10 Vegan- and Vegetarian-Friendly Options in Corpus Christi - The Bend Magazine

10 Vegan- and Vegetarian-Friendly Options in Corpus Christi

These local spots offer vegan- and vegetarian-friendly options packed with flavor.

Bkk thai kitchen + bar offers a wide selection of vegan-friendly curry dishes.

BKK thai kitchen + bar | Photo by Rachel Benavides

There’s no need to fear finding a place where all of your friends and family can eat! If you’re looking for vegan- and vegetarian-friendly options in Corpus Christi, these 10 restaurants have a little something for everyone. From vegan pasta and curry to vegetarian power bowls and pizza, each item below packs in the flavor.

Zambra Fusion Cafe’s Power Bowls

There’s a dish for anyone and everyone at Zambra Fusion. Rose Vela, chef and seasoned restaurateur, offers a wide range of menu options, from Mediterranean pitas to one of her beloved power bowls. The Vegan Brazilian Bowl celebrates the flavors of Brazil with crisp, tender zucchini, lightly stewed tomatoes, sautéed corn, potatoes and red onion. Each power bowl is accompanied by a bed of organic spring mix tossed in the house vinaigrette, making for a healthful, satisfying portion. 5625 Saratoga Blvd. 

Thai Cottage’s Vegetable Lovers Menu

This popular Thai eatery has a menu section called “Vegetable Lovers” which contains a nice selection of vegetable-oriented dishes. One standout is the Green Dish, a combination of vegetables such as bean sprouts and mushrooms, served with fried tofu and rice. The Eggplant Tofu dish is another great option from this portion of the menu and includes stir-fried eggplants and fried tofu with broccoli, bell peppers and fresh basil in a spicy basil sauce and served with steamed rice. 5830 McArdle Rd.

Ginger Cafe’s Vegan Options

When dining at Ginger Cafe, you’ll find several vegan options packed with flavor. Get things started with the hummus and tabouli appetizer, which includes cracked wheat tossed in olive oil with lemon juice, herbs, chopped parsley, tomato and a side of hummus. The Fattoush Salad, which combines mixed greens, cucumber, tomatoes, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, paprika and pita chips, makes for an excellent second course. Then, finish things off with one of its vegan pasta options, Spiedini D’Angelo or Spaghetti Marinara with Roasted Garlic. 7009 S Staples St.

Kuzina Lebanese Grill’s Wraps

With a couple of delicious options to choose from, Kuzina Lebanese Grill’s wrap portion of the menu offers the perfect vegan- or vegetarian-friendly lunch. The Mixed Vegan Wrap combines fried eggplant, cauliflower, hummus, tomato and onions, while the Avocado Vegetable Wrap includes lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, avocados and tzatziki sauce. Choose between fries, rice or a salad for your side. 3801 Saratoga Blvd. 

Hester’s Cafe’s Veggie-Friendly Options 

With two locations across the city and a wide variety of options on the menu, Hester’s Cafe makes finding a vegetarian meal that suits your fancy quite easy. Both its breakfast and lunch menus have veggie-friendly options, whether you’re looking for an omelette or a salad. We recommend the “Sonny” Rollins for breakfast — egg whites, a bowl of organic oatmeal and vegetarian sausage patties — and any of the Nourish Bowls for lunch. Locations vary

Hu-Dat Noodle House’s Vegetarian Menu

This local mainstay has a vegetarian-friendly menu with a large variety of options for hungry diners to choose from. You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but we recommend trying the Delightful Noodles which combines bean thread noodles sautéed with onions, mushrooms, spinach, bok choy, carrots and eggs tossed in a house sauce. The Stir-fry Bok Choy & Veggies menu item is another excellent choice and includes broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, cabbage and onions sautéed with fresh bok choy and served with your choice of steamed, fried or brown rice. 6418 S. Staples St. 

BKK’s Vegan Options

BKK thai kitchen + bar’s menu features a great variety of vegan and vegetarian options. Almost all of the stir-fry, fried rice and noodle sections of the menu can be made vegan upon request. The Jay Pad Thai dish, made with rice noodles, organic tofu, bean sprouts, broccoli, carrots, garlic, green onions and roasted peanuts, tops our list. But, you can never go wrong with any of the curry dishes — almost all of which can be made vegan-friendly. Locations vary 

House of Rock’s Earth Day Pie

Pizza places don’t necessarily come to mind when considering vegetarian-friendly options, but this classic share-friendly dish can easily be tailored to dietary restrictions. This is even easier at House of Rock, where their pizza crusts are always vegan. The classic Margherita pizza is a great option, but the Earth Day pie is really why they belong on this list. It’s a pesto pizza with fresh goat cheese, artichokes, mushrooms and spinach — a refreshing break from the typical vegetarian option of plain cheese pizza. 511 Starr St. 

Thai Spice’s Selection of Curries

Thai Spice has been a landmark restaurant on Water Street for decades. The mellow atmosphere and friendly service have made it a favorite stop for locals for years, even for those with the strictest dietary restrictions! All of their curries can be served with just veggies or tofu, and some curries are even served inside a coconut or pineapple for extra flavor. Our personal favorites are the panang curry and the green curry — but watch out for the green curry. It’s the spiciest on the menu! 523 N Water St.

Ramen Legend’s Vegetable Ramen

Packed with flavor and perfect for fall weather, Ramen Legend’s Vegetable Ramen will have you slurping the bowl dry. Broccoli, shiitake mushrooms, cauliflower, mixed greens, purple cabbage, avocado, lime and yuzu paste mix and mingle together in a delicious shio broth. 4938 S Staples St. Ste C16

Looking to whip up your own vegan-friendly dish at home? Check out these dishes from our resident recipe developer Kayla Butts.