This started at a SXSW guide but I thought I would keep it up for people visiting our fair city. Here is my list of the top ten dishes you shouldn’t miss! And my Vegan Tour of Austin. Also here is a late night guide. And let me know in the comments if you hear something, it’s gotten tough to keep up with.
The list starts with places that are walking distance to the convention center and moves out from there with an emphasis on late night places. And remember this is all my opinion and what I like or have heard about. I haven’t even been to all of these places! If you have anything to add or questions please comment at the bottom. I will keep updating the list.
Tapas Bravas 75 Rainey Street. Authentic Spanish tapas with a couple vegetarian and vegan snacks, like marinated olives and fried potatoes . Open until midnight Wed & Thur, 3am Fri & Sat, and 9pm on Sunday.
Wild Taco behind the Bungalow 92 Rainey. They have a variety of the typical tacos (avocado, mushroom, bean etc)
Bangers Sausage House and Beer Garden 79 Rainey Street. Bar with a beer garden and off leash dog park and giant bike rack. Only one of the four vegetarian sausages is vegan but hey, your dog will be happy.
Congress Second Bar + Kitchen- 2nd & Congress Upscale, the menu isn’t very vegan friendly but apparently they will make you fabulous food if you ask nicely or call ahead Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – Midnight Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. Here is a review from Veggies, Foodies, Austinites.
Mongolian Grille-117 San Jacinto Blvd. One of those places where you pick out the ingredients that you want stir fried before your eyes. Open til 9:30 (or 10 on weekends)
Mai Thai – 207 San Jacinto Boulevard Tiny Thai Restaurant with the usual suspects. Open until midnight Friday & Saturday
Hoboken Pizza- open until 2:30am Red River & 7th. Vegan Pizza on Red River with Daiya.
Hot Dog King- 8th & Red River trailer. vegan dogs. open late
Pelons 802 Red River Tex Mex restaurant that opened in 2012 has Spinach enchiladas with portobellos and veggie fajitas. 11-10 on weekdays and 11 on Fri & Sat.
The Jackalope- 6th street bar. Portobello Pesto Sandwich is vegan. Even the pesto! Open til 2am
Daruma Ramen 612-B E 6th St. Vegan Ramen, last time I went they had two different kinds, the standard veggie and a miso. They could also veganize several other menu items.
Easy Tiger Bake Shop and Beer Garden, 709 E. Sixth St. Some vegan items, the veggie sausage, peperonata, sauerkraut, braised red cabbage. When I asked they said all current breads are vegan except pretzels & sausage buns.
Be More Pacific- 5th & Colordao. This Filipino truck moves around every day but seems to end up here most late nights. Check the schedule. The Adobo Tofu and the fried rice can both be made vegan. Open Late.
Wok Around Austin 529 Brazos St At this trailer you pick jasmine rice, brown rice, or noodles, then a sauce and then a protein. Open until 2:30 am
Blenders and Bowls 4th and San Jacinto You can have blended smoothies or Brazilian style bowls that have all sorts of health fruit blends topped with things like granola, hemp milk, and cacao nibs. They also have a truck at 2512 Rio Grande.
Backspace 507 San Jacinto. Most of the antipasti like ,chickpeas, tomato, onions, basil, oregano or spicy cauliflower, capers, calabrese, lemon are vegan and the pizza crust is vegan too at this classy brick oven pizza place and bar downtown. They have valet and are open until 11pm.
Jim Jim’s Water Ice, 4th & Guadalupe if you are in need of Italian Ice this is the spot.
The Alamo Drafthouse- 320 E 6th Street and Multiple Locations. The Alamo is the best movie theater in the world. They have a zillion fun events happening all the time. You can get a local vegan burger patty made by goodseed on any of the burgers or have tofu in the wraps.
El Sol y La Luna 600 East 6th Street. This tex mex spot has tons of different options like veggie chorizo, tofu tacos, and spinach and mushroom enchiladas. Open 11 on weekdays and 2am on the weekend. Closed early sunday.
The Hideout- On 617 Congress, coffeshop, theater, and venue. Has sandwiches, soup, wraps, coffee, and baked goods. NOW carrying local Sweet Ritual vegan ice cream and milkshakes! open until 10 or 11. Long Lines sometimes during the fest.
Swifts Attic 315 Congress above the Elephant Room. This fancy tapas place doesn’t look very vegan friendly at first but the chefs were happy to make us all sorts of delightful stuff and they had this amazing toasted coconut forbidden rice curry. The cocktail menu was delish too and they even had giant gobblets of Grog!
Chi’Lantro BBQ, Korean BBQ trailer, has a fab tofu taco for 2 dollars. Location changes daily, you can also follow them on twitter. Will probably be open until at least 2am during the weekend. They have a vegan and GF cheat sheet you can ask for as well.
Chipotle-801 Congress Chain no longer owned by McDonald’s. Vegan items include rice, black beans, fajita veggies, salsa, and guacamole, the pinto beans no longer contain bacon. Open 11-5
El Chilito- 918 Congress. Breakfast tacos. Vegetable taco & Burrito.
Which Which, 259 West 3rd St, open 10-10. white rolls are vegan, wheat contain honey. You mark all the toppings that you want so it is easy to order veg.
Austin Java- Under city hall (The crazy looking building with the scary point) and on 12th & Lamar. Breakfast tacos. Smoothies, salad, vegetable plate. Most things on the menu aren’t vegan as is so be careful when ordering. Note that their airport location has nothing vegan except fruit. Open until 10.
Daily Juice – 205 W 3rd St. Smoothies, Juice, and Raw Food. 7am-7pm
La Condessa- West & 4th. Fancy Mexico City style food with really nice atmosphere and bar. The vegan platter isn’t on the menu but if you call ahead they will make it. There is a cauliflower steak on the menu that’s all vegan and delicious. They also have dessert and the guacamole sampler can be veganized. Open until 11 most days.
Frank Hot Dogs and Cold Beer 4th & Colordado. You can replace the meaty dog in any of their creations with vegan dog or their weekly vegan sausage. They also have vegan chili for dogs or for frito pie, waffle fries, hummus, ranch style beans, baked beans, and a beanie weenie cup that has baked beans with sliced Field Roast. Not as friendly for brunch but super great late night food and great coffee.
Austin Ale House 301 W. 6th Street This bar has a fancy organic menu too which includes a tofu scramble. Open until 2am.
Hut’s Hamburger- 807 West 6th Street, veggie burger with vegan bread. Open until 10
Whole Foods- Flagship store on 6th & Lamar. Crazy busy. Parking goes underground for 3 levels. I am obsessed with the breakfast tacos they are my favorite in town. PS Austin runs on breakfast tacos so make sure you try them somewhere. They have a salad bar/super bar that has a lot of random items usually the ingredients are listed and things are marked vegan. To-go section as well. They will also deliver to downtown by bike. There is a raw/vegan bar behind the produce section. Sometimes they have BBQ seitan and vegan eggs benedict but usually it is mostly raw stuff. Check out our local Nadamoo Ice cream by the pint while you are here.
24 Diner- Across the street from Whole Foods next to Waterloo music is this diner that is open around the clock. Veggie Po’Boy and a Veggie Burger but check to see if they have added vegan bread, at last report it was not. They do have a grilled vegetable dish on the menu.
JuiceLand (formerly the Daily Juice)- All vegan mostly raw juice place that has raw food items as well. Now they also serve vegan gluten free Soup Peddler Soup. Multiple locations, the one closest to downtown is really in West Austin 2307 Lake Austin Blvd. There is also one on Barton Springs and now in North Austin on Burnet. Everything is very high quality and expensive but so worth it. If you can’t decide, get the daily special.
Joe’s Coffee- Multiple locations one on 2nd and one on South Congress. Veg Frito Pie & Chili. Garden Salad. BBQ sandwich. Cupcakes from Happy Vegan Baker and Doughnuts from Red Rabbit. Am not sure if the burger or the veggie dog is vegan. If anyone knows for sure let me know
ThunderCloud Subs- Multiple locations including 903 West 12th St and1608 Lavaca The Veggie Delight is one of my favorite sandwiches in town. I never knew hummus and guacamole would work so well together. The nada chicken is not vegan There has been controversy but the bread is vegan according to both the people I talked to at Thundercloud and the New World Bakery where they get their bread.
Food 4 Fitness, healthy smoothies, grain salads, and desserts at this gym cafe. I love the yoga classes here so if you need a break from the craziness check it out.
Moses Falafel, 1901 Rio Grande in the Longhorn Food Court.. Israeli veg trailer. Closed Friday & Saturday. Open Mon- Thur 11- 5:30 and Sunday 11-4
Lucy’s European Cuisine 2101 San Antonio in Texas Hillel parking lot. Kosher Eastern European style food trailer. Stuffed cabbage, veggie stew, falafel, eggplant sandwiches and more. Closed Saturday
The Jalopy- 1502 San Antonio St. Homemade vegan bread on the sandwiches here, the have a gourmet style peanut butter and jelly, hummus, and a vegan Thai! Mon-Fri 11 am – 8 pm Sat 11 am – 4 pm
Arturos- 314 West 17th Street a little taco joint in a basement. Multiple vegan taco options for breakfast and lunch.
Clay Pit 1601 Guadalupe St. Indian. Lunch Buffet. All vegan menu if you ask. The basement dining is really nice.
Sushi A-Go-Go- 4001 Medical Pkwy vegan sushi options at this trailer. I love the inari. open until 8
Snap Kitchen 1014 W. 6th Street and another location at 4616 Triangle Ave. Snap Kitchen makes to-go foods at their kitchen and then puts them in containers at their two locations for sale. The idea is that people can get really healthy food to go. The vegan options are surprisingly good. I love their soups, I’d say they are the best I’ve had in Austin. They also have vegan scrambles, salads, smoothies, entrees and other healthy items. They will even bring it to your car.
Conan’s Pizza, central, north and south locations. Daiya pizza delivery until 11pm on weekdays 12 on weekends. You can order online!
Beets On the westside 1611 W 5th St. Suite- Open 8-8 or 9 All vegan raw place. Try the Asian Noodle salad. Mmm
Mozart’s 3825 Lake Austin Boulevard This lakeside coffee shop has vegan chili and frito pie along with their regular assortment of espresso and gelato. Open until midnight weekdays and 1 am weekends.
Casa De Luz- All vegan macrobiotic place, behind Barton Springs on Toomey. A really lovely place with shared tables. Menu changes daily. Hippie.
Mister FruitCup – A trailer off Barton Spring with super fresh fruit. Special vegan menu includes items like “Waffle Crumble – Bananas, Waffle Crumbles & Chocolate Syrup, and whipped cream” or you can make your own by picking fruit, berries, a topping and a sauce.
The Shady Grove- On Barton Springs. Always very busy on nice days. Veggie plate is really good. Love the chili and hippie sandwich.
El Alma 1025 Barton Springs Road- A Mexican style restaurant that is all about fresh ingredients. They have quite a couple vegan friendly salads like the “Ensalada Callejera Jicama, cucumber, carrots and mango; marinated in Valentina chili sauce with lime” and also some verde enchiladas with Hemp seeds, tacos, and corn on the cob.
Thom’s Market- Barton Springs, A great little place to stop for essentials, salsa, frozen food, beer, and whatever you need in if you are in the area.
Maudie’s Tex Mex 1212 S. Lamar. Vegan enchiladas if you ask for no cheese. This is one of my vegetarian friends favorites.
Uchi- South Lamar. Known as the best restaurant in Austin. Maybe the world. Texas sushi. They will accommodate vegans. Expensive. Long wait.
Health Box- If you have an eight year old in your life maybe they will love ordering “fruit poop” from this little trailer on South Lamar. For anyone else, it might be a little embarrassing but if you don’t like any additives in your frozen fruit mush this is the place! Basically you pick your frozen fruit, like white grapes or peaches or veggies like kale, they grind them up, and then add on toppings like blue berries or diced bananas.
Sazon - 1816 S. Lamar Interior Mexican food. Their menu doesn’t really have anything vegan as is but they will make you excellent tacos or enchiladas.
Papalote Taco House – 2803 S Lamar Blvd Hongos and Epazote Taco and all sorts of interesting things are on this menu, they told me vegan options include “tlacoyo, huarache and sope w/any veggie filling and w/out cheese hongos y epazote, fried avocado w/out cheese, guacamole and we also have tortas de coliflor but they have parmesan” and they use 100% vegetable oil. They have a ton of vegetable options (cactus, zucchini, poblanos peppers, potato, onion, mushrooms, green beans, jalapeños, avocado tomato, tomatillos and chips) for their breakfast tacos too.
Black Sheep Lodge- 2108 Lamar, I love the sweet potato fries, they also have veggie burgers and a potabella sandwich and fried jalapeño strips breaded in cornmeal that are delicious. and tater tots. and really good beer. open til midnight and 1 on saturday.
Lulu B’s- South Lamar. One of my favorite trailers in town. The tofu vermicelli bowl with vegetarian sauce is AMAZING so good and fresh. Only 6 buck for a huge portion. Also try the spring rolls, and the bahn mi.
The Juicebox- This fantastic Daily Juice Soup Peddler Hybrid is super awesome. They have delicious vegan soup, I especially love the Green Goddess. and fantastic juices and smoothies. There is one on Manchacha and Lamar and a second on 501 West Mary.
Lick- 2032 S. Lamar 363-5622 Local inspired gourmet ice cream parlor with coconut based vegan options like spicy coconut peanut. Here is my review. Sunday–Thursday, 12:30–10pm; Friday–Saturday, 12:30–11:30pm
The Live Oak Market- 4410 Manchaca Rd This little convenience store has pretty much everything I could ever want in a convenience store, Nadamoo ice cream, Go Max Go candy bars, coconut water, soy creamer, delicious local beers, noodle bowls,
Wasota African Cuisine- 1209 S First St. The proprietor of the closed World Beat Cafe opened up this trailer and it is packed with African delights like fried plantains, veggie patties, black-eyes pea fritters, and Nigerian stew. There is a very large vegan marked menu and they are very clear about ingredients and super friendly. Highly recommended. Here is my review Open daily 11-9
Ruta Maya Trailer 1209 S First St. Breakfast Tacos and organic coffee with more on the way.
Conscious Cravings- 1311 S 1st St trailer mostly vegan trailer with lots of really fantastic wraps, sandwiches, salads, and smoothies. Open 11-8. My Review There are multiple locations now, one on UT campus in front of the statue and one on 5715 Burnet, and inside the Dobie Mall
Sway-1417 South 1st Street From the folks behind La Condesa Sway is an upscale Australian style Thai restaurant. Communal seating. Lots of vegan options and the staff has ingredient lists for everything. It is spicier than your average American Thai place. Sunday – Wednesday 11am – 10pm Thursday – Saturday 11am – 11pm
Elizabeth Street Cafe 1501 S 1st St French Vietnamese Cafe The former home of Bouldin Creek has been completely transformed into a fancy Vietnamese place. They have vegan pho, vermicelli, springrolls and a well trained staff who can answer all your ingredient questions. Sadly none of the beautiful desserts are vegan any time I’ve gone.
Thrice & Thai Fresh -909 W Mary St open 11-9 Thai restaurant and coffee shop that has a large assortment of vegan offerings including the occasional croissant on some Saturday mornings. They also have a full case of vegan ice cream with all sorts of fun flavors.
Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse- South 1st The tofu scramble is next level. You can get it in anything on the menu including the omelette which are fabulous. Also try with the vegan queso, the homemade veggie chorizo and the potato hash cake. The breakfast tacos are really good. Ask for the special tea menu. They also have fantastic baked goods from Happy Vegan Bakerand Red Rabbit Doughnuts.
El Chilie- 1816 S 1st St This Mexican restaurant has tons of veggies in their enchiladas and puffy tacos along was some fabulous margaritas.
Lenoir – South 1st, make reservations and let them know you are vegan at this beautiful little farm to table restaurant on south first.
Mellizoz – (Formerly Izzoz) 1503 S. FIRST ST. Potatoes, beans and portabellos are all vegan at this gourmet taco trailer open 7 days a weel
Torchy’s- Multiple locations on South 1st and throughout town. The beans aren’t vegan but the rice, tortillas,
vegetables, poblanos, and avocado (without cheese) are along with the flour and corn tortillas. They use margarine to make their vegetables but it isn’t vegan marg. They have really become even less vegan friendly. I wouldn’t recommend going here at all.
Polvos- South 1st. Tacos, enchiladas (hold the cheese), and burritos. My favorite salsa in town. Sometimes it can be difficult to order here but it is worth it. The breakfast tacos on the very back bottom of the menu are a great deal. You can choose from a lit of different things to make the taco of your dreams. Here are some pics
Bananarchy on South 1st & Live Oak. The greatest frozen banana stand in the world. M-Sat 12-9. Only open in warm weather.
La Flor- South 1st almost to Stassney on the east side of the street. Traditional Taco trailer with refried beans, potatoes, and nopalitos on the freshest tortillas in town. Recently I have heard conflicting information about the beans so check with who is making it.
Eat Bahn MI – Vegetarian Pho with homeade tofu along with fresh spring rolls and Bánh mì.
Lucky Robot- 1303 South Congress 11-10 Weekdays 10-10 Japanese style tacos and entrees and make your own bowls. Computer ordering. Sat & Sun
The Flying Carpet- 504 W. Oltorf This former trailer kept expanding until it became a restaurant. They still have items like “The Sleek Vegan” Grilled Eggplant, Falafel Crumble, Tomato Sauce, & Greens on a piece of Flat Bread for $6.00. But you can also preorder some Moroccan Soul Food in advance, you show up 24 hours later to a family style meal of vegetable tagine. Open Mon-Sat Dinner 6-10.
Gueros- South Congress. Ask for the vegan menu. Get a margarita (or several) while you wait. Also chips and salsa that you get yourself the best Vegan Queso in the world. Mmm vegan meat. Open until 11 Thur-Sun
Home Slice- South Congress Pizza is vegan if you hold the cheese. Also the garlic knots.
FreeBird- South Congress. Multiple locations. Very large burritos. Even the small is huge. You can order online. All the beans, vegetables, and tortillas are vegan.
Habana- 2728 South Congress. vegetarian friendly Cuban food and delicious tropical cocktails. I love this place! You can even sit in a little tiki hut. Here is a list of of what is vegan. I love the monfongo and the quinbombo. and the servers have always seemed very knowledgeable. Open until 11 Fri & Sat
Mystic Java Cafe 2810 South Congress outside the Great Outdoors nursery. Avocado stuffed with “chicken” salad, tofu scramble, sandwiches, smoothies, coffee and beer. The nursery is really fun to visit and they have smurf statues. Here’s a post about it from the Lonestar Plate.
Ruta Maya-3601 South Congress, it is on a hill and you can’t see it from the street but this is a great coffee shop/music venue, they have baked goods, fajitas, and falafel. Tarbouch 534 E Oltorf St. This Lebanese grill has a vegetarian platter and a couple differnt wraps to eat and then you can enjoy and nice hookah. Sun-Thur 11am-9pm Fri & Sat 11-10pm
Curra’s- 614 E. Oltorf St. Great Mexican food and avocado margaritas. They have a great veggie taco plate with homemade chorizo and super fat tamales both bean and veggie. The rice is not vegan but they let you double up on the beans. Also Food For Lovers queso. Make sure you say no cheese. Open until 11 on Fri & Sat.
Taco Deli- 1500 Spyglass off Mopac and multiple locations. You see these tacos all around town but you can usually only get the vegan ones at the place, but keep your eye out, they pop up and are delicious. The dona salsa is vegan! Here is a review
Whip In- Off I-35 & Oltorf. This is a convenience store and an Indian restaurant.
Asiana Indian Cuisine 801 E. William Cannon #205 off IH-35 Southern cuisine and a few Indo-Chinese dishes
ZPizza- Several locations, the south is by the new Alamo at 5701 W. Slaughter Lane but there is one at 3300 Bee Caves Road, and one in Round Rock 200 University Blvd. This pizza place has Daiya cheese, vegan meat crumbles, and gluten free crusts available.
The Drag & Around Campus (guadalupe between MLK & 35th street borders UT campus)
Veggie Heaven- They have the cutest cheap t-shirts here and they appear to be in a cult. I get the tofu bowl usually with thai iced tea but the protein 2000 is the most popular item. The menu is vast. It may be the most vast menu you have ever seen but it’s all pretty much the same thing, tofu, vegetables, white or brown rice and a sticky sauce.
Verts- Multiple locations including on the drag at the Dobie Mall, 2530 Guadalupe Street, 2438 West Anderson Lane, 11521 Ranch Road 620 North, 12800 Galleria Circle, 1500 South Lamar Blvd. & 1801 East 51st Street. Handmade Vegan Kebab sandwiches, wraps, and salads. Super vegan friendly.
Teji’s Indian Restaurant. Original location in Round Rock. Some people say it’s the best Biryani in Texas, others say it’s fast food style. This sounds like a Zagat review, my apologies, I thought it was good Indian take out.
Flying Falafel- close at 8:30 weekdays, 9:30 weekend. They have a vegan sampler plate with Hummus, Baba Ghanough, Falafel, Tabouleh, Tahini Salad, dolmadess and Pita
Cocos- Bubble tea
Nomad Dosa 2512 Rio Grande. Dosa’s or rice bowls and vegan Mangonana Lassi. You choose the fillings and the toppings. Nearly everything is vegan Check out a full review on Red Hot Vegans. Nomad is planning to reopen in 2014
Austin’s Pizza 2324 Guadalupe (Multiple locations in every part of town) Follow your heart vegan cheese can be added to any pizza.
Kerbey Lane- multiple locations. 24 hour diner. Vegan pancakes. tacos. sweet potato fries. Tacos. I am not a fan of their homemade “Soysauge” but almost everything else is good enough dinner food. I especially love that they bring vegan butter with the pancakes.
Tom’s Tabooley- Almost everything here is vegan and well labeled. The best part is that they send their wraps to stores all over town.
Ruby’s BBQ- 512 West 29th Street- veg Jambaylaya and more. This is another place to go if your group is desperate for BBQ. Open until midnight.
Toy Joy- vegan soft serve is AMAZING! They also have a bunch of vegan candy. Stop here if you have the time.
Thai Kitchen- multiple locations. Open til midnight on weekdays and midnight on the weekend at the Guadalupe location but the others close earlier. Typical thai. Green Curry is popular.
Trudy’s – 409 West 30th Street and multiple locations Gregory Rankin says to try the portobello fajitas at Trudy’s. Just tell them “no dairy anywhere on the plate”, I have also had the breakfast tacos and the enchiladas. Open until 2am
Guac-N-Roll- moving truck that’s either parked outside of Dane’s Body Shop at 4227 Guadalupe & third and guadalupe. Fancy made to order non traditional guacamoles plus beet salad, posole, and other stuff. All vegetarian and vegan friendly.
Food Heads- off the drag on 34th. Lunch spot, sandwiches and salads. open until 4pm
Wheatsville- Don’t miss Texas’ only food co-op! They have an amazing deli with popcorn tofu po’boys, vegan mac & cheese, frito pie (with nutritional yeast), and almost every vegan product you could ever dream of.
Frozen Rickshaw - 502 W 30th This trailer serves handmade mochi with vegan sorbets & an ever changing menu
Boomarangs- Curry Hand pies. They are also available in different shops around town.
Schmaltz- 913 E Cesar Chavez A vegetarian trailer with Seitan Reubans, Falafel and more. Katie G on yelp called it a veganish Jewish Deli! Tue-Sat 12-6
Cazamance 1102 E Cesar Chavez & Cazamance Cafe 96 Rainey Street- Senegal inspired trailer on Rainey st. Items marked vegetarian include delicious sounding salads, wraps, and veggie burger. Cazamance open 6pm – 1:30am every day. The cafe is open 11am – 3pm M-F
Mr. Natural- 1901 E. Cesar Chavez another location on south Lamar. Healthy style mexican food. A full range of juices. Try the tofu migas for breakfast. The lunch special is cafeteria style ordering otherwise grab a menu, pay, and take a number.
Unity Vegan Kitchen 2209 E Cesar Chavez Lasagna with cashew cheese, Muffalata sandwiches on homemade bread, crab cakes and more at this lovely little trailer. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Pachamama Peruvian Creole Cuisine 2209 E Cesar Chavez A vegan plate is offered with Fried Green rice, canary beans, yucca sticks and sweet plantains served with creole salsa along with some salads and appetizers.
Counter Culture- 2337 East Cesar Chavez Street All vegan diner with homeade seitan philly, cashew cheese quiches and lots of raw and engine to friendly items. Raw style desserts. I love their weekend brunch. Closed Monday and Tuesday, open until 10pm otherwise. Weekly specials on facebook.
Veracruz All Natural- Cesar Chavez & Chalmers. Food cart with super fresh fruit and agua frescas, shaved ice. You can get fruit Mexican style with chile powder on it. They also have breakfast tacos with potatoes, beans, spinach, and avocado.
Gourmands- 2316 Webbervile Road. A pub with a patio and Ping Pong. Black Bean soup, hummus plate, veggie sandwich. Kitchen open until midnight.
Sugar Circus- allergen friendly bakery with vegan options. Cinnamon Rolls!! Open Wed-Sun.
North Door Pizza – 502 Brushy St. Teese cheese is available for your hand tossed pizza at this venue on the eastside. They also have a GF crust. Late night mini pizzas until 3am on the Friday and Saturday.
Progress Coffee San Marcos & 5th just east of the highway. You can walk here from downtown easy. Bagels, granola, fruit cup, salad, hummus plate, PBJ panini, green cart wraps, avocado sandwich
Capital City Bakery- 1110 east 12th is the trailer & store opening soon on 2211 east ceaser chavez.The best vegan baked goods in town. For real. Apple Pie ala mode Peanut Butter Crunch cupcakes this is where it’s at. Tuesday Saturdays 11am-8pm CLOSED Sunday & Monday
Baton Creole 907 East 6th Beer battered tofu and vegan jambalaya on a stick. And vegan beignets! Open until 4am thur-sat
Cheer Up Charlie’s- 6th and Waller All vegan bar. Fun place, with lots of events, raw vegan chocolate & Kombucha on tap.
Arlo’s Austin- On the Cheer Up Charlies patio. An all vegan trailer with the best Bac’n Cheeze Burger in town or maybe the world. Plus, a BBQ burger, Chili Dogs, Chick’n Tacos, and Chip & Guac. Open 8pm to 2am Thursday, Friday and Saturday. My review
Miso Hungry- Pan Asian trailer next to Cheer Up Charlies and Arlo’s. Vegan Bahn Mi
Via 313 – 6th & Waller Trailer with Detroit Style Pizza with follow your heart cheese. Open til 2am on the weekends. This is my favorite vegan pizza in the world. They have a second location at the Red Shed Tavern on Slaughter and Congress.
Spartan Pizza 1104 E 6th at Waller. Vegan Cheese plus delivery. Open until 3am Fri & Sat.
Way South Philly 6th and Waller a Philly cheesteak trailer with a vegan offering, though it looks like it is just grilled vegetables, they also have tots! Open from lunch until 10pm.
Dumpling Happiness E 6th and Chicon. Yam and Kale dumpling, scallion pancakes and rotating specials at this trailer which features handmade dumplings. Thur – Sat 11-2:30 and 5pm-8:30p Sunday 11:00am – 2:30pm
Fire and Soul 1104 East 6th Spicy Vegan Corn Dog and Sweet Potato Fries. Open until midnight on weekedays 2am on weekends. Closed Sunday
Handshakes 1104 East 6th Creative milkshake stand with many vegan options. Open til 2am Friday & Saturday. Closed Sunday.
Papi Tino’s 1306 E 6th St I am so interested in the Rollos de Berenjena (Eggplant rolls stuffed with seasonal vegetables) which is labeled vegan on the menu but their drinks look really good too. Tue-Fri 6 pm – 12 am, Sat 11 am – 12 am, Sun 11 am – 4 pm Here’s my review
All City Subs – East 6th and Pedernales , Mon – Sun: 11:00 am – 12:00 am Sub sandwiches, vegan items noted, they have a marinated portabella one and a seitan stir-fry.
Vintage Heart Coffee 1405 East 7th Street Red Rabbit Cooperative bakery provides donuts,muffins and brownies.
Takoba- 1411 E 7th St trendy Mexican restaurant with a nice patio. The two vegetarian items are marked. The rice has chicken stock. Open until midnight or 1am.
Rio Rita- 1308 East 6th Street coffeshop and bar with infused Tito’s drinks, some different snack options
Karibu- 1209 East 7th. Open until midnight during the week and 2am weekend Ethiopian. Everything vegetarian is vegan as well.
Saigon Le Vendeur Haven’t verified the veganess of the this Vietnamese style trailer but a tofu bahn mi, tofu vermicelli bowl, and tofu spring rolls are all on the menu.
The Soup Coop 2604 E. Seventh St. This trailer is temporarily closed due to recent thefts but their menu says they have vegan cream of broccoli soup!
Sagra - 1050 East 11th St, they have a vegan menu but you have to ask for it and the specify that you are ordering from it. The menu changes seasonally and features items like cauliflower rissoto, panzanella and funghi pizza. Homemade vegan pistachio cheese! Open most days from 11-10 with a break in the middle.
Flat Top Burger Shop 1900 Manor. Vegan Burger & Hand cut fries. Open 11-9 every day.
Eastside Cafe 2113 Manor Road a fancy-ish vegetarian friendly restaurant in an old house. A lot of the entrees are sourced from the surrounding gardens which are beautiful and nice to walk though. The enchiladas and a couple of the salads are vegan.
Thai Thani 2101 Manor Rd This Thai cart delivers. They make everything from scratch and the menu changes but they sound like they’d be very accommodating. And they are open until 10 pm.
Rio’s Brazilian- 408 Pleasant Valley, acai smoothies, vegan fried yucca and a papaya and roasted beet salad. All vegan options marked.
Austin Daily Press- 1900 E. MLK. This sandwich shop has one vegan sammie that sounds really good, an Edamame fritter with ginger peanut sauce, avocado, cilantro, mint and onion. And they deliver and have a trailer or Red River.
Blue Dahlia-1115 east 11th Bakery/bistro with vegan bread, salads, sandwiches, soup, oatmeal, granola. I love the back patio and the lattes here. A great place to relax. They have happy hour specials too.
Zandunga Mexican Bistro- 1000 E. 11th Avocado Relleno and a mixed vegetable plate with chayote squash & mushrooms. And fab drinks. Tue-Thur 11am-10pm Fri & Sat open until 11. Close at 3 on Sunday.
Vivo- 2015 Manor Rd. Enchiladas, tacos, rice and beans. Awesome Puffy Tacos and cocktails. Open until 10 or 10:30
Cherrywood Coffeehouse- vegan breakfast tacos with all sorts of great options like fried tofu and chorizo. Also sandwiches and smoothies. 7am or 8am to midnight 1400 E 38.5 street
Fresh off the Truck- 4209 Airport. An Asian fusion truck with lots of different bahn mi sandwiches and even different kinds of fried potatoes like Korokke which is described as a “Japanese fried potato curry croquette” The monk sandwich looks like it could be vegan without the butter sauce, I’m looking into it but if you know, leave me a comment!
Tyson’s Tacos 4905 Airport Blvd Mon-Sat Make your own tacos with black beans, vegan chorizo, and guacamole. 6 am – 8:30 pm
Your Mom’s Burger Bar- 5001 Airport Blvd. I’ve read a lot of good things about the vegan patty here but the fries are battered and not vegan unless you can get them to make you a special batch. They do have extra toppings including artichoke hearts, spinach, guacamole, and jalapenos which is awesome cause I am not a fan of the standard Mustard-Onion-Pickle.
Contigo 2027 Anchor Lane This bar out in the Mueller is super popular with Austin foodies. Their menu changes daily but usually they are happy to veganize their small plates for your. They have items like Olives, Smoked Shitakes, and Brussels sprouts with capers and pine nuts. Open pretty late.
Kome Sushi Kitchen- 4917 Airport Blvd. Emma who is vegan and works at Kome made a wonderful list and they also said they have vegan specials sometimes with local ingredients. Here are the menu items Edamame, Hiyayakko (no bonito), Kome Salad (no anchovies), Yaki onigiri (no sauce), Rice, pickles, Kikkoman Soy sauce, tamari, mango sauce, Mango/avocado roll, Veggie roll, Oshinko roll, Kanpyo roll, Natto roll, Avocado nigiri, Asparagus nigiri, yamagobo. Closed Sunday.
The Buzz Mill- 1505 Town Creek (off Riverside) 24 bar and coffee shop with vegan pastries from Sugar Circus.
Ventana Del Sol- 1834 E Oltorf St It is a community building non profit that teaches people how to make food and also a cafe/sandwich place. Everything is made from scratch and the staff is well informed.
Sweet Ritual inside the Hyde Park Juiceland at 45th & Duval you will find a magical vegan ice cream counter with waffle cones, caramel sauce, crazy specials, and sundaes galore. They even have gluten free options and are so so vegan that you don’t have to worry for one second about eating something weird. Here is a post about the menu from the ice cream social!
ASTI Trattoria- The manager at this fantastic Italian place is one of the nicest people I ever met, when she heard we didn’t have a great experienshe invited us back to try all the vegan items and we did. From the truffle white bean dip to the pesto pizza to the artichoke rissoto it was all amazing. Closed Sunday and no lunch Saturday, make a reservation.
Titaya’s Thai- The most vegan friendly Thai place in town, it is not a place to come for the atmosphere but pretty tasty That food. open until 10 pm. closed between lunch and diner.
Biscuits and Groovy 5015 Duval St, breakfast burritos, biscuits and gravy, and sandwiches open 7-2 thur-sun… or so they say…they tend to run out of stuff on weekends. Everything on the menu can be made vegan so you can get biscuits topped with tofu scramble, bacon, sausage, daiya cheese and gravy. And maybe even a vegetable if you are feeling it.
Mother’s Cafe and Garden 4215 Duval, one of those places that has probably been around since the 60s. If you are a celiac don’t trust their gluten free menu. I heard their brunch is good and people like the burger but I am not a fan. Hippie. open until 10.
Daisie’s Cafe 2320 Hancock Dr Breakfast tacos, a hummus plate, fattoush, burger, hotdog, and fruit salad.
The Brick Oven on 35th 1608 West 35th Street by the original Kerbey Lane. This location of the Brick oven pizzeria offers a vegan version of their wood fired pie. There is no cheese but an array of toppings and vegan chipotle pesto sauce.
Aster’s Ethiopian- 2804 North I H 35 really good Ethiopian. open til 9 on weekdays & 10 weekend. Everything vegetarian is vegan as well.
Taj Palace 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd off IH-35 by Highland Mall. Indian Buffet that is mostly just vegetarian friendly but you can ask them to make you dishes with no ghee.
Pacos Tacos- 1304 E. 51st A flour corn hybrid tortilla! Vegan breakfast taco options include black beans, vegan chorizo, spinach, mushrooms, and jalapenos. They even sell their salsa by the gallon. Tuesday-Sunday open for Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Drink.Well 207 East 53rd. Craft beers, cocktails, and a menu with vegan items noted. open until 11pm
The Mediterranean Chef Cafe 5908 Aurora Dr Austin The woman behind the best hummus in the world – Grandma’s Hummus- has a little cafe that is open 9-8. They have falafel and Mediterranean wraps made to order. Closed Sunday
Black Star Co-op- 7020 Easy Wind Drive, Suite 100, open 4-midnight, you can take the train! You can become an owner of the this local pub but even if you don’t enjoy their local beers and vegan friendly pub menu.
Kim Phung – Vermicelli, lo mein, kung pao, pad thai, and more at this old school Vietnamese spot
Michi Ramen- 6519 N. Lamar They have a veggie ramen with a shoyu based broth so there is a good chance it’s vegan but I haven’t confirmed. Tuesday – Sunday 5pm – 10pm
Habesha Restaurant and Bar 6019 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd. Ethiopian with a vegetarian section on the menu and a combo plate in a nice little cafe.
La Casa Chapala 3010 Anderson at Shoal Creek by Nomadic Notions Bead Store. Interior Mexican cuisine with table side salsa and guacamole service. Vegetarian menu that can be veganized by removing cheese, the black beans are vegan but not the charro beans. Danielle says the spinach enchiladas are her favorite. A second location on San Jacinto downtown. I want to go!
Star of India 2900 W Anderson Ln lots of veg options at this North Indian Cafe. Buffet at lunch but you can still order off the menu. Lunch: 11 AM to 2:30 PM Dinner: Sun-Thu: 5:30 PM to 10 PM Fri-Sat: 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Bombay Express- 13000 N IH35 Building #12, super vegan friendly North and South Indian fast casual. take out available. My friend Maria says it is awesome. Tuesday – Sunday 11:00am – 9:00pm
Roll On Sushi Diner 5350 Burnet Rd Super fun vegan options like The fruity vegan which is stuffed with cucumber and tempura jalapenos & topped wit avocado and strawberry mango salsa Check out Mary Makes Dinner’s fab review
Elsi’s Restaurant-6601 Burnet. Enchiladas and chalupas with spinach and mushrooms, avocado, and veggie chorizo breakfast tacos! 7am-9pm except Sun when they open at 8.CLOSED
Sarovar – 8440 Burnet Rd Restaurant that has dishes from all over India and also some Indo Chinese. Buffet at lunch. open until 10 on weekdays and 11 Friday and Saturday.
Pars Mediterranean Supermarket & Deli 8820 Burnet Road Veg options such include hummus, tabooli, falafel, dolmas, and pomegranate lentil soup. Grocery store attached.
Sarah’s Mediterranean Restaurant- 5222 Burnet Rd My friend told me this is where to find the best falafel and hummus in town and I have to agree, it is so good! They also have a market where you can pick up all sorts of fun stuff. Mon – Sat 10:00 AM – 9 PM / Sun Closed
Enchiladas y Mas 1911 W Anderson Danielle says “They have killer veggie enchiladas and their refried beans are veg. As is their rice, unless something was seriously messed up in translation their salsa (can be pretty spicy for some) and guacamole rock, too!” Tue-Sat 7-9 Sun 7-2 NOTE reader Alexandra pointed out the veggie enchiladas are not on the menu, you have to ask, but their are fajitas on the menu.
Good To Go 1012 W Anderson Ln All sorts of veggie burgers based on different ingredients like black beans, portobellos, and even edamame. They also have homemade potato and carrot chips.
Ramen Tatsu-ya 8557 Research Blvd # 126 this super popular Ramen place has been running a soy based vegan special on Sundays but it’s a good idea to call ahead. 5-10pm
Madras Pavilion Vegetarian Indian restaurant. Offers a vegan friendly daily lunch buffet.
Big Daddy’s Burgers & Bar 9070 Research Blvd at Burnet & 183. A sports bar with vegan fried pickles and & mushrooms. The Portabella Stack burger, and the housemade veggie patty burger, Holy Shish Kabobs with chimichurri sauce, and the hand cut fries are all vegan. Open late.
The Dojo 9070 Research Blvd., #305 This Japanese bar has tons of vegan options like ramen, mochi tempura, gyoza, & beets and avocado tempura. Open late on the weekend
Triumph Cafe- 3808 Spicewood Springs. Vietnamese dishes like Coconut Tofu and eggplant and green bean stir-fry. Open until 9 on weekdays and 10 on the weekend.
TerraBurger- 10611 Research Blvd organic eco-friendly green veggie burger.
Molcas Mexican Restaurant- 8127 Mesa Drive, Mexican restaurant with a vegetarian menu including vegetable fajitas and fried avocado tacos. Here is a review from Veggies, Foodies, Austinites. Open Mon-Sat 7am-10:30 pm and Sunday 7am – 9pm.
Masala Wok 10515 N. MoPac Expressway with another location on tech ridge. Chain restaurant stir-frys. What’s vegan isn’t clear so you have to ask. 11-10pm.
Pho Taison Vietnamese Cuisine 2438 W. Anderson although there are also locations by UT, south on William Cannon and in Southpark meadows, Lakeway, and Kyle. Vegan pho, Singaporean Tofu, lemongrass vermicelli bowls, curry and more. The menu is online. Molly said and “Tofu in [the Singaporean tofu is] infused with chiles”. and “the chiles were incorporated into the soy milk before it was curdled” I can’t wait to try it!
Alborz Persian Cuisine 3300 W Anderson Lane Traditional Iranian spot with Persian lunch buffet. Many vegetarian plates including one with skewered vegetables. The torshi leeteh looks good too,
Shandeez Restaurant 8863 Anderson Mill Rd.Suite 109 Traditional Iranian Restaurant with several different vegetarian plates with items like Mirza-Ghasemi and veggie stew. Mon-Thur 11-9 Fri & Sat 11-10. Closed Sunday.
Satay - 3202 West Anderson This is supposed to be one of the best Thai places in town but since I rarely go this far north I can’t tell you for sure! Open until 9:30 weekdays and 10:30 Friday & Saturday.
Dimassi’s Mediterranean Buffet- 12636 Research blvd Austin, south of mcneil and 183 an all you can eat Mediterranean buffet, everything is well labeled with ingredients.
Yummi tacos – This Korean Mexican fusion spot sounds like they have some vegan options for their tacos – fried tofu and eggplant – but I haven’t confirmed.
Fire Bowl Cafe Great Hills Market 9828 Great Hills Trail #100 in the Arboretum with another location in South Austin Brodie Lane shopping madness. This is one of those places where you pick your veg, your grain, your protein, and your sauce and they stir fry it together. Veggie sign means vegan except they do use egg in their refried beans so watch out. Danielle says ” I love-their cucumber & tomato salad (an app) and a cold peanut noodle salad (entree)”
Elevation Burger Great Hills Market 9828 Great Hills Trail Fantastic Veggie Burgers and multiple locations.
Like I Bite It Or Both. A cake and ice cream shop that usually has vegan cupcakes. M-Sat 11am-9pm Sun: 12pm-8pm
The Steeping Room- The Domain shopping center If you are in town doing expensive shopping and vegan this is the place to eat. The have bowls, cupcakes, sushi, salads and tea! Open until 9 or 10. My review Now they have a second location on 4400 N Lamar!!! Check out the lonestar plate’s review of that one.
Curry in a Hurry 2121 W Parmer Lane #114 A (next to Gandhi Bazar) All vegetarian Indian Take Out. Pick Curry + Pick Dal +2 Paratha/4 Roti + Rice = $5.99
Momiji Hibachi and Sushi 13201 Ranch Road 620 Ross from Vegans Rock Austin loves their hibachi lunch which comes with “home-fried tofu and vegetable stir-fry with dipping sauces, as well as vegan miso soup”. And they deliver!
How Do You Roll- 10515 N Mopac Exp Sushi place where you pick your wrapper, sauce and fillings and they wrap it up. Open until 9pm. Another location downtown on 2nd st.
Tam Deli and Cafe 8222 N Lamar Blvd. Vietnamese and vegetarian fish sauce.Mon, Wed-Sun 10 am – 8 pm
Swad 9515 N Lamar Blvd. Vegetarian South Indian restaurant. I haven’t been here in probably ten years but it is supposed to be one of the most authentic vegetarian Indian spots in town. Closes between lunch and dinner on the weekdays. Open until 9:30pm
Lilly’s Sandwich Shop 10901 N Lamar Blvd A.d. Keese says “They have an awesome bahn mi sandwich. You have to hold the mayonnaise. I add the Vegenaise at home.”
TC Noodle House 10901 North Lamar Chinese and Vietnamese restaurant by MT supermarket. The menu has a noodle and vegetarian section with items like Tofu with Orange Peel Sauce, Lo-Mein with Imitation Duck and Water Spinach with Salted Tofu Sauce.
Fountain of Health at 11800 N.Lamar — Marley Kingston says “they are fairly new and have become my #1 go to place for really good Vegan Mexican food. “
Rice Bowl Cafe 11220 N Lamar Blvd Building C306. Kung Pao and Sesame Tofu are on the menu but they mix pork in with a lot of the other tofu dishes. Open daily 11;30-9. Have Delivery and online ordering.
The Juice Spot 12400 N Interstate 35. Lots of different juice and smoothie combos.
pin Modern Thai Cuisine 14005 N US Hwy 183, Ste 1000 the Veggie Puc ($14), “a “clean out the fridge” vegetarian stir-fry featuring beets, cremini mushrooms, dried bean curd, snow peas, and snow pea leaves sounds really good in this chronicle review. I emailed the staff about the veganess and they said “Lunch would have the most, 5 dishes including the Veggie Puc, Clay Pot w/Fried Brussels Sprouts and also Pad Cha Mushroom.” Also the Kabocha and Sweet Corn Tempura is vegan! It’s made with a light beer.CLOSED
A Taste of Ethiopia, 1100 Grand Avenue Pkwy Pflugerville. I have heard this is the best Ethiopian around but I haven’t tried it yet. I’m sure it is the best in Pflugerville! They have a lunch buffet and I can’t wait to try it. Someday.
Peppers Indian Restaurant 2711 La Frontera Blvd Suite 200 Indian Restaurant with vegan options noted.