Going Vegan in Houston: Where to Get Your Grub

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Eating vegan doesn't mean giving up the sweet stuff.
Earlier this week, we featured some stunning vegan donuts from local vegan and gluten-free baker Jodycakes. Even in a carnivorous city like Houston, eating vegan can be done -- and done surprisingly well.

Jodycakes isn't the only vegan baker in town; Sinfull Bakery's vegan cookies and other sweet treats are sold in grocery stores and coffee shops throughout the city, making it easy to pick up a snack if you're on the run or suddenly craving sugar.

Also easy to pick up around town are the pre-packaged vegan meals from Radical Eats, which are sold at farmers' markets and coffee shops like Antidote and Black Hole; just heat and eat. Luckily, Radical Eats also has its own standalone restaurant now, serving vegan tamales, tacos and tortas at lunch and dinner and a wickedly good vegan brunch on Sundays.

But Radical Eats is far from alone.

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Coconut milk and plenty of vegetables make this curry one of the best vegan dishes in town.
Cafe TH doesn't bill itself as vegetarian or vegan, but offers excellent vegan Vietnamese food nevertheless. Its coconut milk-thickened vegan curry has swayed every carnivore I've introduced to the stuff, and even landed on my list of 100 Favorite Dishes (as did the vegan fried avocado taco from Radical Eats). Cafe TH also offers a vegan pho and vegan eggrolls, both of which are lighter in taste yet still full of flavor.

Another vegan favorite is the curious, cult-owned Loving Hut, way out on Westheimer. Get past the fact that it's operated by the mysterious Supreme Master and you'll find that the vegan Chinese, Japanese and Thai food it serves -- while frozen and shipped in from Taiwan -- is deceptively good. And if you liked your meal, Loving Hut has a convenient case with frozen dinners and fresh desserts that you can buy to take home.


Location Info

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Loving Hut

2825 S. Kirkwood, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pepper Tree

3821 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Field Of Green's

2320 W. Alabama, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

ZPizza

4010 Bissonnet, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pat Greer's Kitchen

412 W. Clay, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Snap Kitchen

3600 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cafe TH

2108 Pease St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Dan
Dan

What a great article! This was SO helpful. Thanks!

Jonathan
Jonathan

Loving Hut = Cult.  Watching that looping video of the "Supreme Master" is one obvious indication.  As other commenters have said, there's more proof behind the organization that's behind it.  But who cares!  The food is good for being shipped from Taiwan and their fizzy drinks are excellent, though pricey.  At Field of Green's, their BBQ sandwich is awesome.  Their fries need some work though.  Got nasty sick from eating at Radical Eats so I won't be going back there ever again.  Jodycakes is unbelievable.  I've only had a birthday cake from her but if that's any indication of her other items, I'm sold!  She made me an ultra-chocolate bday cake and it was amazing, cholocatey, not over-sweet, great flavor and texture, and just all around good.  Though it was pricey (aren't all vegan products more costly than the hardcore processed stuff?), it was worth it.  Highly recommend her!!  One commenter said to eat Middle Eastern food as they have lots of vegan dishes.  I highly agree.  I love Indian food especially and folks need to try Udipi off of Hwy 6 in Sugarland.  Also Cuisine of India in Clear Lake (mmm, vindaloo!).

jodycakes
jodycakes

Thanks so much for the kind words Jonathan!!! Hope we can do biz again in future!!!!  Totally AGREE regarding Udipi - eat there once a week at Hillcroft location!!!!! Yummy!!!

veggiecook
veggiecook

Agree with pretty much everything you said...try Field of Green's tofu fries, their normal fries aren't good but the tofu fries are a hidden gem on the menu (as long as they remember to season them right)...

Antony
Antony

Does anyone know if Pine Forest is owned by the same people who had Tien Ren on Westheimer.  The buffet seems awfully similar. Great food either way just wondering.

tim
tim

Loving hut is a cult, its pretty weird. Not hating, just saying.

veggiecook
veggiecook

Don't forget, if you want to go more upscale there are great vegan options as well...

A few examples include: T'afiaBackstreet CafeHugo'sHaven (not quite as many options, but willing to work with you)

That said, many of the vegan restaurants leave a lot to be desired in Houston. Not much innovation that I can't make myself for cheaper at home. There are options, yes, but the quality and innovation of the food isn't nearly as good as in other cities of comparable size. 

Best option for new vegans is to learn how to cook and know where the good innovative and accommodating places are for special occasions. Not to say I don't sometimes patronize the above locations, I certainly do, but I normally leave underwhelmed...

Eco earth warrior
Eco earth warrior

Disappointed that Ms. Schillcut repeatedly describes Loving Hut as "cult-owned" - by doing that she has predisposed readers to a negative opinion.  At least Ms. Schillcut mentioned actual vegan restaurants and food trucks, though a bit confusing to tie in the non vegetarian ones in the same article - especially describing those serving fish as primarily vegan. Fish aren't vegetables, Ms. Schillcut. : )  Just curious, is there a vegan food critic at Houston Press?  It would be wonderful to see columns from actual vegan critics instead of carnivores looking for things to dislike about the healthiest, most environmentally responsible cuisine on the planet.

Bruce R
Bruce R

"Just curious, is there a vegan food critic at Houston Press?"

Of course there is. The Houston Press employs food critics of many bents, including vegan, lactose intolerant, lacto-ovo, and even omnivore. One critic eats nothing but grapefruits.

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

You seem like tons of fun.

To clarify: Katharine is expressing her honest, earnest exploration of vegan foods and instead of helpfully clarifying a few points and making suggestions, you criticize her as a "carnivore looking for things to dislike"...when that clearly is not the case.

I'm more turned on to exploring vegetarianism and veganism by Katharine's excited curiosity than by your superiority snark "eco warrior" attitude. I think that militant attitude and tone give your cause a bad name.

Nicholas L. Hall
Nicholas L. Hall

We should sick Bloodhound Kyle on EEW. I'd be totally unsurprised to find some ulterior motives at work, as the overall bent of the comment is just odd, and not really reflective of the tone or intent of the article.

Jasonofthesea
Jasonofthesea

Was really looking forward to Field of Green's when I went veggie - pretty disappointed to say the least. Staff bitching about lack of guests, etc. I hate that

KING
KING

Is Pat Greer's Vegan Kitchen still around? I used to live a few blocks away. It's right off Taft in between Allen Parkway and Gray. Forgot the street name.

pat
pat

hi

we are still around!!!

giant hugspat

VegCelebrity
VegCelebrity

By the way, there is a Houston-based vegan society event all week called "Texas Go Vegan Week". Online at www.vegansocietyofpeace.org/te....  Surprising that the author didn't mention it.  They have a coupon good at about 6 participating vegan restaurants (some of whom the author reviewed).  Participating business are 100% vegan - no worries of cross-contamination or mystery ingredients there. Anyway, worth checking out.

Vegcelebrity
Vegcelebrity

Wow, what's up with the "cult" labeling of Loving Hut? Seems like the author of this post has something against Loving Hut (the largest vegan food chain in the world) and let it get mean rather than professional.  And Pine Forest is not 100% vegan, as they use whey. Moreover, Field of Greens is NOT at all primarily vegan. They still serve products with dairy, whey and of course flesh on the menu. Let's use language like "veg-friendly" to be more appropriate.

Megan
Megan

Maybe "cybersect" would be a better way to describe the organization behind this chain.  In addition, the corporate parent behind Loving Hut supports a religious organization.  Some of the Loving Hut restaurants sell Supreme Leader Ching Hai's merchandise.

Doc Ricky
Doc Ricky

Hmm, missing some good vegan options in Indian restaurants (avoiding the dishes that use yogurt or cheese), and in Lebanese cooking.

Doc Ricky
Doc Ricky

No mention of stalwart Pine Forest? Predates Pepper Tree, I believe, and very vegan conscious proprietors. 

joel_luks
joel_luks

Try reading the second page. There is more, and PF is included. 

joel_luks
joel_luks

Say WHHHAAAT. Vegan donuts. Do me.Thanks for the tip on zpizza. Had NO idea. Snaps for writing this. THANK YOU!Pine Forest Garden, eh. Not a huge fan. 

jodycakes
jodycakes

Just let me know if you need any!!! 

joel_luks
joel_luks

I am glad you said "need." As far as I am concerned, vegan donuts are not a "want." They are a medical necessity. I'll be calling soon :) Love you TONS!!

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

So I'm not missing out at Pine Forest, then?

joel_luks
joel_luks

Everything tasted too sodiumy, felt bloated like blimp. But I am open to returning. I'd love to hear what a professional palate says, though. 

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

Dude. Don't forget to get the Everything Bar from Sinfull. GROWL. I want one now.

joel_luks
joel_luks

Yes. I can devour a Sinfull cinroll in one sitting. 

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