Where to Find the Best Restaurants for Alternative Diets

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5 Points Local

5 Points Local
There’s a reason to visit the often over-looked 5 Points area near Elmira and South Flores. Actually, there are several and most can be found inside 5 Points Local, another hit project by Lisa Asvestas of The Cove.

Once the home to the first location of Green Vegetarian Cuisine, 5 Points Local added a communal table, more patio seating and an airy dining room perfect for meetings. Stop in for breakfast for signature granola available with whole milk, almond or coconut, or try a hearty Rise & Shine bowl filled with a seasonal scramble, black beans, arugula and avocado crema. 

Lunch and evenings at 5 Points Local mean you can stick to a gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian or Paleo diet with ease. Fresh bowls topped with locally sourced meats and vegetables, all made to order, are what’s in store. The popular Puro SA Bowl is a must with its roasted sweet corn in cilantro butter, drizzle of black garlic aioli, cotija cheese and avocado on fresh greens.

And if your practice needs work, let the yogis at 5 Points help. Namaste, indeed. 1017 N Flores St., 5pointslocal.com.

Bok Choy The third joint from the minds behind Green brings Asian flavors to the Broadway corridor. From vegan ramen to pad thai to fried rice to tofu summer rolls, the whole continent here. 5130 Broadway, (210) 437-2200, eatbokchoy.com.

Earth Burger Try the original Earth Burger (veggie patty on a whole-wheat bun with lettuce, onions, pickles, tomatoes, mayo, mustard and secret sauce spread) or choose the tofu “fish” sandwich. Don’t skip the coconut soft serve. 818 NW Loop 410, eatatearthburger.com.

Evergreen With vegan pizzas winning over diners, this Stone Oak shop is gaining popularity beyond its confines. 523 Med Ct., (210) 437-1057, evergreenclover.com.

Green Vegetarian Cuisine With locations at The Pearl and Alon Market, folks have more ways to eat green. Entrées can instantly be made into a vegan dishes with the substitution of regular cheese to Daiya cheese for a buck more. Multiple locations, greensanantonio.com.

La Botanica Helmed by chef Rebel Mariposa, this restaurant/bar/community center feeds your strongest vegan cravings with black bean empanadas, molletes and oyster mushroom-based  “ceviche” Huehuecoyotl. 2911 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 716-0702, vivalabotanica.com.

Pharm Table Ayurveda diet or not, diners will find plenty to nosh on in this vegetable-forward oasis by chef Elizabeth Johnson. Expect bountiful salads, and worldly techniques. 106 Auditorium Circle, (210) 802-1860, pharmtable.com.

Powerhouse Bakery Eating on-plan doesn’t mean missing out on all of the goodies. The dietitian-led shop is 100 percent gluten free. 4902 Golden Quail, (210) 722-8464, powerhousebakery.com.

Señor Veggie Southtown gets its share of greens from this joint that takes vegan fare from across the globe. Find hearty dishes like the Good Karma Bowl of quinoa, kale, tempeh, sautéed mushrooms and sprouts. 620 S. Presa St., (210) 228-0073, senorveggie.us.

Sweet Yams The first restaurant to offer vegan options to the eastside — and oh how sweet it is. Chef Gus brings organic southern food and juices. 218 N. Cherry St., (210) 229-9267.

Viva Vegeria Now under new ownership, Viva Vegeria is still making the hits. Go for the vegan nachos, mole poblano or the “chicken” flautas. 1422 Nogalitos St., (210) 465-9233, myvegeria.com.

Zedric’s Sometimes you just want to leave the cooking to the pros. Let chef Zac Lutton and his staff-prepared meals (more than 80 at any given time) help you stick to your eating plan. Multiple locations, zedrics.com.


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