Being a vegan in San Antonio can be difficult if you don’t know where to go, but if you can be one in San Antonio, then I think it may be safe to say that you can be one almost anywhere. I’ve compiled a list of places where you can find delicious vegan meals without having to settle for a side salad. Some of these are local restaurants, and others you can find outside of Texas, but either way, it’s always good to know your options.
1) Green Vegetarian Cuisine
This delightful place has been my number one savior since going vegetarian and then vegan. They have two locations with a completely vegetarian menu. Almost all of their meals (both breakfast and lunch/dinner can be made vegan). Plus, the have some of the most delicious vegan cupcakes I’ve ever had. In addition, if you’re looking to buy a vegan cake, you can always give them a call and they will have one made for you!
2) Bok Choy
I believe this place only opened last year but it has quickly become one of my favorite places to eat and it’s the only Pan-Asian plant-based restaurant I’m aware of. They are actually owned by the same people who own Green Vegetarian Cuisine, but the food is a completely different style. My favorite dish is the General TSO chicken and the Kumg Pao Eggplant is a close second. Also, their spring rolls are to die for! All of the items are vegetarian and can be made vegan as well.
3) Viva Vegeria
The coolest thing about this place is that they are a 100% vegan and gluten-free restaurant so you don’t have to worry about what to eat. Their food is Tex-Mex, which is one of the things I was afraid of missing out on when I went vegan in Texas, but thankfully I do have options. I’m actually going to be taking a class on how to make vegan barbacoa tacos here next month. I mean, who comes up with this stuff?! They have plenty of events like these, at least once a week. Sometimes they will show movies while you eat, have a painting event, teach lessons, etc. You can find all of their events on their Facebook page HERE.
4) Olive Garden
I’m sure most of y’all have heard of Olive Garden, but just in case you didn’t know, their traditional spaghetti is vegan, as well as their breadsticks and minestrone soup.
5) Red Robin
While Red Robin hasn’t created their own vegan burger, which I definitely think they could and it would be fantastic, they do carry the BOCA vegan patty and you can customize it in numerous ways. I always add grilled onions, avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and some ketchup. I’m not sure if the regular bun is vegan or not, but I always ask for the wheat bun to be safe.
I always get the Mediterranean sub that comes with red peppers, asparagus, hummus, and feta cheese. Just say “no cheese” and “no meat please” and you’re good to go. You can also add plenty of extra toppings for free so I usually add lettuce, tomatoes, italian seasoning, and onions. Sometimes I add the extra avocado for a dollar.
7) Urban Bricks
Do not fear vegans! This is an afforable pizza place that offers vegan cheese and a variety of toppings. It works kind of like a subway because it is a flat price of 8.99 for your own pizza ($1 extra for vegan cheese) with unlimited toppings. My favorite topping to add is broccoli. To make the pizza, it only takes a little over 5 minutes once it’s put into the oven and you can eat it there or take it to go. If you happen to live in the area, they do deliver sometimes. Just make sure to call ahead. However, I believe the minimum order price for delivery is $30 so if you’re just one person, I’d recommend picking it up yourself.
Such a hip and cool place! I love the atmosphere and their beet burger is amazing. I believe that is the only vegan option, but it’s the only one you could ever want.
9) Mellow Mushroom (Pricey doe)
If you’re ever with a group of friends or just want a nice, large, and filling pizza then Mellow Mushroom has got you covered. They are a bit on the pricy side, but the pizzas a a good size and they also have some great topping items. To make it vegan, there is a special crust as well as vegan cheese. However, it you’re just starting out, the vegan cheese they you can be a bit overwhelming on such a large pizza, but if you’re used to tasting vegan cheese and are craving pizza then it’s worth it.
I remember hearing about this place opening right around the time I went vegetarian over two years ago. It is an all vegetarian DRIVE-THRU (but you can sit down and eat and well if you’d like). I’m ashamed to say that I’ve only been here once because I absolutely loved it, but it is on a side of town that I rarely go to. (San Antonio is huge, trust me). Everything on the menu is actually VEGAN (aside from the cheese that you can add to the burger or wrap) but just leave the cow alone, ya know? Also, did I mention that they also have brownies and coconut soft serve?
11) Nama Ramen
There’s almost always a vegetarian/vegan sushi option at sushi restaurants, but this is the one I always go to because they are open until MIDNIGHT and that always seems to be the time that I’m craving sushi the most. Nothing fancy, just some veggies, rice, and seaweed all wrapped up, but the typical scene includes anime drawings on the walls and hoards of college students. Be prepared for a small wait when going as late a I do.
12) Planet Sub
Recently new to my area, but as the name suggests, they have a variety of different subs. I only spotted one item on the menu that was vegan but I found it rather unique and tasty to say the least. They offer a BBQ tempeh burger. Quick, easy, and if you’re in the Huebner Oaks shopping area, you can treat yourself to half-price books browsing (or lets be honest, buying), and a movie!
13) The Cove
This place lights up my soul every time I’m here. The atmosphere is always so welcoming and there are usually large crowds and great live music. Pets are welcome and it’s a great place to go with family members, co-workers, whoever. Not everything on the menu is vegan but they do have a tasty Vegan Bacon Cheeseburger as well as a BBQ Vegan Delight. Their sides are so good, my favorite always being the sweet potato fries, and they usually have some vegan desserts and the occasional vegan soft serve.
I believe that these exists everywhere, but it’s such a quick and delicious way to get in a large and fulfulling meal. They have bowls, burritos, tacos, and salads that you can put your ingredients into. I always choose the burrito because it’s slightly more filling to me, but many people go for the bowl because it is significantly less messy. For the vegans, you can have BOTH veggies and SOFRITAS (shredded soy tofu marinated in a yummy sauce) for no extra cost and can add anything from corn, rice, beans, lettuce, pico. Guac is almost two dollars extra though but sometimes you’ve just got to cave in.
I’ve listed some other places below that I have yet to try but have heard excellent things about. Most of these are not all vegan places (unless otherwise noted), but do have good vegan options. Once I have had the chance to try some of these, I will update the blog post!
Other places you should visit: Sushi Zushi, Frank, Senor Veggie (all vegan), La Botanica (all vegan).
San Antonio is slowly embracing the vegetarian and vegan lifestyle and I am loving every bit of it. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog and also thanks for finding a way to help save the environment, animals, and yourself. If you have been to any of these places and have any comments about what your favorites or least favorites are, know of any other great places to try, or just feel like leaving positive words, I would absolutely love to hear from you.