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.
Tip: I use Veggl to check for vegan options when ordering at chain restaurants.
❤️=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 when I went there in 2019.
Bella Green (Research Forrest)
Bella Green doesn’t label menu items as vegan (I really wish they did because it would make ordering easier), but they do label items as vegetarian, dairy free, and gluten free. I love their vegan Oh Kale Yeah Salad–I get it with blackened tofu and love it so much I created my own version.
Other things that appear to be vegan on the menu are the vegetable minestrone, the veggie wrap, veggie lettuce wraps/super veggie tacos (without cheese), fries/sweet potato fries, quinoa salad, roasted vegetables, and sautéed 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 gluten free desserts but sadly none are vegan.
Black Walnut Cafe (Research Forest)
Black Walnut Cafe 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.
Carraba’s has a few vegan options (listed here), such as Linguini Positano, Spaghetti with Pomodoro Sauce, fresh bread (it’s so good!), some modified side salads, broccoli, asparagus, and spinach.
❤️Chipotle (Six Pines & College Park Drive)
Vegan (and gluten free) options are displayed on Chipotle’s allergen guide. Their tofu sofritas, tortillas, vegetables, rice, beans, salsas, chips, and guacamole are vegan, and I love creating a sofritas burrito or bowl!
Chuy’s has been one of my favorite restaurants in The Woodlands long before I was vegan, so I’m glad I can still eat there. Vegetarian items are marked on their 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 (Research Forest)
Crave has a vegan Red Velvet cupcake, and it’s delicious–I’ve already gone there twice to get it. Last time I went, they also had a vegan and gluten free cookie option. I hope they add even more vegan options in the future.
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.
Dunkin’ Donuts (College Park)
Dunkin Donuts has a few vegan options (listed here), like avocado toast, hash browns, and almond and oat milk coffee drink options. They used to have a Beyond Sausage breakfast sandwich option which I enjoyed, but as of June 2021, it’s been discontinued sadly.
Flower Child (Lake Woodlands)
This healthy restaurant chain has quite a few labeled vegan options, including hummus, chopped vegetable salad, spicy sweet potato noodle glow bowl, tofu, and more. I’ve been meaning to try it out–hopefully soon!
Freebird’s has a Beyond Meat vegan protein option, and they also list egg/milk/wheat free ingredients in their allergen guide. I wrote about the Beyond Meat/vegan options in this post. I’ve loved Freebirds for years, long before going vegan, and I love them still since they have delicious vegan options!
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 (I-45)
Koji Ramen Bar has a labeled vegan ramen option that sounds good, but I haven’t tried it yet.
Kona Grill has a few labeled vegan options on the menu: Vegetarian Roll, Nori Salad, Crispy Soy Brussels Sprouts.
Main Squeeze Juice Co. (Lake Woodlands)
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.
Macaroni Grill (Lake Woodlands)
At Macaroni Grill, you can create your own vegan pasta with spaghetti, capellini, penne, fettuccine, rigatoni and then add Imported Pomodorina or Garlic Olive Oil and veggies. See all of the vegan options here.
MOD pizza is a build your own pizza quick service restaurant–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)
Nektar Juice Bar has juices, smoothies, acai bowls, and most of the menu looks vegan.
Olive Garden has a vegan menu here, which includes spaghetti with marinara (pictured), breadsticks, minestrone, and the famous house salad with olive oil and vinegar dressing (no croutons, no dressing.)
P.F. Changs (The Woodlands Mall)
P.F. Changs doesn’t label vegan options on their menu, but they do have quite a few vegan options, which are listed here, such as vegetarian lettuce wraps, Buddha’s Feast, Ma Po Tofu, Stir Fried Eggplant, and more. They also have an allergy guide.
Panera Bread (The Woodlands Mall)
Panera has a few vegan options (listed here), which includes bagels, oatmeal, bowls, and salads.
Red Pheonix Hunan (College Park)
Red Pheonix Hunan has 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. Double check before ordering.
Red Robin has a vegan impossible burger, but you have to modify it–check out this post to see how to order vegan/all of their vegan options.
Saigon USA (1488)
Saigon USA is a Vietnamese & Chinese restaurant with quite a few vegan options labeled on their menu like vegan pho with tofu, vegan vermicelli, vegan soft spring rolls, egg rolls, vegan bahn mi chay, edamame. Check out what I tried during my latest visit here.
Salata has quite a few vegan options which are labeled on their allergen list, such as Lemon Vinaigrette, Balsamic Vinaigrette, and Fat-free Sun-Dried Tomato dressings, vegan proteins: tofu, falafel, and quinoa, Chipotle White Bean Soup, and pita chips.
❤️ Snooze A.M. Eatery (Research Forest)
Finally, a restaurant with vegan breakfast/brunch options in The Woodlands!! Snooze is a cute retro inspired breakfast diner with labeled vegan options such as Tofu Scramble and Vegan Bliss Pancakes. They also have soy, oat, coconut, and almond milk for coffee drinks. You can also modify some dishes to be vegan–I’ve made the Snooze Classic vegan by ordering it with tofu scramble and soyrizo, with a vegan pancake instead of toast (pictured). Snooze is one of my favorite restaurants to eat at in The Woodlands because I love breakfast, and I love that they have tofu scramble!
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.
I love that Taco Bells are literally everywhere and have quite a few vegan options–check out all of them here.
The Cheesecake Factory (The Woodlands Mall)
The Cheesecake Factory doesn’t have any vegan cheesecake options yet sadly, but they do have vegan options on their menu such as an Impossible Burger with vegan cheese and vegan 1000 Island Dressing, a Vegan Cobb Salad, Pasta Pomodoro, and more–check out all of their vegan options here.
❤️ True Food Kitchen (Market Street)
I finally tried True Food Kitchen, and it’s so good! They have quite a few labeled vegan (and gluten free options) including pizza, salads, and other delicious seasonal dishes.
Truluck’s (Hughes Landing)
Truluck’s is a fine dining seafood restaurant with a vegan option of Spaghetti Bolognese made with butternut squash noodles. The asparagus is also vegan, and the broccoli can be modified to be vegan upon request.
Twisted Mac (Delivery only)
Twisted Mac is delivery only macaroni and cheese place–I discovered them when browsing Door Dash this year and noticed they have a Vegan Mac option with toasted walnut ‘cream’ sauce, broccolini, roasted grape tomatoes, roasted red bell peppers, mushrooms, fresh herbs, red onions, and elbow pasta. I haven’t tried it yet though.
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.)
Update 2021: I haven’t tried or verified the vegan options at Whole Foods in a few years, so I’m not sure what they have currently.
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.
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.
Places that used to have vegan options but are now closed:
Falacos (100% Mobile food truck, closed for now)
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.
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. 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.