The midwestern home of the Big House (aka Michigan Stadium) is more than just a cool college town. Its popularity has increased in recent years due to the growing farm-to-table and plant-based movements. This friendly community surrounded by farmland has become more eclectic in its restaurant offerings, reflecting the multicultural diversity of the population. In the Tree town of Ann Arbor, Michigan, you will find savory Turkish cuisine, Cuban street food, delicious ramen noodles, and Indian-French influenced delicacies prepared by award-winning chefs. The icing on the (non-dairy) cake is the myriad vegan options visitors now have in Michigan’s jewel.
Whether you are visiting your favorite student at the University of Michigan (U of M), or taking a trip to check out the campus before applying, spend the weekend exploring the city’s top-notch attractions and make sure to dine at some of these amazing, vegan and vegan-friendly establishments.
THE LUNCH ROOM
Get your vegan comfort food fix at the vegan restaurant The Lunch Room in Kerrytown with options including the Chicago Dog, Chili Mac, and the Beet Burger, all composed of plant-based meats and nut cheeses made in house and sourced locally. Owners Phillis Engelbert and Joel Panozzo opened the establishment in 2013 and business was so good that they expanded to The Lunch Room Bakery & Cafe, in the Huron Towers Apartments (2200 Fuller Court), steps away from U of M North Campus. The bakery serves mouthwatering sundaes, floats, and ice-cream sandwiches; you’ll realize how good you can have it and still be vegan! 407 N 5th Ave.
DETROIT FILLING STATION
With the success of the two Lunch Room locations, the owners expanded their vegan empire to a third location at The Detroit Filling Station (DFS). The inviting space was previously occupied by Argiero’s Family Italian Restaurant for 40 years, and before that was the site of the historic Staebler Family Oil Company filling station. It now serves as the perfect spot for a date night or brunch get together, where you can enjoy a juicy Seitan Steak with mashed potatoes, or binge on faux Carnitas soft tacos with vegan cheese. Don’t leave without trying their Southeast Asian Fried Bananas. DFS is twice the size of The Lunch Room and takes reservations for parties of all sizes. You can dine under the covered outdoor patio during warm weather when the sun sets late into the night at this vegan restaurant in Ann Arbor. 300 Detroit St.