This is definitely my new favorite place in Traverse City! This is the kind of food I love and I am so glad there is a place where I can get light, fresh, vegetarian food in a beautiful atmosphere! Not that I don't love all of Traverse City's other great restaurants but this one was so refreshing after a weekend of indulgence.
Daunted by the line at Patisserie Amie, my parents and I just happened to wander in Om Cafe as a second choice, and I am so glad we did. The space is bright, airy, and spacious. Live music (at brunch!) put is in a relaxing mood. Is there a yoga studio in the back? I wouldn't be surprised. The whole restaurant has a meditative vibe.
I started with a beautiful pot of green tea - easily could be shared between two people but also could give one person a very generous few mugfuls. Speaking of mugs, all of our mugs were different and quirky, like they'd been bought by the owners and random stops on a cross country road trip. Mom and I split the Buddhist Priest stir fry with tofu and udon noodles, since they were out of soba. It was so nice and so fresh, loaded with veggies and not oversauced. Maybe an odd brunch choice, but it was so delicious. The fresh fruit we split was actually seasonal fruit - berries and whatnot - instead of just the usual melon slices.
I would love to come back for another meal or two next time I'm in TC for the Film Festival. If you've been having lots of big, indulgent meals while in TC, this is the perfect antidote and it will suck you back in for a repeat visit! You definitely don't need to be a vegetarian to appreciate the good stuff they make here.
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