Our menu change seasonally. Be sure to look in our "What's on Special" page for monthly specials.
Our coffee is locally-roasted just for Avalon by Great Lakes Coffee and Roasting.
Espresso topped with hot water.
Espresso with a dash of steamed milk.
Espresso with steamed milk.
Espresso with more steamed milk.
Espresso with steamed milk and chocolate.
Spiced tea with milk, sugar, and cardamom.
Chocolate and steamed milk.
Brewed coffee with a shot of espresso.
Steamed milk with your favorite flavor shot.
Hearth and Soul Blend
Avalon's own blend roasted by Great Lakes: bold and rich with tones of toffee and chocolate.
A medium roast: sweet, earthy, and smooth.
Organic Fair Trade and single origin: mellow, light, and bright
vegetarian, organic, vegan
Cold Brew Coffee
With Chocolate Milk$4.50
Bite Of Bliss
Local Hudsonville cage-free eggs, seasoned with a touch of cayenne pepper and cream, then topped with cheddar cheese. on a "313" organic wheat roll.
Grown in Detroit Frittata Sandwich
Frittata made with vegetables grown in Detroit, with goat cheese spread and spinach on a brioche roll.
BLT + Egg
Bacon, lettuce, tomato, and a black pepper baked egg on our Sundried Tomato and Basil scone.
Smoked salmon sandwich with a baked egg, onion, cucumber, and cream cheese on a Motown Multigrain bun.
Seasonal vegetables, cheese, herbs, and Avalon bread mixed with eggs and baked.
Avalon pie crust filled with eggs, cream, spices, and seasonally-rotating filling.
Sparrow Meats free-range pork sausage on a 313 Soft Wheat bun with chipotle mayo, brussels sprout slaw, New York cheddar, and a black pepper egg.
Traverse City Turkey
Thick-sliced roasted turkey piled on Farnsworth Family Farm Bread with havarti, cherry honey mustard, and spring mix.
Chickpeas, pickled onions, dried cherries, and creamy smashed avocado on our Wheaty Wheat bread.
Tuna with a Mediterranean twist on our Greektown Olive Bread.
Sparrow Meats roasted chicken pulled and topped with olive tapenade, red onion, roasted red peppers, cucumber, and pepperoncini on Gratiot Street Ciabatta with goat cheese and arugula.
Avalon's old school Italian sub: salami, capicola, mortadella, and provolone on a 313 submarine roll.
Basil-walnut pesto with avocado, roasted red peppers, and organic sunflower sprouts on Motown Multigrain bread.
PB&J Goes Local!
Michigan-made peanut butter with Detroit's own strawberry "Slow Jams" on our Wheaty Wheat.
Three Cheese Mama Mia
Grown in Detroit Focaccia
The best of our produce grown in Detroit tops our whole wheat focaccia.
Our favorite focaccia dough baked with the season in mind!
In need of a quick and filling bite? Grab a hand pie- now made onsite at Willis. Hand pies are made daily and may change due to seasonality and availability of ingredients.
Seasonal Hand Pie
Ask us about today's hand pie!
Veggie Hand Pie
Ranging from Caribbean-spiced veggies to our favorite seasonal blends, try one today!
With Choice Of Avalonian Dressings: Arlene's Vinaigrette (the Secret Ingredient Is Love) or Balsamic Vinaigrette.
Kale Caesar Salad
Kale massaged with our housemade caesar dressing and topped with Avalon croutons and parmesan cheese.
Spring Mix with feta, olives, red onion, cucumbers, and tomato.
Broccoli rabe, shaved brussels sprouts, beets, and carrots with feta cheese atop a bed of farro tossed with a vinaigrette.
Michigan Garden Salad
Spinach, cherry tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, pickled red onions, and radish tossed with toasted garlic and parmesan vinaigrette.
Breads - Sourdoughs
Farnsworth Family Farm
named after detroit's eastside farming neighborhood, this chewy sourdough is avalon's house bread, and kid's favorite.
organic grains, seeds and flours blend with sea salt to provide doo-wop taste for the hippest bread in town! avalons best-selling bread.
sweet, nutty flavor of the whole grain is complemented by the light tang of our whole-wheat starter dough. this is what real wheat tastes like au natural.
Russell Street Rustic Italian
romanesque white bread with a light tangy taste and a thin, crispy crust. a hint of olive oil lends a creamy flavor; a touch of rye flour gives it earthy sophistication. perfect for bruschetta, pastas, and sandwiches.
this dark rye bread of eastern european origin has found a home in american sandwich lore. it loves cured meats, cheeses and even pb&j. you kept asking.
Dexter Davison Rye
an old world rye bread named after a mid-century detroit jewish neighborhood and the beloved namesake bakery. this sourdough with caraway seeds screams for corned beef. breakfast toast with butter or cream cheese is also undeniably good. if youve heard folks call rye bread corn bread, this is it, referencing the corn meal dusted on the crust to prevent the finicky rye dough from sticking. devotees swear that they cant live without it.
simple, unfettered ingredients highlight the delicious, earthy taste of whole rye flour. the tight crumb holds up to sandwiches, toast, eggs and any fixings you can throw at it. like the hamtramck neighborhood it heralds from, this bread is straightforward and hearty.
Mack Avenue Marble Rye
a simple rye with a little molasses mixed in for beauty and taste. as lovely to look at as it is to eat.
Breads - Yeasted Starter (poolish)
Gratiot Street Ciabatta
ciabatta (chuh-ba-ta) means shoe in italian due to its misshapen appearance. light and chewy. rip and dip! great for bruschetta and garlic bread too.
Lafayette French Baguette
ahh...the lithe baguette. delicate and temperamental, but too delicious to overlook. the obvious choice with any cheeses or dips, or served hot and crispy with sweet cream butter and sea salt. what is not so obvious: slice lengthwise the next day, toast lightly and slather with butter and a little sea salt. let paris come to you.
Woodbridge Whole Wheat Baguette
tucked away near wayne state university is an eclectic, vibrant, historic neighborhood. a little artsy...a little aristocratic...a little hearty...yet light at heart. get it? baguette with whole grains? detroits got it all: good bread and good people. its all good.
Rocking Red Ale Beer Bread
avalon and grizzly peak brewing company (ann arbor) present a beer bread with a malty smooth taste and a caramel bouquet. a strong aromatic bread with an open crumb, the pint sized loaf is perfect to polish off with dinner..and no leftovers!
Breads - Our fancy Pants Breads (sourdoughs)
Paradise Valley Raisin Pecan
named after the hub of african american commerce and culture in mid-20th century detroit, this avalon classic heralds dark, sweet organic raisins and southern pecans. a symphony of contrasts with a sharp cheddar cheese. scottish cheddar perhaps? trust us on this one.
Quintessentially Cranberry Orange
dried cranberries & fresh orange zest with plenty of holiday spirit. think winter mornings. think cream cheese. think leftover turkey. only available november and december. think fast.
Palmer Park Pain Aux Noix
a french sourdough bread with walnuts sounds pretty simple, but the complex flavors and textures make this bread a standout. how do we serve thee? let us count the ways: compliments a soft, triple cream brie, beef tenderloin, pb & j or a complex salad. like the palmer park neighborhood, this bread is very uptown.
Corktown Cinnamon Raisin
dark, sweet organic raisins and yummy cinnamon. no added sugar here. sturdy enough for some slammin french toast. corktown historic district is a little sweet with a little spice, just like the bread.
Leelanau Cherry Walnut
savor the sweet tang of northern michigan dried cherries with the crunch of walnuts in our house sourdough bread. poultry, pungent cheeses or dressed-up buttered toast: fancy pants bread for sure.
Breads - A Little Bit Softer Now (yeasted)
Hastings Street Challah
what started as a way to celebrate friday night sabbath in jewish homes throughout the world has become a cross-cultural favorite. this soft egg bread makes each meal special: from friday night dinner to french toast the next morning to peanut butter and jelly for saturday lunch. if you run out quickly, youre in luck: its not just for fridays anymore.
we dont make wonder bread of course, but sometimes life requires a soft, easy bread that you can roll into little balls or use to bribe your kids into eating a sandwich. 313 is our answer: real eggs, real milk, yeast, flour and a little bit of sugar to sweeten the deal. accessible, versatile, delicious...and still made with 100% organic flour. what could be bad
313 Burger Buns
the only locally-made burger bun made from real milk and real eggs. exalts every burger it graces. also available with onion or onion poppy seed.
Sweets - Brioche
sweeter than bread, lighter than cake, brioche makes an elegant, understated breakfast. bread pudding or french toast? a little crazy. pb and j; grilled cheese; or say, nutella panini? truly outlandish. by the loaf or a traditional bun.
seasonal brioche: in the summer, it might be michigan fruit, during the holidays were likely to bring a little holiday cheer. changes monthly. its good to have a little mystery.
Seriously Sticky Buns
big brother dave weighs in: its not too sweet, but it is too buttery. as if there is such a thing! it is, admittedly, our classic brioche with more cinnamon butter rolled into it, baked on yet another layer of brown sugar butter until perfectly carmelized.
Beaubian Blueberry Buckle
light coffee cake packed with blueberries and a light, streusel topping. we hope that grandma is proud of us.
Sweets - Scones
Whole Cream Vs. Half And Half: The Age Old Scone Question. Weve Handled It With Equanimity-both, Of Course. Still Cutting In The Sweet Cream Butter In By Hand Every Night On The Wooden Tables. Well Go To Any Lengths To Get The Light And Flakey Scone That Would Make The Irish Proud.
other bakeries might call it a plain scone. we see it as a celebration of butter.
the combination worked so well in our bread, we tried it in our scone and never looked back. an avalon classic.
fresh lemon zest with, enough raisins to create a sweet, chewy contrast.
heres where we leave tradition behind. weve been known to roll in jams, nutella, even peanut butter and jelly.
irreverance at its most delicious.
Sweets - Classic Cookies
Chocolate Chunk Cookies
big, slightly caky and generously endowed with only the best callebaut chocolate chunks. no mere chocolate chips; only chunks will do. plain or pecan.
Jans Classic Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
6' tall men have been known to getting misty-eyed when we run out of these avalon favorites. our trademark cookies are big, soft and chewy, made with plump raisins, rolled organic oats and real butter. dont worry, we bake extra now, so we theres always plenty. well, almost always
Purely Peanut Butter Cookie
organic peanut butter and our not-so-secret ingredient: a touch of coffee. big, chewy, ever-so-slightly doughy in the middle. its hard to make your way through a whole one. then again, its hard not to.
Sea Salt Chocolate Chunk Cookie
its that far-away look in the eye when customers stop us on the street; its the moment of reverant silence when they are handed across the counter. a smaller, chewier chocolate chunk cookie with course sea salt sprinkled on top. overall avalon staff favorite.
Dequindre Cut Trail Mix Cookie
the dequindre cut, an abandoned below-grade railroad track was transformed into a unique bicycle and walking path in may 2009, east of downtown. our newest cookie is classic oatmeal, generously endowed with dried cranberries, raisins, sunflower and pumpkin seeds. two parts indulgence, one part health food.
Avalons Amazing Amazon Brownies
in the brownie world, there are two schools of thought: caky and fudgy. our brownies are old school caky, with plenty of moist callebaut chocolate for depth and moistness. these brownies are as big and over-stated as amazons: nothing subtle about them. also available with walnuts or peanut butter (pushing it dangerously close to the baked-good-meets-candy-school).
Sweets - Muffins
Cranny Branny Muffin
the natural sweetness of cranberries and a touch of brown rice syrup complement the heartiness of 100% whole wheat flour. high in complex carbohydrates; low hypo-glycemic load.
the muffin that put us on the muffin map. slightly grainy, incredibly moist, packed with juicy blueberries. a mainstay of our breakfast offerings.
all excellent points and yet, baking with the seasons reminds us of the unique bounty of michigan foods. whatever the season, there will be a delicious, seasonal muffin waiting for you, until the next season!
Sweets - Fruit Bars
The Original Inspiration For Avalon Came In Part From Wildflour Bakery- A Co-op Bakery In Ann Arbor. When They Closed In 1997, Just Months Before Avalon Opened, We Inherited Their Bread Slicer, Some Indestructible Muffin Pans And Their Date Bar Recipe. Thanks, Annie And Paul. For All That You Do.
no wheat, no refined sugar, no dairy. how could they taste so good? the filling is merely soaked dates, raisins and cinnamon, mixed into a puree. the crust: oats and oat flour, with a little brown rice syrup, pure maple syrup and vegan shortening to bind it. the result: a super-yummy, super-healthy sweet treat that can sustain you through a long bike ride, a vigorous hike or a busy day in the city.
Cherry And Apple Bars
ingredients: crust: organic oat flour, organic rolled oats, vegan trans-fat free shortening, brown rice syrup, and maple syrup. filling: frozen and dried cherries, arrowroot powder, turbinado sugar
Sweets - Vegan Cookies
This Is Where The Rubber Hits The Road For Our Vegan Following. Finally- A Vegan Cookie That Doesnt Taste Like Tree Bark. Amazingly, It Taste Like A Delicious Cookie!
light and crispy, this an uncomplicated cookie that needs neither bells nor whistles.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
this cookie brings out the best in both organic peanut butter and callebaut chocolate. sort of a fancy way to eat peanut butter out of the jar with chocolate chips sprinkled on top. were not the only ones who do that late at night, are we?
those of us of a certain age might remember the pinwheel cookies of our youth. this cookie is reminiscent in flavor, yet needs no dairy products to bring back childhood memories.
Dequindre Cut Trail Mix
why? because this cookie is so good that it would be unfair to deprive our vegan friends. a vegan oatmeal cookie with lots of dried fruit and seeds in it to get you down the trail.
Chandler Park Coconut Chocolate Chip Chandler Park Coconut Chocolate Chip
not your grandma's chocolate chip cookie. not your ordinary vegan cookie. not surprisingly, its delicious.
d Power Granola Bar
lets just be clear: this is not dried-out, tasteless body fuel that you force down while backpacking. moist and positively addictive, these will keep you going for hours. peanut butter, organic seeds and some chocolate chips thrown in because we care about your soul too. anns favorite before a long bike ride in the d.
as much carrot as cake, this is a symphony of textures and flavor: crunchy walnuts, juicy raisins, hearty carrots. please dont call this a vegan carrot cake! its a carrot cake that just happens to be vegan.
i Cant Believe Its Vegan Frosted Chocolate Snack Cake
we have discovered that great chocolate can be even better without dairy products to compete for flavor. this super-moist chocolate cake is has a wonderfully clean, chocolate taste without being heavy and sicky-sweet.
A Cup Of "josephine"
12 Oz (s)$1.55
16 Oz (d)$1.80
creamy, rich capri espresso with equal parts steamed milk and foam
espresso with two parts steamed milk and a touch of foam
espresso in a cup of "josephine" of your choice
espresso in hot water, the strength of a cup of jo with the complexity of espresso
espresso with a dollop of foam
Harney And Sons Hot Tea
choice of: cinnamon spice, japanese sencha, decaffeinated ceylon, orange pekoe, darjeeling, earl grey, english breakfast or peppermint
ghiradelli cocoa powder steamed with milk, topped with whipped cream on request
December 24th - Christmas Eve 6am–3pm
December 25th - Christmas Day CLOSED
December 31st - New Year’s Eve 6am–3pm
January 1st - New Year’s Day CLOSED
and a Happy New Year!
The narrative of Avalon has been told often, yet time and time again people tell us that our story has inspired them in countless ways. In the hopes that it might inspire others, we offer not only how we got here ("Our Story") and what we aspire to accomplish ("Triple Bottom Lines") but who keeps us going ("Meet Our Staff"). We consider ourselves "midwives" who have had the privilege being part of the creation of Avalon. Although it has grueling in ways we could not have imagined, Avalon continues to bless us in ways we could never have imagined as well.
May our paths be of use....