Detroit is a city of grit—it’s tough, DIY, and probably not the first place that comes to mind when you think of vegan food, but I’m about to make a pretty tight argument that it should be. Detroit is full of hardworking people opening up restaurants and businesses, creating art, running urban farms, and thinking outside the box—and that’s where vegan comes in.

From vegan doughnuts to slurp-worthy ramen, Detroit’s got it. Oh—and the city has a seriously on-point soul food joint loved by locals and celebrities alike.

Detroit Vegan Soul

Three words: “catfish” tofu sandwich. Three more words: fried buffalo bites. Mmmm. Motivated by the fight for food justice, Detroit Vegan Soul is owned by wife-and-wife team Kirsten and Erika, who strive to bring healthy, delicious soul food to the masses. They have a location in historic West Village and another in the West Side Grandmont-Rosedale neighborhood. And P.S. Stevie Wonder ate here … that should pretty much seal the deal that this place is legit.

Soul platter at Detroit Vegan Soul

Soul platter at Detroit Vegan Soul

Johnny Noodle King

It’s so cold in the D …. So it’s a good thing that there’s bangin’ miso ramen.

Buddy’s Pizza

Buddy’s Detroit-style pizza is the stuff of legends—and it’s easy to veganize. Top any pizza with Daiya cheese and you’re all set to pile on the herbs and veggies. Pro tip: Get the Buddy Bread plain with a side of pizza sauce.

Dilla’s Delights

Uncle Herm (the uncle of late Detroit rapper J Dilla) pours heart and soul into his organic doughnuts—and he offers up several vegan flavors every day in his hip hop–inspired downtown shop.

#DillasDelightsNowOpen #flavorsforthesoul

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Avalon International Breads

Avalon’s motto is “Eat well. Do good.” The company values its employees, community, and the Earth and, as such, offers up tons of vegan goodies, including monkey bread, cookies, brownies, breads, sandwiches, and more.

vegan carrot cake

Avalon’s vegan carrot cake

Russell Street Deli

Russell Street is a staple in the Eastern Market community. A tiny deli with a huge heart, it boasts organic food, ethical business practices for humans, and tasty vegan options that are good for animals. Try the vegan TLT and the Cuban black bean soup, and look out for the specials—you’ll find vegan French toast and more!

Brooklyn Street Local

Banana-walnut pancakes, tofu scramble, poutine, spicy-tofu sandwiches … yum, yum, and yum.

The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company

Voted the best place to read a good book and drink soy lavender lattes by … me, this place is a must-stop in the city. The tempeh bánh mì is what vegan bánh mì dreams are made of.

Seva

Seva is an OG. While the eatery originated in Ann Arbor, MI, it opened a Detroit location a few years ago and has been serving up delicious vegan food ever since.

#Repost @sixvegansisters ・・・ Sister brunchin' at @sevadetroit ??

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Detroit Institute of Bagels

Do I need any words when I have this picture? Just LOOK AT IT.

FOLK Detroit

Avocado toast takes Detroit.

Pie-Sci Pizza

A newbie on the scene, Pie-Sci quickly won the heart of every vegan pizza lover in the city. I mean, this place offers a nacho pizza topped with vegan queso, beefless crumble, black beans, jalapeños, shredded romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, white onion, chili-lime chips, and vegan adobo sour cream drizzle. Need I say more?

PJ’s Lager House

A beloved dive bar where you can always catch a local band serving up some serious soul, PJ’s serves even more serious vegan food options—including homemade spicy queso, tempeh Reuben sandwiches, vegan chili, a vegan po’boy, and more.

7 Greens

Who said salads have to be boring?! Top your make-your-own bowl with roasted tofu, hummus, tabbouleh, and pomegranate sumac dressing, or vegan taco meat, black beans, and corn, or toasted ramen, tofu, edamame, and sriracha—or literally any of the other crazy-good options from the menu.

Parks & Rec Diner

Breakfast all day = happiness all day. Get fit with the diner’s Coco-Yo Parfait, topped with granola and house preserves, or snag the Tunisian bake, made vegan.

ima 

Gimme all the udon. And chili-lemon edamame. And tofu tacos.

Treat Dreams

With vegan ice cream flavors like dark chocolate peanut butter, pistachio, and Mexican chocolate, how can you go wrong?

Biggby Coffee

This Michigan-based coffee shop has locations all over the state, and tons of vegan options! Most of their clear syrups are vegan–just ask at the counter! They also offer soy, almond, and coconut milk for their drinks.

Have no fear almond milk is here #milk #biggby #follow4follow #like4like #swag

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Shimmy Shack

Vegan burgers and milkshakes, galore! That’s right, your dreams have officially come true. Celebrate with one of the truck’s beloved shakes like the Cookie Monster after nomming on the delish nachos.

Can’t go wrong with the classics?? Thanks for shimmying by, @opendoorvegan!

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Nosh Pit 

Rocky’s Road Brew 

Go! Sy Thai

Tofu Pad Thai

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Brome Modern Eatery

Our vegan patties ring bells! #wheninbrome ?: @vegdetroit

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Fist of Curry

Calexico

Smoked tofu, deep-fried and stuffed into burritos and bowls. <3

Vegginini’s Paradise Cafe

Moor Herbs

The Grim Feeder

Breakfast is served☀️ #vegan #thegrimfeeder #detroit #vegandetroit

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The ‘Burbs

Chive Kitchen

Chive Kitchen in Farmington—a few miles outside the city—boasts a fun and creative menu of new takes on Michigan classics, including vegan chili-cheese fries, patty melts, chili dogs, and more.

Yummy chili-cheese fries and a vegan Rueben sandwich!

GreenSpace Café

The perfect date night starts here! GreenSpace in Ferndale—opened by a vegan cardiologist who’s passionate about vegan food and health—has an upscale menu that features everything from healthy macrobiotic bowls with kimchi (yum) and stuffed avocados to pizzas, burritos, and more.

GreenSpace & Go 

The quick-service outpost of GreenSpace serves up delicious smoothies, healthy bowls, and more!

Inn Season Café

Inn Season in Royal Oak is another orig in the veggie food movement of Metro Detroit, serving up classics such as cashew-ginger stir fry, “The Big Baprawski”—its take on a Big Mac—decadent chocolate cake with raspberry drizzle, and way, way more.

Hippies Pizza

I’ll get straight to it: Hippies in Royal Oak not only delivers vegan pizzas with meat-free pepperoni and Daiya cheese but also has a variety of vegan desserts—including cinnamon banana bread and cherry bombs, and apps too. You had me at vegan breadsticks, Hippies.

The Lunch Room

You’ll have to trek out to Ann Arbor for this one—but it’s worth it! Two locations in A2 serve up luscious sweet treats, including s’more cupcakes, Mexican hot-chocolate cookies, chai scones, and more! Don’t want to eat dessert for breakfast? Oooookay. Try their regular and brunch menus for dishes such as the chili mac, burritos, pancakes, and more.

Burrito bowl and yummy deserts at The Lunch Room

Detroit Dog Co. 

A food truck that serves up veggie dogs? You’ve got it.

Urge Juice 

Sprout House

The Clean Plate

 OM Cafe 

Ale Mary’s Beer Hall

#vegan AF ?? #coneydog

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Oh, and here’s probably the most legit news ever for a vegan Detroiter: Some of the most popular Better Made chips are “accidentally vegan,” including the Original, Sour Cream & Onion Wavy, Red Hot!, and Barbecue flavors. You’re welcome!


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