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Where To Eat With Vegetarians In Austin

The best vegetarian-friendly/vegan-friendly/everyone-friendly restaurants in Austin.

It’s no secret Austin knows its 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.


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Community Vegan


1124 E 11th St, Austin
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There are a lot of things to love about Community Vegan—a food truck on East 11th Street specializing in plant-based comfort foods—but none as much as the fact that the menu has not one but two varieties of fried mushrooms. Order the lemon pepper wangz for a basket full of fried oyster mushrooms in a zesty lemon pepper seasoning, or get the dime bag and take a walk around the neighborhood with a brown paper bag full of crispy bite-sized chunks of lion’s mane. But a food truck can’t survive off mushroom sales alone (at least not of the grocery store variety), and the menu includes a bunch of plant-based takes on classic bar food, like chili cheese fries and loaded totchos.

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.

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Bodhi Viet is a small food truck in North Austin with a 100% vegan Vietnamese menu, offering everything from banh mi and pho, to Vietnamese coffee and boba tea. Despite the lack of any animal products, Bodhi manages to pull off many of the subtle flavors of these Vietnamese staples at staggeringly-low prices. The most expensive item on the menu sits at $9, with their banh mi coming in at just $5. The banh mi—our favorite thing here—are a little smaller than some of the others we’ve had around town, but that just means you have the opportunity to sample more of the menu.

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.

Kerbey Lane is an Austin institution, and while the menu includes all kinds of classic diner foods, it also includes 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.

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.

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 couldn't care less about that you’ll enjoy it.

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.

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