This is my vegan guide for the beginning of the year 2022, as part of the Austin Food Blogger’s Alliance AFBA City Guide 2022. #ATXBESTEATS It includes both completely vegan establishments and also places that have a fabulous vegan option I have enjoyed. With the growth of flexitarians and people trying to eat more sustainably, it’s great to see more restaurants carry a plant-based vegan option besides the now common Beyond Burger.
I also want to take a moment to remember the various businesses that closed in the past 2 years due to this very long COVID pandemic that doesn’t seem quite over yet.
I miss you Veggie Heaven, Mother’s Cafe, BBQ Revolution!
Please check social media pages for businesses to see current hours and current menus to prevent any disappointment and long drives for nothing!
If you are looking for an easy way to find vegan meals near you, be sure to download the Happy Cow app!
Also for some of the latest vegan news in Austin, check out hashtag #atxvegans on social media.
I’d love to hear about your favorite vegan meals here in Austin! Leave it in the comments below!
*click on each restaurant name to visit their website/social media
Arlo’s – 900 Red River St. Austin, TX 78701
Want a housemade burger(no storebought patty here)! This was one of the 1st tasty, non-black bean burgers available in Austin and perfect when out late downtown. Next to Cheer Up Charlie’s!
ATXFOODCO – 517 S. LAMAR BLVD. Lot 1 Austin TX, 78704
Some of the healthiest vegan food in the city. Full of lots of veggies and no GMO ingredients!
Bistro Vonish –701 E 53rd Street Austin, TX 78751
Chef Craig’s elevated vegan cuisine. It’s a food trailer and he also holds special events. I went to a fun Supper Club event a few years back at Brass Ovaries – an aerial/pole dancing studio!
Capital City Bakery – 2211 E. Cesar Chavez Austin, Texas 78702
Austin’s 1st vegan bakery! If you love cupcakes and cakes, this is the place for you! I can’t wait for the kolaches to come back!
Casa Del Luz – 1701 Toomey Rd Austin, TX 78704
Find your macrobiotic zen here! A beautiful and peaceful wellness center with organic plated lunch and dinner. All you can eat salad and soup. Food rotates daily. I love their nut sauces, fermented pickles and gorditas.
Chef Veggie Personal Chef Services – in your home
That’s me! I only cook vegan meals for clients.
Check out my cottage bakery. I deliver in South Austin.
Citizen Eatery – 5011 Burnet Rd Austin, TX 78756
Delicious and healthy food for the whole family. Breakfast all day long! The owners are beautiful and kind people and I’m so happy to support them.
Community Vegan – 1124 E 11th St. Austin, TX 78702
Vegan Lickin Good Comfort Food in East Austin. Get the fried oyster mushrooms in a Vegan Lickin Good Basket on Fridays or visit on Sunday for Brunch (get the biscuit sandwich!)
Counter Culture – 2337 East Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX78702
One of the first vegan restaurants in Austin. Scratch made food with focus on sustainability. That Pac Man salad always makes my inner 80’s child smile.
Fat Cats – 7020 Easy Wind Drive * Suite 140 * Austin, TX * 78752
If you need a vegan treat or coffee after visiting Kinokuniya Bookstore (one of my favorite places!), cross Lamar Blvd and pick up something for yourself.
Leavened Artisan – online/personal chef
My chef friend Maurice offers vegan personal chef service in North Austin. He’s classically trained and has cooked for high-profile clients.
Lick It Up – 10542 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78748
Mexican street food truck with flautas, tacos and tortas. I love the location at the Hive in South Austin. Great outdoor space to hang out with kids (huge house playground and garden!)
Lil Nonnas Pizzeria – 440 E. St. Elmo Rd, Austin TX 78745
You’ll never get the vegan cheese upcharge here. (I hate that!) Lots of different combos and no accidental sausage on your pizza. If you don’t eat meat, you know what I’m talking about!
With pizza, the chances for cross-contamination with similar looking substances is real.
Maha Market & The Vegan Yacht– 2000 Southern Oaks Drive Austin, TX 78745
Fun cornerstore full of plant-based goodies, including handmade samosas.
The Vegan Yacht has the best freeto burrito!
Nada Moo Scoop Shop – 1701 South Lamar Austin, TX 78704
You can find this coconut ice cream nationwide but the fun experience of going to the Scoop Shop is only in Austin. Try the Marshmallow Stardust for a fun treat!
Next Level Burger – 525 N Lamar Blvd. Austin, TX 78703
Located in the flagship Whole Foods, this plant-based burger joint is a convenient option for lunch while shopping. My sister didn’t even realize it was vegan!
Nissi Vegan Mexican Cuisine – 1106 E. 11th St Austin, TX 78702
One of my 1st takeout orders in April 2020. They have vegan birria tacos!
Opera Cafe and Coffee House – 11215 S I-35 Frontage Rd #127, Austin, TX 78747
Italian coffee, whole leaf tean and your choice of non-dairy milk. Lots of wraps, sandwiches and burgers.
Gives back to the Austin Farm Sanctuary.
Plant Box – 5610 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin, TX 78751
Best vegan bento boxes in Austin! Who’s been waiting for katsu?
Project Pollo – locations all over Texas
Delicious vegan chicken burgers! I feel like they are secretly vegan…they don’t really say it really loud. I like their location in San Antonio the best.
Plow Bao and Plow Burger – 1505 Town Creek Dr Austin, TX 78741
Get all your plant-based bao buns and dim sum with fantastic fillings here! Always new & creative meals you won’t find anywhere else in Austin.
Big, decadent burgers inside the Buzz Mill. Fun location and has been the host of Planted Events.
Rabbit Food Grocery – 2425A Exposition Blvd Austin, TX 78703
Vegan specialty products and local vegan items, merchandise, even pet food. I love the vegan chicken drumsticks by May Wah in the freezer. HapPea Vegans sometimes sends rare items here!
Rebel Cheese – 2200 Aldrich St, Ste 120 Austin, TX 78723
Want a fancy brie or blue cheese but are crying because you’re vegan? Rebel Cheese to the rescue! Eat a yummy sandwich or bring a vegan cheeseboard to your next party.
Revolution Vegan Kitchen – Thicket Food Park | 7800 S. First St. Austin, TX 78745
I celebrated a recent birthday with my family at Thicket Food Park. They did not disappoint! My husband’s Philly Cheesesteak was massive!
Skull and Cake Bones – 3991 E HWY 290 A Dripping Springs, TX 78620
This women-owned business was a gamechanger in the Austin vegan baked good scene! Come to the bakery for lunch/brunch out in Dripping Springs. Lots of sandwiches and different baked goods including sourdough and pain au chocolat.
Sunny’s Backyard – 3526 East 7th St Austin, Texas
Vegan Pub Food – Korean BBQ Chicken, Loaded Fries, Wonton Cheese Sticks!
Sweet Ritual – Waiting for them to open back up! Epic soft-serve, frozen ice cream cakes and more.
Find them at various vegan places and at Yummi Joy where you can get vegan candy and chocolate.
The Beer Plant – 3110 Windsor Rd Austin, TX 78703
Vegan Gastropub with a full bar. Visit Austin Pets Alive nearby.
The Forking Vegan –8504 S Congress Ave Austin, TX 78745
Creative, scratch-made food for all, including Belgian waffles and Sunday brunch.
The Vegan Nom and Nom Burgers –2324 E Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78702
2 Food trucks in the same park, one for tacos (the original vegan taco truck) and one for burgers and other vegan junk food. Sometimes the home of vegan events like Wandering Vegan Market.
Wasota Vegan Paradise –2701 East MLK Jr Blvd Austin, TX 78751
Delicious African food you won’t find anywhere else in Austin.
Unicorniverse Vegan Bakery – popup/online
Creative and colorful desserts! Macarons, Croissants, Cream Cheese Danishes, Tarts, Cupcakes, Cheesecakes, Cookies, Brownies, and Custom Cakes. Order via DM from Instagram.
Vegg Catering – online/your special event space
Reach out to Diana and her team to cater you next event. I’ve sent lots of referrals to them as they are a dedicated vegan team.
Planted Events – Events by ATXVegans
Texas Veg Fest – tentative April 2, 2022 at Fiesta Gardens
Wandering Vegan Market – monthly fun event that features food and plant-based artists and makers
Vegan Chill Fest – adult vegan events held in Austin and Houston
My Favorite Vegan Meals at other Restaurants
Bouldin Creek Cafe –1900 S. 1st St. Austin, TX 78704
The scrambled tofu here is next level! It was the only cafe that had a vegan breakfast (not a smoothie!) when I moved to Austin in 2007. I have memories of the old location and Leslie!
Lucky Robot – 1303 S Congress Ave Austin, TX 78704
Delicious maki rolls and specials. Your fish eating friends may feel better that they are at the first sustainable sushi restaurant in Texas. Lovely decor and indoor swings! Make a reservation as it’s a small place with limited seating or order a Vegan Omakase Box to go!
True Food Kitchen – 222 West Avenue, Suite HR100, Austin, TX 78701 + many US locations
I’ve been here for a couple birthdays and special meals with family. I always get the vegan pizza that varies with the season. In the fall, that butternut squash with almond ricotta really puts me in a happy place!
Dip Dip Dip Tatsuya – 7301 Burnet Rd Ste 101, Austin, TX 78757
Make a reservation and ask for the Vegan Omakase menu! So so so good, especially for an anniversary, birthday or celebration. Featuring local produce and mushrooms from HiFiMyco!
Jinya Ramen – If you visit the Domain, a unique vegan ramen option includes one made with soy milk. I love it when yuba starts forming! Tasty appetizers too!
Wheatsville Coop – 2 locations: Guadalupe and South Lamar
Has the best vegan donut in the city. The Austin Cream – call ahead to see if it’s available. Also don’t forget to buy soycurls!
Voodoo Donut – 212 East 6th Street, Austin, Texas 78701
I’d rather have a donut than cake anyday. They have a great selection of high-carb vegan donuts like the ODB or the little voodoo guy filled with cream.
Old Thousand – 1000 East 11th St Austin, TX 78702 – Other location on Burnet Rd.
Chinese Food with a Hip-Hop vibe. They used to have vegan dim sum nights on the 1st Tuesday of the month. I like the Xiao Mian. Check social media for updates and join mailing list.
Oseyo – 1628 East Cesar Chavez, Austin 78702
Modern Korean restaurant. Ask for the dolsot bibimbap and grilled mushrooms (beoseot) to be made vegan.
As Austin grows and more people live a flexitarian or plant-based lifestyle, I hope to see more creative and tasty options. I’ll try to update this yearly in the future! #ATXBESTEATSVEGAN