Vegetarian Restaurants in Houston | Houstonia Magazine
In 1980, a vegan living in Forest Grove, Oregon, describing himself as a teacher, naturalist and hippie, started a business specializing in Tempeh made from scratch. This business eventually expanded and in 1995 introduced the world to its Holiday Roast, Tofurky. Tofurky Vegetarian Roast helped the food brand grow and introduced many families to the idea of veganism and vegetarianism.
The company’s success has also helped usher in a wave of new vegetarian brands like Impossible Foods, Morning Star and Beyond Meat. Today, the company sells more than 35 meatless products around the world, confirming that the product launch was a success… for some. Tofurkey and companies like this are trying to attract an audience that is not geared towards eating without meat. Take for example the Impossible Food slogan “We Are Meat”. The campaign is for a burger that “bleeds” because of the peas in beetroot juice. Or the Beyond Burger patty which is designed to look and cook like beef. The goal is to attract people who want to reduce their meat consumption without forgetting the taste and appearance, and they are doing it.
You can find plenty of meatless alternatives in grocery stores and fast food chains around the world, but veganism and vegetarianism aren’t new. The first records of vegetarianism date back to the 9e century in India.
This means that for over 1,000 years cultures have thrived creating and cultivating meatless dishes without the idea of animal flesh even needing to be emulated. For many people who have practiced vegetarianism or veganism all of their lives, the idea of trying to eat something that tastes like meat doesn’t appeal to them. As the meatless world develops, it is important that these cultures come to the fore in the conversation, because good food is good food, and recipes that have been developed over thousands of years should not. be ignored.
Nowadays, there are options for those trying to expose themselves to the meatless lifestyle.
For a city as diverse as Houston, there are plenty of dishes to choose from, whether you’re looking to wade your way through some of the newer alternatives to faux meat, or opting for older, tried and true dishes, the city has something for everyone. Options in Houston include items that will appeal to vegetarians and vegans, as well as meat eaters. Whether you’re just starting your vegetarian journey, dabbling in the occasional Meatless Monday, or being a full-fledged vegan, Houston has a dish for you.
Here are some of the restaurants offering vegan and vegetarian options in the city.
No list on vegan or vegetarian food would be complete without including food from India, whose vegan and vegetarian tradition dates back centuries. The name of the restaurant means ‘offering food made for royalty’ which the restaurant does in a way, as it provides a fine dining experience for those who wish to sample traditional Indian cuisine. The restaurant is one of five with its other locations in Mumbai, Kochi, Prune, and Dubai. Maharaja Bhog has a Thali restaurant which offers an all-you-can-eat buffet with table service and a daily changing menu, an Indian bistro for those who want a quicker meal and a box-lunch service for those who want a quick bite to eat .
Houston Sauce Co., Houston Sauce Pit, Mo Better Brews, Sauce Co Shoppette
Houston Sauce Co. is a collection of restaurants run by husband and wife team Courtney and Chasitie Lindsay. Starting as a hot sauce business, then expanding into a barbecue pit, the business took a turn when the couple went vegan. Switching to a vegan menu on a barbecue truck proved to be an unlikely success, helping the two expand their business into a vegan storefront called Sauce Co Shoppette, a vegan barbecue trailer named Sauce Pit, a food truck called Houston Sauce Co , and more recently, a vegan breakfast restaurant called Mo ‘Better Brews, which specializes in coffee, vegan brunch, and vinyl.
Meeks Vegan Pizza
With offerings like the CBD-infused Big Chill Pizza, mini peppers stuffed with Beyond Sausage, and NYC Italian ice cream, Vegan Pizza from Meek try to help those who crave pie, but without meat. There are fake meat options like The Meathead Pizza, which has everything fans of a pizza for meat lovers would expect, while also offering items like The Greek Freak Pizza with a collection of peppers and of onions on vegan mozzarella.
Sunshine’s vegetarian charcuterie
Sunshine’s Health Food Store and Vegetarian Deli offers a series of salads, fresh juices, and other vegetarian options. Opened in 1983 by Vergis “Sunshine” Bourgeois, this was one of the first health food stores serving raw and cooked vegetarian dishes in Houston. Stop in for their Black Bean Burger, 7 Kale Baked Cornbread or one of their different wraps and wash it all down with one of their 26 freshly squeezed juices. Sunshine’s is also a health food store, so if you’re looking for different types of elderberry soaps, oils, or syrups, they have them for you.
Vegan Soul Food
Sitting on emancipation in the middle of the city is Vegan Soul Food, the brainchild of Chef Taliek and Chad Cossey. Chef Taliek’s goal is to teach healthy eating practices and help people make the transition to veganism by preparing traditional, meatless soul food cuisine. Soul Food Vegan offers traditional dishes like Mac N ‘Cheese, red beans and rice, collard greens and dirty rice, while also offering non-traditional dishes like barbecue mushrooms. They also offer a series of desserts and children’s meals like spaghetti and some fruit smoothies.
Want to try vegan food but don’t want to give up classics like Al Pastor or Carne Asada? One of your best bets would be to try Korny Vibes. Located on Westheimer’s, the restaurant specializes in American-style appetizers like mozzarella sticks and onion rings, but their main draw would be their burgers and tacos. Pair these items with drinks like their freshly blended watermelon or pineapple juice, series of shakes and floats, or iced latte. Korny Vibes will help anyone entering the vegetarian world to continue eating Mexican and American classics.
Vegan Green Seed
Matti Merrell and her husband Rodney Perry started their food business ten years ago, growing from a food truck to a restaurant on the corner of Almeda and Wheeler Ave. Their menu is 100% vegan and soy free. They offer a collection of paninis, wraps, and raw vegan options that will satisfy those looking to take the meatless diet a step further. They also have several smoothie choices if you are just looking for a refreshing drink. Vegan Green Seed celebrated its tenth anniversary in March. If you get the chance, stop by and sample the food that has made many Houstonians happy and healthy over the past decade.
Vegan Asian cuisine from Chef Kenny
Trying the meatless lifestyle, but don’t want to miss out on the tasty Asian food you’re used to? You’re in luck because there are many Asian restaurants in the community that offer vegan and vegetarian options that have been popular for hundreds of years. If you are looking for many Asian American staples that have grown here over the past hundred years, look no further than Chef Kenny’s Asian Vegan. Offering up favorites like Orange Chicken, General Tso’s Chicken, Coconut Shrimp, and Beef with Broccoli will help anyone trying to make the transition to vegetarianism to keep eating the food they are eating. they like. Kenny’s also has a collection of vegan sushi rolls, vegan hand rolls, and even vegan nigiri sushi.
Love hut is an international restaurant chain with operations in San Francisco, Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong. There are many Loving Hut locations here in the United States, each operating with an independent menu. The overall aim of the company is to provide healthy food alternatives to the masses. While the menu can vary widely from location to location, here in Houston the Loving Hut location offers gold rolls, golden wontons, pho, hot pot, burgers, wraps, fried rice, noodle dishes and other main dishes.
The Restaurant is a play from Drake’s first mixtape single, So Far Gone, where the rapper introduced himself as an artist blurring the lines between Hip Hop and R&B. This food truck is the goal is to blur and mix the lines between Houston and Atlanta but, with a vegan style. Try their loaded burgers, wraps or fries.
Govinda’s vegetarian cuisine
This restaurant is located near the temple of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness in the Garden Oaks district of Houston. Offering a buffet of Indian dishes, by Govinda prepares daily vegetarian cuisine with a fully vegan menu on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The menu is filled with different types of Tofu, Masala, Paneer dishes, rice, fresh roti and more.