In anticipation of this year’s March Madness Final Four—which is being hosted in Houston—we’ve compiled a vegan food bracket to determine the best animal-friendly fare for watching the games. Whether you’re attending, watching from home, or looking to watch at a sports bar, the places on this bracket offer delicious, satisfying options that are better for animals. Chickens, cows, pigs, fish, and all other animals who are used for food want to live—they don’t want to be part of your meal. Luckily, you can save many individuals simply by choosing vegan food!
PETA’s March Madness Final Four vegan food bracket is a slam dunk for animals—here are some great places to grab your grub:
All your favorite game-day foods can be found at this vegan eatery, like crispy Vegan Tenders, spicy Boneless Wyngs, smoky Jackfruit Brisket, and juicy burgers.
Houston’s first vegan bakery has a variety of options on its rotating menu that will satisfy your sweet tooth. And the best part? They’re all free from animal-derived ingredients, so you can treat yourself without contributing to the suffering of chickens, cows, bees, or any other animals. If you’re not near the bakery storefront, you can find Sinfull’s goodies at H-E-B, Whole Foods, and other locations in Texas. Outside the state, you can order cookies and bars for nationwide shipping.
Lindiana’s Southern Vegan Kitchen
Lindiana’s began when founder Linda Hicks started recreating her son’s favorite childhood dishes in animal-friendly versions after he went vegan. Now, she’s serving her soul food meals at The Pop Up Place, turning more people vegan one delicious dish at a time. Order for takeout, or have your food delivered on DoorDash.
For Mexican fare, head to Veegos to try its animal-free meats in tacos, tostadas, nachos, burritos, and more.
The Hive Vegan Eatery
The Hive serves a wide range of delicious salads, sandwiches, and burgers alongside Cajun favorites like étoufée, boudin balls, po’ boy sandwiches, and gumbo.
A taco platter and a margarita make the perfect combination for watching your favorite team win at Cascabel. Cows, pigs, chickens, and all other animals want to live, so keep them off your plate and choose selections from places like Cascabel for their vegan meats instead.
Soul Food Vegan
To find some of the best vegan Cajun classics with a twist, head to Soul Food Vegan, where you can try jambalaya-infused Mardi Gras Nachos, “shrimp” and “sausage” étoufées, and even a pig-friendly double “bacon” burger with a sweet and savory Cajun glaze.
The vegan chain Loving Hut serves healthy, animal-friendly fare that combines Asian-inspired and American classics.
This food truck recently opened a brick-and-mortar location, where you can get comfort food without ingredients that harm animals.
Apetito Vegan Grill
Chili con queso, tacos, pupusas, and churros are just a few tasty items you can find at Apetito Vegan Grill.
Mo’ Better Brews
Mo’ Better Brews offers unique vegan brunch creations, like The Motown Monte, the Dilla Donut Sandwich, and Bootsy Bagels & Lox, along with a stacked dinner menu.
Houston Sauce Pit
There’s nothing like (vegan) Texas barbecue, so head to Houston Sauce Pit for all your favorite smoked and saucy “meats,” because animals are individuals, not ingredients.
Meek’s Vegan Pizza
Meek’s Vegan Pizza is “the real MVP,” serving nondairy pies with every topping you can think of, from jerk “chicken” to seitan pepperoni.
This vegan food truck has loaded burgers, chicken-free sandwiches, tacos, desserts, and more to satisfy whatever craving you might have.
Located in Downtown Houston, Your Pie is a classic pizza joint that serves vegan options and craft beers. To build a vegan pie, choose white, wheat, or gluten-free dough. Then add vegan cheese and select animal-friendly toppings, including plant-based sausage.
On the Kirb
This restaurant and sports bar, which has three locations in the metro Houston area, is a great place to watch the games while enjoying a bite to eat and a refreshing drink. Choose from several vegan pizza options, an animal-free burger, a healthy veggie wrap, and several sides and appetizers.
Yard House is a nationwide sports bar chain with plenty of vegan options, including Gardein wings, a Beyond Burger with vegan mozzarella, and vegan orange chicken.
You might have a hard time choosing among a whopping 11 vegan burgers on Burganic Hub’s menu, but you really can’t go wrong. The restaurant even has several veggie patties to choose from, including the Beyond Burger, a black bean patty, a falafel burger, and a vegan crispy chicken patty.
Good Dog Houston
At Good Dog, you can request a tofu dog on any of the regular items—just be sure to modify any nonvegan topping options. For instance, try avocado instead of cheese, vegan chili instead of chorizo chili, or mustard or ketchup instead of mayo—and ask for a pretzel bun.
With several locations in the Houston area, Voodoo Doughnut is your go-to for doughnuts that aren’t made with eggs stolen from chickens or milk stolen from cows.
Animals are individuals who experience fear, love, joy, and pain—just like us. The meat, egg, and dairy industries treat them as if they were objects, but you can help by simply going vegan. It not only helps protect animals but also is better for the environment and your own health. So go vegan today and order a free vegan starter kit to help you make the transition:
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