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Ann Arbor Vegan Guide: 10 Restaurants to Try

Updated February 25, 2024

If you’re a vegan in Ann Arbor, you’re in luck! 

This vibrant city is home to a variety of restaurants that cater to plant-based eaters. You’ll find everything from fluffy biscuit breakfast sandwiches to giant platters of epic sushi; there’s definitely something for everyone. 

You don’t have to worry about finding the best spots because this guide has it covered! To plan your eating adventure, don’t miss any of these vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants in Ann Arbor.

Can’t Miss Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants in Ann Arbor

#1 The Lunch Room

2200 Fuller Ct # 8B, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
This quaint breakfast and lunch café has been a staple in the Ann Arbor vegan community since 2015. There’s really nowhere better to start your day!

In the morning, you’ll want to sink your teeth into one of their epic breakfast sandwiches — the Billie Jean Biscuit and Hangover Cure are fan favorites. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, they also have house-made granola parfaits, breakfast tacos, baked goods, and more! When lunch rolls around, they’ve got an eclectic lineup of flavors to delight your taste buds — Bibimpap, burrito bowls, chickpea tuna wraps, and so much more. 

One important note, they are only open Monday – Friday.

vegan breakfast sandwich on a white plate at the lunch room in ann arbor
Credit: The Lunch Room

#2 Detroit Street Filling Station

300 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
You can start your day at The Lunch Room and end it at its little sister, Detroit Street Filling Station! This community-focused vegan restaurant was created inside the historic Staebler Family Oil Company filling station — seems like the appropriate way to green up space, right?

Their comfort-focused menu has a diverse mix of flavors. If you’re in the mood for something green, check out their hearty salad lineup — the Lumber Jack and Taco ‘Bout It will get you fueled and feeling good! But don’t worry; there’s way more than salad! You’ve also got to check out their specialty raspberry grilled cheese, savory Reuben on house-made rye, chick’n fried tofu fingers, and so much more.

Just make sure you save room for one of their fudgy brownies! 

a red and white checker basket filled with a vegan philly cheese steak sandwich at detroit street filling station in ann arbor
Credit: Detroit Street Filling Station

#3 North Star Lounge 

301 N 5th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Ann Arbor is so hip; it even has a vegan bar! There is no better place to go when you’re in the mood for live music, vegan eats, and a cocktail! 

Although the food menu isn’t extensive, what it lacks in size, it makes up for in deliciousness! Pair your Highball with an order of buffalo cauliflower wings, crispy tater tots, or creamy spinach artichoke dip! In addition to small bites, they have a few other larger entrees, like a giant queso stuffed burrito and a spicy buffalo wrap.

During the week, don’t miss their fun happy hour from 6 – 6:30 PM

a square dish filled with vegan buffalo cauliflower wings next to a dipping sauce and celery at the vegan bar north star lounge in ann arbor
Credit: North Star Lounge

#4 Seva

Westgate Shopping Center, 2541 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Since the early 70s, Seva has been pushing the veggie-propaganda — way before vegetarianism or veganism was mainstream (It was one of the first very vegan-friendly restaurants in Ann Arbor)! Their globally-inspired menu is filled with a little bit of everything — from veggie-packed salads to creamy vegan mac-n-cheese.

While their menu is vegetarian, there are many vegan options, and many things can easily be made vegan. First-time visitors shouldn’t miss their slightly spicy but oh-so-irresistible cashew cheese nacho dip!

They also have a small breakfast menu that’s served all day! 

giant vegan cobb salad with tofu, avocado, veggies and coconut bacon from seva in ann arbor

#5 Earthen Jar

311 S 5th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Go to town, and load up your plate with tantalizing masala tofu and crispy samosas at this self-serve vegetarian Indian restaurant. 

The menu is super well-marked for vegan and gluten-free options — you’ll be pleased to see that most of it is vegan — yay! Don’t be shy; you’ve got to try all their house-made favorites — Dal, chickpea salad, Matar Alu (potatoes and peas in a traditional curry), Alu Bhaji (spicy masala potatoes), and so much more. 

It’s always nice to take a to-go bag home from here!

two to go bags filled with vegan indian dishes from the earthen jar in ann arbor
Credit: Earthen Jar

Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in Ann Arbor

#6 Juicy Kitchen

1506 N Maple Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Whether you’re looking for vegan breakfast eats or a great lunch spot, this vegan-friendly Ann Arbor café is a stellar place to go! Throughout the menu, you’ll be able to sample fare from other local businesses and farms, as it’s a priority for the owners to source as much as they can locally and seasonally.

You can’t go wrong with a veggie-packed Power Bowl or a giant loaded burrito with crispy roasted potatoes and tempeh chorizo for breakfast. Check out their house-made tahini chickpea burger with cashew sauce or a zesty tempeh Reuben at lunch! 

#7 Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant 

 221 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Skip the fork and dive into a platter of harmoniously cooked and spiced veggies with traditional Injera at this Ethiopian spot. Their menu is very vegan-friendly, including a vegetable section that is free of meat and dairy products. 

The best way to enjoy a meal here is with a vegetarian feast — it includes all of their house-made veggie dishes except one, giving layers of flavor to eat your way through! 

#8 VKitchen

883 W Eisenhower Pkwy, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
For piping hot bowls of Pho and spicy tofu, there’s no better spot in Ann Arbor than VKitchen! 

The menu at this Vietnamese spot includes traditional favorites, along with a bit of Asian fusion, but the best part is their vegan menu — no need to guess what’s safe or not! Start with an order of crispy fried vegan egg rolls, then go for the traditional Pho or their savory and sweet sticky rice topped with stir-fried veggies. 

Vegan Bakery & Ice Cream Spot in Ann Arbor

When your sweet tooth craves a treat, check out this vegan bakery and vegan-friendly ice cream spot in Ann Arbor!

#9 Cinnaholic

121 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
All of your sugar-filled dreams will come true at this vegan cinnamon roll shop and bakery! These cinnamon rolls are anything but basic; they’re covered in cream cheese or vanilla frosting and then topped with chocolate chip cookie dough, peanut butter cups, chocolate drizzle, berries, and more! You can design your own cinnamon swirl dream or check out their fan-favorite creations. 

If a sinful cinnamon roll isn’t for you, they also have house-made brownies, soft and chewy cookies, grab-n-go cookie dough, and more!

a box of four vegan cinnamon rolls topped with cookie chunks, chocolate drizzle, blueberries, raspberries, and more from cinnaholic in chicago
Credit: Cinnaholic

#10 Blank Slate Creamery  

300 W Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Luckily the team at Blank Slate remembers their vegan friends when concocting their house-made flavor lineup! You’ll always be delighted with multiple vegan creations like oat milk cream pie, sun butter cinnamon, midnight chocolate sorbet, strawberry basil sorbet, and more!

In addition to vegan options, they also mark which are gluten-free too!

a scoop of vegan chocolate peanut butter ice cream in a cup at blank slate creamery in ann arbor
Credit: Blank Slate Creamery
About Author

Rebecca is the founder of the vegan travel company Veggies Abroad. In 2021, she bid her 15-year career goodbye and ventured into the world of ethical business with the launch of a vegan travel blog (the one you’re reading!). As the blog flourished, Rebecca expanded her vision to encompass personalized travel planning services and launched Veggies Abroad's inaugural vegan tour to Thailand, marking the beginning of many more eco-conscious, plant-powered adventures to come. Follow her adventures on Instagram or Facebook @veggiesabroad