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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.

1. Govinda's Vegetarian Cuisine

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1320 W 34th St
Houston, TX 77018
(832) 831-9951
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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.

2. Raw Chef Renee

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2714 N Mason Rd
Katy, TX 77449
(281) 433-5928
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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.

3. Fat Cat Creamery

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1901 N Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 869-1080
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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.

4. Revolucion Coffee + Juice

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1231 W 11th St
Houston, TX 77008
(346) 227-2941
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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.

5. Broke Ass Pizza

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1320 Robin St
Houston, TX 77019
(832) 548-0471
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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.

6. Sinfull Bakery

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1714 Webster St
Houston, TX 77003
(281) 467-0017
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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.

7. Local Foods

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2555 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 255-4440
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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.

8. Crumbville, TX

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2316 Elgin St
Houston, TX 77004
(281) 935-3352
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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.

9. The Doshi House

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3419 Emancipation Ave
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 528-0060
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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.

10. Pepper Tree Veggie Cuisine

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3821 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 621-9488
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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.

11. Green Seed Vegan

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4320 Almeda Rd
Houston, TX 77004
(844) 365-8346
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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.

12. San San Tofu

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6445 Wilcrest Dr
Houston, TX 77072
(281) 988-5666

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.

13. Sunshine’s Health Food

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3102 Old Spanish Trail
Houston, TX 77054
(713) 643-2884
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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.

1. Govinda's Vegetarian Cuisine

1320 W 34th St, Houston, TX 77018

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.

1320 W 34th St
Houston, TX 77018

2. Raw Chef Renee

2714 N Mason Rd, Katy, TX 77449

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.

2714 N Mason Rd
Katy, TX 77449

3. Fat Cat Creamery

1901 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77008

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.

1901 N Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77008

4. Revolucion Coffee + Juice

1231 W 11th St, Houston, TX 77008

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.

1231 W 11th St
Houston, TX 77008

5. Broke Ass Pizza

1320 Robin St, Houston, TX 77019

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.

1320 Robin St
Houston, TX 77019

6. Sinfull Bakery

1714 Webster St, Houston, TX 77003

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.

1714 Webster St
Houston, TX 77003

7. Local Foods

2555 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77019

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.

2555 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77019

8. Crumbville, TX

2316 Elgin St, Houston, TX 77004

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.

2316 Elgin St
Houston, TX 77004

9. The Doshi House

3419 Emancipation Ave, Houston, TX 77004

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.

3419 Emancipation Ave
Houston, TX 77004

10. Pepper Tree Veggie Cuisine

3821 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77027

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.

3821 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77027

11. Green Seed Vegan

4320 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77004

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.

4320 Almeda Rd
Houston, TX 77004

12. San San Tofu

6445 Wilcrest Dr, Houston, TX 77072

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.

6445 Wilcrest Dr
Houston, TX 77072

13. Sunshine’s Health Food

3102 Old Spanish Trail, Houston, TX 77054

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.

3102 Old Spanish Trail
Houston, TX 77054

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