Vegan In Austin? The City’s Best Grub, Pub & Plant-Based Fare
They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and while that may not apply to everything everything, it seems to carry over into the vegan food scene — or at least its portions of guac.
Nestled into a state famed for it’s barbecue, Austin boasts a lively, thriving plant-based community you’ll relish in on your next (or first) visit.
What follows are a number of the city’s best spots.
Counter Culture, with its mid-century esthetic and atmosphere, serves up tasty veggie and dairy-free fare on the daily.
Opened by Sue Davis in 2009 as a food truck, this spot has been satisfying Austin appetites since! The restaurant strives to serve organic, fair-trade and locally grown food and makes an effort to reuse, recycle and compost all the waste it creates.
Now located in East Austin, this spot also features a dog-friendly patio, so you can take your furry friends along for the ride!
Vegan Nom was established in 2011 by an Austin local named Chris Rios. He was craving a good plant-based taco that was better for the environment and his health. From there, Vegan Nom was born.
Four years later, the blossoming business has upgraded to an air-stream trailer in East Austin! The space offers plenty of room to chow down, and can even be rented out for events. Also offered is lovely outdoor space, from which patrons can enjoy the neighborhood.
Plus, who can say no to tacos?!
The Beer Plant
Austin’s first plant-based gastropub featuring craft beers and botanical cocktails, The Beer Plant is not to be missed.
Having officially opened their spot in 2016, Ray and Sarah McMackin have managed to cater to vegans and plant-based folks while remaining universally appealing — the dream!
The Beer Plant features 40 taps spouting everything from sours to farmhouse ales. When it comes to food, team member Ray says patrons can expect “pickled, smoked flavor-forward pub fare such as savory vegetable pot pies, Irish lager stew and unique curry bowls.”
At the end of the day, if you are looking for a nice place for dinner with plenty of choices for drinks, The Beer Plant is a no brainer.
Exploring ancient healing traditions through food is Curcuma Kitchen.
This spot boasts a menu that caters not only to those on plant-based diets but also, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, paleo, and Whole30 regimes.
Having officially opened in 2016, owner Rachel Musquiz hopes to offer “food with intention” — and the menu speaks for itself. That said, this isn’t just a spot for great food. Curcuma also offers educational workshops, pop-up markets and live events to foster community and educate its members on the power of plant-based living.
Sharon Mays’ spot Baby Greens started as a fast food drive through in 2004 South Austin, which provided made-to-order salads and wraps.
The shop can now be found in North Austin in what was once a car dealership, offering not only its drive-through option and quick service fare, but catering, boxed lunches and party platters!
The menu is as simple and bright as the atmosphere, 100 percent vegan, and offers an abundance of protein choices including grilled tofu and walnuts!
Rabbit Food Grocery
Having officially opened in 2012, Rabbit Food Grocery was the brainchild of Jessica Morris and Gabriel Figueroa, whose years of passionate vegansim led them to create this natural foods, 100 percent vegan grocery store.
The store boasts useful products, snacks and essential items you would find on a typical grocery list — while keeping things 100 percent vegan, and putting an emphasis on local and organic options.
In 2018 the pair were able to open a new location that is bigger and better than ever, making room from abundant frozen goods and some fresh produce.
Not in Austin? No problem. Rabbit Food Grocery has also partnered with Plant Lead Your Way to offer vegan starter kits selected specially for variety orkits that can be made to order and shipped directly to your door.
What are some of your favorite places to eat in Austin? Let us know in the comments below.