Detroit Vegan Soul - East

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8029 Agnes St, Detroit, Michigan, USA, 48214

Vegan catering and delivery turned brick and mortar restaurant, opened here Sept 2013. Specializes in vegan soul food. Small place seats 25, can accommodate reservation up to 6 persons max. Walk-in carryout orders stops 30 minutes before closing and is not available on Sunday. Park on street or in rear lot accessing from VanDyke. Open Tue-Sat 11:00am-9:00pm, Sun 11:00am-3:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Take-out, Southern American, Soul food

33 Reviews

First Review by vegette

Somewhat disappointing - Edit

We were visiting from Montreal (I’m vegan x 3 years) and I found the menu to be really great concept (never had vegan southern-style comfort food); I was so excited to try this place.
Super friendly staff!! I had issues with the food though- I ordered the hush puppies and found them dry and salty, but the dip was great.
For the main I had the tofu scramble wrap and added avocado and vegan cheddar. The wrap was SUPER salty to the point that it just tasted like salt and I couldn’t taste the ingredients. I didn’t enjoy it at all. Also ordered a side of Mac n cheese; it was ok, nothing special.
Being Canadian, I found the portions small for US standards! I wasn’t particularly full when I left.
My fiancée actually loved the hush puppies. He ordered the soul plate and he also loved it.
Because of that and the great staff, I’m giving it a 3 instead of a 2! It’s a good effort but a miss food-wise in my opinion.

Pros: Super friendly staff, Cute decor and laid-back vibe, Unique menu

Cons: Food too salty and nothing special taste-wise, Small portions

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Delicious soul food - Edit

Great assortment of soul food items including classic comfort foods like mac and cheese, cornbread, BBQ, collard greens, and hushpuppies. I tried the tofu catfish with roasted potatoes, corn and broccoli mix, and hush puppies. While the sides weren't anything sprcial, they were well prepared and complimented the delightfully prepared tofu with a cornmeal prep. I would love to come back for brunch and to try out their smoothies.

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Wow, this was great! - Edit

We were visiting Detroit for a wedding and we were looking for good vegan food. This place delivered that and so much more! We were greeted at the door by a very cheery young lady who welcomed us. The email ire staff was friendly and Evetone made sure we were having a good meal.

I had the Soul Platter which consisted of collards, mac-n-cheez, maple glazed yams, hoppin John and a corn muffin. The muffin was a little dry but other than that, everything was delicious, well-prepared and beautiful to look at too!

My wife had the DVS Breakfast sandwich which she loved. The tofu “egg” was sliced thin as was the vegan sausage and coconut “bacon” . It was served on a bed of spinach and a delicious roll. We make these at home, but I’ve got to say, this was better! (I snitched some in exchange for the maple glazed yams!)

A great experience all around. Friendly, comfortable, delicious.

Pros: Freindliness, Deliciously prepared food, Comfortable setting

Cons: They didn’t have any desserts left ☹️

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Unreal - enough said - Edit

Detroit Vegan Soul is such a special gem of a restaurant found near downtown Detroit. Not only do they serve incredible soulful vegan food but they do so with a lot of heart. The owners are dedicated to providing healthy food options in neighbourhoods that need it. They have everything you can imagine wanting to eat when you first turn vegan! I hadnt has a milkshake in so long and was able to enjoy a delicious one there! The food is of great quality and will not disappoint!

Pros: Easy access from the tunnel when traveling from CA, Food is hearty, healthy and guiltfree, Positive environment

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the best - Edit

this place has friendly staff and great food. the waffles, pancakes, homestyle breakfast, soul platter, and milkshakes are wonderful. i have not had anything i didn't like

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Veganawesomeness - Edit

Such an absolutely amazing staff and menu!

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A good cheezeburger - Edit

I had been wanting to try this place for a long time after growing up on traditional southern cuisine. Finally, boyfriend and I came here for lunch after exploring Belle Isle. I had intentions to order so the Soul Plate that has the collards and mac and what not, but the price seemed a little steep for just a plate of small sides. And they don't allow substitutions, which is kind of silly for a plate of SIDES.
We both ended up getting the cheezeburger with potatoes. I've gotten pretty tired of the traditional veggie burger that traditional/carnivore restaurants sell as a veg option, so this was a bit refreshing. I was satisfied and couldn't even finish my meal. My boyfriend (not vegan), however, didn't really care for the burger and thought the faux cheese was too gooey. He was happy with the milkshake he ordered afterward, even though they ran out of the chocolate mixture that was supposed to make it... you know... chocolatey.
May or may not come here again. I'm sure I can make my own collard greens and mac just as good and not as salty.

Pros: Not your traditional veggie burger

Cons: Staff had a MEH attitude, High price for small portions

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Great Place Here - Edit

Visited here while in town amazing food and lived up to its hype , will be back before I leave town !!!

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Sunday Brunch - Edit

My wife and I just visited this place for the first time with a couple of friends. It was a sunday brunch, so it was a limited menu, I enjoyed the Pepper steak, it was fantastic! Not a single complaint could be had with any of the food served to our table. One small error by the waitress, but it made no difference in the enjoyment. Service was almost as good as the outstanding food we were served. It was busy, but the wait was pleasant. We will be going back, it is worth the extra effort to cross the border from Canada.

Pros: Outstanding food, Very good service

Cons: Small, limited seating

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Fabulous! - Edit

This was the very first vegan restaurant I ever went to when I went vegan about a year ago! I have since tried many places but this is still my favorite! The staff is unbelievably kind and helpful, and I have never had a single food that I don't like from DVS! If you're going to go on Sunday though plan to go early as they usually fill up soo quickly and run out of seats! My favorite thing to get is the bbq tempeh burger!

Pros: Delicious Food, Friendly Staff, Cute Location

Cons: Small

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Always something new to try - Edit

I love DVS. The service is excellent, the location is great, and the food is delicious. I have had the Soul platter, the TLT with yam fries, a milkshake, cake, and carob cookies before. I will say sometimes the food is more salty and tastes different, maybe because a different cook was there that night or something. My favorite things to get are the raw collard wrap and the mac n cheese, plus the carob cookies.

Pros: delicious food, great service, great location

Cons: food quality varies depending on the cook

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Authentic and Delicious - Edit

This place is such a gem! I had the soul plate and cherry cobbler, both were incredible. The staff was so friendly and welcoming, everything about this place was lovely. Really wholesome, honest, plant food!

Pros: delicious, friendly staff, warm atmosphere

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I could cross the ocean again to have that cheeseburger one more time - Edit

Awesome place, cool neighbourhood, excellent food, ...I was so enthusiastic I bought a hat with their logo (Yes - they sell shirts and hats.)

Pros: Perfect cheeseburger, Detroit is awesome, Nice location

Cons: too far from my place

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Absolutely lovely - Edit

Great friendly soul food place. The food here was all nicely done, not amazing, but very fresh and tasty. Service was absolutely amazing, so friendly and welcoming! Their menu is not huge, but varied enough to eat here relatively often. Loved it.

Pros: Service!

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Makes my tummy happy - Edit

Relocating from California, the vegan me a of the world to Detroit would seemed to be problematic for a vegan.

This was my vegan restaurant that I visited and it was great. I've managed to become a regular in a few weeks.

When you go (and you will), get the smothered gravy loaf.

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Hail Cesar! - Edit

The Cesar Chavez Salad is THE best vegan Caesar salad I've had, hands down! My dining partner agreed. As my main course I ordered the Soul Platter and the mac-n-cheese was the highlight of the dish for me. I love baked mac-n-cheese. It was super delicious. For dessert, I ordered the peach cobbler, and, oh my, was I in vegan dessert heaven!! Can I just say, holy cobbler!! If I lived in Detroit I would eat here all the time.
My elderly father joined me and my boyfriend and I could tell he was skeptical at first, but he admitted to really enjoying his meal. :) A great place for vegans and non-vegans!

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Worth the Drive - Edit

We drove through Detroit at the end of our road trip just to hit DVS. We're glad we did! We had sweet potato cakes, vegan catfish and grits, waffles and tofu nuggets and a breakfast sandwich. All were great! We had a couple of interesting shakes and a delicious peach cobbler for dessert. Knowing we were from out of town the staff made sure to get us in just before closing which was much appreciated. DVS was second place in our family vacation restaurant war competition with near perfect scores.

Pros: great food, original dishes, friendly staff

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Awesome!! - Edit

Went with my family so I was able to try multiple dishes and they were all to die for!

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Good food - Edit

I liked it, but people's experience in this place is always mixed.

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It's O.K. - Edit

I find this place to be just ok. They overcharge for sub-par food, and don't give much for the price they charge. Some of the items are on the salty side as well. I'd say this would be your third option for vegan food in the city.

Pros: Environment, Nice "Soul food" options

Cons: Overpriced for quailty of food, Food portion for price

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Elevate Your Soul - Edit

When picturing what a Detroit Vegan Soul place might look like...I pictured some funky little house with a family vibe to it. What we walked into was more akin to a somewhat streamlined cafe with the ambiance of a 'quick..eat your lunch..get back to work' type of joint. The food was pretty tasty, but I wouldn't say it is anything most slightly seasoned vegans couldn't make at home. Very nice to discover while traveling, and a terrific place to take that meat loving friend/family/co-worker of yours. While there I was told everything is vegan and non-gmo..the menu said that it tries to use mainly organic items when available with no mention of anything being non-gmo..so I'm not sure which it is..what they said or what the menu said. All in all it was a nice little spot in a town that seems more open to veganism than most.

Pros: Vegan, Possibly non-gmo/organic

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Phenomenal - Edit

Highly recommend the Sunday Brunch (all day). Try the Catfish Tofu & Grits, the Sweet Potato Stacks or the Tofu Scramble.

Amazing soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps. Great smoothies too!

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Decent - Edit

Decent food. Rude owner.

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delicious soul food - Edit

We went here for Sunday brunch. The restaurant was clean and modern. I really like the neighborhood it is in. My son enjoyed his granola fruit parfait and gave it an A. My husband had the waffles and tofu. He loved the salty fried tofu but felt the waffles were a bit dry. I loved my homestyle breakfast but the tofu scramble was a bit too salty and the potatoes had a bit too much oil. It was delicious though. The total for the three of us was around $30 which I found very reasonable. I would love to return to try their dinner dishes

Pros: clean modern interior , friendly service, reasonable prices

Cons: too much salt and oil

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Very Nice - Edit

I found D.V.S. by searching for nearby vegan cuisine. I'm glad I found this quint little spot. I went on a Sunday. The atmosphere was pleasant. The service was quick and the food was delicious. I will be going back to try other menu options. This is a small venue. I wouldn't recommend it for large crowds.

Pros: Delicious Food, Menu options, The cozy atmosphere

Cons: Too small, The waitress was a little cold, Location questionable

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Sooo good - Edit

Went there for the first time last night and was very impressed. To have a restaurant like this in Detroit is very exciting. The food was delicious and all vegan! The staff was very friendly as well. I really liked the simple and clean design of the interior.

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Great food, but... - Edit

Terrific for brunch.. Portions a bit skimpy.

Pros: Wonderful Food

Cons: Smallish Portions

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