Although Texas is generally known for its larger-than-life steaks, barbecue and Tex-Mex dishes, veganism is gaining traction as a popular way of eating. People are waking up to the realities of plant-based eating as a solution for health issues, climate change and the ethical dilemma of eating meat, and with so many delicious vegan restaurants popping up all over the globe, there’s very little reason not to hop on the bandwagon.
Whether you’ve been a full-blown vegan for years now or you’re simply plant-curious, there are lots of restaurants to explore in the weird and wonderful city of Austin.
5 Austin Vegan Restaurants to Try Now
Here are five noteworthy vegan restaurants to try in Austin:
1. Counter Culture
Counter Culture on East Cesar Chavez Street is a laid-back vegan restaurant in Central East Austin serving up vegan comfort food like mac and cheese, buffalo cauliflower and delicious specialty drinks like hibiscus mint iced tea. Check out menu highlights like their jackfruit quesadilla, nachos and the beet burger featuring shiitake mushrooms, walnuts and beans.
2. The Vegan Nom
Home to Austin’s original vegan taco truck, the Vegan Nom is your best bet for delicious and authentic vegan Mexican food in a pinch. Go wild on their vegan burritos, nachos, tacos and famous $3 breakfast tacos featuring tempeh bacon, scrambled tofu and chorizo.
3. The Beer Plant
Beer. Plants. What’s not to love? That’s the simple concept behind the Beer Plant — a chic vegan eatery on Windsor Road serving up dinner and brunch. With a beer, wine and cocktail list to die for, the food menu is even more impressive, offering up savory vegan delights like the heirloom tomato and nectarine salad, spicy mango cauliflower wings and sriracha-glazed brussels sprouts.
4. Conscious Cravings
With a selection of modern, healthy and delicious vegan fare in two locations on 1st Street and Airport Boulevard, Conscious Cravings is your one-stop shop for fresh (and nut-free!) dishes like hot wraps, salads and delicious smoothies. Its food truck format makes Conscious Cravings a laid-back and relaxed place to get your plant-based fix while on the go.
5. Citizen Eatery
With a 100% meat-free menu, Citizen Eatery is a bright and flavorful café offering all-day breakfast, happy hour drinks and weekday food specials. In other words, it’s your new favorite hangout spot in central Austin for delicious plant-based food and drinks, and a great place to meet other like-minded vegans.
Looking for more fun things to do in Austin?
Things To Do in Austin
– If you need date ideas in Austin, we’ve rounded up 5 ways to have a perfect day (or night)
– Experience new tunes from local artists at the drop-in summer concert series
– Don’t miss a visit to the lick-able, likeable and shareable Museum of Ice Cream
– House of Torment — Austin’s scariest haunted house attraction — is back in September
– Pick up a good book at the Texas Book Festival, taking place this fall