San Antonio: Vegan Outings

We dined at three restaurants in San Antonio but only Vegeria had a lasting impression. We went there for lunch not expecting much of the plant-based restaurant. Small and lacking decor, Vegeria resembled a small diner and sort of hole-in-the-wall type of place. When we ordered and ate our meal, we were pleasantly surprised by the quality and taste of our food. It turned out to be the best food we had on our trip.

We both ordered the Quinoa and Pineapple Chipotle Bowl: lentils, quinoa, steamed veggies, pickled cabbage and pineapple, served with spicy raspberry chipotle sauce. It was sweet and spicy and delicious! We enjoyed it tremendously and the bowl was plenty of food. Speaking to other diners, they also enjoyed their dishes. Vegeria happens to be the number one favorite vegan restaurant in San Antonio. Now we know why! And I highly recommend it as well.

Senor Veggie was another vegan restaurant we had visited for dinner. It wasn’t what we expected, but it wasn’t bad either. At least it made it on our recommendation list, unlike Green Vegetarian, which I won’t be talking about. The food at Senor Veggie was decent but not as healthy as we would have liked. They have a large menu, but most of their food is sautéed and fried. That was our biggest gripe with the place, and the food wasn’t the best we’ve had, but it was still tasty.

Nick ordered SV Black Bean Burger, which came out a little too oily and burnt for him. And I ordered the Veggie Street Tacos, which was pulled jackfruit and the works with corn tacos. Along with the dishes, we ordered the veggie of the day, which was chili lime carrots. Unfortunately, they were sautéed and too oily for our taste, thus ruining the flavor and enjoyment for us.

Nick’s black bean burger

My jackfruit tacos

Senor Veggie also has a dessert case filled with cookies and cupcakes. Nick ordered a chocolate chip cookie and I had a chocolate cupcake. Nick’s cookie was good, but I didn’t like my tasteless and over oily dessert. Based on our experience I’d recommend Vegeria over Senor Veggie, although Senor Veggie is probably easier to get to by foot if you’re staying downtown since Vegeria is located outside downtown and requires a car. For those not so picky about their food, Senor Veggie may be more tasty to you. But if you’re looking for something healthier, go with Vegeria.

Lastly, we visited One Lucky Duck. We were excited to try out the raw vegan place, expecting to order a lot of food and even raw desserts, but unfortunately One Lucky Duck San Antonio is smaller and not owned by founder Sarma Melngailis like the one in New York. If you’re familiar with One Lucky Duck and are looking to obtain all the raw food goodies, you’ll be disappointed like us. They do have some raw trail mix and macaroons lying around, and to-go salads, but not much else. The small joint resembles a juicery more than a storefront and cafe. So being so, we ordered a couple of green juices, and Nick splurged on some raw vanilla and chocolate macaroons.

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