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Restaurant of the Month!

Tumerican, Novi

Michigan's #1 Vegetarian Indian Restaurant!

Healthy and Delicious!

Amazing Lunch Buffet!

The best Vegan Naan and Dosas!

Join VegMichigan on November 9th for our Dinner Club at Turmerican.  Email tom@vegmichigan.org for more info and to RSVP.

The Lunch Room

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The Lunch Room

by Renee Ratliff

DSC_0016Ann Arbor’s popular eatery, The Lunch Room, sprung from the desire to offer quality vegan food at economical prices. Phillis Englebert and Joel Panozzo wanted to show that there is a market for an all-vegan restaurant and that vegan food can have wide appeal among the public.

A fast casual restaurant, orders are placed at the counter and food is brought to the tables. Mouthwatering baked goods greet you as you walk in the door. Recipes, made with quality local ingredients, grace the menu. With a staff that is friendly and eager to answer any questions, The Lunch Room demonstrates the perfect balance of atmosphere, service and quality food.  DSC_0005

The Lunch Room started as a pop-up restaurant around the Ann Arbor area. Englebert and Panozzo would prepare meals in Phyllis’ kitchen and then transport them to a local business, morphing it into a restaurant for several hours. The pop-up meals were offered in all different settings including homes, a floral shop and a tattoo parlor. Cafeteria trays were used to serve the food, providing a casual and fun way to present five different courses in each section on the tray.

Engelbert and Panozzo started their food cart May 2011 at Mark’s Carts. Leaving the food cart scene after the 2012 season, they decided on a restaurant as their next step. The restaurant officially opened in August 2013 in Kerrytown. Engelbert and Panozzo put their hearts into this completely custom space with 35 seats inside and 20 outside. An inviting atmosphere, a lot of the elements you see in the restaurant were carefully hand-crafted including cutting table tops, dipping skewers for decorations and painting.

“The best-part or the restaurant is the customers. Having people eat our food, watching the joy it brings.” says Panozzo “It makes all the difference to have hand-made food, and having people recognize that.”

DSC_0018On this completely vegan menu, some of the favorites include BBQ tofu sliders, tempeh Ruben, pad thai and the southwestern salad. All sandwiches can be made gluten-free, and so can many other menu items. Panozzo and Englebert strive to feature a dinner special each night of the week. Specials so far have included a UP night with pasties, sushi night, pizza night and sliders night. Located next to Ann Arbors farmers’ market, there is a commitment to purchase local food and produce. Dinner specials are adjusted to what is in season. Local fruit ends up in the bakery for seasonal creations.  On farmers-market days breakfast is served and there is brunch on Sundays.

The Lunch Room is a community place for all to come and enjoy really tasty, made-from-scratch vegan food. VegMichigan members receive a 10% discount by showing their membership card.

Upcoming Events

Dec
13
Tue
6:30 pm Cooking for Peace @ Unity of Livonia
Cooking for Peace @ Unity of Livonia
Dec 13 @ 6:30 pm
Cooking for Peace @ Unity of Livonia | Livonia | Michigan | United States
The nonprofit Citizens for Peace is hosting their annual veggie potluck. VegMichigan board members  Kim Korona and Tom Progar will give a ... Read More >
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Attendees will learn how to prepare vegan dishes from VegMichigan instructor Jeri and taste samples of the prepared food. These classes ... Read More >
Jan
1
Sun
all-day VegMichigan’s January Northville... @ Northville District Library
VegMichigan’s January Northville... @ Northville District Library
Jan 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Northville District Library, 212 Cady St. Northville Mi 48167, 248-349-3020, Karen ... Read More >
all-day VegMichigan’s January Wayne Publ... @ Wayne Public Library Display
VegMichigan’s January Wayne Publ... @ Wayne Public Library Display
Jan 1 all-day
Please check out our library display, located at Wayne Public Library, Wayne, Mi. Contact: Sean Glasgow. 734-721-7832.
Feb
1
Wed
all-day VegMichigan’s February Clinton-M... @ Clinton-Macomb Public Library Display
VegMichigan’s February Clinton-M... @ Clinton-Macomb Public Library Display
Feb 1 all-day
Please check out our library display, located at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library, 40900 Romeo Plank Rd, Charter Twp of Clinton, ... Read More >
all-day VegMichigan’s February Redford T... @ Redford Twp. District Library
VegMichigan’s February Redford T... @ Redford Twp. District Library
Feb 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Redford Twp. District Library, 25320 W. 6 Mile Rd. Redford, Mi ... Read More >
Mar
1
Wed
all-day VegMichigan’s March Trenton Vete... @ Trenton Veterans Memorial Library
VegMichigan’s March Trenton Vete... @ Trenton Veterans Memorial Library
Mar 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Trenton Veterans Memorial Library, 2790 Westfield, Trenton Mi 48183. Contact: Francene ... Read More >
4:49 pm VegMichigan’s March Oak Park Pub... @ Oak Park Public Library Display
VegMichigan’s March Oak Park Pub... @ Oak Park Public Library Display
Mar 1 @ 4:49 pm – 5:49 pm
Please check out our library display, located at Oak Park Public Library, 14300 Oak Park Blvd, Oak Park, MI 48237. ... Read More >
Apr
1
Sat
all-day VegMichigan’s April Romulus Publ... @ Romulus Public Library
VegMichigan’s April Romulus Publ... @ Romulus Public Library
Apr 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Romulus Public Library, 11121 Wayne Rd. Romulus Mi 48174 – 734-942-7589
Jul
1
Sat
all-day VegMichigan’s July Oakland Commu... @ Oakland Community College LIbrary
VegMichigan’s July Oakland Commu... @ Oakland Community College LIbrary
Jul 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Oakland Community College Library, 2900 Featherstone Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326. ... Read More >
Aug
1
Tue
all-day VegMichigan’s August Oakland Com... @ Oakland Community College LIbrary
VegMichigan’s August Oakland Com... @ Oakland Community College LIbrary
Aug 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Oakland Community College Library, 2900 Featherstone Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326. ... Read More >

 

 

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