The Fresh Palate

  • Veg-friendly Veg-friendly
    ( 3 reviews )
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109 N Second Ave (at downtown), Alpena, Michigan, USA, 49707

Serves meat, vegan options available. One of the only places in town to get veg food, this restaurant offers salads, sandwiches, and soups. Sources from farmer's market, and will accommodate vegans by omitting cheese and such. The dining area opens out to the sidewalk promenade. Open Mon-Wed 9:00am-9:00pm, Thu-Sat 9:00am-11:00pm.

Category: Lacto, Ovo, American, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Catering, Non-veg

Reviews (3)

First Review by Veggie Verna

More than one kind of veg burgers! - Edit

Stopped in for lunch on my way to vegan fudge on Mackinac Island. Usual veggie wraps and such. You can substitute tofu for any of the meats. I first wanted the curried chicken but with tofu. The waitress said the non-vegan dressing was all mixed up with the rest of the ingredients so that couldn't be made vegan. :(

Then I open the bar menu and discover FOUR different kinds of veggie burgers (pinto, black, cannellini and kidney beans) with different toppings.

I ordered the Red Rock (kidney beans, beets, arugula - hold the goat cheese). It came out pretty quick. Very tasty whole wheat bun. The burger itself held together and I loved the taste of the beets with the kidney beans.

I had vegan fudge on the brain so I didn't even ask if there were desserts - vegan or otherwise.

Updated from previous review on 2016-08-12

Pros: local (organic?) produce used whenever possible, lots of vegan burgers, nice decor and attentive service

Cons: HUGE water pitcher instead of glass of water


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delicious and welcoming - Edit

Waitress and staff where very informative about what items where vegan and vegetarian, the fresh made bean burgers are delicious and I would recommend this place to my vegan and meat eating friends alike.

Pros: very knowledgeable staff, decent selection of what could be made vegan, Good selection of local beers on tap.


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Best in town. - Edit

This is a wonderful restaurant. The food is freshly made on site with two soup choices every day, one being vegetarian. The menu is extensive and healthy, featuring many veg options. Vegan is also accommodated, and tofu may be substituted for any meat. The staff is friendly and helpful. Dinners are also excellent, with more veg options. Their homemade pinto bean burger is awesome. Nice atmosphere with sidewalk seating weather permitting. I have never had a bad meal here.

Pros: Many fresh vegetarian options that can be made as

Cons: None


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