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Respond to Review of Inn Season Cafe
by animallawgal

Review: because this place has changed hands, chefs, etc. several times. Inn Season has not always been a vegetarian restaurant, and they seem to change whether or not they serve fish, etc. every couple years. Their standard menu is over priced and nothing special, but the current chef does create some wonderful specials. I always call ahead and listen to the recorded message listing their specials before deciding to go. Inn Season doesn't hold a candle to other vegetarian restaurants in Chicago, NYC, etc. in either their menu selections or value, but it is the best we have in the Detroit area. The brunch menu, however, offered on Sunday morns only, is my favorite thing about Inn Season. Both the regular menu items and specials for brunch are consistently yummy, but the service is sometimes horrid. I officially gave up on eating in for brunch after MULTIPLE Sunday mornings of watching the very young staff spend time sitting down at tables with their friends, ignore the tables they are supposed to be waiting on, and just all-around act clueless; fortunately for Inn Season I love their brunch enough to order it for take out instead. In sharp contrast, I have usually had great service when eating in for dinner. If the waitress with the long blond curly hair still works there (sorry I forget her name!) try to request her because she is the most knowledgeable, hardworking, and has worked there for a long time. Also, note they (pointlessly) list several items as wheat free, they are NOT gluten-free at all, if you have a co-diner with concerns about that. And yes, the opera cake (and other desserts) are the best! Order some dessert to go, you'll love it!

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innseasoncafe
Posted by innseasoncafe on Friday, February 22, 2013
"Not fair to claim its been around over 20 years..." because this place has changed hands, chefs, etc. several times. Inn Season has not always been a vegetarian restaurant, and they seem to change whether or not they serve fish, etc. every couple years."

The Inn Season Cafe was started in 1981, the chef at that time was George Vutetakis, who purchased it 4 years later. The current head chef, Thomas Lasher, has been there over two decades, working under Chef Vutetakis and then becoming head chef in 2002. This reviewers comments lack merit when it is considered that only TWO head chefs have been at the helm over a 28 year period.

In addition, the Inn Season Cafe was began as a macrobotic and vegetarian restaurant, and in the case of macrobotics, some fish are permitted in the diet. The Inn Season has not served fish in over a decade, and all the menu items save for ceaser salad dressing and a couple desserts are entirely VEGAN, although cheese may be added.

"Inn Season doesn't hold a candle to other vegetarian restaurants in Chicago, NYC, etc. in either their menu selections or value, but it is the best we have in the Detroit area."

In April 2008, Health Magazine named the Inn Season as one of the 6 best independent restaurants in the nation with a healthy menu, along with other notables as Chez Panisse in Califorina, the others in LA, NYC, Chicago, and Atlanta.

With regard to value, there is no other restaurant in Michigan that has the quality of incoming food as the Inn Season Cafe. Over 7 local and organic farmers supply the produce to the restaurant, and all grains, beans, and most other products are organic, far more that any other restaurant in the Midwest. We are also the only restaurant in Michigan that belongs supports Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) by purchasing shares in Maple Creek Farm of Yale, MI, one of the largest organic farms in Michigan.
innseasoncafe
Posted by innseasoncafe on Friday, October 30, 2009
We also have a gluten free menu.
innseasoncafe
Posted by innseasoncafe on Friday, October 30, 2009
Our organic tofu is made from Michigan grown organic soybeans, for example. Our organic grains and beans come from Hampshire Farms, an organic farm in Michigan, as much as they can provide. These are the behind-the-scenes effort that make a difference in how you feel when you eat the food. If you care about what you eat, consider the Inn Season Cafe.
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