Om Cafe – Traverse City, Michigan

The Om Cafe has two locations, Ferndale and Traverse City. I had lunch at the Traverse City location in downtown. It is a casual restaurant with wooden table tops. Our waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable about the food.

Om Cafe (1)

The locations appear to have slightly different menus, so here is a link to the Traverse City menu. The restaurant has TONS of vegan options. Each menu item states if it is vegan, has a vegan option, gluten free or has a gluten free option. Most of the menu is either vegan or vegan optional. There are some seafood dishes on the menu so if you have a group of diners they should be able to find something they like.

I started out with the soup of the day, a purple potato and kale soup. It was creamy and had a pureed potato texture. It was also SUPER garlicky! I mean, you better have a mint in your purse/pocket level of garlic. Other than the garlic it really didn’t have a lot of taste, so I wouldn’t recommend it.

Purple Potato Kale Soup

Purple Potato and Kale Soup

For the main course I had the BBQ Seitan Sliders. The sauce was nice and tangy and I loved the caramelized onions on top with the sourdough bread. The dressing on the greens was a simple raw cider vinegar.

BBQ Seitan Sliders

BBQ Seitan Sliders

My mom was with me and she ordered the Crimini Burger, a burger made out of mushrooms, walnuts and brown rice with a vegan option available. She did not get it vegan, but I had a taste of just the burger patty which was nutty and somewhat bland. She enjoyed it with the cheddar cheese and aioli sauce.

Crimini Burger

Crimini Burger

The two other diners in my group had the Buddhist Priest Stir-Fry. This dish can be prepared several ways depending on what you like. One had it with udon noodles and seitan and the other had it prepared with soba noodles and tofu. I personally did not taste these meals but they sure looked good and the people that ate them said they tasted good as well.

Buddhist Priest with Udon noodles and Seitan

Buddhist Priest with Udon noodles and Seitan


Buddhist Priest with Soba noodles and Tofu

Buddhist Priest with Soba noodles and Tofu

The dessert menu changes daily and we choose to share one since we were all pretty full – and it was only lunch! The Raspberry Ginger Cobbler sounded unique and our waitress said it was pretty light (she was right). It consisted of a coconut, date and walnut crumbled crust over raspberries. It tasted very fresh. I enjoyed it, but I would prefer it with a greater ratio of raspberry to the crust.

Dessert! Fresh and light.

Dessert! Fresh and light.

Overall we had pretty good healthy food with an abundance of plant-based options. Some of the dishes were very tasty and others a bit on the bland side (except for garlic). I would ask your server questions about the spices used if you’re curious as ours was very knowledgeable about how the food was prepared. I would absolutely go back and try some different items on the menu.

Ratings from a plant-based eating perspective (1-5 scale, 1=Terrible  5=Excellent)

Ambiance: 4        Service: 5             Choices: 5           Taste: 4                Overall: 5

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