September 30, 2021

For Immediate Release:
September 30, 2021

David Perle 202-483-7382

Ann Arbor, Mich. – To celebrate the start of fall, PETA has scoured the country for the best vegan chili dishes—and The Lunch Room Bakery & Cafe and its sister establishment, the Detroit Street Filling Station, have landed a spot on the list for their Hearty Chili, loaded with sweet potatoes, butternut squash, black and kidney beans, and tomatillo and flavored with zesty seasonings.

“Chili bowls are the ultimate comfort food, and this one comes with the comforting thought that no animals were harmed to make it,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “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.”

PETA notes that the meat industry brands cows, castrates them, and rips the horns out of their skulls, often without any painkillers. Afterward, workers pack the animals into filthy feedlots and then into transport trucks for a terrifying trip to the slaughterhouse. Vegan meat sales increased 148% in 2020 compared to the year before, and 47% of Americans want to incorporate more vegan foods into their meals in 2021.

Other honorees include Plant Bae in Montgomery, Alabama; Arles & Boggs Vegan Eatery in Wallingford, Connecticut; House of Leaf & Bean in Jacksonville, Florida; The Grit in Athens, Georgia; and Ben’s Chili Bowl in Washington, D.C. Each eatery will receive a framed certificate from PETA, which offers many vegan chili recipes on its website.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.