Texas cuisine may be known for thick steaks and meaty barbecue plates, however that doesn’t mean the state isn’t always full of incredible vegan and vegetarian restaurants too. All of the restaurants on this menu are full of incredible dishes that will make you forget that what you’re eating contains no animal products. From burgers to barbecue, the vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants listed below show that vegan food is more than just a wimpy salad. Try something new and delicious at these 8 best vegetarian-friendly restaurants in the Lone Star State.
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Spiral Diner & Bakery (Nearby Hotels)
Spiral Diner & Bakery is one of the most popular vegan restaurants found in the Dallas and Fort Worth area. With three locations in Dallas, Fort Worth and Denton, Spiral Diner has grown as a must-visit among vegans and vegetarians in the area. The diner serves up comfort foods, such as burgers, sandwiches, cakes and ice creams, that are all plant-based. You can even order a custom cake from the bakery found at Spiral Diner. Even your meat-loving friends will love the diner’s most popular dishes like the chopped BBQ sandwich or The Cowboy Burger, which all contain no meat. Spiral Diner also serves up local beers and wines too.
Mother’s Café and Garden (Nearby Hotels)
This Austin staple has been serving vegetarians and vegans since 1980. The menu here has a wide variety of food options, from Tex-Mex to American to even breakfast foods and desserts. However the entire menu is plant-based, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be tasty. Popular options at Mother’s Cafe and Garden are the artichoke enchiladas, vegetarian lasagna and the chocolate cake. This vegetarian restaurant is also home to a flourishing garden. So grab your delicious bite and enjoy it in the garden near the koi pond.
Cosmic Cafe (Nearby Hotels)
Located in Dallas, Cosmic Cafe is an all-vegetarian restaurant that features Indian and Mexican dishes on its menu. Tex-Mex lovers should indulge in the spinach enchiladas while those looking for some great Indian food should try the Buddha’s Delight, which features curried veggies, perfectly-fried samosas and of course rice and naan. Don’t just come to Comic Cafe for the wonderful food however. This vegetarian restaurant also plays hosts to a number of events throughout the week, such as yoga, dance and poetry classes.
Counter Culture (Nearby Hotels)
Counter Culture offers vegan food along with unique raw food options too. This Austin vegan establishment actually has a menu with plenty of raw dishes, but don’t let that deter you from enjoying a meal here. The raw menu items like the jalapeno shiitake burger or the butternut tacos will have you licking your plate. Counter Culture also always strives to make each menu item with organic, local and fair-trade ingredients. If you are craving a hot meal, try fan favorites like the mac ‘n cheese or the “Pastrami” melt.
Green Seed Vegan (Nearby Hotels)
Green Seed Vegan not only serves a 100 percent vegan menu but also a soy-free menu as well. You won’t find bland tofu at this Houston vegan joint. Instead, you’ll find burgers, paninis, wraps and tacos filled with quinoa, mushrooms, jackfruit and other various veggies. Green Seed Vegan even has a tasty raw food section on its menu. For those following a raw food diet, enjoy anything from a burger to sushi. However the restaurant’s most popular dishes are the ones that are cooked, such as the Dirty Burque, which is a burger with a buckwheat quinoa patty topped with green chilies and avocado.
Loving Hut (Nearby Hotels)
Loving Hut is a vegan restaurant chain that has a number of locations throughout the world. However there are three successful Loving Hut restaurants found in the Lone Star State, in Addison, Arlington and Houston. The plant-based menu at Loving Hut features a variety of Asian dishes along with other menu items like burgers, soups, fresh fruit drinks and even desserts.
Mr. Natural (Nearby Hotels)
Mr. Natural has two locations in Texas’ capital city. This unique vegan and vegetarian restaurant and bakery also serves up gluten-free options too. There are plenty of delicious items found on the menu here but the rotating lunch specials and the gluten-free and vegan desserts are what keep regulars coming back. Taco-loving vegans and vegetarians should flock to Mr. Natural, since there are a wide variety of taco options found on the menu. However Mr. Natural is also home to one of the best veggie burgers in town too. Lastly, on the first Sunday of every month, Mr. Natural offers an all-vegan brunch buffet, something that makes Mr. Natural stand out among the numerous vegan restaurants found in Austin.
Arlo’s (Nearby Hotels)
This Austin food truck, which has three locations in downtown Austin, pleases both late night carnivores and vegans alike. All of the delicious eats on the menu at Arlo’s are made with local and organic ingredients. Enjoy dishes like burgers, burritos and tacos. The Bac’n Cheeze Burger at Arlo’s has become a hot commodity here. It’s made with a house made veggie patty, which is topped with seitan bac’n, vegan cheese and mayo and all the other fresh veggies you’d like.