The Casual Chef Cafe

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 3 reviews )

16090 Red Arrow Hwy, Union Pier, Michigan, USA, 49128

Serves meat, vegan options available. European style cafe connected to the Pumpernickel Inn. Vegan options for soup, salad, create-your-own sandwich. Open Mon-Thu 8:00am-8:00pm, Fri-Sat 8:00am-9:00pm, Sun 8:00am-8:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, American, Non-veg

3 Reviews

First Review by happycowgirl

Great vegan sandwiches and soup choices - Edit

Loved it, vegan soup choices and vegan sandwich options.Homemade baked goods, and great service.Very cozy.

Pros: Vegan sandwich and soup options

Cons: none

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Bizarre customer treatment. Unbelievably bad! - Edit

I copied my review from another review site but it was too long and I don't want to repeat it in shorter form. Please go to other restaurant review sites to check this restaurant out before going. The terrible reviews were consistent wtih what happened to my wife and I. Briefly, this place turns people away with no explanation when it is almost empty, tells you that the cook isn't going to fill your order after you've waited an hour, and screams and swears at employees. From my own experience and what I found in other reviews, it appears that the cook is disturbed. Beyond that, the service was extremely slow, the portions were so tiny that they were like tiny appetizers and they refuse to even accept orders with no explanation. They turn people away at the door and worse. Something is seriously wrong with this place. But don't believe me. Check other review sites.

Pros: None

Cons: Terrible, even bizarre, treatment, Extremely slow service , Worst experience ever!

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A Delight - Edit

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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