Two Ann Arbor eateries land spot on PETA’s Best Vegan Chili Dishes list for 2021

Vegan Hearty Chili from The Lunch Room Bakery & Cafe and Detroit Street Filling Station in Ann Arbor. (The Lunch Room | Detroit Street Filling Station)

ANN ARBOR – Two local restaurants have earned a spot on PETA’s 2021 Best Vegan Chili Dishes list.

The Lunch Room Bakery & Cafe and its sister restaurant, the Detroit Street Filling Station, made the list for their Hearty Chili -- a dish featuring black and kidney beans, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, tomatillo and zesty seasonings. The dish is also gluten-free, nut-free and soy-free, making it allergy friendly.

Both restaurants, owned by Phillis Engelbert, are vegan and offer a wide variety of plant-based dishes and drinks like soy-based nacho dogs, tempeh reubens, buffalo cauliflower wings, bubble tea with coconut milk and more.

“Chili bowls are the ultimate comfort food, and this one comes with the comforting thought that no animals were harmed to make it,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement. “PETA celebrates The Lunch Room and the Detroit Street Filling Station for helping people tuck into their favorite foods without the cruelty or the cholesterol.”

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To see which other restaurants around the country made the list, click here.

According to PETA, vegan meat sales went up 148% in 2020 compared to 2019, and 47% of Americans reported wanting to add more vegan foods to their diets in 2021.

The Detroit Street Filling Station is located at 300 Detroit St.

The Lunch Room Bakery & Cafe is located at 2200 Fuller Ct.

To see each restaurant’s menu, hours of operation and more, visit www.thelunchroom.square.site.

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Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.