Detroit Among ‘Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Cities’

PETA Honors the Home of 'Detroit Vegan Soul' and Other Animal-Friendly Eateries

For Immediate Release:
May 16, 2018

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Detroit – The results are in for PETA’s 2018 ranking of the Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Cities in the U.S., and Detroit has nabbed the number-six spot on the list. Award-winning musician Moby kicked off this year’s awards with a reception at his all-vegan bistro, Little Pine, on May 15. Vegan stars—including Kristin Bauer and Craig Robinson—attended the event to help celebrate Los Angeles as the number-one spot on the list.

“From the hearty Soul Platter at Detroit Vegan Soul to the Vegan Pastor Tacos at Rocky’s Road Brew, the Motor City is going full speed ahead toward top-notch vegan dining,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “All the cities on PETA’s list are responding to the booming demand for vegan fare with healthy and humane dishes that are as delicious as they are kind to animals.”

Community favorite Detroit Vegan Soul has opened a second location in order to bring Detroiters even more healthy and humane food, including its standout Soul Platter, which is heaped high with creamy mac ‘n’ “cheese,” smoked collards, maple-glazed yams, black-eyed peas, and a crumbly cornbread muffin. Other options in town include the  upcoming Chili Mustard Onions, which specializes in vegan Coney Island hot dogs, and Vegginini’s Paradise Café, which offers up vegan tortas and vegan chili cheese chicken sandwiches—while all-vegan delivery service Sprinly brings creative cruelty-free meals right to residents’ doorsteps. GreenSpace Café in nearby Ferndale and GreenSpace & Go in Royal Oak were founded by Dr. Joel Kahn––one of PETA’s Sexiest Vegans Over 50 for 2016 and a practicing cardiologist who was featured in What the Health––dish up healthy organic food.

Rounding out PETA’s list are Los Angeles; New York City; San Francisco; Minneapolis; Portland, Oregon; Cleveland; Miami; Omaha, Nebraska; and Kansas City, Missouri.

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