The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Vegan Restaurants
3. Cafe TH
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt
This adorable EaDo banh mi shop doesn't bill itself as vegetarian or vegan, but offers excellent vegan Vietnamese food nevertheless thanks to conscientious owners Minh Nguyen, who's always looking to accommodate his loyal customers. 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 vegan pho, vegan bun, vegan com dia, vegan bo luc lac (all made with tofu) and vegan eggrolls.
2. Green Seed Vegan
Photo by Troy Fields
The original vegan food truck has expanded into a brick-and-mortar operation, although it's kept its base in the Third Ward -- a neighborhood that's underserved by restaurants with healthy options. Green Seed's location on Almeda serves all of the food truck's popular items -- and more. Juices and "elixirs" made with wheatgrass, fruits and veggies are made to order. All of the menu items, including the juices, are vegan -- and many are entirely raw. But your best bets are the tempting Dirty Burque, which is good enough to stand up against any meat-based burger, and the spicy Tosh panino with maple-jerk tempeh made in-house with garbanzo beans instead of soy.
1. Radical Eats
Photo by Troy Fields Fried avocado tacos and an agua fresca at Radical Eats.
Vegan Mexican food? Why not? Lard makes a lot of things better, but its use is rendered moot here at Staci Davis's all-veggie paradise. Instead, she's perfected a tortilla recipe that features no lard at all -- nor are her tamales, enchiladas or tacos laced with the fatty stuff. Instead, she batters and fries avocados and stuffs them into tacos with a creamy, spicy slaw and makes spinach-and-corn tamales that are just as good as the "real" thing, especially paired with cold aguas frescas. Most of her food comes from the garden out back or local farmers, and the cooking is mostly done by volunteers. Sunday brunches are lavish affairs, but are also first-come, first-served, so get there early.
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