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THE HEALTHIEST BRUNCH SPOTS IN DETROIT

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UPDATED FEB 21, 2020

Counting down to your weekend brunch? Say goodbye to your greasy bacon and hello to some delicious and health-conscious brunch options. Let the brunch tour begin!

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SARI DISKIN

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This cozy Corktown spot is a vegetarian brunch-lover’s heaven. Brooklyn Street Local has all of your brunch faves with a healthy twist. You’ll totally dig the breakfast hash with tempeh — it’s loaded with roasted veggies (so good!) and topped with a perfectly-cooked sunny-side up egg. And all of the ingredients at Brooklyn Street Local are locally-sourced (makes sense) and sustainably-crafted. It tastes good AND feels good to eat here.

This popular spot is serving up delicious vegan eats with locations down in the West and East Village. Having gained a lot of buzz lately, we’ll substantiate the claims and tell you this Sunday brunch will not disappoint. You might think a 100% plant-based restaurant would have a hard time bringing a hearty brunch to the table (America loves bacon and eggs), but the dishes are creative, unique, and, of course, tasty! You’ll go back again and again for the sweet potato stacks (and dreaming about them later).

The Farmer’s Hand knows local food. Seriously, every item in the market (food or good) is sourced from the state of Michigan. This gorgeous space is much more than a café though; it’s also a grocery store and local goods shop. Cool, right? And being hyper-seasonal, their menu changes all the time, so brunching there on a Sunday will always have some good surprises in store.

This Detroit favorite has a huge space right downtown on Woodward Ave. Beyond the Avalon Cafe & Bakery classics of hand-crafted 100% organic bread and vegan baked goods, this space serves up some delicious brunch-able bites. Their shakshuka is off the charts. Get down with baked farm-fresh eggs in a spicy tomato base with goat cheese and organic bread. And for our basic friends (no shame), their avocado toast is out of this world.

One of our favorite Birmingham specialty coffee shops also serves up a stellar healthy brunch. Next time you find yourself in beautiful Birmingham, enjoy some brunch in this gorgeous space. We highly recommend the quinoa breakfast bowl; it’s a power bowl that will keep you feeling amazing until dinner. They also change up their brunch features based on seasonality. And as a bonus, Commonwealth serves brunch-y foods all week long — we can definitely take in those weekend vibes on a workday.

Seva makes healthy vegetarian food really fun. Any foodie (meat-eaters included) would more than enjoy a meal at this Midtown Detroit spot. You won’t want to miss the deliciously savory vegan breakfast burger, especially because it comes with yam fries! And sweet brunch-lovers shouldn’t fret — the menu also features buttermilk pancakes with poppy-lemon-strawberry drizzle. FYI: their brunch is exclusive to Sundays, so make sure you plan ahead.

You can spot the lights of the Townhouse sign from anywhere on the main drag of Woodward Ave. Trust us here — you need to follow them. With a full section devoted to breakfast greens ("Powerhouse Bowl" is our go-to) and killer avocado toast, you can’t go wrong. Also, the vibes and ambiance here are incredible. It’s a perfect place to fill your belly and your Instagram feed.

Toast is a friendly, retro-style hometown favorite with locations in Ferndale and Birmingham. Here, you’re you can explore a "Ratatouille Skillet" packed with roasted veggies and fresh eggs. Or, you can keep it classic with an epic avocado toast or an omelet (we love the "Parisian"). Toast is one of those weekend brunch places that you have to allocate time to wait (reserve a whole morning). But that’s a good sign, right? Fitt tip: they serve up their breakfast fare all week long, so you can catch them on a Tuesday with no worries.

Occupying the Grand Army of the Republic Building, Parks & Rec Diner is a cozy, quaint little brunch spot that pays homage to the City of Detroit Parks and Rec Department. The restaurant focuses on using foods sourced from local farms and making everything else in-house. Not only that, but they offer a ton of vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and nut-free items. With delicious offers like the "Fisherman’s Board", Turkish eggs, and carrot cake French toast, you’re sure to find something you like.

Marrow supports sustainability, no matter how you choose to eat. The James Beard-nominated restaurant also supports a nose-to-tail butcher shop, but that doesn’t mean the menu is meat-heavy. You’ll find local lamb dishes aside vegan offerings like tofu scrambles and congee. Go classic breakfast, or try Marrow’s twist on the breakfast sandwich with “Bacon & Egg Ramen”, featuring house-made ramen, bacon broth, and a poached egg.

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