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The Best Houston Restaurants for Vegans

15 spots for delicious plant-based dining

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Even though Space City is largely considered a haven for meat eaters, it’s a really good time to be a vegan in Houston. Trying to eat out for meatless, dairy-free food in the past might’ve meant a sad order of limp carrots on a bed of dry lettuce, but no more.

From mushroom meatballs to chocolate not-milk shakes to salad bar extravaganzas, this guide to the city’s finest vegan dining destinations proves that in Houston, it’s easy being green.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Govinda's Vegetarian Cuisine

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Housed in the Hare Krishna Temple & Cultural Center, the Indian buffet and salad bar at Govinda’s is chock-full of vegetarian and vegan edibles like seed sprouts and cream of veg soup. Their spiced broth pairs well with a side of greens tossed in a vegan almond dressing that puts ranch to shame.

Raw Chef Renee

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Hardcore herbivores will appreciate the raw food that Chef Renee Herndon sells from her roadside trailer in Katy. Chow down on clever renditions of traditional foods like the veggie-loaded fajitas drizzled with creamy cashew “cheese,” a creation that’s arguably better than the real deal and significantly kinder to the lactose-intolerant. Before making the trek to Katy, be sure to check Herndon’s Facebook page for details on hours of operation.

Fat Cat Creamery

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How does an ice cream fanatic live a life without dairy? If in Houston, they head to the Heights to revel in dreamy delights like Fat Cat Creamery’s chai-spiced coconut milk ice cream.

Revolucion Coffee + Juice

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Revolucion’s housemade “not milk” is the default base for novel drinks like sweet potato cold brew with cashew milk and green smoothies with hemp milk. But the real MVP is neither a dairy-free latte nor a superfood slushy -- it’s the peanut butter and cacao not-milkshake.

Broke Ass Pizza

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Vegan and gluten-free pies are available for pick-up or delivery at Broke Ass Pizza, a resourceful venture operated from the kitchen of an office building in the Fourth Ward. With offerings like vegan coconut curry pizza, the shop brings light back into the life of folks who’ve sworn off mozzarella.

Sinfull Bakery

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No list of Houston’s finest vegan establishments would be complete without mention of Sinfull Bakery. Established in 2010 by Dylan Carnes, Sinfull pumps out rich, butterless goodies sold everywhere from Central Market to farmers markets. The everything bar, made with Texas pecans, almonds, flax seeds, and more, is a classic.

Local Foods

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Vegetable-packed dishes are abundant on the menu of this beloved local chain. Kick off lunch with a bowl of vegan queso made with cashews, then dig into a tofu-topped Greek salad or “meat”ball sandwich served with giardiniera, marinara, and pesto.

Crumbville, TX

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It took no time for Ella Russell’s Crumbville to become a Third Ward staple dearly beloved by sweet tooths across the city. Make the trip for vegan chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter Snickers crunch cookies, and more mouth-watering sweets.

The Doshi House

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Owner Deepak Doshi keeps the menu simple with a rotating daily special, soups, and sandwiches like the yachea gogi, a panini packed with savory soy that could easily pass for sausage. Doshi doubles as a coffee house, making it a great space to lounge with an almond milk latte while snacking on an eggless cupcake.

Pepper Tree Veggie Cuisine

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Fried rice and smoky tofu from Pepper Tree’s lunch and weekend buffet will turn even the most skeptical carnivore into a meatless Monday fan. Classic dishes like kung pao “chicken” and curried “beef” are also excellent choices.

Green Seed Vegan

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Green Seed Vegan’s menu reads more like a mash-up of food words than a list of meals, but these psychedelic pairings are worth the trip. Score a mushroom “cheesesteak” or a plate of raw tacos stuffed with sunflower-walnut chorizo, cashew cream, and pico de gallo.

San San Tofu

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If there’s one certainty in the world, it’s that plain tofu is hardly described as scrumptious. But the housemade namesake good at San San Tofu will convince anyone that bean curd can be more appetizing than it sounds. Pick up a pack in the market section of the store, or pop over to the restaurant side for a cheap feast of tofu, rice and a pile of Vietnamese pastries for under $10.

Sunshine’s Health Food

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Everything from vegan nachos to soy chicken to seasoned beets makes the menu at Sunshine’s Health Food a hippie’s delight. To maximize the health benefits, pick up supplements like bee pollen or ginseng from the market side of the shop.

Govinda's Vegetarian Cuisine

Housed in the Hare Krishna Temple & Cultural Center, the Indian buffet and salad bar at Govinda’s is chock-full of vegetarian and vegan edibles like seed sprouts and cream of veg soup. Their spiced broth pairs well with a side of greens tossed in a vegan almond dressing that puts ranch to shame.

Raw Chef Renee

Hardcore herbivores will appreciate the raw food that Chef Renee Herndon sells from her roadside trailer in Katy. Chow down on clever renditions of traditional foods like the veggie-loaded fajitas drizzled with creamy cashew “cheese,” a creation that’s arguably better than the real deal and significantly kinder to the lactose-intolerant. Before making the trek to Katy, be sure to check Herndon’s Facebook page for details on hours of operation.

Fat Cat Creamery

How does an ice cream fanatic live a life without dairy? If in Houston, they head to the Heights to revel in dreamy delights like Fat Cat Creamery’s chai-spiced coconut milk ice cream.

Revolucion Coffee + Juice

Revolucion’s housemade “not milk” is the default base for novel drinks like sweet potato cold brew with cashew milk and green smoothies with hemp milk. But the real MVP is neither a dairy-free latte nor a superfood slushy -- it’s the peanut butter and cacao not-milkshake.

Broke Ass Pizza

Vegan and gluten-free pies are available for pick-up or delivery at Broke Ass Pizza, a resourceful venture operated from the kitchen of an office building in the Fourth Ward. With offerings like vegan coconut curry pizza, the shop brings light back into the life of folks who’ve sworn off mozzarella.

Sinfull Bakery

No list of Houston’s finest vegan establishments would be complete without mention of Sinfull Bakery. Established in 2010 by Dylan Carnes, Sinfull pumps out rich, butterless goodies sold everywhere from Central Market to farmers markets. The everything bar, made with Texas pecans, almonds, flax seeds, and more, is a classic.

Local Foods

Vegetable-packed dishes are abundant on the menu of this beloved local chain. Kick off lunch with a bowl of vegan queso made with cashews, then dig into a tofu-topped Greek salad or “meat”ball sandwich served with giardiniera, marinara, and pesto.

Crumbville, TX

It took no time for Ella Russell’s Crumbville to become a Third Ward staple dearly beloved by sweet tooths across the city. Make the trip for vegan chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter Snickers crunch cookies, and more mouth-watering sweets.

The Doshi House

Owner Deepak Doshi keeps the menu simple with a rotating daily special, soups, and sandwiches like the yachea gogi, a panini packed with savory soy that could easily pass for sausage. Doshi doubles as a coffee house, making it a great space to lounge with an almond milk latte while snacking on an eggless cupcake.

Pepper Tree Veggie Cuisine

Fried rice and smoky tofu from Pepper Tree’s lunch and weekend buffet will turn even the most skeptical carnivore into a meatless Monday fan. Classic dishes like kung pao “chicken” and curried “beef” are also excellent choices.

Green Seed Vegan

Green Seed Vegan’s menu reads more like a mash-up of food words than a list of meals, but these psychedelic pairings are worth the trip. Score a mushroom “cheesesteak” or a plate of raw tacos stuffed with sunflower-walnut chorizo, cashew cream, and pico de gallo.

San San Tofu

If there’s one certainty in the world, it’s that plain tofu is hardly described as scrumptious. But the housemade namesake good at San San Tofu will convince anyone that bean curd can be more appetizing than it sounds. Pick up a pack in the market section of the store, or pop over to the restaurant side for a cheap feast of tofu, rice and a pile of Vietnamese pastries for under $10.

Sunshine’s Health Food

Everything from vegan nachos to soy chicken to seasoned beets makes the menu at Sunshine’s Health Food a hippie’s delight. To maximize the health benefits, pick up supplements like bee pollen or ginseng from the market side of the shop.

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