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THE BEST SPOTS FOR VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN EATS IN HOUSTON

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UPDATED MAR 6, 2020

When it comes to food, Houston knows how to bring it — and vegetarian cuisine is no exception. Whether you’re totally plant-based or simply reducing your meat intake, these veggie-loving restaurants and food trucks will hit the spot.

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LINDSAY MCCLELLAND

FITT HOUSTON CONTRIBUTOR

With five locations across Houston (Rice Village, Upper Kirby, Downtown, Tanglewood, and The Heights), Local Foods' fresh sandwiches and salads are never too far away. And with a wide menu offering everything from veggie burgers to falafel sandwiches, vegetarians have plenty of options at this trendy gourmet deli. Fitt Tip: you’ll find the most extensive list of vegan offerings at their Kirby location.

Indian fusion is on tap at this culinary innovator and Houston favorite. With vegetarian offerings and vibrant flavors for every meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), eating here is never boring. And don’t miss every second Saturday of each month— they donate 50% of breakfast sales from 8am to noon to a featured non-profit!

Verdine had humble beginnings — it was formerly a sole food truck operation by a food blogger. But that food truck, Ripe Cuisine, just happened to be a goldmine of delicious vegan food like Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos (without the actual carnitas), as well as creative dishes and flavor explosions. And Verdine’s new brick-and-mortar in The Heights will have the same amazing globally-inspired plant-based food, plus wine and beer.

Eating veg only is easy at Uptown’s True Food Kitchen (they also have a spot in The Woodlands). Like their name implies, they only serve true, whole foods. While they have grass-fed beef and fresh fish on the menu, you’ll also find a plethora of creative and healthy plant-based dishes like Spaghetti Squash Casserole and T.L.T. (tempeh, lettuce, tomato) sandwiches.

Craving Texan comfort food but eliminating meat from your diet? Look no further than Green Seed Vegan. This food truck turned vegetarian restaurant on Almeda serves up vegetarian versions of your favorite cheat meals, like The Tex (veggie take on a bacon cheeseburger) and Cauliflower Nuggets. Plus, their menu's entirely vegan, soy-free, and has plenty of gluten-free options, too.

Embrace the local culture of Houston’s Historic Third Ward at this coffeehouse and community gathering place. The completely vegetarian menu takes inspiration from Houston’s cultural diversity, serving up everything from curries and Creole dishes to hearty chilis. And, brewing locally roasted Greenway coffee and a plethora of tonics, infusions and teas, you’ll want to sip and stay awhile.

Bring your appetite to this all-vegan Indian buffet in Oak Forest. Govinda’s is an absolute gem, offering affordable, flavorful, and fresh Indian fare with the best flavours around. Not only do they have options for vegans and non-vegans alike, but the majority of their rotating menu is also gluten-free!

When you think of a buffet, "healthy" isn't usually what comes to mind. But Pepper Tree is here to change that. This Greenway, 100% home-style vegan Asian food buffet contains no MSG. And the menu includes all of your Chinese takeout staples while focusing on fresh ingredients and simple recipes. So, go on and do your worst — your body won't mind.

Hungry’s has been serving the Houston community market-fresh fare for more than 40 years in both Rice Village and on Memorial Dr. Their vegan features rotate daily, but their signature Michelada is the perfect way to start off a Sunday Funday. If you're hungry and vegetarian, there's no better place.

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