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Vegetarian in Ann Arbor?

shelleybell Nov 27, 2012 05:30 PM

Making a trip to the Ann Arbor area and looking for a restaurant with good vegetarian options for lunch. There are a few meat eaters in the group as well, but they are more flexible. We like ethnic food, so we are open to most anything. Any recommendations?

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    Jim M RE: shelleybell Nov 27, 2012 07:55 PM

    There is a venerable vegetarian restaurant in Ann Arbor, Seva. It's OK (sweet potato fries are good), but a bit bland IMO. I would hit one of our numerous Middle Eastern eateries—Zamaan (Plymouth at U.S. 23 or Eisenhower near Ann Arbor-Saline), or Palm Palace (near U.S. 23 Washtenaw exit), or La Marsa (near U-M campus on State), or Jerusalem Garden (downtown, charming hole in the wall, very cheap). Always falafel and other veggie options at those.

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      tokyo RE: Jim M Nov 28, 2012 04:42 AM

      +1 Middle Eastern food
      I like Zamaan's falafel the best but give La Marsa an edge over them for having freshly made pita bread.

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        Jim M RE: Jim M Nov 28, 2012 06:34 AM

        I would add that Zamaan, although very good, is pretty simple. For more atmosphere, try Palm Palace or La Marsa.

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          tokyo RE: Jim M Nov 29, 2012 04:38 AM

          I'll second that as well. Good point!

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          Jim M RE: Jim M Nov 28, 2012 09:02 AM

          As it happens, one of our local monthly mags just printed a rundown on vegetarian places in AA. BTW, yes, I agree about Jolly Pumpkin. If you want to drink nationally acclaimed beers with your lunch, it could be a great pick.


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          charlesbois RE: shelleybell Nov 28, 2012 06:59 AM

          You've gotten good recs so far, but just my two cents, I'm not a big fan of La Zamaan. Seva is definitely the go-to vegetarian spot, but yes it can be bland and expensive (and I used to work there many moons ago, so). There's also Jazzy Veggie on Main, but they are not my cup of tea.

          I would recommend Mani Osteria on Liberty @ Division. It's really great, they have lots of vegetarian options, and it's very hip.

          Jolly Pumpkin on Main has a really nicely balanced menu between veggie and non-veggie options. I'd say if you are going with a group, Jolly Pumpkin or Mani might have a bit nicer atmosphere and accommodations for you than some of the other options. Plus, they're both downtown if you all are looking for stuff to do other than lunch.

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            ebethsdad RE: shelleybell Nov 28, 2012 11:18 AM

            Ann Arbor boasts one of the finest delis in America, Zingerman's. They have many vegetarian options, http://www.zingermansdeli.com/menus/v.... If your vegetarians eat dairy you might consider Zingerman's Roadhouse as they feature really lovely mac-and-cheese. http://www.zingermansroadhouse.com/me... Every time I visit Ann Arbor I go out of my way to eat at both the Roadhouse and the Deli. Enjoy.

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