8 Places to Eat on Fridays During LentBy Amber Ambrose
March 6, 2014
There is a time for meat (perhaps when you're in Pearland, for example) and there is a time for veggies. We're here to help you find the latter, especially since the season of Lent is officially upon us (we did throw a few seafood options in since that's on the 'ok on Fridays' list). No matter what reasons you have for going meatless, you'll find there are an abundance of well-prepared options here in Houston.
It wouldn't be a veggie-centric list without including one of Houston's first vegan restaurants. Though it has since evolved to include meat in many dishes, there are still options like the banh mi taco plate with fillings of lemongrass tofu, sprouts and herbs as well as the verde enchiladas made with kale, artichokes and tomatillos.
507 Westheimer Rd.; 713-697-8719
It's always a good sign when a restaurant has an entire menu dedicated to vegetable-only plates. The seasonal vegetarian menu at Backstreet includes delicious options like saffron-brushed cauliflower steak, portabella burgers and risotto that will make you wonder why you hadn't tried going vegetarian before.
1103 S. Shepherd Dr.; 713-521-2239
Green Seed Vegan
Freshly pressed juices, an array of vegan veggie burgers (that can be translated in to wraps made with collard leaves) and tasty paninis round out the menu at this casual spot. (Don't miss the vegan desserts!)
4320 Almeda Rd.; 713-487-8346
Whole Foods (Montrose)
Technically it's not a restaurant, but there is a giant food and salad bar here with lots of vegetarian options, plus a coffee bar for a post-lunch pep-up. It's quick and easy if you have to get back to work, and there's even a convenient seating area where you can eat in-store. We enjoy their Indian options and fresh salads.
701 Waugh Dr.; 713-284-1260
Who doesn't love the famously square-shaped fish with their house tartar sauce, some mac 'n' cheese and spinach? We grew up eating at this Houston-based chain of cafeterias, so it holds a special place in our hearts.
Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen
This Houston stop for Tex-Mex home cooking has several enchiladas that contain no meat at all, as well as plates of fish tacos, plus a Mexican-style Caesar salad with black beans, roasted corn, avocado, tomatoes and quasi fresco. Try the spinach enchiladas or the calabacita (Mexican squash) version. There's also the crab enchiladas (Laguna Madre) for those still onboard with seafood.
This boat-shaped restaurant doesn't serve anything that's really vegetarian, but the array of seafood platters and their reasonably priced oysters lure in many a pescatarian for a tasty lunch or dinner. Don't miss the micheladas unless you've given up alcohol for Lent, in which case: good luck resisting that temptation.
If you really want to see what vegetables are capable of, Oxheart is a must-try. Some of the most beautiful and innovative dishes in the U.S. are being produced here, and many are made solely of vegetables. The only problem you might have is getting a reservation on a Friday evening.
1302 Nance St.; 832-830-8592