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The Chik’n in a Biscuit vegan sandwich available at Public House in Ferndale.
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21 Vital Spots for Vegan and Vegetarian Food in Detroit

Meatless takes on fast food, grilled jackfruit burgers, and vegan quesabirria are just a few options around town

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The Chik’n in a Biscuit vegan sandwich available at Public House in Ferndale.
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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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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. Diners can place orders online for carryout.

Public House

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With the addition of Street Beet alumna Meghan Shaw in the kitchen, Public House now offers a plethora of vegan options, all cooked in a separate, vegan only kitchen area. As far as vegan options go, Public House offers about a dozen dinner menu items, including the fried “Chikn” Sammie that comes with pickles, spicy or non-spicy sauce, on a brioche bun, a vegan beer-battered tofu fish and chips, an Impossible “bacon” burger, and a Po’ Boy featuring crispy smoked mushrooms. For weekend brunch (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), find vegan takes on birthday French toast, a Monte Cristo (made with tempeh-bacon), crispy shrimp and grits, a “crab” cake bene, and wet breakfast burrito. In addition, Shaw flexes her penchant for remaking vegan versions of fast-food favorites like the Griddler Sammy and the Chik’n in a Biscuit.

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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.
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Spacecat V-stro

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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.

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. 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.

Trap Vegan

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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.

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.

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.

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 such as vegan “fish” sandwich, spiced tofu shawarma, and, during Saturday brunch, carrot “lox” toast.

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

Pie-Sci

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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.

Seva Detroit

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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.

Cold Truth

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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.

Chili Mustard Onions

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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
Michelle Gerard

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

Grandma Bob’s Pizza

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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.

Napantla

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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.

Unburger Grill

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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.

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.

Estella's Vegan Dessert Boutique

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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.

Detroit Vegan Soul

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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.

NeeHee's Indian Vegetarian Street Food

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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.

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. Diners can place orders online for carryout.

Public House

With the addition of Street Beet alumna Meghan Shaw in the kitchen, Public House now offers a plethora of vegan options, all cooked in a separate, vegan only kitchen area. As far as vegan options go, Public House offers about a dozen dinner menu items, including the fried “Chikn” Sammie that comes with pickles, spicy or non-spicy sauce, on a brioche bun, a vegan beer-battered tofu fish and chips, an Impossible “bacon” burger, and a Po’ Boy featuring crispy smoked mushrooms. For weekend brunch (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), find vegan takes on birthday French toast, a Monte Cristo (made with tempeh-bacon), crispy shrimp and grits, a “crab” cake bene, and wet breakfast burrito. In addition, Shaw flexes her penchant for remaking vegan versions of fast-food favorites like the Griddler Sammy and the Chik’n in a Biscuit.

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

Spacecat V-stro

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.

Ferndale Project

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.

Trap Vegan

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.

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.

Freya

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.

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 such as vegan “fish” sandwich, spiced tofu shawarma, and, during Saturday brunch, carrot “lox” toast.

ima

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

Pie-Sci

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.

Seva Detroit

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.

Cold Truth

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.

Chili Mustard Onions

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
Michelle Gerard

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

Grandma Bob’s Pizza

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.

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Napantla

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.

Unburger Grill

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.

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.

Estella's Vegan Dessert Boutique

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.

Detroit Vegan Soul

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.

NeeHee's Indian Vegetarian Street Food

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.

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