Where to Find Vegan Food on Your Trip to Galveston
Hey there beautiful people!
Looking for a healthy, vegan-friendly menu item while visiting Galveston, TX? We've lived here and frequented these restaurants for years, and have gotten to know the local community pretty well. We made a list of our favorite budget-friendly spots (and included tips for avoiding tourists) while you enjoy a jewel of the Texas coast.
Happy eating y'all!
Our Favorite Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in Galveston
613 University Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550
When my beloved Oasis Juice Bar closed down, I was so sad. Where was I going to grab delicious, wholesome, vegan smoothies?
The owner is a super rad woman who used to work at Oasis. In fact, many of the beloved menu items were named and formulated by her in the early days of the establishment.
Her spot is cozy and mellow, and I love the comfy sofa. My favorite smoothie? the “C” weed with orange juice, pineapple, peaches, (omit greek yogurt), flax oil, spiraling, hemp seeds, vanilla bean, and agave.
Have this with a Matcha Latte and a Veg-out panini to round out your visit!
The only downside? Not open evenings or Sundays ;)
2126 Postoffice St, Galveston, TX 77550
Where would we be without Mod? My husband and I had our first date here, and have been frequenting the caffeine dealer for almost 10 years. For vegans, they have a fridge that offers pita bread + hummus, and veggie wraps from Lolo Kai. Look inside their un-missable dessert cabinet and rejoice at the delicious vegan zucchini bread alongside other (non-vegan) baked goods.
My go-to: Zucchini bread with an extra-hot soy chai latte and a Topo Chico.
The patio here is to die for. On nice days in spring, the smell of jasmine flowers is heavenly. They host live music events on weekends and are super dog-friendly (leashes required) while sitting outside.
Locals and tourists alike love this place. On cruise-ship days and during college finals week the place can be loaded up with both; make sure to scope out the upstairs couch before giving up on finding a seat!
2711 Market St, Galveston, TX 77550
A family of gypsies (maybe?) has opened its doors to overwhelming local popularity (even featured on the Travel Channel) by serving up classic comfort foods with a hippie twist.
Ask the staff for vegan recommendations, and prepare to be pleasantly surprised to find multiple vegan options on the menu!
While you can’t enjoy any vegan cookies, they are able to accommodate non-dairy milk in their coffee orders! So fill up on a delicious lentil hash explosion and finish it off with an espresso to keep yourself from falling into a food coma ;)
Pro-tip: pick a seat anywhere, then go up to the counter to order. It gets pretty packed during lunch, so bring a friend to hold a seat while you go order. Be patient, and remember to clear off your own table (there’s a bus bin for dirty dishes below the silverware stand).
Hours: Tues-Sat 11:00am-9:00pm Sun 11:00an-3:00pm
Olympia Grill (on the seawall)
4908 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551
Their sign says “Healthy Food Since 1500 BC”, and it’s a no-frills mediterranean joint that lives up to this promise.
There are two locations: one on the Seawall, and one near Pier 21. Personally, I like going to the Seawall location most, and here’s why: less tourists, cheaper menu items, and a more casual atmosphere. The wait on weekends at Olympia at Pier 21 can be outrageous, but for good reason. They serve dishes ablaze, and host the occasional belly-dancing entertainment all while overlooking the sunset and romantic harbor below.
My husband and I love to grab the lentil soup and vegetarian platter, being sure to let the staff know about omitting dairy.
All in all, a great place to dine for some mediterranean variety, and they did a great job catering our wedding reception!
Ben and Jerry’s
4408 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550
They usually have 2 flavors of vegan ice cream, along with some sorbets! Grab a cone and walk across the street to finish it off with your toes in the sand on the seawall.
408 25th St, Galveston, TX 77550
My heart broke a little bit when I learned that the long-time owner of this strand eatery had moved on, but the new management kept many of the vegan-friendly menu items in rotation.
Our go-to: the smoked tofu banh mi-esque sandwich, or soba noodle salad with tofu and Prickly Pear iced tea.
Revel in the super-cute tiny cutlery, and sun-dried tomato crostini served as a complementary appetizer.
1528 Avenue L, Galveston, TX 77550
While there may not be anything strictly vegan on the menu here, that doesn’t stop me from visiting. In fact, if you’re looking for a place to feel like you stepped right into grandma’s kitchen, go no further. Shykatz is well worth the long wait on weekends.
Park in the neighborhood and order some vegan side dishes a la carte, and they’ll happily serve up a custom order of sautéed veggies with toast, jam, fried potatoes, oatmeal, and fresh fruit. I’ve never had a bad time here!
Great for cat-lovers, the signage is hilarious.
3728 Broadway Avenue J, Galveston, TX 77550
Cheap, quick, and satisfyingly delicious. We go here at least 3 times a month for a meal we know we’re going to love.
Tofu spring rolls with tofu sandwich, vermicelli, or marinated tofu with steamed rice and mixed veggies.
Order just water and split an appetizer, and still walk out having dined for two on a $20 bill.
What I love: the family. You feel like they love Vietnam, and want to share a piece of it with you. Always amazing service, and spot-on taste.
3204 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550
Vegans won’t find much other than a black bean “veggie” burger for entrees (which I’m not 100% sure is entirely vegan), but not I’m ashamed to admit that I come here for the french fries. They’re amazing, and the view isn’t bad either.
Grab some beers and watch the waves, bikers parking out front, and snack on a burger and fries while your favorite sports team is broadcast across the multiple levels of bars the complex has to offer.
Pro-tip: skip the horrendously long line at the registers to order, and grab a table to the left at the bar (first come, first serve). A staff member will take your order and put it in at the kitchen, while you sip a beer and stare at the poor suckers with rumbling stomachs.
Lolo Kai Smoothies and WrapS
902 Postoffice St, Galveston, TX 77550 (soon to change)*
The couple running this Hawaii-vibe sandwich shop is just. so. cute. Kris and Tani have plans to expand the restaurant (summer 2018) onto a more heavily foot-trafficked spot close to the Strand.
I’ve enjoyed their Acai and Pitaya bowls immensely, and would return for any number of their vegan-friendly smoothies. They even use Vega Protein Powders!
As for food, grab a hummus and veggie wrap if you’re on the go. Can’t wait for the new restaurant! Tani says she might even entertain more vegan menu options ;)
Galveston Coffee RoasterS
532 23rd St, Galveston, TX 77550
Another fabulously wonderful business-owning couple, this spot is one of my favorite on the island.
When you enter, prepare to be greeted by just an amazing wall smelling of roasted coffee beans, since the entire store’s shelves are lined with the store’s locally crafted flavors.
They will even give you a free sample of each in season, as well as pour you an ice-filled cup of their amazingly strong and flavorful Dutch Coffee (an even more amazing close cousin of the Toddy).
Pet the sweet and gentle yellow lab (if he isn’t snoozing behind the bar) while you chat up the owners about the surf forecast and their days spent living in Hawaii.
Before you pay, grab a vegan “gruffin” (a cross between a muffin and granola bar) to add a sweet treat with your beverage.
Places on our list to try:
Old Moon Deli & Pie
408 23rd Street Rear, Galveston, TX 77550
Vegan burger patties upon request and several vegan pie dessert options!
2404 Strand St, Galveston, TX 77550
Offers a vegan patty upon request while you snack on gluten-free fig fritters and sip on craft brews.
We hope you enjoyed this list! :)