Let’s eat clean and live well in 2023
Geri Dietze December 24, 2022
We all know the benefits of a plant-based diet. That’s good for us and the planet. But how hard is it to transition to new ways of eating and eating experiences?
Thankfully going vegetarian or vegan in Traverse City has always been easier and tastier. Whether or not you want to start slow on Mondays with no days, we’ve put together a short list of eateries and watering holes to help you get started. new year. Eat delicious food and be healthy!
Taproot Cider House
taproottc.com, (231) 943-2500, 300 E. Front St. #104
Taproot Cider House means ‘rooted in the community’. Go once and you’ll feel like a regular. And while Taproot’s menu has something for everyone, including kids, it’s also a place that embraces plant-based meals. Our knowledgeable staff will assist you in choosing dishes created specifically for your specific dietary requirements, including gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian.
Try the Yogi Bowl (pictured), which combines organic brown basmati rice with tomato-based masala chickpeas, kale, snap peas, herb green shawarma sauce, garlic tombs and sumac salt. Don’t miss the grilled cheese with smoked gouda, tomato aioli, power seeds, pickled jalapenos, kale and red onions. Or choose the spaghetti squash pesto with grilled tomatoes and onions, roasted red peppers, kalamata olives, fresh basil and toasted pine nuts.
hexanbelle.square.site, (231) 486-6128, WarehouseMRKT, 144 Hall St., Suite 107
An enthusiastic Facebook review of Hexenbel says it all: “I’m not a vegetarian, but I’m a foodie.” In other words, Hexenbel is for those who enjoy fine cuisine that is lively, flavorful, cleanly sourced, and packed with nutrition. is. Find breakfast, lunch and weekly dinner specials.
We like the Ful Mudammas, a favorite of mashed broad beans, tahini, fried eggs and herbs. Vermicelli rice. Pastry Lovers Rejoice: Hexenbel is also a great source of healthy baked goods like peanut butter tahini cookies and donuts.
zest plant base kitchen
zesttc.com, (231) 421-3141, 439 E. Front Street
Talk about a presentation! Everything on the menu looks great, is rich in color (aka vitamins and nutrients), and really appetizing. The husband and wife team at Zest are passionate about plant-based diets and the health benefits that come with them. So if you’re ready to go totally vegan and gluten-free with minimally processed, all-plant-based fare, this is the place. You’ll find a large selection of toasts, bowls, handhelds, salads, and wraps, plus daily smoothies.
One item that caught our eye was the Flavorful Avocado Toast with Cashew Cream Cheese, All Seasonings, Red Pepper Flakes, Nutritional Yeast, Sliced Tomatoes, Hemp Seeds, Micro Greens and Pickled Onions. Here’s the setup. Or try the Bollywood Burrito. Turmeric tofu scramble, homemade root vegetable hash, black beans, spinach, cilantro, avocado, salsa, pickled onions and warm spices served in a tortilla. For an easy go, try samosa, the zest version of Indian street food. Zest offers a variety of weekly soups and weekly authentic Indian dishes.
Rare Bird Brew Pub
rearbirdbrewpub.com, (231) 943-2053, 229 Lake Ave.
Rare Bird has an excellent reputation for both brewing and cooking. This is upscale pub food with plenty of meatless options, including special gluten-free and vegan options. A great place to go with friends who are in different stages of their vegetarian journey.
The hummus board is a meal in itself, with roasted red pepper hummus, vegetables, and homemade tortilla chips. The Buddha Bowl is loaded with quinoa, roasted red peppers, red onions, cucumbers, fresh vegetables, hummus and cotija cheese. The meatless Monday special includes a vegan cheeseburger with all the ingredients. Spicy cauliflower tacos with fried cauliflower tempura, sriracha aioli, candied jalapenos, pickled cabbage and green onions. Or the Grilled 3 Cheese Sandwich with homemade apple butter and caramelized onions on French peasant bread.
A month without alcohol… it’s not as difficult as you might think. Especially when you can choose from delicious non-alcoholic beverages all over the city. Most bars have mocktails on their menus these days, but when it comes to Dry January’s creative, delicious drinks and plant-based menu, these two spots he was particularly impressed with.
thecoinslottc.com, (231) 642-5661, 346 E. Front Street
Coin Slots is a place where old-school arcade games, pinball machines and pools are a fun way to bring back generational nostalgia. It features a huge collection (200+) of canned beverages with enough flavorful non-alcoholic choices to keep gamers sticking to their resolve.
We love all of Faigo’s selections, from Coke to Rock & Rye, plus Barritt’s Ginger Beer, Walker Bros. Cucumber Melon Kombucha, NA IPA, and Sparkling Water’s Liquid Death Collection. Also available are his CBD-infused drinks like Mars Juniper Fizz CBD Elixir and Ohai Pomegranate CBD Sparkling Seltzer, as well as hop water options like Short’s Brewing Company. His in-house food vendor, Glizzy’s, has gluten-free and vegan meals.
Brew Coffee House and Cafe
brewtc.com, (231) 946-2739, 108 E. Front Street
Brews is fully stocked with brews, spirits, and wines, but you can also choose from an extensive selection of freshly brewed coffees and teas, kombuchas, smoothies, and mocktails to stomach the bar.
Based in Grand Rapids, Mudcap Coffee is responsibly sourced from the world’s best growers and roasted in small batches right here in Michigan. This is a coffee experience with the same attention as a fine vintage wine. Aroma and notes, flavor and finish. Madcap is serious coffee and that’s why people love it. Try the Bort Blend for its deep chocolate aroma and syrupy mouthfeel, or the Eureka for black cherry, chocolate and orange peel. All of this, plus plenty of meatless menu items, help keep those resolutions up.
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