As we all know, there are always going to be those days where you just feel tired and lazy and don’t particularly want to spend all day slaving away over a stove. Sadly, the truth is it can sometimes be challenging to find good vegan food on the go. That is why I am so happy that I live in Ann Arbor as it is a lot more veg friendly! Here are three of the best Ann Arbor restaurants to ever grace us vegans!
1. The Lunch Room
407 N. 5th Avenue, Ann Arbor MI. 48104
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Friday – 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday – 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Lunch Room started out as a food cart operating during the 2011/2012 seasons in the downtown Ann Arbor food cart courtyard, Mark’s Carts. It was there that it developed and fine-tuned a menu. Voted “Best Food Cart” in Current Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Awards in October 2012, the Lunch Room wrapped up its season at Mark’s Carts and decided to expand their business by opening a restaurant in August 2013.
Now located in Kerrytown and most accessible from the parking lot at Kingsley St. and 4th Avenue, this tiny little hideaway is tucked between shops and has an adorable little patio out front where guests can sit and eat. Vines and fresh herbs hang from the walls, and the brightly colored furniture gives the restaurant a quaint and cozy appearance. As soon as you enter the doors of The Lunch Room, you know that you’re about to partake in good home cooking.
Whether you are visiting The Lunch Room for the first time or the umpteenth time, you are sure to enjoy the experience. Offering lunch, dinner, and fresh baked goods daily, Saturday breakfast, and Sunday brunch, this restaurant has it all. Personally my favorite is Sunday brunch. The biscuit “sausage and gravy” made with a herb infused seitan sausage patty and fresh sage gravy on a homemade biscuit makes my mouth water and is perhaps the only thing I can justify hopping onto I-94 and driving across town for on an early Sunday morning. Their curry-roasted potatoes make an excellent choice for a side dish. They also make the best pancakes I’ve ever tasted; light and fluffy, served with the freshest fruit you’ll ever taste, and topped with real maple syrup.
For lunch they offer vegan mac and cheese, with “cheese” made from butternut squash and red peppers. It is then baked with an almond, lemon zest and sesame seed topping. Their 12″ Tuck & Roll Burrito is another favorite featuring cumin-lime rice, Cuban black beans, pico de gallo, cashew sour cream, lettuce and avocado. For dessert why not try one of their house-made donuts, ice cream sandwiches, root beer floats, or cookies? They also offer a vast assortment of daily cakes, tarts and pies to eat in or carry out.
Dinner specials start daily at 5 p.m. as follows:
Monday- Sushi Night
Tuesday -Taco Night
Wednesday – Mediterranean/Italian Night
Thursday – Asian/Indian Night
Friday – Pasties and live jazz
Saturday – Pizza Night
2541 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor MI. 48104
Sunday – Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Getting its start at 314 E. Liberty in downtown Ann Arbor in 1973, Seva is a vegetarian/vegan restaurant offering a full bar, fresh juice and coffee bar, and has a friendly, casual atmosphere that you’re sure to love! Saturday, March 15th 2014 will be their last day at the E. Liberty location that they have resided at for the past 40 years, as they are getting ready to move to their new Jackson Road location in Ann Arbor. The restaurant will be announcing a grand opening date soon. In the meantime you can email them at [email protected] to stay updated about the big move. They also have a location in Detroit (66 E. Forest St. between Woodward and John R. near Warren) in case you want to take a road trip and try their food during the transition.
Seva offers a variety of dishes including vegetarian ethnic cuisines (most dishes can also be made vegan upon request). Try one of their tofu dishes featured on their breakfast menu or get started with an appetizer. I highly recommend the General Tso’s Cauliflower. This lightly tempura battered treat comes chucked full of sesame seeds and is served with a sweet and sour chili sauce that is to die for! If that doesn’t strike your fancy why not try the nachos? Fresh corn chips smothered in green onions, fresh tomatoes, jalapenos, pinto beans and your choice of cheese (cheddar jack or vegan Daiya) and topped off with house-made tomato salsa.
On the lunch and dinner menu are a variety of sandwiches to choose from, everything from a tempeh meatball sub topped with vegan mozzarella shreds, a thick and delicious tempeh or portabella burger, or the famous TLT which features tempeh, guacamole, tomatoes and shredded romaine and your choice of cheese wrapped in whole wheat. Sides include delicious French fries, (regular or yam), or even sautéed tofu. My absolute favorite dish, however, is the Burrito. This burrito comes either vegetarian or vegan and is filled to the brim with Mexican rice, pinto beans and corn cilantro lime salsa in a whole-wheat tortilla. Topped with spicy tomato sauce and your choice of either Chihuahua or vegan Daiya cheddar, it is huge and packed with flavor.
3. Jazzy Veggie
108 S. Main St. Ann Arbor, MI. 48104
Monday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday – 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Jazzy Veggie offers a 100% plant-based cuisine and has a wide variety of different dishes to choose from both vegetarian and vegan. Located in downtown Ann Arbor and specializing in comfort food, their restaurant menu is geared toward meatless options kicked up a notch with tons of flavor. They offer many unique appetizers such as their pot stickers, which are filled with soy protein, cabbage, carrots, peas, and served with a sweet chili dipping sauce. Or if you are feeling adventurous why not try their Krab Cakes? Seasoned and breaded soy and vegetable cutlets served with remoulade sauce.
This restaurant has it all! Everything from vegan “chicken” nuggets to coconut curry vegetables. For just $8 you can get a sweet potato quinoa burger seasoned with roasted garlic and fresh herbs, topped with lettuce, red onions, red curry dressing and served with a pickle and soup or house salad. Other burger choices include black bean burgers, beet and brown rice-lentil patties, Chickpea carrot patties, or Agave “Chicken” patties smothered in BBQ sauce. Jazzy Veggie also offers many sandwich, wrap and pizza options. Their dinner menu includes Spinach and Potato Quesadillas, which feature peppers, onions, roasted potatoes, and is served with guacamole, vegan sour cream and taco sauce. Yum!