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Good Detroit Area Vegetarian (Please don't say Inn Season Cafe)

tokyo | Jan 7, 2010 07:57 PM

I have not read much on this board regarding great Detroit area vegetarian places. I visit metro Detroit quite often and would like to add some tasty veggie fare to my 'must try' rotation. First, a little synopsis of what has led to this request...
I visited Inn Season Cafe recently (I had a hankering for their brown rice salad which I had tried many years ago) and was very underwhelmed. I would expect a restaurant devoted entirely to vegetarian/vegan cuisine to be a bit more creative and not so...bored. Brown rice salad: not what I remembered. Thick, not light. Boring. Chili: Fine. Boring. Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad:( It's a SALAD -is there anything more basic to vegetarian cuisine than SALAD??) B-O-R-I-N-G. The 'balsamic vinaigrette' was missing, though there was a light coating of oil over the greens. I munched on some greens & blue cheese and tried to taste the 'pickled onions' (nothing) and 'balsamic raisins' (nothing), and then asked for some "extra" dressing. I was met with utter disdain by the waitress who silently brought me a bottle of balsamic vinegar. ( I looked for the 'ette' but it was not there.) I added the vinegar, some salt, some pepper... nothing. Then I realized I was paying $9.00 to make myself a salad at a VEGETARIAN restaurant that doesn't know how to make VEGETABLES taste good! So, I mustered my courage and politely asked for the salad to be returned, at which point the waitress decided we could no longer be friends and after removing the plate, never returned to the table. Another girl (busperson I think?) came to offer dessert and then returned to bring the check. It was a very silent exchange, and a very unpleasant experience.
So, Detroit, tell me there is more to vegeterian dining in your fair city. There must be some hole-in-the-wall or corner of a grocery store that is delivering yummy, creative fresh food without the "healthier than thou" treatment. Any favorites that you would consider travel-worthy?

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