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Cilantro Fresh, healthy and fast lunch options (with or without the leafy herbs)

Cilantro

208 E Grand River, Detroit, Michigan 48226
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Price Level:   
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Cards Accepted

Tags: lunch, healthy, salads, wraps, sandwiches, smoothies, Soup, cilantro, fresh, fast

With a name like “Cilantro,” you might expect the leafy herb to be in every dish in this tiny cafe. Cilantro can be a controversial ingredient. Some people love it, heaping it onto tacos al pastor or sprinkling it into Thai coconut soup. Others think it tastes like soap, or just don’t like the herbal flavor.

If you do love cilantro, you’ll find plenty to rave about at this little bistro. But if you’re not into this particular ingredient, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to order dishes without a hint of cilantro in them.

Cilantro opened in March and serves healthy, fresh, and fast lunch options with a menu that highlights smoothies, sandwiches and soups. The space is tiny; you could barely fit a dozen people inside. Even if you’re looking for it you could walk right by this cafe tucked onto Grand River at Broadway (look for the green and white sign; it’s just a couple storefronts down from Jose’s Tacos).

Cilantro’s wraps and panini style grilled sandwiches are straight up tasty. They’re healthy, but you won’t be thinking about that while you’re eating them. All you’ll be able to think is what wizardry concocted this magical feast and when can I find an excuse to eat one again. Everything is made from scratch, but it somehow comes out of the kitchen lickety split.

We’re fans of the cubano panini. It’s made with Cuban seasoned chicken breast, black pepper bacon, sauteed red onions, and slathered with a ghost pepper mayo. The turkey cilantro pesto panini is a popular choice as well, made with smoked turkey breast, provolone, turkey bacon, and Cilantro’s signature pesto sauce. They also have a pressed sandwich stuffed Atlantic salmon salad, tomato, organic spinach, bean sprouts and a lemongrass aioli.

Maybe you’re more in the mood for a wrap than a warm sandwich. In that case, you should go for the chicken caesar lawash, made with grilled chicken, tomato, parmesan, crisp romaine, and a sweet pepper bacon caesar dressing. Even if you’re not a vegetarian, the veggie wrap is a tasty choice. It’s loaded up with tomato, spinach, eggplant, sauteed red onions, swiss cheese and tahini sauce.

Cilantro’s smoothies make a great mid-afternoon pick-me-up. We love the peanut butter blast, made with peanut butter, almond milk, bananas and honey. The Bad Boy Blueberry is also a fan favorite, swirled with blueberries and lemon vanilla frozen yogurt.

Soups are made in house daily, including their creamy roasted corn chowder. They also have deliciously fresh salads like a kale tabbouleh or apple cashew salad.


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