Going Vegan in Houston: Where to Get Your Grub
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.
Eating vegan doesn't mean giving up the sweet stuff.
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.
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.
Coconut milk and plenty of vegetables make this curry one of the best vegan dishes in town.
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.