Green Vegetarian Restaurant

Eclectic | Health Food | Vegan-Friendly | Vegetarian
Worth driving from anywhere!

Green Vegetarian Restaurant is not merely vegetarian. It also is kosher, meaning it is closed Friday night and Saturday. Also, several items on the menu are strictly vegan; some are gluten-free.

The sun was blazing when we stopped in, so it seemed only right to start with an icy smoothie that blended pineapple, mango, papaya and banana in a mix known as “tropical cooler.” Refreshing? More than a bath in ice water.

The menu offers many options, including breakfast/slash/brunches that include sweet potato pancakes, huevos rancheros, migas, and vegan tacos. you can have gluten-free sushi vegetable rolls, grilled portobellos that are designed to remind you of steak, even chicken-fried steak made of “wheat meat.” Chili, available as a side dish with other meals, does a yeomanly job of impersonating real chili, albeit not real Texas chili, as it contains beans. But the spices are right and it is an extremely hearty dish.

Among pseudo meats, few are weirder than wham, a ham substitute that has a smoky flavor and texture something like tender pastrami. It’s the star of a tremendously satisfying sandwich named Mike (for chef and co-owner Mike Behrend), which contains jaw-stretching strata of avocados, cucumbers, sprouts, spinach leaves, tomato slices, purple onion, sliced tomato and jalapeno jelly – all on thick slices of fresh, rugged-grained bread.

Of course there are salads: Greek, raw beet, raw vegetables with raw pecan hummus and a taco salad that includes soy chili. Side dishes are listed on the menu “from healthiest to happiest” – kale salad to French fries and onion rings.

Green is a popular place located in what for many years was a landmark bakery. You can’t miss it driving by. Look for the large vegetable garden out front and the line of people waiting for a seat.

What to Eat
Green Vegetarian Restaurant, Chili
A far cry from the chili con carne originally served in the San Antonio market by 19th century chili queens, Green's vegetarian version is deftly seasoned and ballasted with beans.
Green Vegetarian Restaurant, Mike Sandwich
Mike Sandwich
Open wide! The Mike sandwich is a tour de force of good-for-you ingredients that include slices of vegetable protein known as wham because they resemble ham. You wouldn't mistake them for Virginia's finest, but they do taste good, especially with the sandwich's habanero jelly.
Green Vegetarian Restaurant, Hummus Sandwich
Hummus Sandwich
At Green, hummus isn't ordinary hummus; it is raw pecan hummus, here teamed with sliced raw carrots, beets, spinach and sprouts.
Green Vegetarian Restaurant, Tropical Cooler
Tropical Cooler
Pineapple, mango, papaya, banana and ice make this tropical cooler a hot-weather blessing. Other available smoothies include peanut butter and banana, chocolate and banana, and a very berry blend of blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries.
Green Vegetarian Restaurant, Ginger Bomb
Ginger Bomb
This vegetable drink is health in a glass; its vivid ginger flavor is sheer refreshment.
Green Vegetarian Restaurant, Kale Salad
Kale Salad
On a menu that lists side dishes from healthiest to happiest, kale leads the list. Despite its virtue (ok, ok, maybe because of it), it made me very happy.
Directions and Hours
Open Today
Sunday9 am - 9 pm
Monday8 am - 9 pm
Tuesday8 am - 9 pm
Wednesday8 am - 9 pm
Thursday8 am - 9 pm
Friday8 am - 8 pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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