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Houston's 10 Best Vegan-Friendly Restaurants

These spots keep "faceless food" interesting.

1. Hot Breads

Baked goods and Indian food are a few of my favorite things. Combine them in the most perfect way possible, and you have Hot Breads, originally a fast-food restaurant that got its start in India back in the '80s. Today, the shop produces a fusion of European, American and Indian favorites like the chicken tikka personal pizza, spicy goat keema panini or mango cake. Perhaps the item most indicative of the fusion happening at Hot Breads is the masala cookie. It's not entirely sweet, and the texture is reminiscent of shortbread, but the flavor is unlike anything you've ever had in a cookie before. Each bite bursts with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and ginger, alternately reminiscent of a masala dosa and spicy pumpkin-pie filling.
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Who knew vegan food could taste so good? Check this dish out at our No. 2 pick!
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Who knew vegan food could taste so good? Check this dish out at our No. 2 pick!
Cinnamon rolls and cappuccinos are like two peas in a pod.
Molly Dunn
Cinnamon rolls and cappuccinos are like two peas in a pod.

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It's good to have you back, MF Sushi.

Molly Dunn

Last month ended with sad news when local baker Jody Stevenslost her home in a fire. Thankfully she was not at home during the fire, but she lost everything inside her home, including the tools she uses for her cake business, Jodycakes. Various restaurateurs and chefs have created fundraising events and aGive Forward accountto raise funds and help Stevens during this difficult time. The public is invited to a big fundraiser atBig Star Bar, 1005 West 19th,on Sunday, May 25, during Memorial Day weekend, that will feature a silent auction and possibly a dunk tank like the one at Gracie Nguyen's fundraiser last month.

Two weeks ago we welcomed two new bars. First is Beer Market Co., which officially opened for lunch and dinner on Monday, May 5. This new beer garden, located at 920 Studemont, Suite 900, rotates through 365 different types of beers regularly; pair any brew with a burger, tacos or comforting mac and cheese. It's a place to kick back and relax.

The other bar is Red Ox Bar &Grill , which opened at 811 Collingsworth. The new establishment offers craft beers, beef fajitas, burgers and tacos; enjoy a nice cold one inside at the bar or outside on the patio picnic tables while the weather is tolerable.

After months of reconstruction, MF Sushi is ­finally back in business. The popular sushi restaurant at 5887 Westheimer reopened on Wednesday, May 7, as reported by our very own Mai Pham. She spoke with chef and owner Chris Kinjo, who has been working day and night for the past three weeks to redesign the restaurant after the fire in September of last year. "I designed the restaurant and did all the woodwork and framing," Kinjo says. "Fifty percent of everything I did by myself." Welcome back, MF Sushi!

As noted on the Facebook page of Roost, Kevin Naderi's new restaurant Lillo & Ella, at 2307 Ella Boulevard, should be open during the week of May 12. This Heights restaurant will focus on Asian cuisine and will be open for lunch, unlike Naderi's other restaurant, Roost, which is open for dinner only.

Table on Post Oak, 1800 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 6110, has been in the soft opening stage for the past few weeks, but the revamped restaurant will officially open on Friday, May 16. Executive chef Manuel Pucha has taken the reins as head chef of his restaurant after serving as chef Philippe Schmit's chef de cuisine at Philippe Restaurant + Lounge. Pucha has created a menu filled with starter options such as baked oysters, a tuna carpaccio flatbread and grilled octopus; main entrée items range from duck breast with a smoked tea-infused broth to short rib osso buco with saffron pearl onions, asparagus, fingerling potatoes and carrots. It's an inventive menu that definitely portrays Pucha's talents.

Another Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin-Robbins will open on May 16 at 2808 Highway 6 South near the West Oaks Mall and Energy Corridor. The newest hybrid establishment will have a covered drive-thru (a first for Houston locations). With the approach of hot summer days, Dunkin' Donuts will now offer Arnold Palmer Coolattas along with the regular flavors like OREO® Frozen Coffee and Frozen Caramel Coffee.

While Dunkin' Donuts expands throughout Houston, the city is gearing up to welcome a local doughnut shop this summer. Glazed the Doughnut Cafe, at 1333 Old Spanish Trail, Unit E, will open in June, according to Eater Houston. Glazed owner Ose Ohen tells Eater that he traveled around the world searching for recipes and unique doughnut flavors that would distinguish his place from other doughnut shops in Houston. Glazed will serve raised, baked and cake doughnuts in a variety of flavors with a multitude of inventive toppings ranging from Dr Pepper to blueberry. As the name implies, the glazes will make each doughnut unique.

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