Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada
§ Reviewer's choice
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Canton, Dearborn Heights, Farmington Hills, and Livonia.)
311 S. 5th Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Vegetarian/Indian. Earthen Jar offers inexpensive but satisfying Indian cuisine that is completely vegetarian and mostly vegan. A wide range of dishes are offered and food is served buffet-style; guests pay by the pound. Earthen Jar is located near the Ann Arbor District Library.
216 N. 4th Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Café. Café Verde at People's Food Co-op features a Food Bar with super-fresh organic salad ingredients, hot soups, sides, beans and rice, vegetarian sandwiches, and entrées. Some hot items are only available for lunch and dinner, but you can enjoy bagels with dairyless cream cheese, hummus, or sunflower sprouts or their vegan and dairyless cookies, cakes, and pastries at any time.
2541 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Vegetarian/Mexican. We've been told Seva offers some of the best Mexican food in Michigan, and it's all vegetarian! Menu headings include small courses, salads, soups, Mexican specialties, Oriental specialties, sandwiches, beverages and blended drinks. Vegan options are clearly indicated on the menu. As an appetizer, try the Yam Fries or the Cold Sesame Noodles. For an entrée, enjoy the Melanzana Rustico (grilled eggplant over noodles with olive oil). They are located in the Westgate Shopping Center at the corner of Jackson and Maple.
307 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Indian. Shalimar specializes in North Indian cuisine and offers many vegetarian options. Located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor on Main Street, the restaurant is between Liberty and William. Shalimar is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
Xxxx, Ann Arbor, MI 48178
Vegan/food truck. 100% vegan and gluten free food truck. Serves burgers, fries, nachos, and shakes. Serving South East Michigan around Ann Arbor, Detroit, Dearborn, and more. Visit their website to see where they are each day.
221 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Ethiopian. The Blue Nile's authentic Ethiopian cuisine includes many vegetarian options. In fact, their vegetarian dishes are also vegan as they use vegetable oil, not ghee. The Vegetarian Feast is all-you-can-eat and includes cabbage, collard greens, and red, green & yellow lentils.
407 N. 5th Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
2200 Fuller Ct., Ann Arbor, MI 48015
Vegan/eclectic. The Lunch Room strives to provide diverse vegan dishes that are appetizing to your taste buds as well as your wallet. Enjoy foods such as BBQ Tofu Sliders, Mac & 'Cheese,' Tempeh Reuben, and Pad Thai. Dinner specials and bakery items do rotate, so check their online menu before you head to the restaurant. Outdoor seating is available. The Lunch Room is located in Kerrytown Market & Shops. A second location opened in 2015 inside Huron towers within steps of the U-M North Campus and VA Hospital. This location is a bakery and café. The second location is open Monday through Saturday for breakfast and lunch. They are closed Sunday.
3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Natural foods store/deli. This gourmet natural foods deli offers organic salads, vegan entrées, daily soups, a salad bar, and a bakery.
5275 Beckley Rd., Battle Creek, MI 49015
Vegetarian/natural foods store. Apple Valley Natural Foods is a completely vegetarian natural foods store. Enjoy their hot food bar, deli, and salad bar.
205 3rd St., Bay City, MI 48708
American. Heather's Restaurant serves "food that will suit everyone's needs, be it vegan, vegetarian, or meat eater!" Prices are good and daily specials are noted on the blackboard. Don't miss their delicious Oatmeal Bar! Heather's is located in downtown Bay City.
Campus Center, U.S. Hwy. 31 N., Berrien Springs, MI 49104
Vegetarian/cafeteria. Cyclical menu changes feature soups, main dishes, hot food selections, plus an extensive salad bar and desserts. Soy- and gluten-based meat analogs are utilized in many dishes.
9067 US Highway 31, Berrien Springs, MI 49103
Vegetarian/natural foods store. This location is directly across from the Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds. See description under Battle Creek, MI.
213 E. Maple Rd., Birmingham, MI 48009
Vegan/raw foods. Enjoy Chocolate Chia Pudding or Sunshine Cereal for breakfast. Try their Arugula Salad, Broccoli Slaw or Kale Salad along with an entrée such as Marc's Noodles, El Burrito, Los Tacos, or Nori Roll. Finally, be sure to try one of their fresh juices or smoothies.
215 N. Mitchell St., Cadillac, MI 49601
Vegetarian/natural foods store. See description under Battle Creek, MI.
22681 Newman, Dearborn, MI 48124
Middle Eastern. This restaurant, known for its good food and service, serves hummus, tabbouleh, baba ghanouj, falafel, and other favorites. Parking is arranged for customers.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Ferndale, Grosse Pointe, Harper Woods, Livonia, Roseville, Royal Oak, Southfield, Troy, Warren, and West Bloomfield.)
1800 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216
Tavern. This Tavern/Grill offers several vegan options including Chickpea Salad, Veggie Burger, Beet Tartare, Mushroom Ceviche, along with soup and salads.
8029 Agnes St., Detroit, MI 48214
Vegan/soul food. Detroit Vegan Soul is a 100% plant-based restaurant featuring "Soul Food Made from Whole Food." They use organic and local ingredients as much as possible and do not use additives or preservatives. Enjoy delicious selections like their "Catfish" Tofu, Smothered Tempeh, or Seitan Pepper Steak. The restaurant is located in historic West Village. Cash only.
18700 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48203
Vegetarian/natural foods/organic. Enjoy sandwiches, salads, soups, and more at this vegetarian café located inside the Innate Healing Arts Center. They frequently feature evening events including meditation, drum circles, and jazz; the café stays open later on those nights. Call ahead or check their website to see if anything is scheduled.
66 E. Forest Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
Vegetarian/Mexican. See description under Ann Arbor, MI.
4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
Vegetarian/café. Topsoil is a mostly vegan and completely vegetarian café located in the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). Hands-down the most popular food is their Vegan Coney Tofu Dawg! Other selections include curry, soba, soups, salads, and the Zombie Tofu Dawg (made of housemade peanut butter and vegan kimchi). Prices are very inexpensive.
511 W. Canfield St., Detroit, MI 48201
Brewpub. The menu changes weekly at this natural foods eatery, but there are always vegetarian entrées and usually vegan options as well. Seasonal and local foods are emphasized. Homemade breads and brews are also offered. The service here is friendly. Traffic Jam is located on the corner of Canfield and Second Avenue, just south of Wayne State University. Plenty of free parking is always available.
2228 Wealthy SE, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Lebanese. Osta's offers a variety of vegetarian selections. Choose from appetizers like cucumber lebneh (Lebanese yogurt, diced cucumber, garlic, and mint) to lubyee (green beans sautéed with tomatoes, onions, and garlic in tomato sauce). Entrées include moudardara (lentils and rice sautéed in olive oil and onion) and hummus sandwiches made from pita bread.
218 Abbott Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823
American. Located near the north side of the Michigan State University campus, this restaurant offers a decent selection of vegetarian options in an environment decorated with paintings and sculptures by local artists. You can choose from the "Vegomatic" Sandwich, Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili, Vegetarian Manicotti, a Wild Mushroom Napolean, the Spinach and Dried Cherry Salad with walnuts and bleu cheese, and more. Note that the Black Bean Burger does contain eggs.
Hannah Plaza, 4790 S. Hagadorn Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823
Middle Eastern/Mediterranean. This restaurant offers about 20 vegetarian options, including stuffed grape leaves, hummus, baba ganouj, and falafel.
33043 Grand River Ave., Farmington, MI 48336
Vegetarian/eclectic. Chive Kitchen has a little bit of everything on a menu that changes frequently, but always promises plenty of vegan options. In fact, the food menu is almost entirely vegan-friendly, except for the option of adding a Portuguese fried egg to some breakfast dishes, or adding whole milk to a coffee drink.They also strive to use the freshest local produce, and source their draft beers and liquors from Michigan makers.
22651 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, MI 48220
Lebanese. Anita’s Kitchen is a family owned Lebanese Café. They offer vegetarian, gluten free and organic options. The nice outdoor patio is great for dining during the warmer days. Tasty vegetarian dishes include savory Tomato Kibbeh and freshly prepared Falafel with lettuce, tomato, chopped parsley, pickled turnips, and tahini sauce.
215 W. 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale, MI 48220
Vegan. GreenSpace Café is an artisanal plant-based, farm-to-table restaurant and craft cocktail bar located in Downtown Ferndale. Opened by a cardiologist, this earthy restaurant combines fine dining and heart-healthy living, but doesn’t mind luxuriating in a specialty mixed beverage to compliment all those wonderful plants filling your plate. You may even find house-made vegan cheeses available on their ever-changing menu.
23136 N. Woodward Ave., Ferndale, MI 48220
Macrobiotic/organic. The Om Café offers terrific macrobiotic food, including a good range of vegetarian and vegan dishes. They use locally-sourced and organic ingredients whenever possible. Try the Buddhist Priest Stir-Fry with choice of Tofu or Seitan Sauté. Reservations are accepted.
545 W. 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale, MI 48220
Ethiopian. See description under Ann Arbor, MI.
22965 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, MI 48220
Ice cream parlor. Treat Dreams is a micro-creamery that uses local ingredients. Everything is handmade. For their vegan ice cream, they use coconut as a base. Their current vegan flavors (they are always changing) are Pina Colada, Cookies and Cream (made with rice milk), and Orange Juice Sorbet.
28636 Ford Rd., Garden City, MI 48135
Vegetarian/Indian. Krishna Catering & Restaurant features vegetarian food on their extensive menu. Some dishes contain forms of cow's milk, so vegans should inquire about ingredients before ordering. An incredible lunch buffet is held on weekdays with lots of food for not a lot of money. Krishna is located between Inkster and Middlebelt Roads.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see East Grand Rapids.)
6070 Kalamazoo Ave., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Vegetarian/natural foods store. See description under Battle Creek, MI.
6 Jefferson Ave., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Vegetarian/organic/raw foods. Bartertown Diner is a worker-owned and operated vegetarian eatery. They feature local, organic, and seasonal ingredients on their mostly vegan and raw foods menu. Try sandwiches like the Chickpea Melt, 'Meatball' Hoagie, and Squash Reuben. Bartertown is eco-conscious and offers a discount if you bring your own take-out containers. Outdoor seating is available. Reservations are accepted.
1420 Lake Dr., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Indian/Pakistani. This casual yet romantic Indian and Pakistani restaurant is among the best in the area. It offers a wide range of vegetarian fare, including Kafta Dilkush (vegetarian dumplings), Saag (spinach stuffed bread), Kormas, Kabobs, and Onion Bajia. Outdoor seating is available.
1017 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Italian. This family owned and operated business isn’t your typical pizza shop. Brick Road Pizza offers an extensive variety of vegan dishes. All vegan dishes are made with Daiya cheese. As for toppings, Brick Road Pizza offers a hefty list of fruits and vegetables as well as faux meat toppings such as Seitan pepperoni, seasoned tofu, tempeh bacon, faux turkey, black bean crumbles and tempeh sausage. For dessert, vegan chocolate chip cookies are a customer favorite.
834 Cherry St., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Deli/café. Cherry Deli's menu has over 80 different types of sandwiches - with many vegetarian and vegan selections. Each item is named after a different street or landmark in Grand Rapids. Try anything from the Briarwood (a vegan falafel panini) to the Woodmere (a vegetarian tapenade wrap). Check out the salad selections and the rotating soup menu, which feature a handful of veggie-friendly options.
209 Diamond Ave., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Vegetarian/natural foods. This restaurant is actually vegetarian, though most of the regulars are not. Gaia Café offers delightfully fresh food, including the veggie hash, which is a mound of colorful vegetables smothered in melted cheese and blended with a hint of garlic (can be made vegan). Many of the menu items are made fresh in-house, including focaccia and corn breads, as well as the infamous Gaia cookies (which are vegan) and chock-full of everything that makes cookies so good. House recipe soups and nightly dinner specials ranging from polenta to pasta, keep even the most carnivorous coming back for more. Featured dishes include the Mean Green Burrito, Sun-Dried Tomato-Artichoke Dip, and the Suicide Juice to drink.
956 E. Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Vegetarian/Ethiopian. This excellent restaurant serves delicious, mostly vegan dishes, including spiced peas, gomen (greens), potatoes, cabbage, lentiles, split peas, flax seed dishes, and beets with injera, Ethopian bread that is used instead of utensils. Juices, coffees, and teas are also available. Cash only.
1001-1003 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Deli. Marie Catrib's offers a bountiful array of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. They proudly support local farmers and strive to teach patrons that sustainability can fully satisfy both the taste buds and the soul. They can juice any fruit or vegetable. Marie Catrib's is located at East Hills Center.
13581 Red Arrow Hwy., Harbert, MI 49115
Middle Eastern. Located near Lake Michigan and a popular antiquing area, Café Gulistan offers many vegetarian and vegan options amidst its Middle Eastern and Meditteranean fare. Their menu includes sautéed vegetable dishes, baba ganouj, tabbouli, falalel, and much more. Reservations are recommended.
19872 Kelly Rd., Harper Woods, MI 48225
Middle Eastern. This Middle Eastern Restaurant offers an array of vegetarian meals. Try the Bulgur and Beans, Grapeleaves, or Meatless Kousa.
3013 W. Shore Dr., Ste. 70, Holland, MI 49424
Vegetarian/natural foods store. See description under Battle Creek, MI.
2103 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Vegetarian/organic. Fuel calls itself "unpredictably vegetarian; unequivocally community." Their eco-friendly menu is plant and grain-based and changes often as they strive to use fresh, local, and organic farm-to-fork food. They are quite vegan-friendly and offer many raw foods as well. Fuel is community-driven and offers on-the-job-training. Reservations are recommended.
Rose St. Market, 303 N. Rose St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Natural foods store/deli. This natural foods store's deli offers friendly service and such vegetarian options as soups, salads, freshly-made sandwiches, and veggie pesto pastas.
1710 W. Main St., Ste. D, Kalamazoo, MI 49006
Indian. Saffron is a very popular restaurant and quite veg-friendly. They offer dishes with eggplant, cauliflower, bell peppers, green peas, potatoes, chickpeas, raisins, lentils, and baby corn. They have many "Vegetable Delights' and quite a few are vegan. Saffron is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
517 N. 3rd St., Marquette, MI 49855
Café. This establishment offers quite a few vegan options for one that isn't vegetarian. For breakfast, choose from items like the Café Scramble (herbed tofu, broccoli, tomatoes, and onions served with potatoes and toast) or the Hot Winter Grain Cereal (oatmeal, wheat berries, brown rice, and millet topped with dried apricots, raisins, and toasted almonds). Lunch and dinner selections include Tabbouleh, the Hammondsport (greens topped with cauliflower, orange, and raisins), Tofu Stir-Fry, and the Trio Plate of Beans and Rice, Salsa, & Vegetables. They offer at least one vegetarian soup each day and have a children's menu. They are convenient to Northern Michigan University and close to the coast of Lake Superior.
210 W. Pickard St., Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
Vegetarian/natural foods/eclectic/tea bar. Dharma Mojo is a bright, eclectic, and modern vegetarian restaurant and tea bar. The menu is primarily vegan, and what is not can be made so. They offer a variety of flatbread sandwiches, all served on homemade sprouted wheat bread. Some items to try include an Edamame Puree Dip, Raw Zucchini Pasta, and vegan cheesecake. Make sure to enjoy a beverage from their tea bar which features an abundant variety of loose leaf specialty teas, all displayed in canisters along a shelved wall.
51111 Washington St., New Baltimore, MI 48047
Natural foods/organic/café. Although The Little Mustard Seed is not an all-veggie café, there are a ton of vegetarian and vegan selections. Enjoy pizza, soup, salads, sandwich wraps, and baked goods. They also feature almond, coconut, and rice milk options. Outdoor seating is available.
404 E. Main St., Niles, MI 49120
Vegan/raw foods/juice bar. Squeeze Juice Bar serves smoothies, juices, snacks, sweets, and more. This vegan and raw eatery offers fresh and natural treats. Located inside the Four Flags Hotel on the corner of 4th and Main, Squeeze is next door to Lipstick Jungle Spa.
600 Romence Rd., Portage, MI 49024
Indian. Indian Cuisine offers many vegetarian foods including Samosas, Vegetable Curry, Chana Masala, and Aloo Gobi.
204 W. 4th St., Royal Oak, MI 48067
Vegan/raw foods/juice bar. Cacao Tree Café wants you to eat your veggies! Enjoy an all-vegan menu of gourmet raw foods featuring organic and local ingredients. Everything is gluten-free as well. Cacao Tree specializes in vegan desserts and chocolates. The café is located in downtown Royal Oak on the northbound side of 4th Street, directly next to the railroad tracks. If you don't see their sign, look for the giant stained glass in the window.
500 E. 4th St., Royal Oak, MI 48067
Vegetarian/organic. Even some non-vegetarians call this the best restaurant in Michigan. Menu items include Scrambled Tofu, Black Bean Avocado Quesadillas, Three Mushroom Walnut Pizza, Seitan Sandwiches sautéed with onions and tamari, Cashew Ginger Stir-Fry, organic salads, and much more. Sugar-free desserts are also served. Note that the soy cheese here is not vegan. With dimly lit chandeliers, hardwood floors, and lace curtains, this restaurant is a great place for a special occasion.
45629 Hayes Rd., Shelby Township, MI 48315
Vegetarian/American. The Clean Plate has an eclectic menu featuring vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options. Many soups, salads, and sandwiches are available. Entrees include the Vegan Mac & Cheese, Burritos, and Thai Pasta Salad. They feature daily specials and desserts as well.
26025 Greenfield Rd., Southfield, MI 48076
Kosher/pizza. Jerusalem Pizza is a certified kosher pizza restaurant. Their vegetarian options include the Veggie Meatball Sandwich, Falafel Calzone, and Potato Jerusalem Pie.
205 Lake Ave., Traverse City, MI 49684
Macrobiotic/organic. The Traverse City location is closed between lunch/brunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. See description under Ferndale, MI.
260 E. Tenth St., Traverse City, MI 49684
Natural foods store/café. Oryana is a natural foods grocery store and cooperative. They have all the practical items you could need as well as a wide selection of bulk foods including rice, beans, nuts, snacks, granola, flour, teas, herbs, and spices. All of their produce is locally and organically-grown. In fact, Oryana is Michigan's first certified organic cooperative! Attached to the grocery store is the Lake Street Café which offers made-to-order sandwiches, salads, and fresh baked goods. Their grab-and-go case has lots of good vegan choices, and they use organic, local, and fair-trade ingredients whenever possible.
2880 W. Maple Rd., Troy, MI 48084
Natural foods store/deli. See description under Ann Arbor, MI.
6600 W. Maple Rd., West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Kosher/pizza. See description under Southfield, MI.
7350 Orchard Lake Rd., West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Natural foods store/deli. See description under Ann Arbor, MI.