After closing the doors after their final dinner rush, Om café has gracefully bowed out of the vegan/vegetarian culinary game after 33 years. The quaint green space has been a staple piece for those with “animal-friendly” dietary restrictions and will be missed by all those meatless eaters in the metro Detroit area. To bring a little peace of mind to all those mourning the loss of their favorite go-to location- Think313 has compiled a list of other local vegan/vegetarian locations for you to try out.
Chili Mustard Onions – Brush Park
Detroit’s first original vegan Coney Island opens this week, August 1st. Hoping to bring an alternative to Coney Island lovers, the new restaurant swaps out alternatives for classics such as gyros and coney dogs. Exactly what are these alternatives? Instead of using the classic meat mystery for their dogs, Chef Pete LaCombe will be using pea and soy protein as it’s replacement.
SEVA – Midtown, Ann Arbor
Being their second location after Ann Arbor, the vegetarian hot spot offers options from classic appetizers to Mexican and Asian dishes. Items such as The Beyond Burger are prepared with a plant protein patty to mimic and taste of a real beef option with sustainability and animal welfare in mind. Other options include tempeh, tofu, gluten-free, and vegan options for all their dishes.
Chive Kitchen – Farmington
This location on Grand River offers West Coast and Portuguese influences in their all vegan dishes. Their everchanging menu allows a little excitement for their regulars, so as a warning, what you see one week may not be there the next. The kitchen occasionally pairs up with local breweries to create a unique full course meal for culinary connoisseurs to enjoy in the Metro Detroit area.
Detroit Vegan Soul – West Village, Rosedale Park
Bringing soul food to Detroiters since 2012, this vegan hot spot offers different options at each of their locations. The Soul Platter, consisting of mac-n-cheese, smoked collards, maple glazed yams, black-eyed peas, and cornbread, is the plant-based haven for those looking for something to fill your bellies and spirit.
Turmerican – Novi
This vegetarian, Indian style establishment has been serving up all your favorite dishes such as curries and chaat since 2013. What’s better? During the lunch rush, Turmerican offers a fully stocked lunch buffet option that allows you to eat until you drop at your own pace. Tumerican also offers a more “hands-on” option with their platters, asking you to eat this sans utensils.
Neehee’s – Canton
Another vegetarian hotspot, Neehee’s offers a variety of street foods, burgers, sandwiches, and authentic dishes popular in the Indian culture. The menu also has a large variety of Indochinese options, swapping their meat options out with items such as Paneer, cauliflower, or tofu.
Cacao Tree Café – Royal Oak
Sitting alongside the railroad tracks in Royal Oak, the modest location offers mainly superfood smoothies, shots, and juices for their passing patrons. If you’re looking for a quick bite, the location also serves up salads and wraps.
The Clean Plate – Shelby Township
The sister location to Cacao Tree Café, The Clean Plate is a casual dining location with similar wraps, salads, and smoothies in addition to soups, plates of pasta, and sandwiches their Royal Oak location does not offer. This vegetarian spot also offers cooking classes to bring out your inner Emeril in the comforts of your own kitchen.
Greenspace Café – Ferndale
The newest location to hit Metro Detroit was founded by no other than cardiologist Joel Kahn M.D. His passion for healing the heart with the use of a plant-based diet is brought to light at his vegan haven. With a full menu and key, each diner can sort through options suitable for any type of dietary restriction.
By Victoria Tsai
Marketing Analyst at JMJ Phillip Group