Back home in Michigan, I lived in Royal Oak, and my favorite restaurant happened to be a vegetarian restaurant. (Notice I didn't say vegan, as they do serve dairy). The Inn Season Cafe (or just the Inn Season for short) has been in the same location in Royal Oak since 1981(tucked in a residential neighborhood a few blocks from the bustling downtown) and is one of the gems of the metro Detroit area. I've been eating here since I first moved to Royal Oak in 1993 and every time I go home again, I make sure I make time to savor a meal there.
This is what we enjoyed on our last visit:
|Hummus with greens (mixed in!), pitas with herbs on top, |
marinated mushroom salad, beets, olives and more greens
|Quinoa salad with fresh sprouts, greens, & avocado|
I have not found a restaurant like this here in Pittsburgh; Zenith in South Side* and Quiet Storm in Friendship* are more like diners that serve good but unspectacular food. My restaurant of choice here is a Middle Eastern place in South Side called Kassab's which, while not vegetarian, serves delicious vegan options.
|The Inn Season's gardens, along the side of the restaurant|
The service at the Inn Season is wonderful and everyone is very friendly and accommodating. The atmosphere is elegant and cozy, with wood antique tables, unique and one-of-a-kind china tea cups for coffee and tea, and cloth napkins. And their homemade chai tea (hot or cold) is to die for. The last time I was here they softly played Motown music that just seemed right as I'm still terribly homesick.
It's located off a side street in downtown Royal Oak, which is about 12 miles north of Detroit. If you're ever in southeast Michigan, I highly recommend you make the Inn Season Cafe a stop for lunch or dinner whether you're a vegetarian or not. You won't be disappointed.
*These are neighborhoods within the city limits of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh is known geographically by its neighborhoods.