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The Dish Cafe

  • Veg-friendly
    ( 4 reviews )
Contact 231-932-2233
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108 S Union St (at Old Towne), Traverse City, Michigan, USA, 49684

Serves meat, vegan options available. Funky little place where artists display works and local performing art groups post notices for shows and zines. Offers soups, salads, wraps, sandwiches, quesadillas, smoothies, and organic coffee. Some items vegetarian suitable with dairy and/or egg but not vegan.

Category: Lacto, Ovo, American, Fast food, Non-veg

Reviews (4)

First Review by elituxedo

Great Smoothies, A Few Vegan Options - Edit

Whenever I go I usually get a smoothie, they have some really delicious smoothies. Their soy latte is also good, and while they don't have many vegan choices feel free to switch out foods, the staff is very nice about that.

Pros: nice staff, outdoor seating, local vibe

Cons: few vegan options


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#1 Vegetarian Restaurant in TC - Edit

Now that sadly Serenity vegetarian restaurant in TC has closed, the Dish takes over as the #1 Veg Spot in town. It does not disappoint. As a vegetarian, you will thrive.

Grilled sandwiches, quesadillas, salads, soups, smoothies that are to-die-for, great espresso drinks. They have oatmeal in the mornings with a variety of toppings that you help yourself to. They always have six soups out, almost all are vegetarian, usually two are vegan. You help yourself to fantastic bakery bread that goes with it.

For your sweet tooth, the locally-made bakery treats at the counter are wonderful. In summer they have pints of cherries for sale in the cooler with the Jones sodas.

As a vegan, you'll do well with the oatmeal, smoothies, soups, salads and soy lattes. All but one of their salad dressings are vegan. Disappointingly, you'll have to make special requests for the sandwiches. My only criticism of this place is they don't offer even one vegan sandwich. That said, they are happy to accomodate. I've found both the owners to be vegan-friendly though regular staff can sometimes be clueless.

The place has a good progressive vibe with a bulletin board up front full of local happenings. They carry the Northern Express (complimentary) newspaper which you will love. They recycle just about everything. In summer there's usually a water bowl out front for dogs, it's that type of place.

FYI, when you walk in the protocol is to place your order at the counter then grab a table. When it's ready someone calls your name and walks it out to you. Outdoor seating in the summer.


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A few vegan options - Edit

This place has a few vegan options, and probably a lot of vegetarian options. The soups are really good (although there are not always vegan soups). The spicy black bean soup, and the curry carrot are both delicious, and both vegan. The asian salad, I think it's called, is vegan, and quite tasty if you like peanut oil. I also think there might be a vinaigrette salad that you could get vegan. When I used to not be vegan I would eat here, and loved the quesadillas, but would not recommend eating them, because cheese is not only bad for you, but harmful to the animals it comes from, and to their young. One thing to be aware of is the guacamole, because it is made fresh daily, and some of the employees put sour cream in it, but others don't, so make sure you ask. Overall, this place is great, beside the fact that they have meat, eggs, and dairy products. If you are vegan I'm not sure I would make a trip specifically to go here, but if you're in the area, give it a try, although you would probably enjoy Serenity more, and it's only 3 blocks away.

Pros: taste, price, friendly staff

Cons: Meat, Cheese


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