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Chickpea in the D A Tiny Eatery With Big Flavor

Chickpea in the D

2 John R St, 48226
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Price Level:   
  • Open for: Lunch
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Cards Accepted

Tags: lunch, downtown, healthy, walk up window, sandwiches, smoothies, vegetarian options, hummus, Chickpea in the D, quick bites, daily specials, juice bar

Tucked onto the John R. side of the Lofts at Woodward Center building is a little lunch spot barely more than a walk up window. The tiny storefront looks so innocuous we walked right past it for weeks before stopping to glance at the menu.

Chickpea in the D opened in September 2013, occupying the humble kitchen once home to Good Girls Go To Paris Crepes before the cafe relocated to its Midtown digs. As the name suggests, the menu has a strong focus on chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), mostly in the form of hummus.

There are four hummus offerings every day. Two are always on the menu: original, and an extra garlic and green olive hummus. The others flavors rotate regularly. Depending on the day the offerings might include an onion medley made with red onions and scallions, jalapeno, roasted tomato and basil, wasabi, cilantro and lemon, avocado, roasted portobello, pickle, or asparagus.

An order of hummus and dippers makes the perfect afternoon snack. The intriguing specialty hummuses make it feel like you’re indulging, but it’s actually a super healthy treat. Choose from pretzels, pita bread, tortilla chips or veggies for dipping. Take them back to the office or snack while you walk.

Chickpea’s yummy sandwiches make a great lunch on the go. Try the Italian caprese made with fresh mozzarella, roma tomatoes, basil, and balsamic vinegar dressing. We’re fans of the veggie and hummus sandwich, stuffed with carrots, roma tomato, romaine lettuce, cucumber, and hummus.

A perplexing sweet hummus seemed out of place in a dish we’d normally serve with olive oil and garlic. The Nutella topped with marshmallows hummus, for example, sounds like it couldn’t possibly work. Surprisingly, pretzel dipped in Nutella-marshmallow hummus is a salty-sweet delight. Since the chickpeas don’t have a strong flavor on their own, they adapt well to a myriad of seasonings. The pumpkin spice and peanut butter & jelly flavors are equally baffling, but surprisingly delicious.

Chickpea also serves up freshly made smoothies that are light yet satisfying. The Fatigue Buster – made with apple, ginger, agave, lemon and parsley – staves off the afternoon slump even better than a third cup of coffee. We love the Sunny Day smoothie, which combines strawberry, banana, pineapple juice and yogurt. It’s fruity, creamy, and all around wonderful.

The next time you need a quick bite or a satisfying snack, stop by Chickpea in the D for a little lunch with big flavor.


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