It’s no secret Austin knows it’s way around meats - we’re in one of the greatest BBQ cities in the world. But vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants? They may not be something we’re known for, but they are something Austin does almost just as well.
We have all those hippie Austin pioneers to thank for laying the all-natural eating groundwork in this city. And lately, with some newcomers to the category, vegetarian and vegan food in Austin has gotten even better. When you’re going to eat meatless, these are the places to do it right.
Casa de Luz
A fully-vegan/organic sit-down dining experience, in a beautiful house near Barton Springs. Considering the high quality of food, it’s also pretty affordable - around $12 will get you a big plate of clean/vegan/everything-free food.
Mother's Cafe & Garden
This Hyde Park classic has been an ambassador of vegetarian eating for decades. The Bueno Burger is one of the best Veggie burgers in Austin - which means it’s one of the best in Texas.
Kerbey Lane Café
This 24/7 establishment serves lots of vegan and vegetarian dishes with lots flavor at all times of the day. It’s a place that people of all eating preferences can enjoy.
This coffee shop and cafe prides itself on a vegetarian-friendly menu, particularly its soyrizo breakfast tacos (and yes, they’re pretty good). It can get a little crowded at breakfast time on weekends, so try to hit it during the week before the lunch hour.
A trailer parked conveniently at Red River watering hole outside the music venue Cheer Up Charlie’s (drunk people need vegan food, too), with a vegan burger that could go toe-to-toe with any beef burger in town. Arlo’s goes a little heavy on the seitan and soy products, but if you could care less about that you’ll enjoy it.
Barbecue had to be vegan-fied eventually, and these folks made it happen. It doesn’t get more Austin than a vegan BBQ food truck, and we can’t even hate on it because the food is pretty damn good.
A health-nut grocery store that also has an excellent to-go section offering many great vegan options ready to eat on their patio outside.
Whether you’re on a juice cleanse or simply curing a hangover, Juiceland has you covered. They offer more than juices too - teas, herbal shots and tonics, and incredible smoothies. Try the Wundershowzen. Because it’s delicious, and because it’s really fun to say out loud.
Vegan Indian food is sneakily a great way to eat healthily without loading up on soy fillers. Located in a strip shopping center out in the burbs, this little spot offers authentic Northern and Southern Indian food at cheap prices.