8 Houston restaurants that serve outstanding vegan food

In a steakhouse town like Houston, it may seem like there are meat-heavy options aplenty, while vegan ones, not so much. But as sustainability in restaurants becomes a hot topic, all-vegan concepts have been quietly popping up from one end of the city to the other. Chefs and restaurateurs are […]

In a steakhouse town like Houston, it may seem like there are meat-heavy options aplenty, while vegan ones, not so much. But as sustainability in restaurants becomes a hot topic, all-vegan concepts have been quietly popping up from one end of the city to the other.

Chefs and restaurateurs are incorporating meat substitutes like Beyond Meat into dishes, while also getting adventurous with vegetables like jackfruit, mushrooms and carrots to help satisfy all-too-common cravings for sushi or barbecue.

Gone are the days when eating plant-based meant noshing on a plate of raw vegetables. These vegan restaurants in Houston offer everything from stellar salads with dairy-free dressings to meatless mains and eggless desserts.

8 Houston restaurants that serve outstanding vegan food

A variety sushi plate from Chef Kenny’s Asian Vegan restaurant.

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Chef Kenny’s Asian Vegan

For some, missing out on sushi is half the battle of living a vegan lifestyle, but at Chef Kenny’s Asian Vegan, nigiri, hand rolls and maki are all crafted with meatless and dairy-free ingredients. Vegetables and soy meat are also incorporated in popular items like the California roll and spicy tuna hand roll. But the East Asian offerings don’t stop there: the restaurant offers signature Chinese dishes like Cantonese fish and General Tso’s chicken, all made with soy-based products.

Green Seed Vegan

Green Seed Vegan gets creative with its vegan menu, featuring hot barbecue sandwiches made with seasoned jackfruit and pressed portabella paninis, and plenty of raw vegan choices too. The Tigerbowl combines raw zucchini spirals with saucy kelp noodles and sprouts for a flavorful dish with lots of texture. If you prefer to drink your veggies, the restaurant offers cold-pressed juice and elixirs packed with superfoods like kale and beets.

Vegan chicken and waffles at Mo' Better Brews.

Vegan chicken and waffles at Mo’ Better Brews.

Mo’ Better Brews

Mo’ Better Brews

There truly isn’t a bad time to visit this all-day vegan coffee shop and cafe in the Museum District, helmed by husband and wife duo Courtney and Chasitie Lindsay. Along with coffee offerings, the restaurant boasts hearty eats including chicken fried mushrooms and grits, breakfast quesadillas, a boudin rice-stuffed croissant and peach cobbler waffles. Want mo’ Mo’ Better Brews? The restaurant is open for dinner twice a week, on Wednesdays and Thursdays until 10 p.m.

Sinfull Bakery's pop tarts are made with vegan cream cheese.

Sinfull Bakery’s pop tarts are made with vegan cream cheese.

Sinfull Bakery

Sinfull Bakery

This vegan bakery slings sweet and savory treats such as kolaches made from scratch with fillings like Beyond Meat breakfast sausage, dairy-free cheese and plant-based eggs. For a throwback snack, try the pop tart, made with real fruit and iced with vegan cream cheese. Pro tip: score Sinfull Bakery items at the Urban Harvest Farmers Market on Saturdays.

Soul Food Vegan’s mushroom po’boy features fried oyster mushrooms on a gluten-free spelt-flour bun.

Soul Food Vegan’s mushroom po’boy features fried oyster mushrooms on a gluten-free spelt-flour bun.

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Soul Food Vegan

This Third Ward gem, with its substantial menu of Cajun and Creole comfort plates sans-meat, is proof that there is no need to sacrifice flavor when it comes to vegan food. You won’t miss meat in the boudin balls made with brown rice and pea protein, or in the spicy jambalaya, hearty with vegetables, peppers and meatless sausage. For barbecue fans, the ribs platter is a picture-perfect presentation of saucy jackfruit ribs with collard greens, mac and (vegan) cheese and dirty rice.

A bowl of vegan ramen at Trendy Vegan.

A bowl of vegan ramen at Trendy Vegan.

Ling Wang

Trendy Vegan

At Trendy Vegan, the spotlight is on traditional East Asian eats, with plenty of spicy plates to choose from. Begin with hot and sour soup and vegetable-filled, steamed or pan-fried dumplings, followed by mapo or General Tso’s tofu with rice. For a better sampling of dishes, spring for a bento box which features an entrée alongside a salad, spring roll, dumpling and dan dan noodles.

Veegos Restaurant’s enchilada plate features three enchiladas served with a side of rice and refried beans, and topped with mozzarella-style vegan cheese.

Veegos Restaurant’s enchilada plate features three enchiladas served with a side of rice and refried beans, and topped with mozzarella-style vegan cheese.

Steve Gonzales, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer

Veegos

Satisfy all of your Mexican and Tex-Mex cravings at this West Houston gem, where dishes are made from scratch using only plant-based ingredients. Plates like saucy, potato-stuffed flautas and pozole with mushrooms serve as filling pre-cursors to your meal. Nachos and tostadas are generously topped with beans, jackfruit, vegetables and cashew cheese, while enchilada platters use plant-based protein or beans, topped with red, green or mole sauce.

All-vegan restaurant Verdine in the Heights serves a plant-based version of migas.

All-vegan restaurant Verdine in the Heights serves a plant-based version of migas.

Sean Rainer

Verdine


The popularity of Stephanie Hoban’s vegan food truck led to the chef opening Verdine, a brick-and-mortar restaurant in the Heights, where she’s been able to expand on the casual menu. Longtime favorites like the bistro burger with a lentil-walnut-mushroom patty remain, but guests can also score gumbo with buttered Louisiana long-grain rice, macaroni with an oat milk white cheddar sauce and gluten-free German chocolate cake, made even better with a scoop of vegan ice cream.



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