I guess ah'm the odd man out being in Houston
(first post, by the way and not vegan - yet)
bloodysunsett - it's too bad you dislike Houston so as there are many vegetarian and even vegan restaurants here. You just have to look around, ask people, or look online. Our source is the Houston Press's Dining Guide, both online (hhtp://houstonpress.com/) and in print. We have found many places I can eat at while my wife gets her meat. Usually it's anything but American or Mexican, though there is one all-Mexican place we both like (Pico's Mex-Mex) and veggie-friendly, just not vegan (since I still love cheese - and I don't need to be reminded/reprimanded about the rennet in it
) I love Indain food, but it's not a favorite of my wife's, so I don't eat that kind of food very often unless I make falafel and hummus. But, we do have a large Indian and Middle Eastern population here that seem to have settled down mostly in the area of town on Hilcroft from Harwin to Westheimer. There's even a few places with belly dancers
aarealskei - If you like Thai, I think there's a place on Hwy 6 S somewhere around the intersections of either Richmond or Westheime. I know, a bit of a drive, but everything's "a bit of a drive" in Texas
I have worked in Park Ten off and on for the past five years, so I am familiar with how desolate Katy is for our kind of eating. I usually had to just bring my own food unless I got lazy. You do have that great big HEB on Mason, is it? I loved shopping there since everything inside the loop in Houston is nothing but Pantry stores. Other than the Central Market which we have not gone to again because of the huge number of rich snobs everywhere (HEB placed it in the middle of River Oaks.) It kind of turned us off to trying them again.
The places y'all have been pointing out for San Antone and Austin sound great, too. And, what about Hyde Park in Austin? Don't they have vegan-friendly dishes? I know my sister has mentioned them since she knows I'm vegetarian. Most of my family lives either in or around Austin, (other than Dripping Springs for my parents.) Maybe when we visit this weekend we can get a trip to one of the places you recommend