The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Vegan Restaurants

Categories: Top 10, Vegetarian

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Photo by Katharine Shilcutt
Build-your-own pizza at ZPizza with artichokes, eggplant and capers.
7. ZPizza

One of the few pizza places in town to offer both vegan and gluten-free options -- it's a California-based chain, after all -- ZPizza always manages to impress with its regular, run-of-the-mill pizzas, too. The Bissonnet location is more geared toward delivery and takeout, but has a cheerful if basic dining room. You can order its most popular options by the slice or build your own with a huge selection of sauces, cheeses and toppings, including the surprisingly creamy vegan cheese, Daiya, which is so good you won't miss the dairy-based stuff. You can also BYOB here -- and there's even a Spec's right across the street.

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6. Roots Bistro

Vegan but still like an upscale dining experience or a thoughtful wine list? Roots Bistro in Montrose was almost custom-built for you. Although vegan chef German Mosquera recently left, new exec Chandler Rothbard is set to keep the menu interesting and modern -- while very vegetable-friendly at the same time. Try the charred okra with maple syrup to start or the "squashta" made with seasonal squash, topped with squash blossoms and vegetables in a tangy tahini dressing. For dessert, there's a wickedly good raw chocolate chai ganache with persimmon puree.

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Vegan General Tso's chicken at Pepper Tree.
5. Pepper Tree

Pepper Tree is best known for its $9.99 buffet, which features vegetarian Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisine as well as a few Western dishes. Anything normally made with meat is reimagined here with textured vegetable protein and more: Tofu versions of Peking duck, General Tso's chicken and kung pao chicken all come out tasting delicious. The modern, calming decor, the spotless interior and the friendly, knowledgeable staff make this the place for the novice or the experienced vegan. The wonderful owners, Happy and Mike Tsai, even serve de-chlorinated, triple-distilled alkaline clustered water in an ultimate health-conscious display.

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Vegan sushi at Loving Hut.
4. Loving Hut

Yes, Loving Hut is run by a cult. But that cult makes damn good vegan food, so I'm willing to overlook it. (Anyway, it's not like these are Scientologists we're talking about.) The menu at this far-flung West Houston restaurant is primarily Asian-focused, with Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese-influenced dishes, but there are also more Americanized dishes like the Loving Hut Burger (with a soy patty and Vegenaise) and the Savory Spaghetti made with tofu. Half restaurant, half cafe serving fresh-squeezed juices, Loving Hut offers something for everyone -- …as long as they don't eat meat. You can even grab some its more popular items, pre-packed, from the freezer to take home.


Location Info

Doshi House Cafe

3419 Dowling St., Houston, TX

Category: General

Quan Yin

10804 Bellaire, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Field Of Green's

2320 W. Alabama, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

ZPizza

4010 Bissonnet, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Roots Bistro - CLOSED

507 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cafe TH

2108 Pease St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pepper Tree Veggie Cuisine

3821 Richmond, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Loving Hut

2825 S. Kirkwood, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Green Seed Vegan

4320 Almeda Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Radical Eats

507 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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26 comments
cocolita22
cocolita22

Hello..I'm trying to find some help on being Vegan..I have a urgency of becoming Vegan...but I can't find no one to help..or to talk about the vegan world :( can somebody please help :( 

Thank u

misstaurus05
misstaurus05

hi, as a vegan when i see top vegan resturants i come in with a mindset that i would be able to eat everything off the menu on any establishment listed. i was disapointed that most of them weren't vegan and only a few were vegetarian. for future refrence, please list only establishments that are vegetarian at least, and vegan at most. to me, this is like saying sandy's bar makes smoothies and cranberry juice, but as someone who would be clean and sober you would only want to know about the places that sell drinks with no alcohol in them. great start and let's get more clean for the future <3

EatingOurWords
EatingOurWords

@DallasVegan Aww, we love our vegan friends. It doesn't matter what you eat, as long as it makes you happy and healthy.

vegunn
vegunn

Thanks, HP, for representing vegan restaurants.  I do take issue with the bit about Loving Hut being run by a cult. I don't know much about their religion, except that they promote compassion for all beings and sustainability.  Sounds a lot better than many other religions, but I guess if a cult gets large enough it gets to be called a religion.

JB_The_Dissenter
JB_The_Dissenter

I can't believe you didn't put the Free Range Lettuce Cafe on this list.  How can you call this a list?  Despite the fact that FRLC doesn't exist, it should still be on the list.  It would be kick ass!.  The lettuce would taste all luke warm and stuff.  Yeah, luke warm.  Refrigeration ain't green.  Mmmm.  Luke warm lettuce feels so good in ma belly.

UUZennie
UUZennie

I would add the Hobbit Cafe on Richmond (or the driveway and sign are anyways). They have great veg options that can easily be veganized. I recommend the Numenor with Tofu, it's amazing. Another great Vietnamese option is Jenni's Noodle House. Jenni's clearly labels their vegan or veganizable dishes and even has three kinds of vegan cookies. For Cheap eats, my money always goes to the Bird. Freebirds has the best burritos in town and the food is way healthier (less sodium or fat) than Chipotle or the awfully puntastic Bullrito. Honestly, it's pretty easy to be a vegan most places other than the already mentioned Meat Buffets and places like Cracker Barrel who think bacon should be a primary ingredient in all their dishes.

Temujin Scott
Temujin Scott

Very nice list. A few places that I've still never been to that I'll have to visit & support!!

theskamikaze
theskamikaze

absolutely none of that looks appetizing

idylwino
idylwino

Flakey's Pizza (food truck in the parking lot of Super Happy Fun Land) deserves a shout out here.  While they have a nice selection of meat and vegetarian pizzas, they also do a pretty awesome vegan pizza complete with Daiya.   Plus, they deliver in the East End.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

Fark it, the trend has gone so off kilter, it is now a joke.  I'm going to get ahead of the curb and start an all raw vegan bar that will trump every other vegan's restaurant for authenticity.  Sure, it'll just be a bunch of fruits and vegetables along with some store bought gluten free "wraps,"  but when mockery doesn't stop them, I might as well make a profit on their gullibility.

jenkinshouse55
jenkinshouse55

These are all fine, but just want to add Mission Burrito to this list. Though not a vegan restaurant they have the best cheap vegan food in town.

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

Nice. No Conscious Cafe, or is it more just vegetarian than vegan?

budrich
budrich

I dunno if I would really call this a "best of" list as much as just a list. Had to stretch to include a food truck and include places that won't label their food vegan (which usually makes vegans suspicious, and rightly so).

 

It's hard eating out and being vegan or vegetarian. A lot of times a restaurateurs idea of "no meat" varies from place to place. I've been told soups are vegetarian only to find it has beef broth, but no chunks of meat. Or for some odd reason fish isn't considered a meat. Not saying any of the places on this list would do anything like this, just highlighting how difficult it can be to eat vegan or vegetarian when going to restaurants.

 

Cafe TH is really good, but sweet Jesus they have some of the worst hours of operation in Houston.

meredithhussein
meredithhussein

@HoustonPress thx for the round up! also check out @BlueFishHouse on Richmond -- lots of great vegan sushi & tofu options!!

Ive8899
Ive8899

@vegetarianview I love it

clarkjo74
clarkjo74

Hi there, I started vegan eating about two months ago. I really am loving it. I started out reading many articles online. I have tried many new recipes and always make it to the "t" so to speak for the first time and then during dinner I sit with the printed recipe and add or delete other options. Some of the dishes are super spicy. Check out the website for the station 2 firefighters from Austin. I have used many of their recipes too. If you'd like to chat more, you can email me at clarkjo74@yahoo.com

Plant based eating and lovin it!

Joanne

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

 @Kylejack I love Conscious Cafe, but my favorite items there are very non-vegan: the bean pie and the salmon burger. That said, it definitely bears mentioning because it does have some good vegan options. Thanks!

idylwino
idylwino

 @budrich 

I would argue that dining out vegetarian is only a minor setback in Houston.  I have encountered maybe a handful of places that had absolutely nothing vegetarian (one of the Tela's used lard for the beans, and that place on 59 with the hellish sandbox puts delicious bacon in pretty much everything), so unless you're going to something like Churasco's or one of those Meat Sword places and complaining I'm struggling to see the problem.   Dining out vegan is only slightly more difficult, but really it depends on what you're eating and how complicated you want to make your order.  Most asian fare make it ridiculously easy to eat vegan, and there's a fare amount of other spots that have some accidentally vegan or straight up no meat/no dairy dishes.   For our love of red meat and rodeos, Houston is pretty up on the vegan/vegetarian options.  I think we could easily go toe-to-toe with Austin any day.

 

budrich
budrich

I've had some great food from trucks. My only problem with food trucks is their dependability. I frequently eat from food trucks but I'm also frequently standing in a parking lot confused thumbing through twitter trying to figure out what happened to the truck. In my experience they are not the most punctual group. Perhaps that smacks of ignorance. Perhaps it's wrong to lump them all into a category as such. Sometimes perception is reality. I've stopped depending on food trucks to be where they say they'll be when they say they'll be there. If I'm driving around and I see a truck I like and I'm hungry I'll stop. If I see that XYZ truck is going to be near me, I'll look out for it. But I'm not counting on it.

 

Glad to hear Green Seed is now a brick and mortar. Your food is great. Very happy for you.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

 @budrich As Smedley pointed out, that food truck is now a full-blown restaurant. But what would be wrong with including a food truck on the list? Green Seed Vegan - when it was just a food truck - was still serving some of the absolute best vegan food I'd ever tasted. 

Smedley
Smedley

 @budrich Green Seed is an actual brick and mortar restaurant now. It's just a photo of a food truck, and the food is actually quite good.

voiceplaces
voiceplaces

@meredithhussein Thx for the tip! Did you know you can leave @BlueFishHouse a review on the Houston Press' directory? http://t.co/ldZHGcVz

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