I have been a vegetarian all my life and as a transitioning vegan in Ann Arbor, I have discovered a vibrant and diverse food scene that caters to my dietary preferences. This charming city in Michigan is known for its culinary offerings, and it doesn't disappoint when it comes to vegetarian and vegan options. From cozy cafes and innovative restaurants to farmers' markets and food trucks, Ann Arbor has plenty to offer for those seeking delicious plant-based meals.
Being a vegetarian or vegan in Ann Arbor means being spoiled for choice. The city embraces the concept of mindful eating and caters to a variety of dietary needs. Whether you're a lifelong vegetarian or recently embarked on a plant-based journey, you'll find an abundance of flavorful and satisfying options that celebrate the beauty of vegetables, legumes, grains, and more. From hearty vegan burgers to creative vegetarian sushi rolls, the local eateries in Ann Arbor have embraced the art of plant-based cooking. Many restaurants provide dedicated vegetarian or vegan menus, making it easier than ever to explore a diverse range of culinary delights. Whether you're in the mood for Indian, Mediterranean, Asian, or classic American cuisine, you'll find numerous options that showcase the versatility and deliciousness of vegetarian and vegan fare.
But it's not just the restaurants that make Ann Arbor a vegetarian and vegan haven. The city's farmers' markets and local produce scene are a treasure trove for those seeking fresh ingredients. With a strong emphasis on sustainability and farm-to-table practices, the markets offer an array of seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs, and plant-based products. Exploring the stalls at the farmers' market is an excellent way to connect with local growers, discover new flavors, and support the community's commitment to sustainable food practices.
In this guide, I'll take you on a culinary journey through Ann Arbor, highlighting some of the must-visit vegetarian and vegan establishments. So, let's dive in and uncover the mouthwatering world of vegetarian and vegan cuisine that awaits in the charming city of Ann Arbor!
1. Detroit Street Filling Station - Completely Vegan (my favourite)
2. Seva’s - Completely Vegetarian
3. Anna’s House - Special Elaborate Vegan Menu
4. Fresh Forage - Separate Vegetarian and Vegan Menus
5. Earthen Jar - Vegan Buffet
6. Cinnaholic - A 100% Vegan Bakery
7. The Lunch Room - Completely Plant-based
8. Cardamom - Best Indian Vegetarian in AA
9. Avalon Cafe and Kitchen - Options for Vegan/Vegetarian Brunch
10. Jerusalem Garden - Mediterranean Cuisine with tonnes of Veg options
Written by Nishant Shah
Summer Orientation Peer Advisor