Texas is known for its BBQ, but if you’re craving something a little greener and healthier we’ve picked our favourite vegan and restaurants in Austin.
We love Austin, there is so much to do there, the people are fab, and the food is out of this world. One thing we did find though, is it can be hard to find things that are veggie friendly. So here at GirlCrew HQ, we’ve come up with a list of the top 10 vegan and vegetarian spots to eat in Austin. Enjoy!
Bouldin Creek Cafe
Bouldin Creek Cafe provide wholesome vegan and vegetarian meals including big azz salads, vegan massaman curry and fajitas italianas. They also serve locally roasted, organic, fair trade coffee and 25 different hot teas. The waiting time for a table can be long, so we suggest booking through the Yelp Waiting List option. That goes to show how popular this place is! One recommendation is to try their claim to fame, Austin’s best hangover cure, “The Leveler” (Guinness, espresso and chocolate).
Counter Culture serves internationally inspired vegan comfort food which is made daily on the premises. It offers meatless, dairy-free, and raw foods – made from scratch – and offered at remarkably affordable prices. Whenever possible the restaurant procures organic, fair trade, and locally grown food from area farmers. There are daily specials, as well as a variety of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, plates & handmade desserts. In addition, Counter Culture always has oil free, gluten-free and soy-free options. Pretty much every dietary requirement is catered for.
If you’re looking for Indian vegetarian fare in the heart of Austin, look no further than Madras Pavilion. Initially focus on Southern India cuisine, the restaurant have expanded their offering, and also offer vegan and Jain options too. They’ve also been known to run unlimited chaat nights, so you can’t go wrong there.
Mother’s Cafe caters to everybody’s needs. Whether you are coeliac, vegan or just want an omelette, there’s something on the menu for everyone. The staff are very accommodating and will switch up dishes to suit your dietary needs, so make sure you check with them before writing dishes off. Mother’s is the perfect spot for brunch as you can relax in the garden area, listen to the harpist play and help yourself to a mimosa or two. Or if you’re feeling extra fancy, have some champagne with your banana walnut pancakes.
In need of some Asian inspired vegan food? We’re all over it. Veggie Heaven has been open since 1998 and has been growing in popularity ever since. The menu focuses on comfort food as owner Stacey Chen, feels like the restaurant is her home. Veggie Heaven as also featured on a Buzzfeed article about the ‘35 Things Everyone Should Do In Austin, Texas, Before They Die’. But don’t just take their word for it, make sure to pop in and check it out for yourself.
Cool Beans Eatery
Casa de Luz food is based on the macrobiotic lifestyle. They focus on food that is rich in nutrients and have balanced yin/yang properties. You'll see a lot of whole grains, fresh vegetables, low sodium level, no refined sugar in drinks or desserts. The restaurant itself is communal and buffet style so after you choose your meal, you can sit by yourself or with a group of people and start chatting. A full lunch or dinner is $12. Casa de Luz is a non-profit so if you are able to pay extra for a meal, they prefer that rather than tipping extra. Any extra money goes to staff salaries so be generous if you can.
Bistro Vonish started as a monthly supper club and has since moved onto a food trailer that offers elevated vegan cuisine. Menus change daily to create dishes with the freshest, seasonal flavors from Central Texas. They locally source their ingredients meaning the food always has exceptional flavours. Sunday brunch is between 10am - 2pm with updated menus, specials, and their popular french toast with new flavours every week. They also do catering so you can have your own delicious vegan dinner party in the comfort of your own home. Winning.
Conscious Cravings have lots of yummy wraps and smoothies to choose from. Perfect for your lunch time break. All their wraps are completely meatless and infused with a proprietary blend of herbs and spices from around the world. The spicy chickpea wrap and cc diner appear to be the most popular on the menu along with a cool glass of complimentary pink lemonade. There's an option to order online so your food is ready when you arrive and then you can relax and enjoy your meal either in the rustic indoor seating area or outside in the picnic area next to a lovely creek and big oak tree.
Well now that you've filled up on all the delicious veggie goodies at the start of the list, it’s time to end with something sweet. Sweet Ritual want to provide delicious dairy-free ice cream to as many people as possible. With 16 flavours to choose from, made with locally sourced organic ingredients , the two owners, Amelia Raley and Valerie Ward make everything from scratch right in the shop. Open since 2011, Sweet Ritual believe that ice cream is more than just food, more than just a treat. It's part of the celebrations and consolations that mark important events in our lives, and no one should be left out.
So how did we fare? Did we miss any ofyour favourite vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Austin? Let us know in the comments below.