The Lunch Room

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407 N 5th Ave (at Kerrytown Market and Shops), Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, 48105

Vegan restaurant and bar in Kerrytown; re-opened summer 2013 after move from W Washington St. Offers vegan food, cakes, changing specials, and weekend breakfast/brunch. In 2015 it opened a 2nd outlet in Ann Arbor. Open Mon-Fri 11:00am-9:00pm, Sat 8:00am-9:00pm, Sun 10:00am-3:00pm.

Category: Vegan, American, Pizza, International, Take-out, Bakery, Fusion

Reviews (29)

First Review by Satya

best vegan food around.. - Edit

I can't even describe how great this restaurant is! Everything I've ever had there is amazing, I highly suggest their nachos. Their vegan cheese sauce is to die for! 😍😍

Pros: everything

Cons: they only serve brunch on Sundays

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Sooooo good!! - Edit

Just got into town and my in-laws took us here for dinner. Everything ok the menu looked amazing! Got the tempeh Reuben and tried my mother-in-law's queso burrito bowl, my wife's Mac and cheese, and my son's Pad Thai. All were incredible!! The pad Thai was too spicy for my kiddo (and I wouldn't have wanted a whole meal of it), but my sandwich was PERFECT!! I hope we get to go back at least one more time!

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Fantastic all vegan restaurant - Edit

I had been wanting to try this place for a long time, and my first time did not disappoint. Most vegan restaurants I've been too typically have a menu mixed with hit or miss items, but everything I tasted here was delicious. I have tried lots of mac 'n' cheeses and left unsatisfied. I wanted to give this place a shot and I'm glad I did. This bowl of mac was so creamy, and the hint of butternut squash and pepper was very tasty. It didn't have an overpowering fake cheese taste that many recreations have. My boyfriend had the grilled queso burrito which was very flavorful, and another friend tried the special that smelled and tasted amazing. If you have room or would like to have a treat for later, get one... or few of their cookies!

Pros: variety of menu options, all vegan, friendly staff

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One of the best vegan restaurants anywhere - Edit

I've been to quite a few vegan restaurants all over the United States, and this one - right in my backyard - is one of the best I've ever had.

Envrionment -
If you come here in May or June, nothing is quite as beautiful as the outdoor seating. it looks out into a quaint courtyard that bustles with local business with beautiful trees arching above. Even if you have to sit inside, the decorations are fun and trendy. A major downside of this restaurant is how popular it is. During dining hours it is almost always packed to overflowing, especially during the wintertime when outdoor seating is not viable. The waitstaff is friendly and attentive.

Food quality -
I've taken many omnivores (about 10) to this restaurant, and every single one has loved it and gone for a return visit. My favorite was a friend who refused to come with me for almost a whole year saying that vegan food was "gross." He finally came with his girlfriend and was shocked when he liked the food. I ran into him at the same restaurant about three weeks later.

I've tried almost everything on their menu, and I can honestly say almost all of it is all top-notch. Favorites of mine include the Tempeh Ruben, the Tempeh-Lettuce-Tomato sandwich, and the buffalo soy curl wrap. That doesn't even mention their breakfast menu which has loads of incredible options. If that wasn't enough, they have rotating specials every night, which change from week to week. They're almost always as good (and sometimes even better) than regular menu items. Whether you come on Tuesday for a taco platter or Thursday for the Indian special, you will be thrilled.

Baked Goods -
As if their incredible food wasn't enough, they make all of their baked goods and breads from scratch. While I've gotten one or two things I haven't liked from their bakery, (I've probably gotten at least 100 baked goods over the years), they are almost always incredible. Of particular interest are the monster cookies or the brownies. Honestly you could just skip dinner and fill up on desserts - you wouldn't be able to try them all

Updated from previous review on 2017-06-20

Pros: Excellent food with nightly specials, Wide variety of excellent baked goods, Friendly staff

Cons: Too full during popular dining hours

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charming, delicious and affordable!! - Edit

We had an amazing breakfast/brunch this Sunday and after the experience, we are sure to come back soon.
Food was great, we tried couple of bakeries ( we really loved the hazelnut chocolate bourbon and the vanilla rhubarb)
We also tried the Josh's bagel that was incredible and the iced tea lemon rooibos was just perfect to keep us fresh in the nice and shady back garden.
Staff was really friendly, as well as the owner and the price were very corrects.
We will come back for sure. To recommend to anyone in the area. Especially in summer. Thank you. Continue to spread delicious vegan exclusive cuisine in this country...

Pros: garden, staff , price/quality/variety food

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wow, spectacular - Edit

Was in michigan for a weekend and found this restaurant using happycow. I visited on a sunday, so they offered brunch options. I had the hillbilly bowl with seitan, kale, and biscuits and a fruit cup. I also ordered a side of vegan chorizo. EVERYTHING WAS SPECTACULAR. Very friendly and inviting staff made the ordering process veey easy, and staff came to check on me and refill my drink in a timely manner. Highly recommended to anyonw in the area. If you go on a synday, next door they had an artisan market which was a nice bonus.

Pros: all vegan, friendly staff, delicious

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Little Gem - Edit

amazing food, customer service, and atmosphere! Two out door seating areas, pad Thai was wonderful.

Pros: food plus desserts

Cons: parking

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DESSERTS GALORE - Edit

Adorable atmosphere and location! I didn't really like rhe buffalo wrap but that is my oen fault because I don't like celery and it was stuffed with that stuff! HOWEVER! The desserts are to die for! I got a monster cookie and a bumpy cake cupcake and they were both beyond delicious

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This place is amazing!! - Edit

I love this place!! When I went I got a Power up bowl and a cookie. Both were delicious. Service was excellent, and I love the location. I am dying to go back here!

Pros: amazing food, great service, wonderful atmosphere

Cons: none

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Wonderful! - Edit

I've eaten here several times over the past year! I love their TLT sandwich and chili mac. They have specials every night that can sell out! Be sure to get here early for dinner because the restaurant is cozy and does not have the seating to match the demand.

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Nice light food - Edit

I had a sandwich and a black bean bowl with nachos. It was nice but the sandwich was somewhat sour for my taste. Also had a delicious icecream sandwich. Overall it was a good experience.

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Great vegan restaurant! - Edit

I loved the food and the atmosphere!

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A+!! - Edit

This place was awesome!! Great healthy fresh food, great service with a smile, can't ask for anything else!!

Pros: The Tempeh Reuben was delicious!!

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Delicious Vegan Food - Edit

Ordered the Tempeh, Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado, on their own rye bread. I sat at the counter and watched them make the food. The sandwich was amazing, and I also got a side of chipotle ranch to dip the sandwich in and a cup of potato & leek soup. Took dessert home for later; lemon and pastaschio glazed donut and chocolate mocha frosted brownie. Yum!! The people were nice too.

Pros: Fresh, delicious food, Fast service, Great people

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My Ann Arbor Favorite - Edit

I have loved The Lunch Room since their food cart days and they keep getting better. I have a hard time picking a favorite dish, however I usually go for the chili mac, nachos, or one of their sandwich combos.

Portions are a reasonably sized. If you have a small appetite like me, you may want to split your entree with a friend or order something that will make good leftovers. You WILL want to save room for some of their baked goods. Anything with frosting (cakes/brownies) is a little sweet for my preference, however there are many options of bars/cookies/doughnuts/pastries to choose from.

Their bar is on point. Their cocktail list is well crafted with quality spirits and features several house made infusions/mixers. They also feature plenty of beer and wine to suite everyone's tastes.

The Lunch Room is affordable, but not cheap. Considering the ingredients they put into their dishes and cocktails I would consider them meals a fair value.

Pros: Focus on house made and local ingredient, Bakery Case, Rotating nightly specials

Cons: Limited seeting, especially in winter

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IN LOVE - Edit

For a vegan/veggie restaurant, this place hits the spot! The options are healthy, fresh, local, and inspired. However, if you are looking for a quiet, less busy restaurant, this may not be the place for you. Of course, this is expected because who wouldn't want to venture in for some AMAZING food! This is a high quality restaurant with high quality, cruelty free ingredients. Lots of love here

Pros: Nice vibe & staff, Tastefull & Inspired, Great Location

Cons: Kind of crowded

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The One - Edit

The Mac & Cheese
GingerSnap Whoopie Pie

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I Had Lunch at The Lunch Room - Edit

It was awesome. Got the Reuben. Delish!
See photos: http://awesomeveganblog.com/2014/10/07/tempeh-reuben-in-ann-arbor/

Pros: vegan, healthy, well priced

Cons: not a lot of seating area

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Good food Good People - Edit

Ok first off its been awhile since I've had a chance to just goto an all vegan restaurant so I might be overly generous simply for that. But all and all the food was very good less the pad thai. The waiters warned us it tastes different if your not use to vegan pad thai. Been vegan for years use to vegan pad thai this doesn't really taste like pad thai. The special Beet Burger was to die for good if its an option choose it. The Mac and Cheese is well seasoned and on par with most vegan mac and cheese. Went back for Sunday Brunch not a bad thing to say everything tasted great. Service was good. All the people where friendly not just the staff but the people around us. Great options well worth a stop if your in Ann Arbor or if you with in a few hours of it. Even the 6 year old was loving the options.

Pros: Value, People, All Vegan

Cons: the Pad Thai (Sorry)

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doesn't live up to the hype - Edit

I have tried a ton of meals here - and everything is just so bland. I've had the pad Thai, Mac and cheese, chili mac and cheese, banh mi, TLT, and Reuben, and none of it really impressed me. There is a lot better food in AA than lunch room. I want so much to like it because the presentation of food is beautiful and it's a cute space, but the food just doesn't have any complexity of flavor. It's also not very healthy. I like unhealthy vegan food as much as the next person, but the food here is pretty heavy. I hope they can transform their food into something amazing, but for now it's just not really worth it when I could go to Jerusalem Garden instead. :)

Pros: presentation of food, clean, bright space, friendly service

Cons: flavors of food (or lack thereof), health quotient

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It's all good - Edit

I had half of 2 different sandwiches, cole slaw, curry roasted potatoes, and 3 different cookies. All were the best. I will be going back for more and more and more.....
Updated from previous review on Friday November 01, 2013

I have been back for more and more and I'll continue.

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It was good - Edit

I had the burrito and my daughter had the gingersnap ice cream cookie sandwich. After one bite, she would not eat anymore, so I tried it. Full of fresh ginger! The cookies were pretty hard, but the whole sandwich together was very flavorful. The burrito was good. Pretty large. I was not aware of the tiny purple onions in the mix and I am allergic to purple onion, so to my surprise my mouth started burning and blistering so I had to investigate to find the culprit. They are diced very small, but they are in there. I couldn't eat the rest after that. Otherwise flavor was good.

Pros: Healthy food, strong flavors

Cons: small, tight seating area, hard cookies, a bit pricey

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New location! - Edit

Our family enjoys coming to the Lunch Room each year when we visit Ann Arbor. This year we got to experience the Lunch Room in their new indoor restaurant location in Kerry Town.
There were ten of us altogether, but we came at the tail end of the lunch crowd on a Saturday, so we were able to get a place to sit.
The little ones in our group enjoyed the pb&j, carrot sticks and apple sauce.
The Reuben was excellent, and I liked their nachos.
We will continue making the Lunch Room a regular part of our Ann Arbor visits.

Pros: friendly staff, Reuben

Cons: parking can be tricky

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I love the Lunch Room! - Edit

Having lived in the Ann Arbor area for the last 25 years I am absolutely THRILLED to have the Lunch Room as an option and CAN'T wait until the new full size restaurant opens!

Phyllis and Joel clearly love creating vegan delights for their patrons and go out of their way to support different dietary desires/needs and or lifestyle choices.

The cheeze nachos are to die for (just ask my 12 year old neice ;-)). and the ice cream sandwiches in the middle of a hot day are scrumptious!

We have been lacking for vegan food in this area and these folks not only fill that niche - they excel at it!!

thank you Phyllis & Joel & The Lunch Room!

Pros: reasonably priced food, definitely ALL vegan, TASTY creations!

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Hmmm..... - Edit

Not at all sure what the fuss is about. We stopped in for lunch and were underwhelmed. I had the BBQ sliders, and they were pretty average, drowning in BBQ sauce. The slaw was just OK, and the other things we ate, including the cookies, were nothing out of the ordinary. I enjoyed the Indian food from a cart in the vicinity that offered vegan options (not on Happy Cow sadly) much more. Nothing wrong here, but I did not share the opinion of the glowing reviews below. Friendly staff though...

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candacebpinaud 03 Jun 2013 - I am disappointed in your comments. It must be wonderful to have so many vegan restaurants wherever you are from that you feel you can speak so poorly of the lunch room. you are a lucky person I guess.  


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Great food and People - Edit

Have been here many times, and loved everything that I have tried. The staff is very nice and friendly. Our favorite treat is the mexican hot chocolate cookie!!!

Pros: amazing food, Mostly local ingredients, great staff

Cons: None

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sun is shining - Edit

our first time at the lunch room was a pause in the weather on a rainy spring day, and after sampling the food, we had to get one of each on the menu! it was the perfect evening meal--sitting under an umbrella with light rain sprinkling around us after a busy day. the staff are very friendly, patient, and helpful to explain their menu items, which are all masterfully flavored, fresh-tasting, and creative. the lunch room's little sunny yellow street cart, as a previous reviewer also mentioned, clearly holds its own in a city with numerous vegan/vegetarian options, easily climbing its spot to number one in many local vegans' hearts, we're sure. not overly reliant on faux-meats or transfiguring "traditional foods" into a bland vegan version, the lunch room offers ample vegetables with a delicate and nuanced palette for seasoning. (typically left feeling a little low on the veggie count with other vegan options, we're grateful for the lunch room's incorporation of greens hidden under perfect flavors.) we'd be more than happy to try anything from the lunch room...any possibility of expansion?? do stop by, rain or shine, for this winning cart!

Pros: delicious food, friendly staff, compostable eco-ware

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