Food & drink

By Molly Moltzen, and Kelly Stocker

The Best Vegan and Vegetarian Food in Austin

Texas may seem like the most intimidating place a vegan or vegetarian could find themselves in. However, we are lucky enough in Austin to have a great selection for those who are meat and dairy-free to get their nosh on.

One of Austin’s OG Vegan haunts, Counter Culture has been serving delicious plant-based and dairy-free foods, all made from scratch, for over 10 years now.

Counter Culture
La Holly

Specializes in: Comfort food

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Bistro Vonish features an ever-changing, seasonal, locally sourced menu whose dishes push the limits. This truck gives brick-and-mortars a run for their money with items like hearts of palm po-by, sweet potato arepas, and hearty hot soups.

Bistro Vonish
North Loop

Specializes in: Fancy vegan fare

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Consider the Nueva Onda: a glorious mashup of sweet potato hash-browns, scrambled tofu, and avocado. For something a bit heftier to start the day, try the big brunch burrito and breakfast nachos.

The Vegan Nom
Cesar Chavez

Specializes in: Mexican

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There's a set menu for every day of the week, all of which are vegan, gluten-free, and organic. The dining here is family-style, and you can also volunteer in the kitchen with no experience required.

Casa de Luz
Toomey Road

Specializes in: Macrobiotic family-style dining

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This all-veg diner is a go-to for both vegetarians and for people dipping their toe in the lifestyle. Perhaps its most popular dish, The Renedict—eggs Benedict that is also offered vegan—is available at brunch.

Bouldin Creek Café
South First

Specializes in: Breakfast

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Their trucks—which occupy patio space at Cheer Up Charlie’s and Spider House—boast vegan food that’s satisfying whether you’re gobbling it up post-drinks at 2 am or sober on a Tuesday afternoon.

Arlo's
Red River

Specializes in: Comfort food, Burgers

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