New vegetarian restaurants sprout up in Houston

Houston may be better known for its Tex-Mex than its scrambled tofu eggs, but this city holds its own when it comes to vegan and vegetarian restaurants.

There are a few new herbivorous meal locations this month.

The former Ripe Food Truck just opened as Verdine in the Heights. The restaurant has its roots at 449 West 19th Street and is currently in the process of opening. This means that there are currently limited opening times: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

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The menu includes the “Bistro Burger” with lentil, walnut and mushroom patties; Spinach and Chickpea Dosa, a pancake-like Indian dish; “Jackfruit Carnitas” made from smoked, chopped jackfruit and served with Chipotle Aioli.

Verdine also has an extensive wine and beer menu that consists of locally produced beers.

Over in the third section, Soul Food Vegan opened a few months ago at 2901 Emancipation Avenue. Offerings include southern home cooking and Cajun staples, including collard greens and jambalaya. (Locals rave about the fried mushrooms.)

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The restaurant uses creative ingredients to mimic classic dishes: cashew nuts are used in the alfredo sauce, and mushrooms are the main ingredient of the po-boy.

What is your favorite place for vegetarians?

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