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Houston’s Newest Vegan Restaurant Is Now Open Near Third Ward

At Mo Better Brews, the meat isn’t missed in crispy hot fried ‘shrooms, vegan “lox,” and more exciting plates

Chicken fried oyster mushrooms atop a Belgian waffle. Some kind of orange sauce is drizzled over top.
Chicken fried mushrooms and waffles at Mo Better Brews
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Mo Better Brews, the first permanent restaurant from the minds behind vegan barbecue truck Houston Sauce Pit, has officially arrived.

The restaurant kicked open the doors at 1201 Southmore Boulevard, tucked in between the Third Ward and the Museum District, to celebrate Juneteenth. The restaurant is a project of Houston Sauce Pit’s Courtney Lindsey and Chasitie Lindsey, who quickly impressed local plant enthusiasts with their smoky vegan barbecue. Houston DJ and ethnomusicologist DJ Flash Gordon Parks is also involved in the project, and is frequently on hand to spin music during services.

On the menu, diners will find totally meat-free options like chicken-fried oyster mushrooms slathered in “trill sauce,” or remoulade, and served over grits and a Cajun croissant that’s stuffed with vegan boudin rice and doused in creamy mushroom sauce. Brunch options including peach cobbler waffles and pecan pie pancakes, plus a bagel topped with “cream cheeze” and carrot “lox.” A selection of veggie-packed sides, ranging from spinach artichoke dip to zucchini fritters, rounds out the menu.

According to the restaurant’s website, Mo Better Brews is now open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.