Going back to our tiny hometown in Michigan is always a bit of a challenge to find vegan options while out to eat. We have found a handful of places but each place only has about 1-2 options so it does get tiring after a while. Thankfully our last trip we found a co-op store that has a dining section built right inside. The darling hubster found the listing for the restaurant and we thought it was a restaurant attached to the co-op store. Boy were we surprised when we walked around the store to find the restaurant! Finally we went inside and found that there was a small but adequate salad bar with two different types of soup and a deli section full of various kinds of sandwiches.
We were surprised to see so many options available at this health food store. In fact, there were not just vegan options but vegetarian and raw vegan also. If having a selection of options wasn’t shocking enough, we were tipping over the moon with joy to know that they had homemade raw vegan desserts available. Amazing!!!! Whatever type of diet you prefer, you must (not should – must!) try raw vegan desserts – you will absolutely fall in love! Seriously, I’m talking fall deeply, madly in love! They are just that delicious – yum! I’m getting hungry just thinking about the raw vegan brownies that the Kalamazoo People’s Food Co-op served.
Whether your first intent is to purchase some healthy, locally grown and produced items from the co-op store (nope, you don’t have to be a member to purchase) or going just for the freshly homemade food, try out some of the items for sale. The Co-op’s website does have a current menu up but just to give you an idea of the items for sale:
Thai Peanut Stir-fry, White Navy Bean Soup, Ginger Lentil Soup, Tempeh Burgers, Falafil Sandwiches, Tofurky Delight, Tofu Dill Sandwich, Raw Tacos, Hummus, Seaweed Salad, Moong Bean Salad, Good Morning Muffins, Peanut Butter Cookies and so much more. Is your mouth watering yet?
Us personally we had the Avocado Delight Sandwich, Vegetable Lentil Soup, 2 apple juices (in the most adorable reusable jars, 1 raw vegan brownie and a few dark chocolate covered almonds. Yep, we feasted! Note to restaurant owners, give options to vegans and they will come and purchase everything up fast – we feast when we find something good. It all came up to be under $20.00 which is good considering how many we purchased. The restaurant has a tall table in the front window with a few stools so you can eat right there. There is also a little park and walking path across the street that you can have a nice organic, vegan picnic!
We would definitely go back again to this co-op for restaurant items and other items from the store. It is a win-win situation – highly recommended!
507 Harrison Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007