Jan 2, 2024 - Food and Drink

Detroit Vegan Soul is a little slice of vegan heaven

A stuffed wrap and bright orange yam fries.

Photo: Annalise Frank/Axios

I may have reintroduced meat in my life, but I still gravitate toward vegetarian options.

  • And for a while now, I have been wanting to highlight Detroit Vegan Soul, which calls itself the city's first all-vegan soul food restaurant.

What's happening: The iconic Black, queer women-owned restaurant closed its West Village location at the end of 2021, but its Grandmont Rosedale spot perseveres.

  • The restaurant is technically carry-out only. You have to order online or at a kiosk inside, but they do allow you to sit inside and eat. I enjoyed my lunch while working on my laptop.

What I ate: The bacon ranch pita with Southern-fried seitan, smoked coconut "bacon," avocado and more on a toasted pita — and yam fries ($26).

  • The meal felt pricey for lunch but, and I do not say this lightly, the seitan was perfect in its crunchy, savory saltiness.
  • Plus, fake bacon can get weird and this example was a delicious, smoky, caramelized treat.

If you go: Detroit Vegan Soul is open Tuesday-Friday noon-6pm and Saturday noon-4pm at 19614 Grand River Ave.

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