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Keeping Austin Green: 12 Great Places to Eat Vegetarian

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October 1st is World Vegetarian Day and as one of the fittest cities in America, Austin has no shortage of innovative, healthy and tasty vegetarian culinary options. Here are just a few of our recommendations:

 conscious-cravings

Conscious Cravings
4209 Airport Blvd
Conscious Cravings offers modern, fresh and 100% plant-based cuisine. Nothing is fried and many menu items are gluten-free. A simple menu features wraps, salads, sides and unique, refreshing drinks.

 

mothers-cafe-garden_0Mother’s Café
4215 Duval St
Since 1980, Mother’s Cafe has been serving up great vegetarian and vegan food and is a staple in the Austin vegetarian and vegan scene. They offer something for everyone including those with food allergies or other dietary needs.

 

bbqBBQ Revolution
2421 Webberville Rd
Dedicating a restaurant to offering only vegetarian BBQ in Texas is nothing short of a revolution, and BBQ Revolution pulls it off with delicious success! Using traditional techniques, they’re able to bring out a flavor that’s unique. With four out of five stars on Yelp, reviewers brag about the No Bull Brisket, Soy Curls and side dishes.

 

true-foods

True Food Kitchen
222 West Avenue, Suite HR100
True Food Kitchen has the simple tagline: “Honest food that tastes really good.” You don’t have to be a die-hard vegetarian to dine at True Food Kitchen. Their eclectic menu is a great blend of meat and meatless entrees, appetizers, and salads. You need only a desire to give your body nutrients, and your palate something memorable.

 

vegan-nom

The Vegan Nom
Two Locations:
701 E 53rd St
913 E Cesar Chavez St
Vegan Nom is Texas’ first all vegan taco truck. They offer signature vegan Tex-Mex and breakfast tacos, authentic salsas, and house-made vegan queso, served out of two locations.    

 

mr-natural

Mr. Natural
Two Locations:
2414 S Lamar Blvd
1901 E Cesar Chavez St
Mr. Natural features vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free Mexican food and pastries. Lunch specials include a cafeteria-style set-up with affordable platter options. Open since 1988, it’s one of the oldest strictly-vegetarian restaurants in town.

 

bouldin-creekBouldin Creek Café
1900 S 1st St
Bouldin Creek Café offers fairly priced, wholesome vegetarian and vegan food—showing veggie fare can be flavorful and satisfying. It also provides a wide array of tasty beverages including organic and fair trade coffees, 25 different hot teas, beer, wine and liquor.

 

counter-culture Counter Culture
2337 E Cesar Chavez St
Counter Culture offers meatless, dairy-free and raw foods – made from scratch – and at affordable prices. Whenever possible the restaurant procures organic, fair trade & locally grown food from area farmers. Daily specials, as well as a variety of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and handmade desserts make this vegetarian restaurant an exceptional option to the standard fare.

 

casa-de-luzCasa de Luz
1701 Toomey Rd
Probably the best known and unique vegan restaurant in Central Texas, Casa de Luz was founded upon an all-encompassing macrobiotics philosophy supporting health. Their mission is to offer a sacred space for those that want to bring their disciplines to share with the community. It’s not just a restaurant open to all but also a full-spectrum village which is designed to include smart living and a school. The 100% organic food is served community style for one affordable price.

 

arlos Arlo’s Food Truck
900 Red River St
Arlo’s serves vegan comfort food in a bistro style setting for the Austin nightlife scene. They support local, organic, and non-GMO products and the food is designed to satisfy omnivores and herbivores alike. Several Yelp reviews claim the vegan burgers taste better than their meat equivalents. Arlo’s offers a fantastic alternative to the usual late night trailer eatery.

 

parlorThe Parlor
4301 Guadalupe St
This locally-owned specialty pizza restaurant is home to the first vegan pie in Austin. Gourmet toppings are made in-house by Austin Vegan Meats. A full bar, great wine, local craft brews, daily happy hours, too.

 

currasCurra’s Grill
614 E Oltorf St
This beloved Austin Tex-Mex joint also offers stellar vegetarian options including enchiladas, tacos, soups and veggie chorizo. Don’t miss their queso…it’s the best!

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