Houston’s vast food scene shifts and adapts to please its vegetarian and vegan customers. No matter what part of town you are visiting, you can be confident that a healthy option is just a few miles away. Ranging from local entities to chains, the vegetarian restaurants’ menus in Houston include Indian-inspired dishes, spring salads and even organic cocktails.
A casual environment holds high-quality vegetarian options at Bellagreen. Houston’s first Certified Green Restaurant, Bellagreen was formerly known as Ruggels Green and has multiple locations. All of the salads, pizzas and pasta dishes can be made gluten-free upon request.
A vegan and vegetarian spot, Govinda’s Vegetarian Cuisine incorporates its Indian roots with tasty cuisine. Check out the Bhindi Masala featuring okra and potatoes or the traditional Paneer Tikka Masala. Every Sunday and Wednesday, all options are vegan. Located near the Hare Krishna temple, this restaurant has ample seating and parking.
With a daily rotating soup menu, vegan pozole and Creole red beans and rice, Doshi House Cafe also has tonics and smoothies. Located in the third ward, this community-oriented spot serves local Greenway coffee and full-leaf tea.
The open kitchen at True Food Kitchen lets its guests know there are no secrets about how this food is prepared. It even offers organic cocktails with vegetable juices and freshly pressed juice. Dr. Andrew Weil set the principles that determine the food choices of this restaurant, holding to an anti-inflammatory diet.
Replacing traditional Asian (primarily Vietnamese; this is Houston, after all) cuisine with vegan food, Quan Yin Vegetarian Restaurant is truly one of a kind. Dumplings, egg rolls and noodles are all on the menu, but with a special twist to make them good for your body. It may be located on a casual strip mall, but don’t be deceived.
Located in Montrose and established in 1975, Baba Yega Cafe is a beautiful spot named after a Slavic witch. It has a separate vegetarian menu for its customers that has a large number of options ranging from hippie meatloaf to a vegan Reuben.
Locally sourced meals, salads, desserts and snacks, Pat Greer’s Raw Vegan Kitchen not only serves food daily, but also caters and holds classes. Large salads cost $9, which is a steal considering the quality of the ingredients.
A Mediterranean haven, this restaurant offers a service that vegetarians will thrill over. In a buffet-like style, customers choose which foods they would like to purchase, giving vegetarians the option to peruse the items at their leisure. This way, your non-vegetarian friend can get the lamb, and you the grape leaves.
With multiple locations in the city, Local Foods brings delicious, healthy food to Houston. All of its sandwiches can be made into salads, and its sides, from kale salad to potato salad to quinoa, can’t be beat. It also has lovely outdoor seating for you to sit and joy the Houston weather.