One of the best parts of a trip to any new city is sampling all the food it has to offer. Local restaurants offer you a new experience and a literal taste of the place you’re visiting. However, not everyone has the same diet preferences or needs. Good vegetarian dining can be hard to find, but it’s becoming more and more accessible as time goes on. Ann Arbor is no exception, and there are a number of restaurants where you can enjoy delicious vegetarian options.

Fresh Forage

If vegetarian eating is a deep-seated conviction for you, then you’ll love fresh forage. Not only do they have several vegetarian options, but everything on the menu is sourced from local farms or foraged from nearby forests. Every material used in their restaurant is 100% compostable, cutting down on food waste significantly. It’s a casual dining experience in a dining area that has the peaceful feeling of a garden. However, don’t worry if you have limited time — the turnaround time is perfect for those with limited time. Try their zoodles or get one of their trademark forage bowls. You can even create your own forage bowl.


The oldest vegetarian restaurant in Ann Arbor, Seva proves that vegetarian doesn’t mean tasteless. They have a wide range of options, from Greek and Mediterranean food to Mexican food to Thai food. Consider the vegan nacho dip, using cashew “cheese” garnished with tomatoes and onions or their delicious yam fries. Seva moved a few years ago to Westgate, a popular shopping center in Ann Arbor, so it may be close by when it comes time to grab lunch or dinner.

The Lunch Room

The Lunch Room Diner & Canteen in Kerrytown is known for serving strictly plant-based foods, so it’s the perfect choice for vegans and vegetarians. It’s the brainchild of two next door neighbors who are passionate about cooking quality and nutritious vegan food. They have a mix of soups, salads, and vegan sandwiches — including a beet burger — for lunch and dinner. You can also check out The Lunch Room Bakery for fresh baked pastries.

Cafe Verde

Cafe Verde is actually part of the People’s Food Co-Op, a food market, deli, and grocery store dedicated to natural, fair-trade food. While you’re stocking up on ingredients to make your own delicious vegetarian meal, consider stopping by the cafe. There you can find not just organic tea and fair-trade coffee, but fresh juice, a salad bar, and several vegetarian grab-and-go food options. This is an excellent choice if you’re hungry but don’t have time to stop for a sit down meal.

Ann Arbor is a popular city among vegans, vegetarians, and other socially conscious eaters, and you’re sure to find a delicious meal that you’ll feel good about eating when you’re here. Looking for a place to stay in Ann Arbor? Don’t forget, University Inn offers a 10% discount to students and families of students visiting University of Michigan. Contact us today to book your stay directly.

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