San Antonio boasts a variety of culturally rich foods, making this city a great spot for food enthusiasts, no matter their dietary needs, including vegans. While some people might believe vegan cuisine is bland, it doesn’t have to be; in San Antonio, vegan means vegetable tamales, coconut ice cream, and Vietnamese pho. Here are some of the best restaurants serving flavorful vegan fare in San Antonio.
Señor Veggie’s Chef Jose Alfredo Cruz creates tasty food that is nutritious and plant-based. The menu is completely vegan, with some gluten-free options as well, and features dishes such as Texan chili, veggie enchiladas, or fava bean hummus. Everything is well portioned and extremely flavorful. They even sell delicious sweets for your fur children (aka dogs).
La Botanica is a fairly new restaurant on the San Antonio dining scene, but it has quickly gained popularity. They are well known for refreshing cocktails plus vegan and gluten-free appetizer-like dishes. Try their black bean empanadas, Ms. Bella’s fried red beans and rice balls, and mollete. On their patio, they host live music, film screenings, cooking classes, and gardening classes. It’s a great place to hang out and enjoy a drink and some appetizers, all made with wholesome, sustainable ingredients – many of which come from the edible gardens surrounding La Botanica’s property.
Green serves vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Their vegan cupcakes and amazing kale salad are their most popular staples; they also have what they call ‘fo-meat,’ which tastes similar to meat but is not. Living up to their ‘green’ name, they have an energy efficient thermal roof barrier to lower energy consumption, and most of the furniture and cooking equipment is pre-owned. They’ve also won many local awards, including Best Place to Get a Healthy Meal 2014.
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Earth Burger is a great option for healthy fast food. They serve vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free menu items for dining in or to go. Try any of their burgers with freshly squeezed lemonade, a vegan brownie, and coconut soft serve to top it off – you won’t miss McDonald’s ice cream after tasting Earth Burger’s delicious coconut soft serve dessert.
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Viva Vegeria is a San Antonio restaurant that practices seasonal farming as well as farm-to-table cuisine. Vegeria offers Tex-Mex-inspired cuisine with a healthy state of mind, and all dishes remain vegan-friendly; they’re also happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions. In 2015, Buzzfeed ranked Vegeria as the #1 vegan restaurant in the nation on their vegan bucket list. Try their potato mole and chocolate cupcakes – no matter what you order, you can expect fresh, tasty dishes.
Adelante isn’t solely vegan, but they offer many delicious vegan dishes that make it a dining destination worth visiting. You can try their tacos, complete with handmade corn tortillas and grilled veggies, or their veggie tamales. They use less salt than most restaurants, sticking to their wholesome way of cooking, but don’t worry, as most can agree that it’s not missed.
Using a Vietnamese family recipe passed down through several generations, Heavenly Pho offers delicious pho made with an aromatic broth, rice noodles, and your choice of meat. For vegans, they have a tofu medley, which you can top with lime, basil, and sliced chilies.