Location: 205 Third St. Bay City, MI 48708
Hours: Sun. – Thurs. 8AM – 2PM Fri. – Sat. 8 AM – 8 PM
Reviewed on: Yelp and
Website: On Facebook
We visited Heather’s two times for this review. This is mostly because we thought about starting this blog long before we did and took pictures at Heather’s a long time ago. The first time, we went there for a weekend breakfast. The second time was for dinner on a Saturday night. Heather’s offers many vegan (using no animal products) and vegetarian (using no animal flesh) options. They also have meat-containing options. I think it’s the kind of place that if vegan options were important to you, you’d be really excited, and if they weren’t, you wouldn’t really notice anything strange about the restaurant. What I like best about the place is that they make many things from scratch. They even make many of their condiments – which to me are some of the things that make a difference on their sandwiches. Try the red pepper almond mayo. It’s awesome. Anyway, on to the review.
L ordered two eggs, tofu bacon and homemade sunflower wheat bread toast with coffee. KB ordered the apple spice pancakes and fruit salad for his side with coffee. You can add an extra cake for 50 cents, and it’s totally worth it. I love their tofu bacon. I love regular bacon, but tofu bacon is less greasy and Heather’s has great taste. I have sampled many fake-meat and specifically fake-bacon products over the ages and this is my favorite. I have no idea how they get the tofu so thin and the taste so salty and smoky.
The eggs were standard fried eggs and the toast was great. They make it from their homemade sunflower wheat bread, and it’s good thick slices of bread. KB enjoyed his pancakes. Even though they look more like muffins, they are tender and warm and delicious. They are sweet and don’t need much syrup. The fruit salad had a yogurt dressing and was also sweet and fresh.
The night we went to dinner, KB ordered the Unchicken sandwich with zucchini pasta salad and L ordered the “Tri-tip” special with noodles. The unchicken salad is a tofu-based breaded patty with homemade mayo. It is much like eating a fried breaded chicken patty, and is quite satisfying. The zucchini pasta salad is a wonder. They shred the zucchini to the size of pasta, and toss it with basil, oil, salt and a little vinegar with tomato. It a lot better than it sounds, and I can eat large amounts of it. The tri-tip special was pretty good. It had good, meaty flavor and texture. However, the homemade noodles were a little to fat for my taste, although they did have good texture.
Summary: Heather’s is a breath of fresh air for the Bay City food scene. They don’t serve French fries, but they do serve delicious food that is sometimes vegan, sometimes healthy and almost always tasty and always interesting. They have a little something for everyone, and something out of the ordinary. They take the time and make the effort to make many of their menu items themselves, and the dedication pays off on your plate. The most important piece of advice I can give you about eating at Heather’s is this: if you see chocolate cake in the bakery cabinet and you think you might want a slice, order it immediately. It won’t last through dinner.