Top 5 Must Try Vegan Restaurants In Austin, Texas
The words vegan and Texas don’t naturally come to mind in the same sentence, but you’d be surprised at what the state’s capital, Austin, has to offer. With dozens of vegan restaurants, there are options for every kind of cuisine. With so many choices, how do you choose which one? You start here with the Top 5 Vegan Restaurants in Austin.
#5 – The Vegan Nom
Wow, a taco truck in Texas? Not exactly original, but The Vegan Nom takes your standard Tex-Mex taco to a whole other level. The punk rock theme trailer in the North Loop area is known for its breakfast tacos, fish tacos, and mud dip (a layered black bean dip with queso, guacamole, sauces, crema, and chips).
Many rave how delicious and filling their options are. It’s one of the few restaurants I’ve seen with a 5-star rating on TripAdvisor. Vegans and non-vegans alike appreciate the tasty queso and free beer (if you tip the staff). It is recommended to order ahead of time as the lines can be long, but no matter what, TVN is a must-visit vegan restaurant in Austin.
#4 – Casa de Luz
Never thought of having a full vegan meal in a community center? Well, you’re not alone. Casa de Luz is a one of a kind family-style restaurant hosted inside a nonprofit community center. One mile from the Congress Avenue Bridge (where the Austin bats call home), they serve a vegan gluten-free breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet style.
You get a choice of soup or salad and two different teas with the entrée of the day brought to your table. The food is nutrient dense and known to be macrobiotic, where whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and beans are predominate. While the food is deemed delicious by visitors, everyone raves about the atmosphere inside and around Casa de Luz. It is considered to be very relaxing with lush greenery and has very calming music and views.
The healthy food, great atmosphere and affordable prices will make you want to visit this vegan restaurant in Austin again and again.
#3 – Counter Culture
Southern comfort is what defines this next restaurant. Less than 2 miles from the state capital, Counter Culture serves vegan comfort food with a retro vibe and an outdoor dog-friendly patio. Visitors rave about the buffalo mac & cheez balls and the pizza special that changes daily. With large portions and everything made in house, you won’t want to be in a rush as this restaurant makes you want to take your time.
Items like the Cashew Cheese Bar, the Jackfruit Barbecue and the Southern Big Saint Ann will fill you up and if you’re still hungry, try their pies, brownie bites and donut holes for dessert. This all-vegan restaurant in Austin makes for a southern style meal that anyone can enjoy.
#2 – Arlo’s
One of the most beloved food trucks in Austin, Arlo’s is where you want to be whether it’s 2 AM after the bar or 2 PM for a late lunch. Connected to either Cheer Up Charlies or Drinks Lounge, this place is known for its excellent prices and plant-based comfort food in a bistro-style setting.
Make sure you check out the bacon cheeseburger with barbecue sauce and crispy tater tots. Or try their vegan tacos with fries and mac & cheese. They even have a chipotle chik’n sandwich and sweet potato fries. The housemade, soy free, and gluten-free patties are made quickly with friendly service and plenty of outdoor seating. This five stars rated restaurant (on TripAdvisor) is loved by many and great for any time of the day.
#1 – Bistro Vonish
You usually wouldn’t put the words fine dining and food truck in one sentence but Bistro Vonish can change your mind. A restaurant that serves fresh, local, and seasonal flavors, you can expect nothing but the best food and beautifully plated dishes.
They are well known for their Sunday brunch, and people rave about the blueberry french toast, quiche, tofu scramble, and beignets. You can also stop by for the usual lunch and dinner times, but the experimental menu is anything but ordinary. Try their daily changing pizza, barbecue sandwiches, and sweet potato arepas (a twist on the South American side dish). The butternut squash hush puppies and mousseline chocolate pie are amazing for dessert & the fennel risotto balls with fig truly show off the elevated dining style.
Since it is a truck, the seating is outdoors but covered with a tent with beautiful bistro string lines, and on cold nights there is a fire pit to sit by. A restaurant that is not only known for its food but a beloved chef, this place is a must-see for vegans in Austin.