Looking for vegan food in The Woodlands, Texas? There are quite a few options now, including an all vegan bakery and cafe!
If I’ve missed any places, please let me know, and I’ll add them. I’ll also update this as I hear of/try more places.
I’ve done my best to make this list as accurate as possible, but I recommend confirming that everything is vegan before ordering at places that don’t label menu options as vegan, and always double check on the gluten free status of foods if you have allergies/Celiac.
❤️=My Favorites on this list.
Y’all, I’m so excited that there’s a vegan restaurant in The Woodlands now! Wisdom Bakery and Cafe has coffee and tea, smoothies, baked goods like cupcakes and pie, and a regular menu with sandwiches, wraps, and burgers as well! Check out this post to see what I tried there during my last visit.
Bella Green (Research Forrest)–Vegetarian, dairy free, and gluten free items are marked on the menu. The Oh Kale Yeah Salad is vegan & gluten free–I get it with blackened tofu and love it so much I created my own version.
Other things that appear to be vegan are the vegetable minestrone, the veggie wrap, veggie lettuce wraps/super veggie tacos (without cheese), fries/sweet potato fries, quinoa salad, roasted vegetables, and sauteed cauliflower. Make sure to ask if what you’re ordering is vegan though because I was told their gluten free pizza crust was vegan and later found out it actually contains honey. (I’ve also tried confirming their vegan options various times via email and have never received a response.) They have gf desserts but sadly none are vegan.
Black Walnut Cafe (Research Forest)–Currently has one option labeled as vegan on the menu–Vegan Tacos with walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes, cauliflower, vegetable broth, avocado, pico de gallo, lettuce, fire-roasted, salsa, corn tortillas. There are no vegan options on the breakfast menu.
Chipotle (Six Pines & College Park Drive)–Vegan and gluten free items are marked on their allergen guide. Their tofu sofritas, tortillas, vegetables, rice, beans, salsas, chips, and guacamole are vegan, and everything on their menu is gluten free besides flour tortillas.
Chuy’s (Shenandoah/I-45 South)– Chuy’s has been one of my fave places in The Woodlands long before I was vegan, so I’m glad I can still eat there. Vegetarian items are marked on the menu–I usually get the Veggie Enchiladas (no cheese), but there are a few other vegan options like chips and guacamole, nachos (no cheese), dinner salad with cilantro vinaigrette, Bean and Cheese Burrito (no cheese), and Guacamole Tacos (no cheese)–there’s a full list of options here. As far as I know nothing is strictly gluten free. *Update 2021: The veggie enchiladas are not on the more limited menu since COVID, but the nachos are.
❤️ Crave Cupcakes— They have a vegan Red Velvet cupcake, and it’s delicious!
Dimassi’s Mediterranean Kitchen (Lake Woodlands)– I haven’t been to Dimassi’s yet but have been meaning to check it out–they have a buffet with foods labeled with ingredients so you can see the vegan and gluten free options like potatoes, hummus, baba ghanouge, cauliflower, eggplant, okra, and more.
DrinkabiliTea Cafe (College Park)– They have tea and smoothies as well as labeled vegan options liked a Beyond Burger, vegan lamb wrap, vegan chicken/lamb quesadillas.
Dunkin’ Donuts (College Park)–Check out a list of the vegan options at Dunkin’ Donuts here.
Falacos–Falacos is an all vegan and gluten free food truck that serves tacos with fried falafel balls. I don’t count them as a vegan place in The Woodlands since they travel around Houston/aren’t in The Woodlands that often, and I’ve only caught them in The Woodlands a couple of times. Definitely try them if they’re in the area though! *Update 2021: Currently closed due to COVID.
Flower Child (Lake Woodlands, added 2019)– This healthy restaurant chain just opened up in The Woodlands recently in 2019, and I’m looking forward to trying it out because they have quite a few things labeled as vegan, including hummus, chopped vegetable salad, spicy sweet potato noodle glow bowl, tofu, and more.
❤️ Freebird’s (Lake Woodlands)— Freebird’s now has Beyond Meat as a vegan protein option, and they also list egg/milk/wheat free ingredients in their allergen guide. I wrote about the Beyond Meat options in this post.
Friday’s (Lake Woodlands)– Friday’s now has the Beyond Meat burger, but to make it vegan you need to order it without cheese on a Challah bun, according to this website. I’d recommend double checking since it’s not labeled as vegan on their menu.
Koji Ramen Bar— They have a labeled vegan ramen option that sounds really good, I’d like to try it soon!
Main Squeeze Juice Co.— This juice bar has juices, dairy free mylks, vegan avocado and almond butter toast, a dairy free frozen mocha latte that looks delicious! I haven’t been yet, but I’d definitely like to check it out soon.
MOD Pizza (Indian Springs)– MOD pizza is a build your own pizza place–their regular and gluten free crusts are both vegan, and they have vegan cheese, vegan sauces (red, BBQ, & garlic rub) as well as lots of veggie options (unlimited toppings!) Dairy free/egg free/gluten free options are marked on their allergen guide.
Nektar Juice Bar (Research Forest)– Juices, smoothies, acai bowls, most of the menu looks vegan.
Olive Garden (I-45/The Woodlands Mall)– According to their Allergen Guide and this Peta Guide, some vegan options at Olive Garden are the bread sticks, minestrone, and angel hair, cavatappi, fettuccine, gluten-free rotini, rigatoni, small shells, spaghetti, and whole-wheat linguine pastas, which you can get with marinara or tomato sauce. I haven’t been there since going vegan.
P.F. Changs (The Woodlands Mall)– Vegetarian options are marked on the menu, and they list which items are dairy free/egg free/wheat free on their allergy guide. Some of their vegan options (I’m going by their allergy chart/they aren’t marked as vegan) are their Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps, Buddha’s Feast (steamed or stir-fried), Coconut Curry Vegetables, Ma Po Tofu, Stir Fried Eggplant, Chili Garlic Green Beans, Sichuan-style Asparagus, Wok’d Spinach with garlic, and white and brown rice. Apparently their edamame has egg (ew.) You can also request that some dishes be made gluten free. There’s also a vegan list here.
Red Pheonix Hunan (College Park)– They have a vegetarian section on the menu, some of which are vegan like the Eggplant with Garlic Sauce, which is what I got last time. Last time I checked the hostess confirmed the Eggplant as well as the Ma Po Tofu are vegan, but I’m not sure about the other vegetarian options.
Saigon USA (1488)– Saigon USA is a Vietnamese & Chinese restaurant with quite a few vegan options like pho with tofu, vermicelli, spring rolls, egg rolls, bahn mi, edamame, and two vegan tofu dishes (all clearly labeled–hooray!) Check out what I tried during my latest visit here.
❤️ Snooze A.M. Eatery (Research Forest, added 2021)– Finally, a place with vegan breakfast options in The Woodlands!! They have a labeled option of Vegan Bliss Pancakes, and you can also modify the Snooze Classic to make it vegan by ordering it with tofu scramble and soyrizo. You may be able to modify some of the other options to make them vegan as well.
Sweet Paris (Market Street)– Sweet Paris is a crepe chain restaurant that has a couple of labeled vegan options: Berry Agave Crepes with apples caramelized in agave syrup, strawberries, & blackberries and The Vegan, with portobello mushrooms, black bean purée, corn salsa, & chipotle sauce.
The Cheesecake Factory (The Woodlands Mall)– They have a Vegan Cobb Salad on the menu, which looks like it could be gf without the farro, but I haven’t verified. They don’t have an allergy guide, but Peta has a list of their vegan options.
❤️ True Food Kitchen (Market Street)–I finally tried True Food Kitchen recently, and it’s so good! They have quite a few vegan (and gluten free options) including pizza, salads, and other delicious seasonal dishes.
Whole Foods (Hughes Landing)– Whole Foods has quite a few vegan options in their deli section including a salad bar with veggies, rice, beans, tofu, and more. They also have vegan soup options, vegan pasta, potato salad, desserts, and other options in the prepared foods section. I’ve also seen vegan pizza slices and vegan tacos, though I think availability depends on when you go. You can also request vegan Orchid Rolls with black rice from the sushi counter (the vegetarian brown rice rolls contain honey.)
Zoe’s Kitchen (Market Street & Woodlands Parkway)– Zoe’s Kitchen had a few labeled vegan options including a Falafel sandwich, hummus, lentil soup, roasted vegetables, braised white beans, turmeric rice, baked falafel, and potato salad.
Some other places that may have vegan options that I haven’t confirmed:
Lucky Cafe— Vietnamese food place with a Vegetarian section on the menu including entrees with tofu and imitation meat (they didn’t respond when I reached out to confirm via email.)
Lupe Tortilla— They have a vegetarian section on the menu, but when I called to ask about vegan options whoever answered wasn’t very knowledge, and then when they said they would go ask the chef, they hung up on me.
Ploy–There are mixed reviews on Happy Cow as to whether any of their options are actually vegan (they didn’t respond when I reached out to confirm via email.)
Yucatan Taco Stand–They have some vegetarian options on the menu, but I’m not sure if any of them are or could be modified to be vegan.
Blue Door Coffee (Waterway, added 2019)– They used to have a few vegan options labeled on their menu, but the last time I checked, they didn’t have any vegan options on the menu.
Grub Burger Bar— Grub is listed as having vegan options on Happy Cow, and they offer a Beyond Burger, but their buns contain dairy and eggs, so I wouldn’t consider them very vegan friendly. It appears from their allergen guide that the onion rings and fries might be vegan, but I’m not sure–ask about vegan options if you’re interested.
Tris (Waterway, added 2019)– I got an email from this fine dining restaurant letting me know that they offer a few vegan options (2019.) Last I checked, it doesn’t appear they have any vegan options on the menu (2021.)
Places that used to have vegan options but are now closed:
Huti’s 5 Free-Fire Grill–To order vegan at Huti’s, order Make Mine A Veggie (which is two sides)–all of the sides are vegan except the Street Corn, and the Chimichurri (parsley and olive oil), Asado Red (mild with fresh vegetables), and the Piri Piri (spicy with jalapenos and paprika) sauces are all vegan as well as the vinagrete. (Confirmed vegan options via email January 2018.) They also said that basically their whole menu is gluten free besides the brownie. Pure Health Eatery (Research Forest & Sawdust)– Vegan and gluten free options are marked on the menu and include lentil soup and a couple of salads, but none of their main entrees or sandwiches are marked as vegan (you may be able to veganize a few). They also have juices and a few vegan smoothies. Update 2019: Closed. The Counter (Market Street)– They used to have an allergen guide on their website, but I couldn’t find it online anymore, so I emailed them, and they sent it to me–the vegan options listed include the Vegan Veggie patty, the Ciabatta bun (they said it is processed on non-vegan equipment if that bothers you), all of the greens, vegan cheddar, chipotle aioli, red relish, spicy tomato jam, apricot sauce, sweet sriracha, house mustard, Just Mayo, ginger soy vinaigrette, thousand island, all of the raw veggies, roasted corn and black bean salsa, almonds, quinoa, artichokes, avocado, sauteed mushrooms, fries and sweet potato fries, veggie skewers, and the Asian Veggie over greens (pictured). Last time I went, I saw they have the Impossible Burger now too. The gluten free bun isn’t vegan, and the vegan veggie patty isn’t gluten free, which I only realized recently. Update 2020: Closed. Salata (Market Street & College Park)– Vegan and gluten free options are marked on their allergen list and include Lemon Vinaigrette, Balsamic Vinaigrette, and Fat-free Sun-Dried Tomato dressings, Chipotle White Bean Soup, quinoa and falafel toppings, and tofu and pita chips (not gf). Update 2021: Salata is closed due to COVID until further notice.
Have you tried any vegan options in The Woodlands? Did I miss any? Which are your favorites? Let me know in the comments!
Also, check out my past posts on What I Ate in The Woodlands here.