This summer I dined at an eatery that’s been on my to-try list for ages: The Lunch Room.
The Lunch Room made its Ann Arbor dining scene debut in the form of a successful food cart at Mark’s Carts from 2011-2012. The following summer, the business expanded to its own brick and mortar restaurant in Kerrytown, where they have been serving up vegan cuisine to the masses since the summer of 2013.
I visited on a Wednesday evening in June after checking out the Farmer’s Market with a friend. Each night, dinner has a different theme (found on their website), and a special themed entrée is available in addition to The Lunch Room’s regular menu.
- Monday – Sushi night
- Tuesday – Taco night
- Wednesday – Asian night
- Thursday – Indian night
- Friday – Tapas night
- Saturday – Americana night
As you can see, Wednesday night is Asian night, and I decided to try out the evening’s special:
Buckwheat Soba Noodle Stir fry with Almond Butter Garlic Scape Sauce.
My entrée was also:
Served with a house made spring roll & sweet chili dipping sauce.
The spring roll filling was savory and delicious, though the fried pastry wrap was just a little too greasy (perhaps the oil was not hot enough when frying?) With that said, I devoured this whole big thing and I’m normally not even a huge spring roll fan.
The Lunch Room’s dessert case is absolutely irresistible, and I couldn’t NOT try a dessert. After weighing all the scrumptious-looking options, I had this amazing Whoopie Pie.
So incredibly buttery – how do they do it!? (Remember, there is no “real” butter in this vegan pastry!) I have no idea how this is vegan.
My dining companion ordered this sinful dark chocolate raspberry cake that was extremely indulgent and delicious, of course. Swoon.
The Lunch Room offers a nice balance of healthy, nutritious cuisine and indulgent desserts – and everything is vegan. I found my entrée (Soba Noodle Stir Fry) to be presented beautifully, satisfying, and well-rounded, and appreciated the seasonal touches (like early-summer garlic scapes) and nutritious components of the dish, though it wasn’t the most flavorful dish I’ve ever had. Of course, it’s difficult to judge based on one dinner. I would definitely like to return in the future to try more. Though, I do think The Lunch Room’s shining achievement is truly their offering of desserts.
I would certainly be remiss if I did not mention the lovely outdoor patio that The Lunch Room offers to diners as well. You should definitely check it out if you live in the area and have the chance, especially before the summer is over!
All in all, The Lunch Room offers something for nearly everyone’s dietary needs, and even a regular ol’ omnivore-with-no-food-allergies like me can find a satisfying meal. You might even forget you are eating vegan cuisine, like I did, since their menu is appealing to all. But please, when you visit, don’t forget to order dessert!
- Tip: Follow their Instagram account for lots of yummy-looking pics.
- Another Tip: Follow me, too, if you’d like, and you’ll see that the folks at The Lunch Room confirmed their secret Whoopie Pie ingredient on one of my posts. (Hint: it involves unicorns)