WHERE TO GET VEGAN & VEGETARIAN FOOD IN AUSTIN

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This is Austin – the home of all-natural, organic, and locally-sourced highs.

Finding vegan and vegetarian menu options around town is easy, but getting to the good stuff may still take some research. Discover a few of our favorite spots below, and find many more with our list of Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Austin.

And if you just want a delicious non-meat burger, see our favorite Veggie Burgers in Austin!


BRUNCH SPOTS

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Mother’s Cafe & Garden

4215 Duval St

Mother’s Cafe & Garden has been an Austin vegetarian favorite since the 80s’. This quaint little spot is located in the Hyde Park neighborhood and prides itself in serving up vegetarian and vegan home-style meals fit for any dietary need. Mother’s serves up daily soup specials; one vegetarian and one vegan and are always on point. Pro-tip: If you’re looking for a more relaxed brunch spot away from all the crowded downtownies – this is the place.

Must haves: Soup of the day, artichoke enchiladas. 


Bouldin Creek Cafe

1900 S 1st St

Austin wouldn’t be Austin without Bouldin Creek Cafe. All of Bouldin Creek’s coffee is locally roasted, organic and fair trade. Bouldin may be best known for its coffee but the breakfast menu is one of the best around and not just because you can get it all day. But they also make a mean veggie burger if breakfast isn’t your thing. Feeling fancy? Try one of their purple ladies – a lavender infused champagne or a pink lady with a touch of rose. But be prepared to wait about 30 minutes for a table during brunch – this place has a devoted brunch following.

Must haves: “The Leveler” (Guinness, espresso, and chocolate), potato leek omelet, veggie burger


Counter Culture

626 N Lamar Blvd

This East Side gem offers all those comfort foods that no one wants to give up going vegan. Daily specials offer regulars a new vegan dishes daily. It’s hard to make a vegan macaroni and cheese but Counter Culture nails it with their creamy cashew sauce that could win over die-hard cheese fanatics. Everything is made fresh and with locally sourced produce when available. Bonus, Counter Culture offers Thanksgiving meals to-go. Just place an order and they’ll have it ready for you Wednesday.

Must haves: Lavender lemonade (when available), mac and cheese, stuffed French toast


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Mr. Natural

2414 S Lamar Blvd

1901 E Cesar Chavez St

Mr. Natural may be the end of all of all-vegetarian restaurants in Austin. Mr. Natural has been serving up American eats and baked goods since 1988. With a menu full of award-winning original recipes like their tres leches everything here is the best bet. Mr. Natural is technically vegetarian but most of their offerings are vegan unless you want cheese added. Mr. Natural is the kind of place you can bring your diehard meat-loving friend. You know the one who cringes at the thought of “fake meat.” Mr. Natural is also taking orders until the Nov. 24 for Thanksgiving vegan pies from fruit filled to the traditional pecan. Yes, please.

Must haves: Tres leches, migas taco, vegan queso


FOOD TRUCKS/TRAILERS


The Vegan Nom

120 East North Loop-B

‘Rockin’ Vegan Tacos’ is what Vegan Nom proudly claims to specialize in, and we couldn’t possibly disagree. This East North Loop food truck serves up delicious Mexican-inspired vegan tacos that are as amusingly named as they are irresistible.

Must haves: Birdie Sanders Buf’Chkn


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Arlo’s

900 Red River St

1700 E. 6th

2908 Fruth

Skip the soggy pizza stands on 6th Street and try out Arlo’s. This trailer, parked inside Cheer Up Charlie’s has a savory menu to soak up all those late night regrets. You won’t make bad decisions here.

Must haves: Sweet potato fries, bac’n cheese burger, street taco


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Conscious Cravings

4209 Airport Blvd

1311 S. 1st Street
OK not all vegan food is healthy – believe it or not. But Conscious Cravings brings a menu of healthy lighter vegan meals and there’s pretty fucking delicious. They have turned the art of creating vegan hot wraps into a science. With 9 different wraps to choose from variety isn’t an issue.

Must haves: Eggless tofu salad, chimichurri seitan wrap


Biscuits and Groovy

1210 Barton Springs Rd

Biscuits and Groovy serves up biscuits topped with things like chives, eggs, colby jack cheese, jalapenos, and pretty much anything else delicious you can imagine. They also happen to offer completely vegetarian versions of their entire menu, which is good news for you and all other vegetarians who stop by the food trailer.

Must haves: The M.C. Hammer (sans meat)


BRICK AND MORTARS

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Casa De Luz

1701 Toomey

If you’re fed up with the meat sweats, or just want to improve your already-vegetarian diet with an especially nourishing meal, plan to go to Casa De Luz. Tucked away remotely in South Austin, Casa De Luz feels less like a restaurant than a peacefully quiet, completely hidden cafeteria.

Must haves: Whatever they’re serving that day


Citizen Eatery

5011 Burnet Rd

New vegetarian or vegan options are always welcome additions to the Austin food landscape, and Citizen Eatery is no exception. The Burnet restaurant specializes in healthy, sustainably farmed meatless meals that include old favorites like vegan queso, sweet potato chips, wheat toast with avocado, and much more. See their full menu here.


The Beer Plant

3110 Windsor Rd

If you’ve been looking for a really good spot to grab a cocktail and a 100% vegan meal, look no further than the aptly named Beer Plant. This place has it all: craft beer, wine, and cocktails and a fully plant-based menu.

Must haves: Black Truffle Fries


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Veggie Heaven

1611 W 5th. St. Suite 135

The recently revived Veggie Heaven is a paragon of Austin’s vegan and vegetarian food scene. They’ve long been a dependable place for astoundingly delectable meatless options. Pay them a visit them on West 5th Street and remember why they’re so awesome.

Must haves: Protean Nuggets


Bamboo Bistro

6818 West Gate Blvd

11101 Burnet Rd

Bamboo Bistro is a well-loved standby for those who abstain from meat in Austin. It’s also the perfect spot to go if your group is made up of vegetarians and meat eaters. There’s enough delicious options for everyone to leave the restaurant smiling.

Must haves: Tofu Lo Mein


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The Clay Pit

1601 Guadalupe St
The Clay Pit is one of, if not the best Indian restaurants in town. To that point, they of course, have a ton of vegetarian meal options that will have your mouth watering in no time at all. The Clay Pit’s menu can be almost intimidatingly vast, but that’s not a problem when everything is this good.

Must haves: Catering Tawa Station with Samosa and Aloo Tikki Chaat.


The Soup Peddler

2801 S Lamar Blvd.

4631 Airport Blvd.
You’ve got to love Soup Peddler. It’s the best spot in town for the unbeatable combo that is a grilled cheese sandwich and smoothie. No matter how you’re feeling, this is a pairing of food and drink that is pretty much guaranteed to get you feeling 100% again.

Must haves: Basil Pesto and Provolone Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Old Faithful Smoothie


DESSERTS

Sweet Ritual

4631 Airport Blvd, Suite 125

Who says that vegan food can’t be decadent? For that matter, who says that ice cream has to be? Since 2011, Sweet Ritual has been doing an enviable job of flipping both of those conventions on their heads with their rotating cast of artisanal-made ice cream alternatives.

Must haves: Rocky road and cookie dough


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Bananarchy

603 W Live Oak St

This place is what geniuses are made of. At Bananarchy dessert is really simple –bananas dipped in chocolate (or peanut butter, vanilla or vegan chocolate) and rolled in a variety of sugary paradise from M&Ms to Oreo cookies. But these aren’t just any bananas they are Fair Trade. This means that the bananas are purchased from farms that require standards for fair pay and safe working conditions for everyone involved in production. And just recently their chocolate, including the vegan chocolate, has become fair trade certified as well.

Must haves: Banana!


Capital City Bakery

2211 E Cesar Chavez St
For the non-believers – it’s true. Vegans can have their cake and eat it too. This award-winning bakery has been serving up desserts and cupcakes since 2010. Capital City Bakery has a storefront on Cesar Chavez, where the treats are made daily and from locally sourced, organic ingredients whenever possible. Plus the rotating cupcake menu brings new flavors every Monday!

Must haves: Peanut butter crunch cupcake, cinnamon roll, cheesecake


Check out our full list of places to get vegetarian and vegan food in Austin right here!

My Name Is Joe

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My Name Is Joe airstream trailer opened in Austin back in February, much to the delight of downtowners that had grown accustomed to other coffee houses such as Caffe Medici, Houndstooth, and Starbucks.  I know I was ready for something a little different, and was excited for My Name Is Joe because award-winning chef and restaurateur Philip Speer was one of the parties involved, along with William Ball, owner of downtown’s Garage Cocktail Bar.

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Aside from serving perfectly tasty cups of coffee and delicious food like tartines (open faced sandwiches) and breakfast bowls, My Name Is Joe is on a mission to support the greater good of coffee and community, one cup at a time, while also contributing a portion of profits to one Central Texas nonprofit treatment center.

It’s no secret that both Ball and Speer struggled at one point with alcohol and drug dependency, and now in recovery they both wanted to give back to others who are battling the same demons and wanted to give them an opportunity and a “workplace for people in recovery where sobriety and a love for food and coffee cannot only coexist, but thrive,” says Ball.

1.2% of sales from My Name Is Joe support the Comfort Café, a 100 percent donation-based restaurant located in Smithville, Texas. The café wholly funds and employs residents at Serenity Star Recovery, the nonprofit addiction-treatment center that operates the café.

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William Ball and Philip Speer are focused on delivering to the citizens of Austin a distinctive and exceptional coffee and food experience, and at the moment they are offering breakfast and lunch dishes in addition to innovative drinks like the turmeric latte and matcha latte, as well as more traditional caffeinated drinks like espresso, lattes, cappuccinos, house-made cold brew and nitro cold brew, and good ol’ drip coffee. My Name Is Joe features beans from lauded 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters out of Vancouver, and makes their almond milk and horchata in house.

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As far as the food goes, Speer wanted to avoid your stereotypical coffee shop fare like stale bagels and basic muffins and focused on what he refers to as “stick-to-the-ribs” fare. Some of my favorites are their tartines, or open-faced sandwiches, and my go tos are the Moroccan tartine with house hazelnut hummus, pickled beets, cucumber, ras el hanout and fresh herbs, as well as the avocado tartine made with escabeche carrots, sorrel, green onions, and black radish.

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Other highlights include brown rice porridge served with a soft poached egg, scallions, house-made kimchee and bulgogi tofu; Texas Rancher Oats, gluten-free steel-cut oats served with a savory tomato sauce, a poached egg, queso fresco, black beans and avocado; and Avocado T’oats, a dish of gluten-free steel-cut oats, heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil and preserved Meyer lemon for the savory options, and almond-butter toast with apple jam and miso butterscotch and house-made granola with cultured yogurt for some sweeter options.

My Name Is Joe Coffee Co. is located in a vintage Airstream Trailer at 501 Colorado St. in downtown Austin and is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you’ve got a hankering for some great coffee and fantastic food and want to support a business that gives back, definitely give My Name Is Joe a try. If you’re looking for other coffee options in Austin, check out this post I wrote on my favorite coffee shops and cafes to work and get inspired.

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The Best New Restaurants in Austin

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There are so many new, delicious places you should know about in Austin.

Speaking of which, let’s go ahead and welcome the newest rising stars of the Austin restaurant scene. Discover some of the best new restaurants and food trucks that recently opened around town on this page, below.


Tumble 22 Hot Chicken

1120 West 5th Street

That spicy, flightless bird known as hot chicken has finally landed in Austin, and not a moment too soon. Austin has long had a bountiful selection of diverse and delicious foods from the wide world over, so it’s frankly surprising that it’s taken hot chicken this long to arrive here in town. For the uninitiated, hot chicken is an irrefutably classic dish that originated in Nashville, TN. It is a meal which is juicy, fried, spicy as hell, and can now be found in Austin at Tumble 22 Hot Chicken food truck.


 

Il Brutto

1617 E 6th St

Coming soon to The Arnold near you, Il Brutto combines two formerly known Austin-Italian delicacies, Gatto Nero and Enoteca Gattino, into one. The neighborhood Italian restaurant will begin serving this summer, featuring two Neapolitan wood-burning brick ovens, a private dining room, a wine cellar and a shaded patio. From the ingredients atop your house pizza to the wood it’s baked on, Il Brutto locally outsources most things (edible and non-edible) in the kitchen. On the run? Il Brutto’s sister shop, Counterpart, located at the back end of The Arnold, wraps up the savory Italian cuisine into sandwich-form for a quick deluxe.


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Skull & Cakebones

3991 E HWY 290, Dripping Springs, TX, 78620

Austin’s known for craft brews, cocktails and… bakeries? Yep, that’s right, Skull & Cakebones is Austin’s newest sweet spot to reinvent the vegan baked good. All ingredients are plant-based and locally produced to create unique tastes you won’t believe to be vegan. Indulge in all things from staple cakes, cookies, and scones to breakfast pockets, sandwiches, soups and salads. If you’re really in the mood to treat yo’ self, try one of their many delectable trifles such as the Peached Horchata or TurboMisu. Select products are available at various Austin establishments, see a full list of Skull & Cakebones retailers here#THISBATCHISLOCAL


Fumaca Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse 

5100 E 7th St

If you face trouble selecting just one main entree, this Brazilian Steakhouse makes it easy on you with an all for one, one for all variety of 15 different cuts of meats including chicken, beef, pork, lamb, and sausage. Fumaca Gaucha’s professional gauchos do indeed bring the heat, individually serving each guest by slicing meats off skewers and onto the plate. This two-course meal is complete with greens from the salad bar, featuring over 30 veggies and cheeses to accompany your marathon of meats.


Native Hostel

807 East 4th St.

Native Hostel Austin is the only self-described boutique hostel in Austin. That little qualifier, boutique, makes a big difference on the look, feel, and vibe that they’re going for. That being said, playing golf by yourself doesn’t make a hole in one any less impressive. Food & drink are important concepts at Native. Appropriately enough, they’ve devised a 7am-2am kitchen (soon to be 24-hour) and full-service bar for the hostel. The menu consists of well-loved, unfussy classics like fried chicken sandwiches, cheeseburgers, and salads, as well as vegetarian options like the tempeh wrap. The bar serves a variety of cocktails, local beers, and if you’re inclined, Champagne and Prosecco. The next room over contains both a cafe open for breakfast and an expansive living room area for patrons to hang out in.


Vigilante

7010 Easy Wind Dr 

Truly one of a kind, Vigilante prides themselves on “encouraging the growth of the nerd community in Austin,” through the service of bar meets board games. Their collection of over 100 board games with euro, strategy, party and Kickstarter influenced themes is available for your use for a teeny table charge of $10, or bring your own FOR FREE. Aside from the gaming menu, Vigilante offers a variety of tasty and shareable snacks to fuel all seven hours of your single game of monopoly.


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Veracruz All Natural 

1704 E Cesar Chavez 

Brought to you by two taco-driven sisters from Veracruz, Mexico, Veracruz All Natural is the spot for quick, healthy and flavorsome tacos. Since originating in a tiny trailer on E Cesar Chavez over 10 years ago, the family-run business now has three thriving locations and has received respectable attention for their remarkable migas taco from The Food Network’s “Best Five Tacos in America,” as well as recognition from The Discovery Channel’s “Delicious Destinations.”


Mattie’s at Green Pastures

811 W Live Oak St

The grass is always greener… but how could one argue the delightfully exquisite cocktails, soul-inspired entrees, and heavy Texas hospitality found deep in the heart of Mattie’s. Mattie’s is a unique and elegant dining experience infused with American rustic character. The live-oak-shaded porch and grand dining room bring a home-style feel to its intimate setting whether for dinner for two or private parties with your “fancier” friends.


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Stonehouse Coffee & Bar 

1105 S Lamar Blvd

What was once the 1900 Dawson Stone House, Stonehouse Coffee & Bar brings a historic sense to the familiar tastes of Austin. The lucid divinity and simplicity of the building do not resemble the menu, as the cafe offers Austin’s own Cuvée CoffeeBurro Cheese Kitchen, Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery and select flavors from the Austin Gelato Company. Inside, find decor to embody middle-class homes in the early 1970’s when the site was officially labeled a Texas Historical Landmark. So whether it’s for a taste or to glance at its evident beauty, stop by this neighborhood spot for coffee, wine, craft beers on tap and favorite foods of Austin.


Velvet Taco 

11501 Rock Rose Ave 

Welp, it takes balls to pride yourself as “temple to the liberated taco” here in Austin. We take our tacos seriously, and that’s why Velvet Taco was a must for this up and coming list. In straying from a Tex-Mex only menu, this unique corner offers strange (but always fresh) ingredients to spice up your taco taste buds, seriously. International flavors are made from scratch in a funky environment to elevate all expectations of the typical taco joint, and unlike others, no taco is left a secret.


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Revelry Kitchen & Bar 

1410 E 6th St

Revelry: Lively festivities, especially when these involve drinking a large amount of alcohol. And that about sums it up. Check out this spot for elegant bar-style brunch and dinner dishes, top of the line cocktails and as previously stated, large amounts of alcohol. Revelry Kitchen and Bar offers lounging areas for all levels of consumption featuring the intimate Pecan Patio, the semi-private RKB Yard, the heart of Revelry found at the interior bar or the private parties only, Buyout of RKB.


ElDorado Cafe

3300 W Anderson Ln

New home base to former Tacodeli co-chef, Joel Fried, ElDorado Cafe brings Mexican comfort food to the neighborhood. The all-day cafe, open from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., is complete with a full bar and will be open for business mid-June. Fess up, when you’re first to know, you like it better, so catch ElDorado at Dia’s Market and Nomad Bar for a taste of the upcoming menu, where dishes are given a trial run. If that’s not enough, ElDorado is frequent with catering Austin’s events to occupy the tastebuds at your next hoo-rah.


Tiny Boxwoods 

1503 W 35th St

Born and raised in Houston, Tiny Boxwoods recently made the move to Austin and we couldn’t be more stoked. Don’t be mislead by the smallish menu, as each option is prepared from scratch and packed with the utmost fresh ingredients to deliver anything but a tiny taste. This little gem is open for dinner service Tuesday-Saturday from 5:30 to 10 p.m., and will begin serving brunch this summer.


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Captain Quackenbrush’s Coffeehouse & Bakery

5326 Manchaca Rd

Little sister to Quack’s 43rd St Bakery, Captain Quackenbrush’s Coffeehouse and Bakery shines honor to the owner’s original shop on Guadalupe in 1983. The cafe offers over 30 years of practice in espresso staples and from scratch, preservative free, baked goods. Captain Quackenbrush brings the purest form of cookies, cupcakes, and pastries to life, available for wholesale purchase to meet your all nat-ur-al expectations in all areas.


I Vini

3600 Presidential Blvd – Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Forget the peanuts, everyone deserves a moment of relaxation before leaving the great city of Austin. I Vini Fine Wine and Fresh Italian will be ready to deliver divine airport-dining experiences for all you go-getters this July between the gates of 21 and 25 at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. From breakfast to dinner, I Vini is the one stop, all stimulants included spot for delicate dishes, fine espresso and take-away beer and wine.

SPiN 

W 5th and Lavaca 

In efforts to make Austin even weirder, this new kid on the block fuses ping pong, visual and interactive entertainment into one mighty strange restaurant experience, Forest Gump style. Aside from delicious American cuisine and cocktails, SPiN offers 14 Olympic-style ping pong tables to nurture your ponging needs. Tournaments, leagues, and battles are to be expected, available in the form of private parties or house memberships. For event bookings beginning Fall 2017, contact events@wearespin.com.

 


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Red’s Porch Quarry

4200 B Breaker Ln

Red’s Porch is held close to the hearts of many in south Austin, and will be expanding to the heart’s up north with the expansion of their newest location on Braker Lane. Red’s offers a broad menu with distinct flavors, merging Tex-Mex, Cajun and southern tongues into one. Come for the ridiculously good food but stay for the ridiculously (amazing) priced drinks, featuring over 38 beers on tap, tap wine, specialty cocktails and house margaritas. Look no further for you ballers on a budget, because happy hour is all day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday.


Champagne Breakfast

Lucid Routes and I are VERY excited to be hosting the first #popbrunch next Sunday, November 23rd at @popatx on W 6th. Start your Sunday with POP’s brand new #brunch menu, $2 Champagne Mimosas & 5 TVs to view your favorite NFL Team followed by a live DJ set by DJ @uLOVEi @ Austin’s newest Football Watch Party & Champagne Dance Party🏈🍸🍭See ya next Sunday! 💋 XoXo

Smearing your breakfast into your hair is a good thing.

While perusing the online world for some postSXSW hair remedies (…sun + hats + dry shampoo + I-whip-my-hair-back-and-forth!! = helppp…) I came across this fabulous post by Naturally Curly to help kick start my hair’s recovery.  A homemade remedy that’s cheap and seemingly easy to do.  And it involves oatmeal, apparently.

My immediate mental image involved having the boyfriend walk in on me smearing oatmeal all over my head with a wooden spoon while sitting at the counter enjoying my morning coffee and reading Style magazine.  There really wouldn’t be any recovering from that.  But, with Coachella happening this weekend, it’s really necessary to reset and refresh my poor tresses, so it’s worth the embarrassment.  Two music festivals within one month of each other surely cannot be the best situation for any head of hair.   Plus, being that summer is just around the corner, I feel like it’s time to learn some budget-friendly tricks to keep everything healthy.

Having naturally curly hair is always a struggle during the summer months anyways, so anything that I can do to retain moisture is always a plus.  So, it looks like while I’m picking up my last minute travel-sized necessities tomorrow I’ll be stocking up on some oatmeal as well.  And maybe a few cherries to add to the top while it soaks in.  Just to keep things interesting..

I may even have to document this new hair adventure next week… stay tuned 😉