Tasty Review Tuesdays: Restaurant Spotlight – The Lunch Room Diner & Canteen
Toasted Hazelnut Brownie

Tasty Review Tuesdays: Restaurant Spotlight – The Lunch Room Diner & Canteen

Hazelnut Chocolate Brownie
Toasted Hazelnut Brownie

Hey Herbivores!

Today I managed to meander my way to downtown Ann Arbor, MI, U.S.A. to check this place out The Lunch Room. Located in the heart of the Kerrytown market area at North 5th Avenue and East Kingsley Street. This hip joint proudly boasts that their menu is “Always Made from Scratch & 100% Plant-Based”. I will definitely agree to that…there are some fantastic choices and they even have a plant-based pastry case. I was in awe…like a kid at Christmas because it was both fabulous & magical all at the same time. Needless to say, everything on their lunch menu sounded awesome and I had a hard time making up my mind…it took me about five to ten minutes to look over the menu before I could make a choice and place my order. At this point, the parking meter was literally running.

Before I tell you what was ordered, my knowledge of this food paradise happened a few months ago, while surfing YouTube. I found the channel, The Vegan Roadie, with host Dustin Harder. In my opinion he is the Vegan equivalent to that of Guy Fieri. He filmed an episode right here in Ann Arbor at this very restaurant and interviewed both of the owners about their food/business concept. He also sampled and reviewed the following menu items: Mac & Cheese, the Treetown Tempeh Reuben sandwich and a couple of different pastries. If you haven’t checked him out yet, it’s definitely worth it as he finds the hidden gems of plant-based restaurants in major and not so major cities pretty much everywhere.

Just a side note, I love it when Vegan or Plant-Based restaurants get their fair shake and kudos to them for doing something great in their community.

And now to my order ((drum roll please)), I had the Grilled Queso Burrito which has black beans and corn, rice, pico de gallo, nacho cheese, chipotle ranch, avocado, greens, red bell pepper. For a few extra dollars more you can add the grilled tempeh or sour cream. I wanted to try both, so I did. Of course, I didn’t take a picture of this before I ate it because it was oh so good and the flavors melded beautifully with each bite. Plus, they will bring what ever hot sauce condiment brand you’d like. I chose the Cholula hot sauce which wasn’t too spicy at all. My only unbeef ((no moo here)),haha, was that it was served on a small rectangular aluminum tray on parchment paper which kept spinning on the table every time I would cut into it and serve myself a bite. Plus, the paper got a little soggy and started shredding. My recommendation is to just serve it on a plate like they did for my mystery lunch pal who sat at the next table over. He had the bowl of Hearty Chili and the famous Treetown Tempeh Reuben sandwich. His final verdict was simply “it’s delicious”. For the dessert portion of this article, I bought a chocolate brownie and a pecan cinnamon roll to go with my hot tea in the morning.

Pecan Cinnamon Roll
Pecan Cinnamon Roll

Final thoughts, they have great food, the overall ambience was pretty hip and the staff were really nice. The restaurant go-ers are also friendly. 🙂 I whole-heartedly recommend this spot to any omnivore or herbivore alike. Oh! Before I forget, they can seat from 2 people to large groups, and there are tables outside where you and maybe some friends can dine alfresco during the late spring, summer and fall months. Also, they have a great variety of lunch menu items like: Pad Thai, Loaded Nachos, and a beautiful Power Up Bowl. But, they serve brunch items too such as: Southwest Tofu Scramble, a Breakfast Burrito, Grand Slam Breakfast, just to name a few. Maybe something sweet is more your fancy, choose from: Floats, Ice Cream Cups or Cones, Shakes, Ice Cream Sandwiches and fresh baked pastries.  For liquid refreshment you will also find: mixed drinks, beer, wine and sangria.  The some-what traditional line-up: coffee, hot tea, iced tea, Sparkling Water and Sparkling Flavored Sodas.  Lastly, you will not find sugary traditional soda pop here. Overall cost for just a lunch entrée is $10.00 USD, and a brunch item no more than $13.00 USD total. That’s if you don’t include the optional add-ons. Totally worth it if you don’t mind spending the money.  But hey, it’s that good! You owe it to yourself to eat something amazing! 🙂

This article was based on my own personal opinion and was not sponsored whatsoever. Your opinion truly matters to me. 🙂 If you would like to see more Spotlights on Vegan/Plant-Based Restaurants, please leave me a comment below.

Thank you for joining me today and I will catch you on the next Tasty Review Tuesdays! 😉

XOXO,

Erika

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