Chef Mike Behrend and his mother LuAnn Singleton, of the famed Lulu’s Bakery and Café, made a national name for themselves with homecooked chicken-fried steak and three-pound cinnamon rolls. But in 2005, Chef Mike learned things he couldn’t unlearn about food. He made a big change in his own lifestyle, switching from giant fried meat plates to a wholly plant-based diet. It was only natural that his business model would follow; so, in 2007, along with his friend Paul – they opened Green Vegetarian Cuisine in the Five-Points neighborhood of San Antonio.
As a former meat eater, Chef Mike wasn’t looking to change the world or convince anyone else to give up meat. The intention of the Green team, which now includes Mike’s brother Chris, was to offer really good food that happened to be plant-based.
“We just believe in giving people really good plant-based foods,” Chef Mike said. “Our staff is friendly and warm, and ready to give recommendations to everyone from hungry herbivores to vegan-curious burger lovers.”
In addition to its “meaty” options, there are tons of menu items that are naturally vegetarian — and prepared in a way that will make them your favorites in town, such as its grilled cheese, voted best grilled cheese in San Antonio year after year. Want to be a true Texan? Check out the deep-fried dill pickle spears or cauliflower hot wings. Have a sweet tooth? Finish (or start, if that’s how you roll) with vegan house-baked cupcakes and cookies. Also, Green’s something-for-everyone menu happens to be certified kosher dairy.
Green’s path has taken them from that old Five-Points neighborhood to the historic Pearl District; and from there they’ve opened other locations in San Antonio and Houston. Along with Green, Chef Mike, Paul and Chris also own and operate Earth Burger and Bok Choy – San Antonio a true leader in the plant-based scene for the nation