For a little while, I thought I was the only vegan in all of Southeast Texas. About once a month, my husband and I like to go out to eat for a ‘date day’ and I was struggling to find vegan food in Beaumont, Texas- the land of Cajun cuisine and Texas BBQ. But it’s not hopeless! Check out what I’ve found so far.
I’m from Philadelphia, PA – a huge city with a population of about 1.6 million and about as many different food options. Vegan? No problem! You’ve got options everywhere you turn – bakeries, vegan cheesesteaks, entire vegan restaurants!
A little over a year ago, my husband and I moved south to live with his grandmother and help take care of her. We’re now living in a tiny rural community of about 2,200 people. Around here, hunting and fishing is a way of life.
We have to drive 8.5 miles to get to the center of town where there aren’t any vegan meal options (unless you count french fries and grilled veggies).
The closest big city, about a 50-minute drive, is Beaumont, TX (population of about 120,000).
Beaumont, TX is home to some amazing food options
If you’re not a vegan over here in Southeast Texas, you’re in luck! Beaumont is full of amazing restaurants highlighting the eclectic cuisines of the area – like seafood from the Gulf, Cajun cuisine, American fare, and good old fashioned Texas BBQ.
Thankfully, I’ve been able to find some delicious vegan options at some of our favorite restaurants.
So let’s get down to it!
None of the restaurants listed below are specifically vegan – I haven’t found any of those any further east than Houston, but I’ll list the vegan options I’ve found and how much I paid for them! Here we go…
Vegan food options I’ve tried in Beaumont, Texas
Mellow Mushroom – 4375 Dowlen Road
Let’s start with pizza. I LOVE pizza. When my husband and I got married, all we wanted for the wedding was homemade pizza and beer! I miss the Mom & Pop pizza shops that are abundant in the Philly/NJ/NYC area.
When I found out that they were building a Mellow Mushroom in Beaumont, I nearly flipped my lid. The only options for pizza around our small town are the likes of Papa Johns and Pizza Hut… and, to me personally, that’s not pizza.
You have the option to build your own pizza – I like to choose the garlic & oil base and vegan Follow Your Heart cheese, then load it up with veg. But be careful with how many toppings you choose to add. The last medium-sized pizza that I ordered cost me like $22. That’s ridiculous, but it’s also ridiculously good.
They also have a veggie burger and pita with house-made hummus on the menu. The hummus is DELICIOUS.
Their menu isn’t cheap. Last time I got pizza there, we ordered two medium pizzas – one of my vegan creation and one a plain cheese pizza – and we paid $36. But it is really delicious pizza.
Sweet Basil Vietnamese Noodle House – 4026 Dowlen Road
My husband and I are obsessed with Sweet Basil. We’ve been there several times and have never been disappointed by the service or the food. We love pho and, as of last December, they now serve vegan pho!!
They’re still serving their vegan pho. You can also get pan-seared tofu as a substitution for a few of their dishes like the Banh Mi sandwiches (which my husband loves).
They also have a vegan crunch roll appetizer that is delicious.
The pho is about $11 for a huge serving. I can never finish it and usually take half to go. The crunch rolls are about $5. We usually have a total check (2 apps, 2 entrees) of around $40.
Carl’s Jr. – 3930 Eastex Freeway
Sometimes you just need a fast food option. I really haven’t been able to find very many veggie burgers in the area yet. Recently, Carl’s Jr. introduced their Beyond Famous Star burger using the Beyond Burger patty. Make sure you get it without cheese or sauce (includes mayo) if you’re totally vegan.
Their burger was pretty good. Was it amazing? No. But it was a yummy fast food option instead of just fries.
The meal cost about $11 for the burger, a side of fries, and a ridiculously large drink that I can’t believe was a medium.
Abbie’s Imports – 5335 Fannett Road
I love this place. Abbie’s is a Mediterranean Grocery & Deli. I read about it online and saw that they had all kinds of nuts, beans, and other vegan necessities and couldn’t wait to try it out. We were greeted warmly and offered samples of absolutely anything and everything.
We walked out of there with a picnic lunch and goodies for the rest of the week. My husband was mostly excited for their huge array of cheeses. He comes from a family of cheese lovers.
They have a large olive bar with delicious salads. We ended up buying garlic stuffed green olives, falafel with house-made hummus, pita, and tabouli salad.
We spent maybe $10-$15 dollars on the salad, pita, olives, and falafel with hummus. Spent about $40 total on other awesome grocery items.
Definitely go there and purchase a few things to put together a picnic lunch for your visit to the Beaumont Botanical Gardens that are right nearby!
Koi Japanese Sushi Bar and Lounge – 3350 Dowlen Road
This restaurant was very different than any other sushi place I’ve been to. On one side was a row of normal tables with half booth seating and on the other side were super low tables with really low couches. Perhaps that’s the ‘lounge’ side of things (and maybe I don’t get out that much… not one of the cool kids), but it looked super uncomfortable.
From veggie and tofu rolls to miso soup and veggie Hibachi dinner, you’ve got plenty of options.
Sushi rolls are around $10 each. Hibachi dinner is $14. It’s not too crazy and we were very pleased with our meal.
Freebirds World Burrito – 4438 Dowlen Rd Ste 101
Freebirds has a really cool, artsy, and relaxed atmosphere with an awesome rock soundtrack. They serve up delicious Tex-Mex cuisine and have bangin’ burritos.
They recently started serving Beyond Meat as an option in their burritos!! However, Beyond Meat is currently in high demand and they haven’t been able to get it. So, they’re currently out of stock. Check their website to make sure it’s in stock before you head over.
They also offer a yummy veggie burrito.
I got a burrito bowl with the Beyond Meat and guac. Cost me about $10.
Vegan food options that I’d like to try
Other options I’ve found online include:
- Jason’s Deli with several “vegan all the way” options
- Taz Indian Cuisine
Vegan options in grocery stores
I‘ve been able to find vegan options in most of the grocery stores including Walmart, Target, and HEB. Mostly, you’ll find tofu, veggie burgers, non-dairy milks, and maybe a few meat replacements.
The two best stores with the most options are:
Kroger 3965 Dowlen Road
This is where I get my Annie’s Vegan Mac, a multitude of meat replacements, and bigger selection of dairy-free ice cream. You can also find vegan mayo, bean pastas for extra protein, and nondairy yogurts.
Basic Foods – 6220 Phelan Blvd
Basic Foods has everything that I was looking for. Jackfruit, vegan desserts, several vegan cheese options, organic produce, bulk bins with beans, nuts, and seeds, and SO MUCH MORE. However, it does come with that Whole Foods price tag.
I can’t do the majority of my shopping here, but I love to go there for specialty items now and again. My husband and I got a few things there on a recent trip like fair trade coffee, dark chocolate, vegan ramen, jackfruit, kimchi, etc and spent about $85.
Consensus: Finding vegan food in Beaumont, Texas is difficult, but not possible…
I’ll continue to be on the hunt for vegan options in Southeast Texas, so keep an eye on this post as I’ll update it when I do! Know of something that I might have missed? Let me know in the comments below!