Austin Texas is such a young and vegan-friendly city! Here’s a guide to some great places to eat for anyone heading to the Texas Capitol!
So I know this post is long overdue, oops sorry about that! After finishing university (forever!) in May I was totally wiped. The realisation that there isn’t another year to focus on studying set in and the uni bubble popped. Graduation isn’t until the end of July so I have come to Austin, Texas for 8 fabulous weeks of adventure and relaxing… and of course lots of eating!
Not only did I gain a fabulous step-mother figure when my dad remarried, but a whole family of positive and welcoming individuals. So after meeting at the wedding last year here I am, in the sunny lone star state of Texas staying with my adopted aunt and uncle!
Austin is Awesome!
If you’ve never been to Texas before I can assure you that it’s not all cowboys and tumbleweed! Austin, in particular, is a vibrant young city that is growing like crazy. It’s the state capitol with beautiful parks, lakes and an ever-changing skyline.
Ok, this is the best part. Austin has amazing plant-based offerings all over the city. From vegan taco and burger food trucks to whole restaurants there are so many places to find great food! Plus a lot of restaurants have vegan and gluten-free options marked on the menu.
(And this city is home to Whole Foods Supermarket!!!)
Where To Eat…
(This list is a work in progress as I’m still fangirling all the vegan spots to eat at) so keep updated on Instagram @rosyvegantravel.
3110 Windsor Road, Austin, TX 78703
This gastropub is open for dinner during the week and then for brunch on the weekend. We went on a Saturday and had the avocado toast with tofu scramble (on gluten-free bread) and it was soo good! They serve so many different craft beers and have a really modern relaxed atmosphere.
4631 Airport Blvd, Suite 125, Austin, Texas 78751
If you have a sweet tooth you have to visit Sweet Ritual to try their plant-based ice cream. It’s even popular with non-vegans because of how great it is and you can get everything from sunflower seed butter based chocolate chip to Cubano coffee with a cashew nut base. They have tonnes of toppings to add and pint-size tubs to take home for when you realise you need more Sweet Ritual!
4215 Duval St, Austin, TX 78751
Mother’s is a funky little place north of the University of Texas campus. It serves vegetarian and vegan food with a mixture of flavours. They have enchiladas, pasta, soup, salad and stir-fry to name a few. I really liked this place, especially because they did enchiladas with gluten-free tortillas and vegan cheese!
1701 Toomey Rd. Austin, TX 78704
If you’re into the more natural plant-based diet or want to eat good and healthy, Casa de Luz is awesome. Explaining this place isn’t easy but you could think of it as a holistic centre with a dining room that serves healing plant-based meals. You head inside and pay, then help yourself to the soup and salad of the day and find a table. Then a server will come and bring you a plate of all the yummy food they’re serving that day, usually with rice, pulses, veggies, greens etc.
This was definitely a different experience from ordering off a menu but its fun to try new foods and Casa De Luz has a very relaxing atmosphere neatly tucked away from the bustle of downtown.
1311 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
We stopped by this little food truck for a healthy lunch (before ice cream at Sweet Ritual!). The food tasted really good and fresh, the only slight disappointment was that they didn’t serve gluten-free wraps, but overall a great place to grab lunch!
900 Red River at Cheerup Charlie’s, Austin, TX
1700 E. 6th at The Grackle, Austin, TX
2908 Fruth at Spider House Cafe, Austin, TX
Dang! The gluten-free cheeze burger at Arlo’s may be the best burger I’ve had, ever! With all the vegan mayo, mustard, pickles and cheese it was super messy, a proper burger to dig into.
With 3 trucks around Austin, you have no excuse not to try their amazing burgers, tacos and tots. Also, they offer a gluten-free bun and patty so what’s not to love?
222 West Ave Suite HR100, Austin, TX 78701
Having just stepped off a 9-hour flight True Foods was my first stop in the city. Whilst not a strictly vegan or veggie chain, they offer great vegan and gluten-free options. They even offer two vegan desserts which is a real win for a ‘normal’ restaurant!
I totally recommend the bowls as True Food, there’s just so many good flavours going on.
Lastly, I just wanted to say how super vegan-friendly Austin is. There as so many new eateries opening all the time, so use this list a base and explore!