Check out these top plant-based eateries in Houston.
By Brandon K. Curtis
Whether you’re a life-long vegan or just looking for a healthy (and tasty) date-night locale, skip the steakhouse and check out these popular plant-based restaurants that will tantalize your taste buds.
Baba Yega Café
2607 Grant Street
Houston, Texas 77006
Based in Houston’s historic Melrose neighborhood, Baba Yega’s fresh selection of food, eclectic menus, and unique seating areas have drawn crowds since 1975. While not 100 percent plant-based, Baba Yega offers both a vegan and a vegetarian menu (alongside a “regular” menu) that include gluten-free entrees. The café has won the “Best Brunch” award for its Sunday brunch and offers a large selection of beer, wine, and fair trade organic coffee. Baba Yega accepts reservations and has a private space available in the Jasmine Room for parties of up to 75 people.
Yelp reviewers like the friendly servers, quaint ambience, and weekend mimosas.
Green Seed Vegan
4320 Almeda Rd,
Houston, Tx 77004
Matti Merrell and Rodney Perry’s popular food truck transformed into a brick-and-mortar location back in 2012, and has been serving up delicious eats ever since. GSV offers a 100 percent vegan and soy-free menu that also features gluten-free options. With a range of paninis, hand-helds, and salads to choose from, diners have plenty of options, and can even add vegan cheese or zucchini bacon to enhance their meals. With a thoughtful selection of ingredients and flavors, GSV appeals to both hardcore vegans and omnivores alike.
Yelp reviewers praise GSV’s portion sizes, cauliflower nuggets, and positive atmosphere.
Loving Hut Houston
2825 S Kirkwood Rd #100
Houston, TX 77082
Feeling a craving for fast-food? Loving Hut’s got you covered. An internationally-successful vegan fast-food chain, Loving Hut offers Asian-inspired dishes as well as Western entrees such as soy burgers and seitan wraps. This Houston favorite boasts a 100 percent vegan menu while cutting no corners on taste or variety. Check out the egg-less flan, Thai Ice Tea, or Lovepuccino Boba to complement your meal and indulge your sweet tooth.
Yelp reviewers enjoy Loving Hut’s eclectic flavors, excellent service, and fresh ingredients.
Pat Greer’s Kitchen
412 West Clay Street
Houston, TX 77019
Started by Central City Co-op co-founder Patricia Greer as side project to promote her passion for snack food, Pat Greer’s Kitchen has been a Houston haven for plant-eaters since 2000. PGK offers a wide range of raw, vegan, and gluten-free takes on Texas favorites, such as pecan pie, taco salad, and burgers. There’s also a variety of vegan beverages, including dairy-free mocha sutras and kombucha blends. With a menu that changes on a weekly basis, you’re bound to find a bowl, soup, or salad that will leave you feeling full and energized.
Yelp reviewers praise PGK’s friendly staff, fair prices, and casual atmosphere.
3821 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX 77027
Started in 2003 as a way to introduce Houston to Asian-inspired plant-based recipes, Pepper Tree offers simple, 100 percent vegan dishes that are light on salt and heavy on taste. There is a popular weekday lunch buffet that can be enjoyed in-restaurant or boxed up for those on-the-go, while the weekend buffet offers an expanded sushi selection and other treats. Most dishes contain greens, celery, tomato, broccoli, bell pepper, and fruit, and sometime offer more unique ingredients, such as chilled silk tofu, blanched kale, and sea salt edamame. Customer favorites include the steamed dumplings and vegan coconut cake.
Yelp reviewers praise the triple-filtered drinking water, clean restrooms, and laid-back setting.