Serves meat, veg options available. A quaint European style cafe connected to the Pumpernickel Inn Bed & Breakfast. Vegan options are soups, salads, create-your-own sandwich and more. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Lacto, American, Non-veg
16090 Red Arrow Hwy (Union Pier Rd)
Union Pier, Michigan 49128

Open Mon-Thur, Sun 8am-8pm, Fri-Sat 8am-9pm.

  • Outdoor seating
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accepts credit cards


First Review by happycowgirl
  • vegan

A Delight

4 Posted on 08 / 07 / 2011

What a wonderful find! Five minutes from the beach in New Buffalo. Kayak rentals across the street. Small grocery store with fresh fruit, organic and veg*n selections next door.

If you are vegetarian, you will do well here. And though vegan options are more limited, I've found this to be the most veg-friendly eatery in the New Buffalo/Union Pier area. The menu has vegetarian items specially marked. I've been here several times now and each time they have at least 6 soups ALL of which are vegetarian. They don't use the word "vegan" but instead mark the non-vegan soups with a "C" for "contains cream".

Wide selection of teas, coffees and desserts. Gelato bar that offers (nearly vegan) sorbetto. Serve Starbucks coffee.

BREAKFASTS- For vegetarians, the breakfasts include buttermilk pancakes and waffles that you can get with blueberries, strawberries, sun dried cherries, pecans, bananas. Design-your-own omelettes with a great selection of veggies and cheeses. Huevos Rancheros, the Veggie Scrambler, the Veggie Bagel, sweet cheese & strawberries crepe, spinach mushroom quiche. For vegans, you're looking at the fruit plate, oven-roasted potatoes with rosemary, oatmeal or granola.

LUNCH & DINNER - Veggie sandwiches, Veggie Burger (contains dairy), many veggie soups, salads and pastas, create-your-own vegan sandwich.

As for the rating, I'm torn between 3 and 4 cows. It's the kind of place that would get 3 City Cows but 4 Rural Cows. I wish they would offer more vegan fare - at least a tempeh, lettuce & tomato sandwich. On the other hand, this is the most veg-friendly eatery in a 20 mile radius, so I'll go with 4 cows for now.

update: they have a Portabello Mushroom Burger with lettuce, tomato, onion & honey mustard
Updated from previous review on Thursday August 04, 2011

Cons: needs more vegan


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Last updated: 2011/08/03


Added: 2011/08/03


Added by: happycowgirl