Take a look at our guide to the top nine diners, trucks, bakeries, and restaurants in Houston to help you decide where to dine. Whether you are a vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian, or full-on carnivore looking to sample something a little different, we’ve got you covered.
Houston has a huge vegan community which the local restauranteurs have taken full advantage of. There are more than fifty exclusive plant-based restaurants in town, with the vast majority of other restaurants offering a good selection for vegans on their menus.
Top Places to Have Vegan Food in Houston, TX
We have highlighted some of our favorite plant-based spots within Houston to help you plan where to go to satisfy your cravings.
We’ve made a note of what makes these places so fantastic, from the staff, the ambiance, and the selections they have on offer for both food and drink. Also included are some of our favorite dishes!
Finally, a note on pricing: We aim to make these guides inclusive for all budgets; therefore, we have featured some higher-end restaurants alongside cheaper eats, with notes of any happy hours or meal deals included.
Now, let’s take a look at the nine best places to enjoy vegan food in Houston!
1. Korny Vibes
|403 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
|Chicken fries ($12.00) and Cauli wings ($8.75)
Korny Vibes is known for serving some of the best vegan chicken in Houston. The chicken is crispy, juicy, and exceptionally seasoned. You can enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner here, or just pop in for one of their mouth-watering milkshakes. This place has a cool, chilled atmosphere, with a cute little covered outdoor patio delicately lit with string lights in the evening.
They have built an incredible reputation for their comforting soul food and heavily promote the fact that they are a vegan restaurant that does not serve salads! Instead, you will find creamy mac & cheese, loaded burgers dripping in sauce, and epic loaded brunches with everything you would expect to see on a brunch plate at any non-vegan establishment like sausage, eggs, and of course, bacon.
Korney Vibes have offers available throughout the week. You can expect to see milkshake discounts on Thursdays, wing deals on Wednesdays, and legendary taco Tuesdays.
|1415 Murray Bay St, Houston, TX 77080
|Chile Relleno ($19.50)
Cascabel is not only one of the best vegan restaurants in the memorial area of Houston; it’s possibly one of the best Mexican restaurants in town too. The food tastes incredibly authentic, with all the right textures that you would expect from traditional Mexican dishes. They have a great selection of sauces readily available for those who want to add a little more heat to their plate.
The compact restaurant has a really homely feel to it, with a beautiful little patio garden area for customers to enjoy al fresco dining. The menu is extensive and could cause some confusion to diners who are not used to Mexican or plant-based cuisines, but the patient and friendly staff are more than happy to offer suggestions or discuss dishes in more detail with you. For anyone feeling a little less adventurous, you can grab a vegan burger or all-day breakfast here as a safer alternative.
On Tuesdays, Cascabel offers taco platter deals with an exclusive margarita happy hour. You can enjoy a selection of five tacos for $9.99. You can also enjoy two hard shell taco plates for $30.00 on Wednesdays.
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3. Planet Vegan (Food Truck)
|Flying Sausage ($12.00) and Dirty rice ($4.00)
Planet Vegan is a traditional style food truck offering up sausages, burgers, fries, and so much more. The truck is never in the same spot for long; check their Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for regular updates on where their next stop will be. The truck also makes appearances at local festivals, including Vegan Fest, every November at The Stafford Centre.
This pioneering truck has been in operation since 1989; they are the perfect spot for some late-night post-drink grub, staying open till midnight and parking up where the vibes are bouncing. They offer a delivery service too!
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4. Green Seed Vegan
|4320 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77004
|Raw whole bowls
|Notyo Salad with walnut chorizo ($11.00)
Green Seed Vegan is an unmissable establishment for anyone taking a stroll down Almeda road. It’s big, bold, and unashamedly green! The green theme runs all the way through the restaurant, from the walls to the chairs; even the food is predominantly green. The restaurant is located next to Peggy Park, a quaint little park perfect for a takeout lunch.
The family-owned restaurant opened in 2012, following a successful operation as a food truck for many years previous to that. Green Seed Vegan also offers a catering service for events. Their incredible house-made food has been recognized by Food Network, listing them as one of the top vegan restaurants in America.
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5. Meek’s Vegan Pizza
|Inside Blodgett Food Hall, 2616 Blodgett St, Houston, TX 77004
|14" 2Cheeze pizza ($18.99) and Mini stuffed peppers ($7.99)
Everybody loves pizza! Nothing else can compare to the hot, stringy cheese oozing across rich tomato sauce on top of a crisp base. Meek’s Vegan Pizza offers just that, with a selection of bases and toppings to choose from, all vegan, with gluten-free options available. They make their own cashew nut cheese at Meek’s, which is deliciously creamy and like no other vegan cheese.
You decide exactly how your pizza at Meek’s is made; whether you prefer a standard base, cauliflower crust, or even rice flour bottom, it’s prepared fresh in front of you by their friendly cooks. You can also choose to have it delivered to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
Meek’s Vegan Pizza is currently the only exclusively vegan pizza place in Houston. It is also a black-owned business who have a huge emphasis on sustainability and building a better future.
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6. Sweet Mustard Cafe
|5257 Beechnut St, Houston, TX 77096
|Comfort food & burgers
|Philly grilled cheese steak ($14.00)
Sweet Mustard Cafe serves some of the best, naughtiest, plant-based comfort food in town. All of the food served here is completely vegan, with additional protein where possible; protein-rich toppings can also be added for an extra kick.
The restaurant is relatively small, with a gentle, southern, homely feel to it. They offer curbside pickup and delivery options to keep up with the demand for their tasty dishes. You can also grab one of their succulent sandwiches at the annual Vegan Fair St Patrick Whatavegan Festival.
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|449 W 19th St Suite C-200, Houston, TX 77008
|Caribbean jerk plate ($16.00) and Orange cauliflower ($12.00)
If you are looking for an upmarket, trendy dining experience, you might want to check out Verdine. This cool restaurant has been recognized for its excellence by The Houston Chronicle, Eater, and Texas Monthy. Owner and chef Stephanie Hoban is a former dietitian who has a passion for providing Houston with sustainable, healthy vegan food, which tastes great and is truly instagrammable.
Verdine operated as a food truck for many years before opening the lush, airy restaurant in 2019. They offer a wonderfully diverse, multicultural menu with inspired, creative dishes to excite and expand your horizons. The fine dining establishment provides tables on a first-come-first-served basis; it fills up quickly but has a great bar menu for those able to wait.
The bar has a wide selection of beer and wine, including magnificent hand-crafted wine tails. The wine tails are wine-based cocktails infused with all-natural fruits, herbs, and spices for a deliciously elegant, uniquely pleasant drink.
There are plenty of discounts and offers at Verdine to enjoy, including; Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday happy hours from 4 pm – 6 pm, and Wednesday wine o’clock from 4 pm until closing.
8. Quan Yin
|10804 Bellaire Blvd Suite E, Houston, TX 77072
|Vegan charcoal beef vermicelli ($6.25)
Quan Yin is a superb option if you are craving authentic Vietnamese food that also happens to be vegan. This delightfully cozy restaurant is located along Chinatown’s Lion Strip Mall. There are tons of places to eat here, and with many of the options being Asian-inspired, Quan Yin is currently the only 100% plant-based option.
The menu at Quan Yin is extremely impressive; they have a wide range of soups, appetizers, vermicelli dishes, and rice bowls. All of the food is cooked fresh to order, each with the familiar distinctive flavors you would expect, with a deep richness often difficult to replicate without the use of meat products.
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9. Earthy Goodness (Food Truck)
|4213 Emancipation Ave, Houston, TX 77004
|Milkshakes & ice cream
|Banana split with pecans and caramel ($12.00)
Vegan ice cream and plant-based desserts are becoming more common within our cultured, educated society. Vegan sweets can often have a bitter aftertaste, unsatisfying texture, and a high price tag. Still, Earthy Goodness has found a way to abolish those negatives, leaving you with the most deliciously creamy, indulgent sweet treats to satisfy your cravings.
The awesome, eyecatching food truck is open from 1 pm – 8 pm daily, often situated on Emancipation avenue or Almeda road behind Green Seed Vegan. However, they do move about but regularly post their current location on Facebook and Instagram.
At Earthy Goodness, you can expect to find 100% vegan milkshakes, ice cream, cakes, and pies. The cakes and pies are not just vegan; they are also gluten-free, soy-free, GMO-free, and do not include any processed sugar. So you can indulge without feeling an ounce of guilt!
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To Sum Up…
So, where will you head to for your next plant-based burger, succulent sinless sausage, or delicious vegan dessert?
We hope that we have helped you to create a shortlist of the best places to consider visiting for vegan food in Houston. If you would like to see what other food offerings Houston has to offer with vegan options available, you might want to check out our guides to The Top 6 Spots for Having the Best Brunch in Houston and The 7 Best Restaurants For A Delightful Dining Experience With Family In Houston for inspiration.