Sometimes vegetarians (and especially vegans) are hung out to dry (no, we don’t want another salad, thank you). Fortunately, veggies in Austin don’t have that problem.
With entrées ranging from vegan variations of macaroni and cheese, BBQ sandwiches, bacon cheeseburgers, and nearly every other form of deliciousness you can think of, there’s no better place to be a herbivore.
Veggie lovers get the short end of the stick when it comes to comfort food – just because we’re not into meat doesn’t mean we eat like rabbits. Thankfully, the folks at Arlo’s food truck know the struggle. Comfort food favorites usually off-limits to vegans—like mac & cheese, bacon cheeseburgers, and chicken tacos—are all made vegan-friendly without sacrificing flavor. Even carnivores will drool over the vegan dream, the Bac’n Cheeze Burger.
Plainly put, Counter Culture has pretty much everything. They seem to know just how generic veggie-friendly meals can be, so expect unique combinations and inventive flavors at this Eastside spot. With options like a Philly Seitan Sandwich and a Beet Mushroom Walnut Burger, you’ll leave with a full belly and satisfied senses.
North Austin is home to this popular vegan food truck with a Texas twist. Serving mostly Tex-Mex, you’ll find vegan versions of breakfast tacos filled with tofu and veggie chorizo, vegan queso(!), and even loaded nachos. It’s all so good, we bet you can trick even your most meat-committed friend into joining you.
For a healthy lunch on the go, check out Conscious Cravings in the S. 1st Trailer Park. Serving up smoothies, salads, and spicy signature wraps, their Indian-inspired take on veggie cuisine is, in a word, everything. We especially like the spicy blackened tofu wrap, but you really can’t go wrong with anything you choose here.
South Austinites: have you checked out your local avocado-margarita joint yet? If not, you must. Not only are the smooth, creamy avocado margaritas killer, but nearly everything on this Tex-Mex menu can be made veggie-friendly. We’re talking veggie tamales, chorizo, empanadas – you name it, they got it. But promise us one thing: you won’t go without trying the wonder of the world that is the avocado marg.
Chances are you’ve heard of this vegetarian staple in Hyde Park. Either because it’s been around for more than 30 years, or because pretty much everyone (vegetarian or not) loves it. Their menu features a wide range of culinary goodness. Everything from pasta to Tex-Mex to stir-fry is available here, so no food sensibility will go unsatisfied.
Like we’ve been saying, vegans have long been neglected by barbecue joints. That is until the BBQ Revolution trailer rolled into the Eastside. Offering meat-free alternatives to the BBQ favorites of brisket, coleslaw, ribs, and more, this is a unique opportunity for vegans to chow down on a longstanding Texas favorite.
The folks at Mr. Natural are committed to meat-free flavor, and for that, we’re thankful. They know what they’re doing with the Veggie Burger, and they don’t mess around when it comes to their Veggie Steak Sandwich. But where they really shine is at their all-vegan brunch buffet during the first Sunday of each month. You can find ‘em on South Lamar and on the Eastside, but their Cesar Chavez location is where you need to go to get down on the monthly brunch.
A lot of folks make the mistake of thinking just because something is vegetarian, it’s healthy. But vegetarians know all too well just how wrong that is. Casa de Luz off of Barton Springs makes health a priority with their veggie dishes. In fact, most everything is vegan, gluten-free, and 100% organic. And the menu is ever-changing, so you’ll never be stuck ordering the same ol’ thing.
More airstream than yacht, if you’re looking for cruelty-free, GMO-free, 100% organic, low-sodium, intensely flavorful (we could go on and on) vegan fare, look no further. We love the Freeto Pie with tempeh chili loaded onto all natural corn chips. Add some Daiya cheeze and avocado, and congratulations, you found heaven.
Speaking of heaven, featuring vegan food with an Asian twist, this downtown spot delights veggie lovers everywhere. Warm up with their vegan Steam Bun with tofu, cabbage, and onions. Then get down on the Tofu Bowl with broccoli, baby bok choy, fried tofu, and garlic in teriyaki sauce. Or, pick your Asian cuisine favorite, which is sure to be on their menu of more than 60 items.
More restaurant than a cafe, Bouldin Creek on S. 1st is a favorite among herbivores. Not only is it all-vegetarian, all the time, but it’s crazy good. They keep us satisfied with a broad range of options not typically available to vegetarians—their BLT is deceptively tasty—and they go the extra mile by making most menu items vegan-friendly, too. Even the eggs (served all day) can be transformed into tofu yumminess fit for the vegan palate.
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