The top 10 must-visit vegan restaurants in Texas

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Back in the day, Texas food usually meant you had two choices: veggie fajitas or a plain baked potato. Despite a history steeped in both hunting culture and grilling, the rise of over 200 plant-based operations paints a more compassionate, vegetarian future for The Lone Star State. The plant-based movement has spread in all directions—from border towns to major cities—as more and more Texans recognize the benefits and delights of vegan foods. No matter where you live or where your travels take you, there is always a delicious vegan meal nearby. Here are the 10 best Texas cities (in no particular order) to stock up on vegan restaurants across the state.

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1 Brownsville

Veggie Del Sol proves that stuffed jalapeños u Bistek Tacos can be vegan. The restaurant is the first of its kind in the frontier town of Brownsville and boasts the use of plants to recreate traditional Latin American meats. Hibiscus takes center stage at the Tostadas de “Barbacoa”, while fried banana blossoms delight diners at the South Padre location and represent fish. Brownsville may not be a vegan Mecca, but it’s worth the trip for this restaurant alone.

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2 San Antonio

You’ll have to stay in San Antonio for a while to try all of the excellent vegan options. For quick and comforting vegan chicken dishes, stop by hashish for the Chick-N & Waffles record and Project Pollo for plant-based chicken sandwiches, which could put Chick-fil-A out of business. Beyond the casual spots, there are Vegan Avenue for a sweet, cozy date night complemented with premium cocktails and gluten-free dishes created by Executive Chef Griselda Munoz. The pozole, palm ceviche, and sweet potato flautas come highly recommended, and dogs are welcome on the patio. Be sure to make a reservation, as Vegan Avenue often fills up a month in advance.

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3 Houston

Awarded “Best Vegan Restaurant”. The Houston Press for the last two years, verdine should be your first stop in Houston. The relaxed ambiance goes effortlessly with the hip Sunday brunch and the long list of excellent menu options from golden squash curry to white cheddar mac. While there can only be one Best Vegan Restaurant, a few others are worthy contenders. Green seed vegan is a solid spot to grab a meal while sitting at one of the nearby breweries veegos makes a unique hamburger patty with turmeric-infused oats and coriander. for something sweet Sinful Bakery is the right place. It’s become so popular that it now ships its cookies and granolas nationwide. In short, bring stretchy pants to Houston.

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4 austin

The birthplace of Whole Foods Market has no shortage of vegan options. In fact, the choices can be a bit dizzying. Let your food cravings rule you. citizen local is known for its Texas Tumbleweed appetizer made with stir-fried vegetable noodles and counterculture is famous for its irresistible tempeh, reuben and seitan pastrami sandwiches. However, to experience Austin at its finest, one must visit East Austin Food Park. This fully plant-based lineup of food trucks makes Austin cool. From the hodgepodge of options, The vegan nom is not to be overlooked. Get the tacos and queso – you won’t be disappointed. Round off your culinary tour of the city with a stopover Rebellious Cheese– a trendy vegan deli and wine shop serving stunning vegan cheese boards.

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5 killeen

It’s not easy being a vegan restaurant in Killeen, however Vibez kitchen managed to serve a Caribbean inspired limited menu and some killer platters for lunch and dinner. Open Thursday through Saturday, cauliflower wings and plain beans and rice are worth planning your week for.

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6 midland

Brew St. Brewing & Food is the first vegan restaurant and cafe in West Texas and is thriving. The offer is committed to first-class, seasonal and regional ingredients and includes a large selection of coffee specialties, vegan baked goods, delicious home cooking as well as beer and wine. This eatery also ushers in a community ethos, with regular live music at night and free Wi-Fi throughout the day. Visit for dinner only, or stay for a while and nibble on an oatmeal cake or scone with a strong cup of coffee.

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7 El Passo

The demand for vegan food is growing in El Paso and so are plant-based restaurants in Sun City. One of the local favorites in this border town grown together for his mean Pesto Chick’n Salad, the Veggie Jackson Food truck with the best Chikn noodle soup for miles and A grub community– a plant-based place that puts compassion at the forefront of its business. Instead of a tip glass, the joint has a pay-it-forward glass. Those who are food insecure can buy a fresh, healthy meal from the jar thanks to the kindness of others.

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8th arlington

Just west of Dallas and east of Fort Worth, Arlington is home to a Six Flags amusement park, the AT&T football stadium, and one of the few dear cottage Restaurants in Texas. This fast-growing vegan chain is known for international cuisine, affordable prices, and great-tasting dishes. Menus vary by location, but often feature a mix of Asian-inspired soups and rice dishes alongside Americanized versions of pizza, burgers, and giant wraps. There is something for everyone here.

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9 Dallas

Dallas is a sprawling city with a diverse culinary scene, including vegan options. Start with Belse– a high-end establishment that prepares a diverse selection of appetizers, including sweet potato empanadas, a “mocki” roll (vegan sushi), and a selection of vegan-friendly draft beers. If you’re in the mood for vegan chicken and waffles or a Philly cheesesteak, stop by Vegan Vibrationz– the locals’ cult favorite food truck that originally started out as a farmers market pop-up. El Palote and Spiral Diner & Bakery complete the culinary tour. The former is a plant-based hybrid of panadería and taqueria; The latter is all about classic diner grub paired with over-the-top cakes and sparkling sundaes.

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10 Frisko

Jeff’s vegan is worth a trip to this greater Dallas-Fort Worth suburb. The family-friendly place offers a children’s menu and a cute and cozy atmosphere. As at The Loving Hut, the cuisine blends both American and Asian-inspired cuisine. Popular dishes include the passion balls (crunchy plant-based protein served with dip), buffalo cauliflower, and all rice and vegetable dishes. Don’t leave without a piece of carrot cake!

Katya Lidsky is the author and host of The Animal That Changed You podcast. She resides in Austin with her human and furry family, as well as an endless rotating cast of foster dogs.

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