Best Vegetarian Spots in Detroit
In honor of American Heart Month, BLAC Detroit searches for the city's top vegan and vegetarian-friendly eateries.
February is American Heart Month, which provides an opportunity to focus on heart disease, the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Some may take this time to revisit or initiate heart protection methods like reducing salt intake or cutting meat from diets as a way to eat more fruits and veggies. We surveyed our social media fans and readers to find the best Detroit eateries with tasty vegetarian or vegan menu options.
Here's what they dished:
488 Selden St., Detroit
This bar and grill in the Cass Corridor serves breafast, appetizers and sandwiches. Honest Johns' vegetarian menu includes the "Spinach Artichoke Melt," "Tomato Reuben" or the "Pocket O'Joy" -- a pita with spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta and hummus.
Honest Johns was mentioned multiple times by our Facebook fans. In addition to Seva and Goodwells, poet jessica Care moore recommends Honest Johns “for the late night.”
66 E. Forest Ave., Detroit
Seva received numerous accolades on our Facebook page. Seva Restaurant’s completely vegetarian menu has been around since 1973 when it’s first location opened in Ann Arbor.
Seva Detroit's main menu items include "General Tso’s Cauliflower," and Seva's children’s menu offers the choice between vegan mac or mac & cheese with organic white cheddar. Seva’s bar is stocked with juice, smoothies, milkshakes, wine, sodas made with beet sugar and signature cocktails.
Detroit Vegan Soul was among the top 4 finalists in the 2012 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest for entrepreneurs. The lunch and dinner delivery service plans to open Detroit’s first vegan soul café in the West Village neighborhood in spring 2013.
Until then, the curious can sample Detroit Vegan Soul’s menu on Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. The event, called “Soulful Sunday with Detroit Vegan Soul” offers vegan breakfast items ranging from a “Big Breakfast” – scrambled tofu, red skin onions, vegan sausage and mini banana nut muffins – to “Catfish” Tofu served with polenta “Cheez” grits and fresh fruit.
418 W. Willis St., Detroit
This Midtown organic grocery store sells vegetarian and vegan foods, including soups and kitchen staples. A Goodwells fan favorite is the store’s “Pocket Sandwich,” – a soy patty with tofu sauce, sprouts, tomato and cucumber slices.
"Some other favorites are our 'Avocado Delight' (a sandwich like the "Pocket Sandwich," minus the patty), steamed vegetables and brown rice, we make these tostadas with refried beans, onions, tomatoes, and a little bit of jalapenos and cheese that are very popular," according to Joshua Taylor, a Goodwells employee.