by Nikki Metzgar - 206 Reviews - 77 List
Ever a city of contradictions, Houston has as many vegetarian restaurants as it does steakhouses. The fourth largest city in the nation cannot thrive on cowboy beef culture alone, after all. So shun the tired old bean burger and feast on falafel platters, shepherd's pies and enormous masala dosas instead. (Photo: Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine)
Updated: August 11, 2010
Out in Chinatown, this cheery vegetarian restaurant offers dozens of astonishingly realistic mimic meats, including sesame chicken and moo shu duck alongside tasty veggie dishes like brown sauce eggplant. It's a fun and unusual dining experience and likely the only spot in Houston to find many of these foods.
The nice thing about Cricket's is that you don't just go there for the vegetarian food. You go there because it's a pleasant, cozy spot to take a load off and indulge in some gelato. Try the vegan shepherd's pie or the mushroom barley soup.
Although the Hobbit Hole has lost some of its veg-cred since relocating and adding meat items to the menu, there is still a good deal for vegetarians to choose from. Try the Gandalf sandwich, avocado and mushrooms under melted cheese, or the zucchini and eggplant enchiladas.
Finding vegetarian restaurants in Houston for the day-to-day can be a challenge, but occasion dining is a whole other obstacle. Or it was until Chef Hugo Ortega began creating vegetarian and vegan items like corn pudding and plantain empanadas to place on the menus at Hugo's and Backstreet Cafe.