Posted by: Kath Usitalo | August 8, 2012

Road Food Report: Greengos Cafe

Go flexitarian at Greengos Cafe in Grosse Pointe Park (Greengos photo)

A Great Lakes Gazette first: Guest Blogger, daughter Paige

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Guest Blogger Paige at Savvy Chic, Detroit’s Eastern Market

Today the Great Lakes Gazette presents to you a rare occasion…A guest blogger!

You may recognize me from my past appearances on the blog; my personal favorite was in my good friend Zak the Zucchini’s feature.

Now I bring you a super exclusive, insider look at Greengos Cafe in Grosse Pointe Park.

I was fortunate enough to call this flexitarian, gluten-free, cafe my place of employment this summer, where I pumped out endless raw juices, shots of wheatgrass, and smoothies.

Flexitarian? Gluten-free? Wheatgrass? Of course there is room for skepticism—not the least from my brother, Graham, who launched into a discourse about the Paleo diet.

But  the truth is that if you love nourishing your body with delicious food, it will be hard for you not to love Greengos.

Graham didn’t even attempt to deny the tasty tamales—a Tuesday and Saturday special—or the splendor of the cafe’s gluten and dairy-free carrot cake.

Carrots, Holland Farmers Market

“Flexitarian” is just a simple way of conveying the accessibility of the food; although everything is 100% gluten free and vegetarian, with many vegan options, it appeals to herbivores and carnivores alike.

“Flexitarian” could also be applied to the atmosphere, which is welcoming and easy-going. Several customers have commented to me about how much they enjoy stopping in, not just for the food, but for the vibe as well.

As the owner, Michell Danel says, “Food made with love takes time.”

We do put a lot of love into the food – we make everything in-house, from the bread to the watermelon chutney to the hibiscus tea, all created from organic and local goods, and we welcome you to relax while it is thoughtfully prepared for you.

Tamale bowl made with care at Greengos (Paige Kozak photo)

Greengos is not McDonald’s, but if that’s more your taste, a new branch is just a short jaunt away.

Unfortunately I will be leaving Greengos to head back to school in about a week, just as the cafe is making some exciting changes.

In addition to the lunch menu, which includes a Raw Portabella Steak Sandwich and Brie Panini, the breakfast menu will be expanding to meet the earlier hours. The baked goods will be more abundant, adding to the Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie and muffins that are usually on hand—though they do go fast!

If you’re looking for something on-the-go, the Energize Smoothie and an Apricot Currant granola bar is a no-fail. I’m not entirely sure how I’ll go back to eating pre-packaged granola once I’m back at school—these bars are incredible.

I’ve been so blessed to have been able to be a part of the Greengos crew this summer, and my appreciation for this place is practically oozing through the type. Some of you may feel I am biased, and the only thing I can say to that is… Come check it out and see for yourself!

Paige Kozak

Greengos **New** Hours

7 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

Closed Sunday and Monday

If you’re in a hurry, you can always call ahead and your food will be ready upon arrival: 313-432-2373

Greengos is located at 15104 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Park

Greengos was featured in Hour Detroit magazine 



  1. Paige, with you being an employee no wonder the place has “vibes”. I promise to try it when I’m out in your neck of the woods. Nice writing and promoting of the restaurant.

  2. […] by Paige’s tales of good, healthy eating learned during her summer working at Greengos Cafe (click here to see her blog post) I adapted it with a few tweaks. Most notable was substituting applesauce for more than half of the […]

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