GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV)- If the weather change leaves your palette looking for lighter dining options, look no further than our 15 favorite restaurants that offer tons of vegetarian and vegan options around West Michigan. These restaurants go way beyond salads with filling, tasty, and flavorful options. After sifting through online reviews, forums, and Yelp!, we have compiled awesome vegetarian and vegan options around town:
“Easily my favorite spot to eat in GR: This is vegan food done right. It’s so good that it’s convinced some of my more carnivorous friends and relatives to rethink their ideas on veganism.” Matt Knaack, Google Reviews
One of the more well-known, exclusively vegan/vegetarian restaurants in Grand Rapids, Bartertown has earned it’s spot into popularity. Tasty and unexpected dishes that cater to many tastebuds. Even cooler, Bartertown is worker-owned and features fair-trade & locally sourced ingredients.
Address: 6 Jefferson Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: (616) 233-3219
“Always a great meal. Always. I like all the sandwiches I’ve had, and my favorite is having some of their pasta salad top. Very good food.” Josh Beute, UrbanSpoon review
Cherry Deli is committed to local and fresh products, as well as environmentally friendly food. Their menu is huge and they offer an extremely wide variety of vegan and vegetarian options. Fresh products nestled in toasty bread make for a fabulous sandwich!
Address: 834 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Phone: (616) 459-6182
Delicious hot dogs! Very tasty toasted buns reminiscent of Texas toast. Service is top notch too!- Felice Gilmore, Google Review
Believe it or not, Jonny B’z is a hot dog shop that also offers a vegan sausage. Pay a flat price for your dog(s) and select your toppings: vegan chili, Amish relish, tomato, the usual condiments and more.
Address: 638 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: (616) 551-1108
This is, hands down, some of the best Ethiopian food I’ve had, and that’s saying a lot, considering the comparison to Ghenet Brooklyn and Ethiopian Diamond in Chicago.-Rashid J., Yelp Review
Little Africa is a hidden gem in Grand Rapids, but exploring through reviews on Yelp and Google they have a huge fan base. Ethiopian food might be a little out of your comfort zone, but it’s definitely worth a try! The entire restaurant is vegan and all the wat (which are different kinds of “stews”) are served with on injera (a sour-dough risen flatbread). Use your hands to scoop the stew and enjoy! Cash only establishment.
Address: 956 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: (616) 222-1169
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“THE BEST. I’m not going to waste any time finding other descriptive words. They won’t do it justice and I like being efficient.”- Michael B., Yelp Review
Indian cuisine close to home. Saffron caters a large selection of vegetarian entrees at a decent price. Check out their lunch buffet to get a little taste of everything.
Address: 1710 W Main St, Kalamazoo Twp, MI 49006
Phone: (269) 381-9898
“If there hummus awards, this place would win every time. In fact, all of their food is excellent. We ordered four trays of food to cater a party this past weekend. The food was a hit! Every drop of hummus, grape leaves, and falafel was eaten. Very affordable too.”- Mandy Cox, Google Review
Shawarma King is one of those perfectly delicious restaurants that you’ve never tried. Tucked away on the edge of a college town, Shawarma King is cranking out authentic and delicious Middle Eastern Food. There are lots of vegetarian options on the menu that you’re sure to love!
Address: 1441 S Drake Rd, Kalamazoo Twp, MI 49006
Phone: (269) 375-3900
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“This place is darling! From the silver water cups to the server who brings buttered, fresh naan. Buffet for lunch was outstanding with a new mushroom masala dish I hadn’t ever tried.”- North Girl M, Yelp Review
An unexpected ethnic treat in Muskegon, Curry Kitchen has tasty Indian food at a fair price.
Address: 1141 3rd St, Muskegon, MI 49441
“This is a very cute and cozy breakfast/brunch place that literally had one of the best breakfast I’ve had.The food was extremely fresh and just the right portion size so you don’t overeat. They also had gluten free and vegetarian choices!”- Tiffany Harris, Urban Spoon Review
Friendly breakfast and lunch place in Holland that offers gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. Stop in for a warm vegetarian hash for breakfast or a fabulous Greek salad for lunch, either way, you can’t go wrong.
Address: 450 Washington Ave, Holland, MI 49423
Phone: (616) 396-1005