Eating the Vegan Way: A Local’s Guide to the Top 10 Vegan Restaurants in Austin

In the heart of Texas, you may think that barbecue and burgers universally reign supreme, but you’d be delightfully mistaken. A vegan revolution has been quietly taking place. Austin, the state’s capital, leads the charge with a wealth of plant-based dining options. Whether you’re a lifelong vegan, a recent convert, or someone who just desires a veggie adventure, this article is your local’s guide to the top 10 vegan restaurants in Austin. So come, join us on this gastronomic sojourn.

1. The Vegan Nom

The Rocky Road to Vegan Tacos

The first stop on our journey is the legendary Vegan Nom. A beacon in Austin’s well-known food truck cityscape, this delectable eatery is proudly steering vegan cuisine tradition down a new path. They serve up ingenious vegan takes on classic Tex-Mex fare, drawing food enthusiasts from far and wide.

  • Dishing out culinary delights such as ‘Grilled Avocado Reale’ and ‘The Migas Taco,’ The Vegan Nom guarantees fantastic vegan flavors that won’t disappoint your taste buds.
  • Known for appetizing late-night meal options in East Austin, this food truck has become a gastronomic landmark for night owls.
  • Everything on the menu is authentically vegan and prepared fresh on a daily basis, ensuring you experience the most wholesome flavors every time.

2. Arlo’s

Vegan Comfort Food Meets the Food Truck Culture

Next up is Arlo’s; a nostalgic gem smoothly blending into Austin’s bustling food truck scene and serving up mouthwatering vegan comfort food. Their vegan bacon cheeseburger is something of legends.

  • Arlo’s specializes in creating delightful plant-based versions of traditional fast foods, turning what was once a guilty pleasure into a healthful treat.
  • With multiple locations scattered across the city, it’s the perfect spot for late-night grubbing.
  • Coupled with the culinary experience, you also get friendly and unhurried service that will put your dining experience over the top.

3. Counter Culture

The Retro Charm of Plant-Based Dining

Counter Culture sweeps you off your feet with its retro charm dished out through globally inspired vegan comfort food. It’s meticulously prepared with a focus on locally-sourced organic ingredients.

  • In addition to their outstanding vegan menu, they offer raw food options and gluten-free dishes to cater to all dietary preferences.
  • The East Side Nachos and Jackfruit BBQ Seitan are worthy of special mention, opening up new dimensions of vegan flavor.
  • The restaurant also serves tempting vegan pastries, available daily, and a blissful brunch on weekends.

4. Bistro Vonish

Elevating Vegan Cuisine to New Levels

At Bistro Vonish, you can expect a culinary experience that aims to elevate vegan cuisine beyond the conventional. Expect flavoursome dishes inspired by the freshest local and responsibly-sourced seasonal ingredients.

  • With its rotating menu, it serves exquisite vegan fine dining that goes above and beyond your typical plant-based meals.
  • Known for sophisticated dishes and artisanal vegan cheeses, Bistro Vonish is perfect for when you have a special occasion.
  • Sundays here are something to look forward to with their Signature Brunch being the highlight.

5. Casa de Luz

Journey into the Heart of Macrobiotic Vegan Cuisine

One of Austin’s longest-running vegan establishments, Casa de Luz takes you on a delightful foray into macrobiotic cuisine. It serves whole, balanced, plant-based meals in a tranquil communal dining setting.

  • Has a fixed daily menu with wonderful breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, always guaranteeing a delightful surprise.
  • All meals are free of refined sugars and gluten, ensuring a wholesome and guilt-free experience.
  • It’s not just a restaurant; it’s a community. The serene setting often hosts yoga and meditation classes, providing a holistic haven in the lively city.

6. Plow Burger

When Vegan Meets the All-American Burger

When the All-American burger gets a vegan makeover, you end up with Plow Burger. This spot offers the remarkable 100% plant-based Beyond Burger, whose taste, texture, and gastronomic adventure it manages to deliver is simply out of this world.

  • Their menu boasts indulgent vegan burgers, fries, and shakes that will leave you drooling for more.
  • The fast-food vibe is lit up with both food truck and dine-in options – giving you the best of both worlds.
  • Be sure to indulge in their spicy Grande burger – this fiery feast is a must-try on any burger bucket list.

7. Conscious Cravings

Wraps That’ll Consciously Win Your Heart

Conscious Cravings brings you a unique plant-based experience, craftily orchestrated with the freshest ingredients, boasting unique flavor profiles, and served in biodegradable packaging. It’s a delight for both your taste buds and your conscience!

  • The vegan wraps here are legendary, prepared with innovative recipes and complemented with their in-house sauces.
  • Give their Spicy Chickpea wrap a try or the BBQ Tempeh one; both are standout stars on the menu.
  • Their freshly squeezed juices and smoothies round off your meal perfectly – don’t forget to order one!

8. Li’l Nonna’s

The Vegan Slice of Italian Delight

Li’l Nonna’s proves Italian food is more than just cheese and meat. This great spot blends Italian tradition with vegan innovation to serve up the most flavorsome vegan pizza in town.

  • The creative pizzas here are a sight and taste to behold, topped with, among other ingredients, a rich cashew mozzarella and succulent seitan sausage.
  • The “Beetaroni” pizza, a crowd favorite, offers a uniquely delicious experience.
  • Gluten-free crust is available upon request, ensuring everyone gets to enjoy their pizza!

9. Sweet Ritual

Ice, Ice (Cream) Baby!

No food tour would be complete without dessert, and our Sweet Ritual stop brings vegetarian and dairy-free dessert lovers some serious joy. Their artisanal ice creams, made with nut-based milks and creative flavors, are ready to sway even the most devoted dairy fans.

  • Offering a line-up of decadent, in-house made nut-based and soy-based ice cream, they don’t skimp on creativity or flavor.
  • There are plenty of innovative flavors and gluten-free cone options to choose from.
  • The salted caramel flavor is an absolute must-try – it never disappoints!

10. BBQ Revolution

Revolutionizing the Vegan BBQ Scene

Whoever said barbecue needs meat hasn’t been to BBQ Revolution. They are on a mission to redefine what Texas barbecue is with a strictly vegan menu, winning hearts and stomachs with their revolutionary recipes.

  • Tempeh ribs and smoked soy curls serve as superb mock meats for the traditional BBQ flavours.
  • Don’t forget to compliment your meal with sides like potato salad and coleslaw – they’re out of this world!
  • Be sure to arrive early; they stay open until the food runs out, clearly a sign of their popularity and testament to their fantastic food.

Austin welcomes everyone with open arms – vegans, vegetarians, and even carnivores craving something a bit different. It’s clear Austinites have a serious talent when it comes to food, and these vegan spots only go to show their unflagging commitment to innovation, quality, and downright delicious eats.

So what are you waiting for? Your vegan culinary adventure in Austin is only one order away!

Lauren Critzer

I was born in Charlottesville, Virginia and after college, I moved to San Francisco to explore new opportunities and broaden my horizons. I fell in love with the city's vibrant culture and unique atmosphere, but eventually, I moved again, this time to Austin, Texas.

As much as I loved living in different parts of the country, having a baby boy brought me back to my hometown in Charlottesville, where I now live with my husband, our little one, and two furry friends. I enjoy going to wineries, taking my pups everywhere, and spending quality time with my family.

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