Those who adhere to a plant-based diet know the struggle, scanning the menu and finding themselves limited to ordering appetizers—maybe an entrée, if they’ve hit the herbivore jackpot—to satisfy their hunger. San Antonio is combating the issue with a myriad of entirely vegetarian and vegan restaurants in an array of cuisines. So, go ahead, bring your appetite and your meat-eating friends (they may not even notice the difference) and dig in.
Pass the Vegan Queso, Please!
Proudly located in what it proclaims is “San Antonio’s oldest and most eclectic neighborhood,” Señor Veggie boasts scratch-made Mexican food. Its dishes are created using local and organic produce, tempeh, tofu and spices. Vegans can indulge in a Smoked BBQ Sandwich, plates of Tempeh Chalupas and even Spinach Queso Dip made from cashew cheese.
Comfort Food Goes Green
Serving wholesome comfort food, Green Vegetarian Cuisine offers a wide range of dishes that can easily be made vegan. Standouts include fishless Fish & Chips and Chicken Fried Chik-N. Appetizers, ample entrees, burgers, sandwiches and breakfast items also grace its menu. It even features a plant-based selection for kids. Green Vegetarian dishes can be devoured at one of its two San Antonio locations.
Tex-Mex, Minus the Meat
Known for dishes piled high with meat, cheese, spice and beans, vegans are likely to overlook San Antonio’s culinary standout, Tex-Mex fare. Viva Vegeria would advise against it and encourage herbivores to stop by for nachos, flautas, enchiladas, tacos, wings and more. That’s right, its made-from-scratch menu is entirely vegan, and, as an added bonus, gluten-free.
Step Out of the Culinary Comfort Zone
Those who want to venture out from Tex-Mex and Southern fare during their time in San Antonio can head to Bok Choy, an entirely vegetarian Asian fusion restaurant. From the creators of Green Vegetarian Cuisine, Bok Choy brings classic dishes to the table for everyone to enjoy. Its menu ranges from Pineapple Fried Rice to River City Ramen, Sweet & Sour Chik-N and Pad Thai. Guests can top off their meal with a boba tea.