Daily Archives: February 23, 2012

Best of Austin: Vegan Edition

What follows is the best vegan eatin’ in the city and a google map! It’s also a part of the larger Austin City Guide. If you want to read a longer vegan guide that includes what do in Austin check out A Vegan Tour of Austin. If you are looking for help with South by Southwest or eating downtown look here. For every vegan option that I know of this is my citywide guide. There are also reviews, and top ten lists. I tried to be concise here which is not my strong point!

Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse. The last couple of vegans from out of town that I happen to follow ate at Bouldin every day of their trip. Head to Bouldin Creek bright and early before they run out of the rennedict and the brunch lines get out of hand. They have my favorite tofu scramble in the world (you can get it to replace eggs in and dish) and their tofu bacon is surprisingly delicious.

Rabbit Food Grocery A couple blocks down at South First and Live Oak you will find Rabbit Food Grocery our super awesome locally owned and operated all vegan store! They have tons of vegan items and they are constantly expanding, here is a review.

Unity Vegan Kitchen One of my favorite vegan trailers is on Barton Springs road and if you dream of muffaletta sandwiches or cashew cheese lasagna this is the place to be.

Wheatsville Co-op. Please don’t blow it off as some campus grocery store, these people know how to cook southern comfort and it is one of the most vegan friendly places I have ever been to. You have to try the popcorn tofu. The best way to do this is in a popcorn tofu po’boy but now they also have buffalo popcorn tofu with blue cheese dressing so it’s a toss up of which is better. You can always stuff a couple extras in your bag for your trip home! They also have my favorite noochy vegan mac and cheese, Red Rabbit donuts, rice krispie treats, black bottom brownies, vegan sushi, frito pie, and a million other things that are all fantastic. You will want to move here like everyone else.

BBQ Revolution is the go to spot for smoked vegan barbeque in Texas!

Bistro Vonish They are hoping to open a fine dining restaurant soon but for now the trailer will feed you from their seasonal menu with pizzas, kolaches, and an ever changing menu.

Whole Foods on 6th and Lamar. The company started a couple blocks away and through the years keeps getting bigger and bigger. I dig the breakfast tacos.

Juiceland, is definitely a spot you shouldn’t miss. Even their regular juices and smoothies will amaze you. I promise.  The “next level” and “even further” sections of the menu are  where you will find smoothies like “Kaleibrator” which is coconut water, banana, durian, kale, spirulina, pecan butter, hemp seeds, coconut oil . You can totally become a level 5 vegan just by trying it. It is the same deal with the juices, you could try the “Ninja Bachelor Party” pineapple, jalapeno, celery, kale, spinach, parsley, salt.

Counter Culture started on North Loop as a vegan trailer but has finally become a brick and mortar restaurant and will soon be the center of veganville on the east side. Enjoy their menu which can appease someone following any diet you can imagine from Engine 2 to Gluten Free. I especially love the brunch .

Counter Culture omelette

Capital City Bakery is also on Ceaser Chavez and should not be missed! Whether you want their light and fluffy cupcakes piled high with frosting or their savory kolaches or monster sized brownies you won’t be disappointed.

Sweet Ritual  If you want a waffle cone or a glitter sundae you are going to have to go a  north to the Daily Juice Cafe where you will find Sweet Ritual and their lovely ice cream stand! They have the best soft serve and the most adorable vegan owners and while you are waiting you can get nachos at the Daily Juice!

The Vegan Yacht which is a trailer specializing in non GMO and organic sandwiches and burritos. Everyone loves their Frito Burrito which is a Frito Pie in Burrito form. Here’s a tip, spring for the guacamole, it’s totally worth it.

Mr. Natural The perfect place to go for Mexican vegetarian food without a wait. Most things are vegan and they too have buffet where you can select from a couple options. They also have a menu which you are welcome to order off that has everything from crispy tacos to milanesa and soya guisado. You will probably love whatever you try, just make sure that you finish up with the vegan tres leches cake. I love their breakfast, tofu can be substituted in any of the egg dishes.

Arlo’s which is all vegan trailer that has items like a Buffalo Chik’n Sandwich and a Bac’n Cheeze Burger. I loved their burger which seemed closer to a meaty steak ‘n’ shake burger than any veggie burger I have ever tried. You can tell it is homemade by the way it looks and you can even see some lentils poking out so it must be healthy. They also have a chipotle burger and a barbecue burger which I haven’t tried but I did get to try the chicken tacos. They were authentic enough with homemade chicken flavored seitan and nice treat after drinking more than I should have at Vegan Drinks.

Biscuits and Groovy on 5015 Duval St at 51st St isn’t 100% vegan they probably have more vegan biscuit and gravy options than anyone else in the south since everything on the menu can be made vegan. Try the Gloria Gaynor which has three biscuits, gravy,  vegan sausage, tofu scramble, daiya cheese, tempeh bacon, and jalapenos.

The Vegan Nom Rockin’ Vegan Tacos. Fantastic breakfast tacos and lunch tacos here. I love the migas taco, the tofu scramble and tempeh, the vegan migas. the fish taco, the sweet potato taco, and really everything I’ve ever had there. Note that it is cash only!

Cool Beans Another all vegan tacos stand moving to ceaser chavez and soon to be selling breakfast tacos as well!

Golden Spike Rail Cart – at the Buzz Mill lives a vegan friendly eggroll truck with rolls like the Soyrizo Scramble Roll – scrambled, Tofu, Chorizo, Onions, Bell Peppers, Cheese. They also have weekend brunch with waffles, pancakes, and breakfast burritos and they have recently been adding more tacos to the menu as well. Check their Facebook page to make sure they are open. Here is my review

Casa De Luz– All vegan macrobiotic place, behind Barton Springs on Toomey. A really lovely place with shared tables. Menu changes daily. Hippie food to the extreme.

Wasota African Cuisine2323 South Lamar Blvd. 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. ALthough they serve meat too there is a very large vegan marked menu and they are very clear about ingredients and super friendly. Highly recommended. Here is my reviewOpen daily 11-9

Schmaltz– 913 E Cesar Chavez A vegetarian trailer with Seitan Reubans, Falafel and more.

Happy Vegan Bakery 8309B Research Blvd Although you can get her pastries and savory food in quite a few spots in town, there is also this storefront in north Austin with to-go food like Mac & Cheese.