variety of vegan soft serve options on the menu from match to lemon curd to chicory coffee, plus plenty of shell options, toppings, and drizzles. Enjoy in a cup, a gluten-free waffle cone, or even as a dessert taco. The possibilities are endless.

Seva Detroit

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Right in the heart of Midtown, Seva has faithfully served vegetarian Detroiters since 2011. The breakfast options here are hard to beat with dishes like the breakfast wrap, a burrito with eggs and cheese or vegan protein paired with corn salsa, Beyond sausage, and rosemary potatoes. This spot also features a full bar with beer, wine, and cocktails to pair with a tempeh reuben or mushroom french dip.

Dos Locos Tacos

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This Hamtramck shop offers three types of vegetarian filling — soy chorizo, mushroom, and black bean — for its tacos and burritos. In addition to the flavorful meatless offerings, customers count on Dos Locos for its late-night hours.

Pietrzyk Pierogi

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This pierogi shop tucked away inside Gratiot Central Market takes care of vegetarian and vegan patrons as much as its omni customers. Mix and match different Polish dumplings with fillings like the Vegan O-G with potato, non-dairy cheese, and spice filling or the Vegan Kapusta King pierogi with sauerkraut and mushrooms. Pietrzyk also sells frozen pierogi at numerous local grocery stores around metro Detroit.

Two whole pierogis on bed of sauerkraut with what looks like rings of green leeks. Everything is on a blue and yellow decorative plate. Mar Manzanares-Bobadilla Brock

NeeHee's Indian Vegetarian Street Food

This strictly vegetarian restaurant features an extensive menu with items like masala dosas, dahi puri (crispy, bite-sized wheat balls filled with veggies and chutney), fresh sugarcane juice, and more original recipes such as the aloo tikki burger, a cheeseburger with mint-cilantro chutney, tomatoes, onions, and ketchup. The restaurant also includes a menu dedicated to vegan dishes. The expanding Neehee’s chain features locations in Canton and Troy.

Unburger Grill

This Dearborn spot is a refuge for vegans who just want to bite into a juicy, fast food-style burger. Choose from items biscuits and gravy, fried “chicken” sandwiches, and vegan Philly cheesesteak. The menu is available for dine-in as well as delivery and carryout. Local food writer and faithful vegan, Randiah Camille Green, swears by the eatery’s chili cheese fries, which, according to a recent Year in Eater survey, she had to do a double take to make sure they were meat-free. “It’s that good,” she says.

Detroit Vegan Soul

The menu here is filled with veggie versions of comforting soul food favorites like hush puppies, “catfish” tofu, and smothered tempeh. Many of the options are gluten-free, soy-free, and certified kosher for customers with more specific dietary needs.

Sisters on a Roll Mobile Cafe

Mobile restaurant and pop-up Sisters on a Roll from Harriette Brown, better known as Chef Bee, serves a broad vegan and vegetarian menu that entices customers with choices like jerk “chicken” and waffles with bourbon syrup, garlic noodles, and crispy fried mushrooms. Catch Sister on a Roll at pop-ups around town by following its social media.

Cacao Tree Cafe

This Royal Oak favorite is known for its raw, vegan food. Diners can expect plenty of big, filling salads alongside items like General Tso’s lettuce wraps, nut “meat” burritos, fresh juices, and smoothies.

Sozai

One of the most critically-lauded sushi restaurants in recent years, Sozai is known both for its commitment to sustainable sourcing practices and for its omakase meals. One key feature, its emphasis on plant-based ingredients like sweet potato — which chef Hajime Sato has used for a more sustainable take on eel — along with fried tofu in mushroom sauce, and vegetable tempura. Makes for an ideal balance for dining parties where some enjoy seafood, but vegans and vegetarians can still find incredibly prepared options.

Ferndale Project

This brewery is home to a variety of innovative startups including a vegan doughnut shop, Dooped Donuts, and a vegan bagel purveyor. Order a plate of tofu shawarma or roasted and flash-fried cauliflower dusted in tahini, parsley, and sumac, and enjoy a beer or N/A beverage.

Trap Vegan

Trap Vegan made its debut in Detroit’s Green Acres neighborhood on the west side in late 2021, adding to the city’s offerings of meatless restaurant menus, with a variety of vegan burgers like the barbecue jackfruit burger and topped with grilled onions, mushrooms, pepper jack cheese, avocado spread. The menu is rounded out with smoothies, acai bowls, and cauliflower wings.

Spacecat V-stro

Customers here can choose from sandwiches and wraps like the Hot Mess — a mix of grilled seitan, peppers, and onions on a hoagie — and “Chkn” fingers with dipping sauce. Modify the order with the addition of an egg or dairy cheese.

Public House

Public House offers a plethora of vegan options, all cooked in a separate, vegan only area of its kitchen. About a dozen items make out the dinner menu, including a mushroom Bolognese, a “shrimp” jambalaya, and seitan-based wings. For brunch, enjoy a cornmeal waffle with fried “chik’n,” a Beyond-based sausage, JUST Egg, and “cheddar” in an English muffin, or a filling burrito bowl.

A hand holding a vegan chicken sandwich with a knife stabbed in the top of it
The vegan Chik’n in a Biscuit, just one of several fast food-inspired vegan offerings at Public House in Ferndale.
Public House

Napantla

Southwest Detroit-based food truck Napantla is helmed by James Beard Foundation Awards semifinalist Rocky Coronado, who offers their take on meatless Mexican. The menu for this mobile eatery has included jackfruit and mushroom quesabirria tacos, fried avocado tacos, and Armadillo Eggs — a stuffed jalapenos wrapped in vegan “bacon” and fried to perfection. Keep an eye on their social media for the latest locations updates.

Pie-Sci

Woodbridge’s neighborhood pizzeria Pie-Sci gives diners the option to turn nearly every pizza vegan or gluten-free. Call ahead for carryout or dine in on the patio, weather permitting. Build your own pizza (square or round), or select from classics like the Tacos Modern Life with cashew-walnut “chorizo.” This spot also serves vegan and gluten-free ice cream sandwiches called Cloud Bites. Coming Saturday, February 10, Pie Sci will open its second location in Oak Park.

Grandma Bob’s Pizza

Grandma Bob’s serves pizzas with optional gluten-free crust and plenty of vegan options like the Big Mack with Impossible burger crumble, vegan mozzarella, vegan thousand island dressing, pickles, onions, iceberg lettuce, and sesame seeds.

The Kitchen, by Cooking with Que

Part cooking education space, part restaurant, the Kitchen offers New Center diners a rotating selection of primarily vegetarian and vegan choices like a fluffy stack of apple butter pancakes with oat crumble, paired with a matcha latte with dairy-free creamer, and some vegetable spring rolls.

Freya

While meat eaters and pescatarians are also welcome, vegans may also treat themselves to a fanciful vegan feast, put together by James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef in the Great Lakes, Doug Hewitt and the equally talented CDC, Pheobe Zimmerman. The multi-course tasting menu rotates frequently and typically can last several hours, so plan ahead and book accordingly on Tock.

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Chef Mike Ransom grew up eating vegetarian and that experience shines through at Ima. Roughly half of the Asian-influenced menu comprises vegetarian choices such as the earthy forest udon with sesame tofu and smoked trumpet mushrooms and the golden curry rice bowl. Don’t overlook the Ima tacos with roasted tofu and spicy dipping sauce or the fried tofu sandwich.

A bowl of udon noodles with boiled eggs, green nori, baby bok choy, and pink pickled radishes at Ima in Corktown.
Udon noodles at Ima in Corktown.
Michelle and Chris Gerard

Cold Truth

Cold Truth is a crowdpleaser whether you’re dairy free for the day or year round. Find a rotating variety of vegan soft serve options on the menu from match to lemon curd to chicory coffee, plus plenty of shell options, toppings, and drizzles. Enjoy in a cup, a gluten-free waffle cone, or even as a dessert taco. The possibilities are endless.

Seva Detroit

Right in the heart of Midtown, Seva has faithfully served vegetarian Detroiters since 2011. The breakfast options here are hard to beat with dishes like the breakfast wrap, a burrito with eggs and cheese or vegan protein paired with corn salsa, Beyond sausage, and rosemary potatoes. This spot also features a full bar with beer, wine, and cocktails to pair with a tempeh reuben or mushroom french dip.

Dos Locos Tacos

This Hamtramck shop offers three types of vegetarian filling — soy chorizo, mushroom, and black bean — for its tacos and burritos. In addition to the flavorful meatless offerings, customers count on Dos Locos for its late-night hours.

Pietrzyk Pierogi

This pierogi shop tucked away inside Gratiot Central Market takes care of vegetarian and vegan patrons as much as its omni customers. Mix and match different Polish dumplings with fillings like the Vegan O-G with potato, non-dairy cheese, and spice filling or the Vegan Kapusta King pierogi with sauerkraut and mushrooms. Pietrzyk also sells frozen pierogi at numerous local grocery stores around metro Detroit.

Two whole pierogis on bed of sauerkraut with what looks like rings of green leeks. Everything is on a blue and yellow decorative plate. Mar Manzanares-Bobadilla Brock

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