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:
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.
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.
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 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.
The Vegan Nom
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!