On Monday the World Heath Organization released findings that eating processed meat — hot dogs, sausages, lunch meat, etc. — can cause cancer, putting these products in the same classification as cigarettes and asbestos.
The WHO stated that about 34,000 cancer deaths across the globe per year can be attributed to diets that are high in processed meat.
While the meat industry is disputing these claims, the study also states red meat may cause cancer, but put it in a lesser classification.
Whether you’re concerned about the findings or not, a visit to one of Metro Detroit’s vegetarian restaurants may not be a bad idea. Here are 10 businesses that serve more options than salads and veggie burgers:
Detroit Vegan Soul: This soul-food cafe serves a 100-percent plant-based menu. Many of the meat dishes are substituted with tofu and tempeh (organic, of course). DVS also has soy-free and gluten-free options, and can cater to people with food allergies. 8092 Agnes, Detroit. (313) 649-2759
Seva: One of the only vegetarian restaurants on this list with a full bar (we can still drink, can’t we?) Seva has locations in Detroit and Ann Arbor. The menu at both locations are massive, with gluten-free selections, kids’ menus and brunch offerings. 66 E. Forest, Detroit. (313) 974-6661. 2541 Jackson, Ann Arbor. (734) 662-1111.
Innate Chiropractic/Golden Gate Cafe: Also known as the “Psychedelic Healing Shack,” this natural and homeopathic health center serves plant-based meals, including Sunday brunch. 18700 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 366-2247.
Brooklyn Street Local: The only restaurant on this list that’s not 100-percent vegetarian, Brooklyn Street Local has loads of menu items that can be altered to be vegetarian and/or vegan. 1266 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 262-6547. There also are many vegetarian options at nearby PJ’s Lager House (1254 Michigan), Bobcat Bonnie’s (1800 Michigan) and St. CeCe’s Food & Spirits (1426 Bagley).
Krishna Catering and Restaurant: For 20 years this Garden City business has been offering vegetarian food inspired by Indian, Gujarati, Punjabi and Chinese cuisine. Closed Mondays. 28636 Ford, Garden City. (734) 513-3663.
Om Cafe: An inventive restaurant with a cozy dining room, this Ferndale staple has a vegetarian or vegan take on many comfort dishes, including mac and cheese, tacos, spaghetti and even biscuits and gravy. Closed Sundays and Tuesdays. 23136 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 548-1941.
GreenSpace Cafe: Located where Maria’s Front Room used to be, GreenSpace Cafe is set to open any day with a totally plant-based menu. 215 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale. (248) 206-7510.
Inn Season Cafe: Considered one of the best vegetarian restaurants in the area, it’s not uncommon to find a line outside the Inn Season during peak dining hours. The certified Kosher restaurant has been catering to all dietary needs since 1981. 500 E. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 547-7916.
Cacao Tree Cafe: This tiny cafe specializes in raw foods. Look for pasta made with zucchini noodles, eggless “egg” salad and a huge menu of fresh juices and smoothies. 204 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 336-9043.
Try It Raw: Another raw and organic food cafe, Try It Raw mainly operates as a carry-out business. 213 E. Maple, Birmingham. (248) 593-6994.