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20 Vital Spots for Vegan and Vegetarian Food in Detroit

Soul warming pho, grilled jackfruit burgers, and swirly dairy-free soft serve abounds

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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, and in some cases, rethinking its relationship to meat and dairy. While the pandemic has taken a toll on food businesses, not the least vegan restaurants, there still are many establishments where diners can celebrate Detroit’s superb local produce with an outstanding meal. Detroit, after all, is dotted by urban farms that provide restaurants with a selection of fruits and vegetables worth celebrating on a plate.

Metro Detroit’s vegetarian and vegan options range from soul food comfort favorites, Japanese-style noodles and rice bowls. 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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2015 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 502-5959
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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.

2. Grandma Bob’s Pizza

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2135 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 315-3177
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Grandma Bob’s is serving 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.

3. Unburger Grill

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22018 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48124
(313) 633-0881
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Dearborn vegan burger spot Unburger Grill offers a meatless riff on traditional fast food. 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.

4. Estella's Vegan Dessert Boutique

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19120 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48223
(313) 288-2206
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Known for its pound cake, this vegan dessert shop also has a menu of tasty items to eat before dessert such as cauliflower fried rice and quinoa burgers.

5. Trap Vegan

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20198 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 340-2988
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Trap Vegan made its debut in Detroit’s Green Acres neighborhood on the west side in November, adding to the city’s offerings of meatless restaurant menus. Owner Jasmine Raiford has developed a menu that will convert any discriminating meat-eater, with a variety of vegan burgers such as the barbecue jackfruit burger and topped with grilled onions, mushrooms, pepper jack cheese, avocado spread, and the spot’s Trap Sauce on a brioche bun. The menu is rounded out by smoothies, acai bowls, and cauliflower wings. Place an order online or grab a seat in the small dining area.

6. Detroit Vegan Soul

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19614 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48223
(313) 766-5728
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Detroit Vegan Soul in Grandmont-Rosedale is accepting online orders for curbside pickup. The menu 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. For folks that want to live vegan without all the cooking prep, the restaurant now offers meal subscriptions. Don’t miss Sunday brunch.

7. NeeHee's Indian Vegetarian Street Food

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45656 Ford Rd
Canton, MI 48187
(734) 737-9777
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This strictly vegetarian restaurant is known for its Indian street food. The extensive menu features items like masala dosas (Indian crepes), 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. Order online or stop in for a carryout order.

8. Cacao Tree Cafe

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204 W 4th St
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 336-9043
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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. Diners can place orders online for carryout.

9. Dos Locos Tacos

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10337 Joseph Campau Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 872-6838
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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.

10. The Kitchen, by Cooking with Que

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6529 Woodward Ave suite a
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 462-4184
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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 such as vegan “fish” sandwich, spiced tofu shawarma, and, during Saturday brunch, carrot “lox” toast.

11. Pie-Sci

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5163 Trumbull Ave
Detroit, MI 48208
(313) 818-0290
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Woodbridge’s neighborhood pizzeria Pie-Sci is open for service weekly with 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.

12. Seva Detroit

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66 E Forest Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 974-6661
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Right in the heart of Midtown, Seva has faithfully served vegetarian Detroiters through thick and thin 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.

13. Chili Mustard Onions

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3411 Brush St
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 462-4949
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Vegan comfort food spot Chili Mustard Onions is serving up coney dogs and other meatless Coney Island favorites in Brush Park. Place carry-out orders online or dine-in Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Diners can fill up on vegan options like faux chicken hani wraps, vegan coneys, loaded fries, and the coveted Big Mock burger.

A vegan coney dog on a white plate.
Chili Mustard Onions serves up coney dogs
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14. Pietrzyk Pierogi

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1429 Gratiot Ave #109
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 614-9393
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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

15. Freya

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2929 E Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 351-5544
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While meat eaters and pescatarians are also welcome, vegans may also treat themselves to a fanciful vegan feast. The $85 multi-course tasting menu typically can last several hours, so plan ahead and book accordingly on Tock.

16. Spacecat V-stro

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255 W Nine Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 268-3211
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This pop-up turned into a full-fledge restaurant during the pandemic, serving vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free diners alike. Customers 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, if fully plant-based isn’t your thing.

17. Cold Truth

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4240 Cass Ave suite 100
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 680-1199
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A favorite for frozen treats for several years running, Cold Truth is a crowdpleaser whether you’re dairy free for the day or just 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.

18. Ferndale Project

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567 Livernois
Ferndale, MI 48220
(313) 513-2200
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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. Pick up a morning vegan treat between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Ashe Supply Co. cafe counter, or dine-in with a vegan Nashville hot tofu sandwich.

19. Napantla

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5402 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 327-1736
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Southwest Detroit-based food truck and cafe Napantla (formerly Rocky’s Road Brew) is a go-to for vegan Mexican cuisine. Owner Rocky Coronado serves up their versions of dishes like quesabirria tacos (prepared with jackfruit and mushrooms in place of beef), 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.

20. Sisters on a Roll Mobile Cafe

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19321 W Chicago
Detroit, MI 48228
(313) 404-7627
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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.

1. Ima

2015 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

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.

2015 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

2. Grandma Bob’s Pizza

2135 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

Grandma Bob’s is serving 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.

2135 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

3. Unburger Grill

22018 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48124

Dearborn vegan burger spot Unburger Grill offers a meatless riff on traditional fast food. 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.

22018 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48124

4. Estella's Vegan Dessert Boutique

19120 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48223

Known for its pound cake, this vegan dessert shop also has a menu of tasty items to eat before dessert such as cauliflower fried rice and quinoa burgers.

19120 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48223

5. Trap Vegan

20198 Livernois, Detroit, MI 48221

Trap Vegan made its debut in Detroit’s Green Acres neighborhood on the west side in November, adding to the city’s offerings of meatless restaurant menus. Owner Jasmine Raiford has developed a menu that will convert any discriminating meat-eater, with a variety of vegan burgers such as the barbecue jackfruit burger and topped with grilled onions, mushrooms, pepper jack cheese, avocado spread, and the spot’s Trap Sauce on a brioche bun. The menu is rounded out by smoothies, acai bowls, and cauliflower wings. Place an order online or grab a seat in the small dining area.

20198 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221

6. Detroit Vegan Soul

19614 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48223

Detroit Vegan Soul in Grandmont-Rosedale is accepting online orders for curbside pickup. The menu 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. For folks that want to live vegan without all the cooking prep, the restaurant now offers meal subscriptions. Don’t miss Sunday brunch.

19614 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48223

7. NeeHee's Indian Vegetarian Street Food

45656 Ford Rd, Canton, MI 48187

This strictly vegetarian restaurant is known for its Indian street food. The extensive menu features items like masala dosas (Indian crepes), 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. Order online or stop in for a carryout order.

45656 Ford Rd
Canton, MI 48187

8. Cacao Tree Cafe

204 W 4th St, Royal Oak, MI 48067

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. Diners can place orders online for carryout.

204 W 4th St
Royal Oak, MI 48067

9. Dos Locos Tacos

10337 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212

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.

10337 Joseph Campau Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212

10. The Kitchen, by Cooking with Que

6529 Woodward Ave suite a, Detroit, MI 48202

Part cooking education space, part restaurant, the Kitchen offers New Center diners a rotating selection of primarily vegetarian and vegan choices such as vegan “fish” sandwich, spiced tofu shawarma, and, during Saturday brunch, carrot “lox” toast.

6529 Woodward Ave suite a
Detroit, MI 48202

11. Pie-Sci

5163 Trumbull Ave, Detroit, MI 48208

Woodbridge’s neighborhood pizzeria Pie-Sci is open for service weekly with 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.

5163 Trumbull Ave
Detroit, MI 48208

12. Seva Detroit

66 E Forest Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Right in the heart of Midtown, Seva has faithfully served vegetarian Detroiters through thick and thin 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.

66 E Forest Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

13. Chili Mustard Onions

3411 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48201
A vegan coney dog on a white plate.
Chili Mustard Onions serves up coney dogs
Michelle Gerard

Vegan comfort food spot Chili Mustard Onions is serving up coney dogs and other meatless Coney Island favorites in Brush Park. Place carry-out orders online or dine-in Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Diners can fill up on vegan options like faux chicken hani wraps, vegan coneys, loaded fries, and the coveted Big Mock burger.

3411 Brush St
Detroit, MI 48201

14. Pietrzyk Pierogi

1429 Gratiot Ave #109, Detroit, MI 48207
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

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.

1429 Gratiot Ave #109
Detroit, MI 48207

15. Freya

2929 E Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202

While meat eaters and pescatarians are also welcome, vegans may also treat themselves to a fanciful vegan feast. The $85 multi-course tasting menu typically can last several hours, so plan ahead and book accordingly on Tock.

2929 E Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202

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16. Spacecat V-stro

255 W Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220

This pop-up turned into a full-fledge restaurant during the pandemic, serving vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free diners alike. Customers 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, if fully plant-based isn’t your thing.

255 W Nine Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220

17. Cold Truth

4240 Cass Ave suite 100, Detroit, MI 48207

A favorite for frozen treats for several years running, Cold Truth is a crowdpleaser whether you’re dairy free for the day or just 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.

4240 Cass Ave suite 100
Detroit, MI 48207

18. Ferndale Project

567 Livernois, Ferndale, MI 48220

This brewery is home to a variety of innovative startups including a vegan doughnut shop, Dooped Donuts, and a vegan bagel purveyor. Pick up a morning vegan treat between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Ashe Supply Co. cafe counter, or dine-in with a vegan Nashville hot tofu sandwich.

567 Livernois
Ferndale, MI 48220

19. Napantla

5402 Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209

Southwest Detroit-based food truck and cafe Napantla (formerly Rocky’s Road Brew) is a go-to for vegan Mexican cuisine. Owner Rocky Coronado serves up their versions of dishes like quesabirria tacos (prepared with jackfruit and mushrooms in place of beef), 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.

5402 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

20. Sisters on a Roll Mobile Cafe

19321 W Chicago, Detroit, MI 48228

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.

19321 W Chicago
Detroit, MI 48228

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