The Longhorn State isn’t exactly known for being very vegetarian or vegan friendly, but there are still plenty of places in Houston serving up healthy, meat-free fare. Read on for the best vegetarian spots in Houston. — Amber Hilton

Field of Greens Healthy Cuisine

2320 West Alabama
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 533-0029

The cleverly-titled Field of Greens is among the best vegetarian spots in Houston, with a focus on fresh, healthy meals served by a friendly staff. The fresh fare here is made from scratch and includes raw foods and macrobiotics. Not everything here is 100% vegan – they do serve some grilled salmon and tuna salad – but the majority of the menu is vegan or at least vegetarian. Choose from soups and salads, fresh sides, smoothies and desserts, as well as vegan entrees like the green bean hummus wrap or the green pasta primavera. Many of the dishes can be prepared vegan if you like, and there are plenty of low-carb and low-fat menu items as well. To top it off, most of the ingredients at Field of Greens are organic, too. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Ziggy’s Bar & Grill

Downtown Location
702 Main @ Capitol
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 527-8588

Montrose Location
302 Fairview @ Taft
Houston, TX 77006
(832) 519-0476

Ziggy’s is a unique restaurant with two locations in Houston, known for serving up freshly prepared comfort food in a casual atmosphere. Both locations have a great patio, as well as daily Happy Hour specials. Not everything is vegetarian here, but most of their appetizer menu is meat-free, including chips and salsa, spinach and artichoke dip, hummus and edamame. Some of the vegetarian-friendly entrees include the veggie loaf, veggie platter and whole-wheat spaghetti (just order it sans the turkey meatballs). The menu also includes pizza, salads, soups, a veggie loaf sandwich, and plenty of healthy sides like broccoli and fresh fruit. Breakfast and brunch are served everyday and catering and carry out are available; the Downtown location also offers free delivery for the downtown area. Downtown location hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Montrose location hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Pepper Tree Veggie Cuisine

3821 Richmond @ Weslayan
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 621-9488

If you’re looking for a dining experience that is 100% vegan, Pepper Tree Veggie Cuisine is the place to go in Houston. The focus at this Asian-inspired eatery is on healthy fare, and their menu includes options that are high in protein and low in carbs and cholesterol, with no MSG. They are known for their tasty sauces, which range from mild to hot and add a kick to the vegan and vegetarian dishes served here. A lunch buffet is served on weekdays, and lunch and dinner buffets are served on weekends. Soup and salad is also a popular menu option here. Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed on Mondays.