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The Best Vegan-Friendly Middle Eastern Restaurants in Detroit

Check out these vegan-friendly Middle Eastern restaurants next time you’re in the Motor City.

Anita's Kitchen dish on plate
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Check out these vegan-friendly Middle Eastern restaurants next time you’re in the Motor City.

Detroit, Michigan and its surrounding cities are home to a large and diverse Arab American community. Middle Eastern cuisine is abundant on the East Side of the Mitten State, and these eateries offer an inclusive menu rich in vegan-friendly choices. Think vegetarian grape leaves, hummus, tabouli, falafel, and various pita wraps. Next time you’re in the area, show your support and enjoy some of the best Middle Eastern cuisine in Detroit at these vegan-friendly restaurants.

Anita’s Kitchen

Multiple Locations


When craving Middle Eastern cuisine in Detroit, check out Anita’s Kitchen. This restaurant has multiple locations on the East Side of the Mitten State. Believe it or not, this restaurant dates back to the 1980s, with the Ferndale location being the flagship, full-service establishment. Vegan-friendly offerings include hummus, tomato kibbeh, fattoush salad, falafel dishes, lentil soup, and fruit smoothies. You’re always in good hands at Anita’s Kitchen.

Anita's Kitchen vegan dish on plate

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Chick-P Detroit

Downtown Detroit


This Arab-owned restaurant is bringing fresh Middle Eastern cuisine to Downtown Detroit. Vegan-friendly menu selections include falafel wraps including both the Original Falafel Wrap and the Hottie Wrap (a pita loaded with falafel, veggies, pickles, and hot pepper tahini sauce). Chick-P Detroit also offers other vegan and veganizable offerings like fresh salads, loaded bowls, and shareable hummus dips.

Chick-P meal in bowl

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Sami’s Fattoush Lebanese Grill Express

Sterling Heights


Believe us when we say you need to check out the vegan options at Sami’s Fattoush Lebanese Grill Express. In addition to plant-based Middle Eastern staples like falafel and hummus, Sami’s offers indulgent vegan options. Think shawarma wraps loaded with marinated vegan chicken and sliced Beyond Meat. Vegan Detroiters can find Sami’s located inside the BP gas station at 15 Mile and Mound.

Dish from Sami's Fatoush

Photo by Nick Karebian


Downtown Detroit


Located in Downtown Detroit, Leila always provides a memorable dining experience. You are sure to find many tasty vegan eats at this upscale Lebanese restaurant! Leila offers hummus, falafel, tabouli, grape leaves, crispy potatoes, and so much more! Plant-based diners can also round out the meal with an order of refreshing vegan sorbet.

Leila vegan meal on plate

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Star of India

Downtown Ferndale


When it comes to Middle Eastern cuisine in Detroit, Michigan, we are here for these authentic eats! This inclusive restaurant features easy-to-identify vegan menu offerings. Star of India’s vegan-friendly choices include Bombay Potatoes, Chana Masala, and a variety of other vegetable dishes like Aloo Matar Gobi and Bhindi Masala. Bring your appetite to this tasty eatery!

Star of India vegan dish in bowl

Photo by Joe Hakim

The Himalayan Flames

Downtown Dearborn


The Himalayan Flames specializes in modern Indian, Nepali, and Tibetan cuisines. This Nepali-owned eatery offers a hefty selection of vegetarian features, many of which can be easily modified to suit a vegan diet. Choices like Dal Fry, Chana Pindi, and Veg Jalfrezi are just a few of the plant-based options you need to order when craving Middle Eastern cuisine in Detroit.

The Himalayan Flames vegan dish on plate

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New Yasmeen Bakery



New Yasmeen Bakery started out selling Lebanese pita bread in 1986. Over time, the vegan-friendly eatery grew to include other Middle Eastern dishes. Vegan dishes are well-labeled and include spinach pie, appetizer dips, and a variety of flatbreads like the Manaeesh Veggie (a Lebanese round flatbread topped with tomatoes, onions, and green bell peppers).

New Yasmeen Bakery dish in bowl

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Mr. Kabob Xpress Grille & Catering

Multiple Locations


Feeling creative? Enjoy a customizable bowl or wrap at this Middle Eastern restaurant. Mr. Kabob Xpress Grille & Catering has multiple locations including their original restaurant in Berkley, Michigan, and plenty of vegan-friendly options. Salads, hummus, rice, falafel, and fresh juices round out the list of plant-based offerings at this Middle Eastern Detroit restaurant.

Vegan dish from Mr. Kabob Xpress

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Loya Organic Mediterranean Grill

West Bloomfield


ISO high-quality Middle Eastern cuisine in the Detroit area featuring local produce? Head to Loya Organic Mediterranean Grill. Made with Michigan-local ingredients, the vegan choices include fresh options like hummus and tabouli salad along with vegan wraps loaded with hummus and vegan patties. Loya also features a variety of raw juices to add to your plant-based meal.

Vegan hummus from Loya Organic Mediterranean Grill

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Cleopatra Mediterranean Grill



Gather your friends and head to this Detroit eatery for vegan-friendly Middle Eastern cuisine. Cleopatra Mediterranean Grill is where it’s at! This vegan-friendly Middle Eastern restaurant provides an amazing dining experience. Vegan options include hummus, falafel, grape leaves, fresh salads, sandwiches, fresh juices, and beyond. Dine in or grab some takeout and enjoy Cleopatra’s at home.

Meal from Cleopatra Mediterranean Grill

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Charminar Biryani House



Located in Dearborn, Charminar Biryani House features Halal and Hyderabadi cuisine. And the vegan options are chef’s kiss! Plant-based appetizers include samosas and pakoras, while vegan entrees include dhal and curry dishes. Though the naan is not vegan, Charminar Biryani House offers two vegan-friendly flatbread choices—Tandoori Roti and Chapati.

Charminar vegan food on tray

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Boukie’s Grill

Royal Oak


This delicious Middle Eastern restaurant is coming to you from Royal Oak! Boukie’s Grill has the hookup on fresh vegan-friendly Mediterranean eats. Plant-based options include Tomato Kebby and Majadra Rice along with fresh falafel, and grape leaves. Boukie’s Grill also accepts larger catering orders and features many vegan options on the catering menu as well.

Falafel from Boukie's Grill

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Midnight Temple

Eastern Market


This Indian gastropub has several well-labeled vegan offerings on the menu. Located at the Eastern Market, Midnight Temple features dishes like vegan-friendly Hakka Noodles, Masala Dosa, and Veg Pakoras. No matter what you order, you’re going to be raving about this Middle Eastern cuisine for the foreseeable future. Needless to say, we do not blame you.

Vegan dish from Midnight Temple

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Anja Grommons

Anja Grommons


During her studies to become a registered dietitian, Anja—a longtime vegetarian—transitioned to a vegan diet. Living in Kalamazoo, Michigan at the time (Go Broncos!), she met Maggie and Tammie through VegOut Kalamazoo (one of VegOut’s first focus cities) and began collaborating with the duo. When she’s not writing about new vegan eats, practicing as a pediatric clinical dietitian, and virtually coaching fellow plant-based eaters, you can find her creating veg-centric recipes, trying new cruelty-free products, and spending time with her partner Addison and cat Kovu.

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