Every once in a while, people like to take a little break from beefy burgers and saucy barbecue and grab a little something on the lighter side. Just because you’re skimping on the meat doesn’t mean a boring salad is your only option. These days, many restaurants have meatless entrées on the menu. The Houston Press has gathered up six restaurant finds that are full of flavor, even without the meat.
Nobi Public House, 241 East NASA Parkway
Offering what's described as Vietnamese fusion cuisine,
Bakkhus Taverna, 605 6th Street, in Kemah
Home of meaty gyros and one of the best burgers in the
Grazia Italian Kitchen, 1001 Pineloch
Snazzy and posh are just a couple of words that describe this classy Italian restaurant nestled in the heart of Clear Lake. Once you’ve soaked in all the charm of Grazia, get ready for an unforgettable experience. This restaurant is prepared to satisfy meat lovers and vegetarians alike. It's known for the award-winning smoked beef short ribs served on top of a bed of creamy pancetta risotto, but one simple vegetarian dish also makes our list here: the Greek pizza. This gorgeous pizza is loaded with mozzarella, spinach, tomatoes, black olives, feta and olive oil. Other vegetarian options at Grazia include baked ziti, cheese ravioli and pasta primavera. Guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face. Full-service restaurant with full bar.
Habanero’s Tacos, 1908 Hialeah, in Seabrook
If you’re craving some tacos but aren’t in the mood for greasy ground beef or chunks of salty pork, head over to Habanero’s Tacos. While its picadillo beef and pork carnitas are some of the best in the area, the vegetarian tacos hold their own.
Angelo’s Pizza and Pasta, 400 Bay Area Boulevard, Suite A, in Clear Lake
Angelo’s Pizza and Pasta in Clear Lake has been serving your favorite Italian classics since 1993. Fresh salads and homemade soups are also available. But for those days you’re craving a meatless meal, you must try the porcini ravioli. This satisfying entrée of homemade ravioli stuffed with porcini mushrooms, served in a parmesan cream sauce with potatoes, broccoli and red bell peppers, is a vegetarian treat. Another great option is the rich and creamy baked ziti. Full-service, beer and wine only, and delivery available.
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TJ Reeds, 614 FM 517 West, in Dickinson
From milkshakes to hand-crafted cocktails, TJ Reeds has something to make everyone in your party happy. Chicken strips, a white-fish sandwich or a bacon cheeseburger made with 100 percent certified Angus beef are just a few options. But if you’re taking a pass on meat at this meal, check out the Shroom Burger.
A grilled portobello, blue cheese crumbles, craft beer-braised onions, avocado and harissa mayonnaise make up this mountain-high combination of flavors. TJ Reeds