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Posted on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 2:40 p.m.

The best vegan eats in Ann Arbor

By Jessica Webster


Noah's Pudding at Ayse's Cafe.

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Everyone knows where to get a sandwich when visiting this town, but where do you go when you’re craving vegan food? The PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Prime blog has a guide to animal-free food in our fair city.

PETA Prime is a blog for the over-50 demographic that focuses on ethical lifestyle choices. In an entry called “Touring Vegan Eats in Ann Arbor,” blogger Robin Soslow compiled a list of vegan food choices after a recent visit to Ann Arbor.

Soslow highlights the obvious choices: The Lunch Room, Seva, Cafe Verde and Earthen Jar; but also features vegan options at non-vegetarian restaurants like Ayse's Cafe, Tios and Frita Batidos.

You can read the full entry, complete with photos, on the PETA Prime site.



Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 1:24 p.m.

I bet we can find some good food ideas on a Neo-Nazi site, too.


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 10:45 p.m.

Set aside the ethical issue for a moment as it's highly subjective. Let's talk Green. Animal protein production takes eleven times the energy and one hundred times the water over vegetable protein. One hour may help you form your own educated opinion on the matter (from the BBC) Also if by "Everyone knows where to get a sandwich when visiting this town" you mean the Maze N Blue Deli on South U then you are SPOT ON!! That place is awesome!

Jessica Webster

Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 3:26 p.m.

Maize N Blue Deli and Zingerman's both get a ton of recognition locally and nationally. If you want a sandwich in this town, you're probably well aware of your options. *That's* what I meant. ;)

Jim Corcoran

Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 10:40 p.m.

VegMichigan's VegFest is Coming! Sun, Apr 29, 2012 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM Suburban Collection Showplace 46100 Grand River Avenue Novi, MI 48374 VegFest features tasty vegan food from dozens of area restaurants and national samples, along with exhibitors, prizes, food demos, children's activities and talks on the health, environmental and ethical benefits of a plant-based diet. Featured presenters include U.S. Humane Society President & CEO Wayne Pacelle, "Comfortably Unaware" author and sustainability activist Dr. Richard Oppenlander, four-time NBA champion and devoted vegan John Salley, Medical Director of Wellness Programs, Preventive Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation at Detroit Medical Center Dr. Joel Kahn, former VegNews columnist Dr. Kerrie Saunders, "Vegetarian Traditions, Favorite Recipes From My Years at the Legendary Inn Season Cafe" author Chef George Vutetakis, "raw chef to the stars" (and former Detroiter) Jason Wrobel and more to be announced. More info at


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 10:13 p.m.

While i defer to no-one in my love for animals PETA is an over the top organization whose advice on anything ..including food choices-- is rendered suspect by their flamboyant poor judgement/behavior. When i see one of them as a judge on 'top chef' i may rethink this.


Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 4:54 p.m.

Top Chef is not reality; it's a vehicle to make money. Why let commercial TV guide your choices? The author of the article you are disparaging wrote 2 cookbooks (for omnivores), one award-winning, back in the time when book print runs were expensive so publishers had to choose carefully. The author knows food, having come from family that ran a cafe and a regionally highly regarded butcher shop that didn't sell factory-farmed chemical-infused met.


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 7:42 p.m.

Personally I wish you would discontinue this. ==>


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 10:07 p.m.

Thousands of companion animals killed by PETA in their Virginia HQ, every year. The worst shelters in America would be closed by their ratios.


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 8:42 p.m.

Why? Do vegans threaten your lifestyle somehow? Why would you even care?