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Where to Eat Meat-Free in Metro Detroit

An essential guide to vegetarian and vegan dining in the Motor City

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It’s undeniably a good time to be a vegetarian in Detroit. The region, like the rest of the country, has been swept up in a wave of new vegan options. Restaurants with increasingly creative meatless menus are popping up around town and others tailored to omnivores are giving more and more consideration to the tastes of their vegan and vegetarian clientele. Finally vegetables are taking center stage. From “catfish” tofu to poutine to coney dogs, below find 21 reliable spots for top notch vegetarian meals in metro Detroit.

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1. Detroit Vegan Soul

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8029 Agnes St
Detroit, MI 48214
(313) 444-9402
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Now with two locations, Detroit Vegan Soul serves plant-based versions of comforting soul food favorites. Feast on dishes like hush puppies, “catfish” tofu, smothered tempeh. Many of the options are gluten-free and soy-free for customers with more specific dietary needs.

2. Norma G's

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14628 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48215
(313) 290-2938
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While not completely vegetarian, roughly a quarter of the menu at this Jefferson Chalmers Trinidadian restaurant is incidentally vegan. Feast on Caribbean comfort foods like curry with potatoes, chickpeas, and green beans or cou-cou and callaloo — a blend of polenta, okra, and spinach.

3. Russell Street Deli

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2465 Russell St
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 567-2900
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There's always a bit of a wait on market days, but the food here is worth it. Items like the vegan coney dogs and the grilled vegetable sandwich are good bets, but Russell Street’s soups are what really set them apart from the rest. For brunch, don’t miss the vegan banana brown sugar waffles and the vegetarian hash.

4. 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 now serving up coney dogs and other meatless Coney Island favorites in Brush Park. Diners can fill up on vegan options like chili cheese fries, beetball subs slathered in marinara sauce, and a Big Mock made with a Beyond Burger patty.

5. Seva

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66 E Forest Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 974-6661
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Tucked away in the Sugar Hill Arts District, Detroit’s Seva outpost is an all vegetarian/vegan oasis with a little bit of everything on the menu. Choose from items like the “TLT” — a BLT wrap made with grilled tempeh and dressed up with plenty of guacamole — or try the stir-fried pad thai with tofu, sprouts, and spicy sesame-lime-cilantro sauce. Seva is also known for its excellent happy hour deals.

6. Cass Café

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4620 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 831-1400
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This eclectic Cass Corridor eatery is known for its lentil burger, but there’s plenty more for vegetarians to enjoy such as the vegetarian burrito that comes jam-packed with beans, rice, and vegetables. Many of the seasonal soups are also served sans meat.

7. Pie-Sci

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5163 Trumbull Ave
Detroit, MI 48208
(313) 818-0290
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Woodbridge’s neighborhood pizzeria serves both square and round pies covered in creative toppings. Vegans and vegetarians aren’t left behind as many of the special pies can be made vegetarian or vegan such as the Veggie D with red sauce, mushrooms, red onion, bell peppers, artichokes, and mozzarella.

8. The Nosh Pit

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2995 Yemans St
Hamtramck, MI 48212

This local vegetarian food truck recently settled down part-time on Friday evenings in Hamtramck with a brick-and-mortar restaurant on Yemans St. The Nosh Pit’s menu features options like potato, beet, and carrot latkes; red pepper pesto sandwiches; and macaroni with vegan cheese. The restaurant also regularly hosts pop-ups from other vegan restaurants such as the recently departed Om Cafe.

9. PJ's Lager House

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1254 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-4668
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PJ's Lager House is a dive bar with a cheap cover and loud band on any given evening, but they also have an underrated and extensive vegetarian menu with options like vegan burritos and tempeh reubens. For brunch, there’s a tofu scramble and vegan biscuits and gravy.

10. The Brooklyn Street Local

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1266 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 262-6547
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With many meatless options, Brooklyn Street Local is a can’t miss choice for brunch on the weekends. They even make a vegetarian version of their famous poutine with vegan mushroom gravy and organic cheese curds over crispy french fries. Trade the cheese curds for Daiya cheese to make it vegan. For something sweet, check out the vegan banana-walnut pancakes.

11. Ima

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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 on at Ima. Roughly half of the Asian-influenced menu is comprised of 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.

12. Takoi

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2520 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 855-2864
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While not strictly vegetarian, Takoi's Thai-influenced menu delivers a respectable selection of flavorful, meatless dishes. Don't miss the chickpea tofu and the khanom krok (coconut pancakes).

13. Rocky's Road Brew Detroit

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4426 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 207-6287
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Southwest Detroit food truck Rocky’s Road Brew serves up vegan tacos, vegan doughnuts, and smoothies Tuesday through Saturday at the corner of West Vernor and Clark. The tacos come with fillings like vegan al pastor, fried avocado, and black bean. A brick-and-mortar location is also in the works nearby.

14. NeeHee's

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45656 Ford Rd
Canton, MI 48187
(248) 471-0604
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This strictly vegetarian eatery 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. The restaurant also includes a menu dedicated to vegan dishes. Now with locations in Canton and Troy, it’s even easier to get a Neehee’s fix.

15. Chive Kitchen

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33043 Grand River Ave
Farmington, MI 48336
(248) 516-7144
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Head to Farmington’s Chive Kitchen for vegan food with West Coast and Portuguese influences. The menu cycles regularly, so patrons can always expect something a little different during each visit such as fried portobello steak or the seitan corned beef reuben sandwich. The restaurant also features a full bar.

16. Taste of Ethiopia

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28639 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI 48034
(248) 905-5560
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This popular Southfield-based Ethiopian restaurant offers an impressive lunch buffet and lots of vegan-friendly dishes. Spring for the vegetarian combination plate during dinner for $16 and mix and match the vegetarian stews and lentils with a side of injera bread. This spot also offers cocktails, wine, and beer in addition to Ethiopian tea and coffee.

17. Try It Raw

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213 E Maple Rd
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 593-6994
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This casual cafe in Birmingham specializes in raw and organic vegan food paired with fresh juices and smoothies. During breakfast, the restaurant serves up chocolate chia pudding or an acai bowl and transitions into options like cabbage chip “nachos” and avocado rolls in the afternoon.

18. 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.

19. Inn Season Cafe

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500 E 4th St
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 547-7916
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Tucked away from Royal Oak's crowded main drag, this metro area vegetarian institution has been operating since 1981. The menu ranges from big satisfying tempeh burgers to pizzas to burritos , and macrobiotic plates.

20. Greenspace Cafe

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215 W Nine Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 206-7510
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Operated by plant-based diet advocate and cardiologist Joel Kahn and his son Daniel, GreenSpace has taken the metro Detroit vegan scene by storm launching a food truck and, a fast-casual Royal Oak spinoff. The upscale menu features options like vegan cheese boards, barbecue jackfruit sandwiches, quinoa-red lentil burgers, and mushroom gnocchi. Items are carefully categorized based on allergies so diners looking for nut-free and gluten-free options can find something to eat. The restaurant also has a full bar.

21. The Blue Nile

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545 W Nine Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 547-6699
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Enjoy a variety of filling vegetarian dishes with their crepe-like injera bread and try a glass of the Ethiopian tea on the side. Go all out with the ultra-filling vegetarian feast for $18 per person.

1. Detroit Vegan Soul

8029 Agnes St, Detroit, MI 48214

Now with two locations, Detroit Vegan Soul serves plant-based versions of comforting soul food favorites. Feast on dishes like hush puppies, “catfish” tofu, smothered tempeh. Many of the options are gluten-free and soy-free for customers with more specific dietary needs.

8029 Agnes St
Detroit, MI 48214

2. Norma G's

14628 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48215

While not completely vegetarian, roughly a quarter of the menu at this Jefferson Chalmers Trinidadian restaurant is incidentally vegan. Feast on Caribbean comfort foods like curry with potatoes, chickpeas, and green beans or cou-cou and callaloo — a blend of polenta, okra, and spinach.

14628 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48215

3. Russell Street Deli

2465 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207

There's always a bit of a wait on market days, but the food here is worth it. Items like the vegan coney dogs and the grilled vegetable sandwich are good bets, but Russell Street’s soups are what really set them apart from the rest. For brunch, don’t miss the vegan banana brown sugar waffles and the vegetarian hash.

2465 Russell St
Detroit, MI 48207

4. Chili Mustard Onions

3411 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48201

Vegan comfort food spot Chili Mustard Onions is now serving up coney dogs and other meatless Coney Island favorites in Brush Park. Diners can fill up on vegan options like chili cheese fries, beetball subs slathered in marinara sauce, and a Big Mock made with a Beyond Burger patty.

3411 Brush St
Detroit, MI 48201

5. Seva

66 E Forest Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Tucked away in the Sugar Hill Arts District, Detroit’s Seva outpost is an all vegetarian/vegan oasis with a little bit of everything on the menu. Choose from items like the “TLT” — a BLT wrap made with grilled tempeh and dressed up with plenty of guacamole — or try the stir-fried pad thai with tofu, sprouts, and spicy sesame-lime-cilantro sauce. Seva is also known for its excellent happy hour deals.

66 E Forest Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

6. Cass Café

4620 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

This eclectic Cass Corridor eatery is known for its lentil burger, but there’s plenty more for vegetarians to enjoy such as the vegetarian burrito that comes jam-packed with beans, rice, and vegetables. Many of the seasonal soups are also served sans meat.

4620 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

7. Pie-Sci

5163 Trumbull Ave, Detroit, MI 48208

Woodbridge’s neighborhood pizzeria serves both square and round pies covered in creative toppings. Vegans and vegetarians aren’t left behind as many of the special pies can be made vegetarian or vegan such as the Veggie D with red sauce, mushrooms, red onion, bell peppers, artichokes, and mozzarella.

5163 Trumbull Ave
Detroit, MI 48208

8. The Nosh Pit

2995 Yemans St, Hamtramck, MI 48212

This local vegetarian food truck recently settled down part-time on Friday evenings in Hamtramck with a brick-and-mortar restaurant on Yemans St. The Nosh Pit’s menu features options like potato, beet, and carrot latkes; red pepper pesto sandwiches; and macaroni with vegan cheese. The restaurant also regularly hosts pop-ups from other vegan restaurants such as the recently departed Om Cafe.

2995 Yemans St
Hamtramck, MI 48212

9. PJ's Lager House

1254 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

PJ's Lager House is a dive bar with a cheap cover and loud band on any given evening, but they also have an underrated and extensive vegetarian menu with options like vegan burritos and tempeh reubens. For brunch, there’s a tofu scramble and vegan biscuits and gravy.

1254 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

10. The Brooklyn Street Local

1266 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

With many meatless options, Brooklyn Street Local is a can’t miss choice for brunch on the weekends. They even make a vegetarian version of their famous poutine with vegan mushroom gravy and organic cheese curds over crispy french fries. Trade the cheese curds for Daiya cheese to make it vegan. For something sweet, check out the vegan banana-walnut pancakes.

1266 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

11. Ima

2015 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

Chef Mike Ransom grew up eating vegetarian and that experience shines through on at Ima. Roughly half of the Asian-influenced menu is comprised of 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.

2015 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

12. Takoi

2520 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

While not strictly vegetarian, Takoi's Thai-influenced menu delivers a respectable selection of flavorful, meatless dishes. Don't miss the chickpea tofu and the khanom krok (coconut pancakes).

2520 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

13. Rocky's Road Brew Detroit

4426 Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209

Southwest Detroit food truck Rocky’s Road Brew serves up vegan tacos, vegan doughnuts, and smoothies Tuesday through Saturday at the corner of West Vernor and Clark. The tacos come with fillings like vegan al pastor, fried avocado, and black bean. A brick-and-mortar location is also in the works nearby.

4426 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

14. NeeHee's

45656 Ford Rd, Canton, MI 48187

This strictly vegetarian eatery 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. The restaurant also includes a menu dedicated to vegan dishes. Now with locations in Canton and Troy, it’s even easier to get a Neehee’s fix.

45656 Ford Rd
Canton, MI 48187

15. Chive Kitchen

33043 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI 48336

Head to Farmington’s Chive Kitchen for vegan food with West Coast and Portuguese influences. The menu cycles regularly, so patrons can always expect something a little different during each visit such as fried portobello steak or the seitan corned beef reuben sandwich. The restaurant also features a full bar.

33043 Grand River Ave
Farmington, MI 48336

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16. Taste of Ethiopia

28639 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48034

This popular Southfield-based Ethiopian restaurant offers an impressive lunch buffet and lots of vegan-friendly dishes. Spring for the vegetarian combination plate during dinner for $16 and mix and match the vegetarian stews and lentils with a side of injera bread. This spot also offers cocktails, wine, and beer in addition to Ethiopian tea and coffee.

28639 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI 48034

17. Try It Raw

213 E Maple Rd, Birmingham, MI 48009

This casual cafe in Birmingham specializes in raw and organic vegan food paired with fresh juices and smoothies. During breakfast, the restaurant serves up chocolate chia pudding or an acai bowl and transitions into options like cabbage chip “nachos” and avocado rolls in the afternoon.

213 E Maple Rd
Birmingham, MI 48009

18. 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.

204 W 4th St
Royal Oak, MI 48067

19. Inn Season Cafe

500 E 4th St, Royal Oak, MI 48067

Tucked away from Royal Oak's crowded main drag, this metro area vegetarian institution has been operating since 1981. The menu ranges from big satisfying tempeh burgers to pizzas to burritos , and macrobiotic plates.

500 E 4th St
Royal Oak, MI 48067

20. Greenspace Cafe

215 W Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220

Operated by plant-based diet advocate and cardiologist Joel Kahn and his son Daniel, GreenSpace has taken the metro Detroit vegan scene by storm launching a food truck and, a fast-casual Royal Oak spinoff. The upscale menu features options like vegan cheese boards, barbecue jackfruit sandwiches, quinoa-red lentil burgers, and mushroom gnocchi. Items are carefully categorized based on allergies so diners looking for nut-free and gluten-free options can find something to eat. The restaurant also has a full bar.

215 W Nine Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220

21. The Blue Nile

545 W Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220

Enjoy a variety of filling vegetarian dishes with their crepe-like injera bread and try a glass of the Ethiopian tea on the side. Go all out with the ultra-filling vegetarian feast for $18 per person.

545 W Nine Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220

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