In a city known more for coneys than quinoa, it turns out according to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) that Detroit is one of the top 10 cities for vegan cuisine in 2016.

PETA makes numerous shoutouts to local area restaurants – some you’d expect like Detroit Vegan Soul and Seva – and others, maybe not.

  • Russell St. Deli offers vegan options, including a TLT—a tofu, lettuce, and tomato sandwich with house-made vegan mayo. Brooklyn Street Local has a vegan Reuben with house-made seitan and vegan poutine (a Canadian dish that’s typically made with French fries and cheese curds topped with a light brown gravy).

  • Detroit is known for its bar scene, so we have to mention that dive bars and fancier establishments alike are offering up delicious fare—like beloved PJ’s Lager House, which offers up vegan fried pickles, veggie burritos with spicy vegan queso, and po’ boys. And popular bars Jolly Pumpkin, HopCat, Green Dot Stables, and others have vegan options.

  • Pizza fans can get vegan pies at well-known Buddy’s Pizza, the Majestic’s Sgt. Pepperoni’s Pizzeria & Deli, and metro Detroit’s Hippies Pizza.

  • Nearby Om Café serves a Quinoa Protein Salad and Loaded Vegan Mac, and Chive Kitchen focuses on fresh and local products.

  • You can get sweet potato–black bean chili and vegan nachos at the Shimmy Shack, among other yummy dishes, and the Mac Shack will make mac ‘n’ cheese and French fries with vegan cheese sauce, upon request.

  • Avalon International Breads offers several vegan items, including savory sweet potato bánh mì sandwiches; a variety of vegan muffins; and more.

The designation for 2016 puts the Motor City at number 4, with Portland, Oregon taking the top spot. The rest of the list you can find here.

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