5 Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in Austin to Try Right Now

For vegans and vegetarians, the pain of having limited dining options can get all too familiar. Is it so hard for Texas joints to offer something satisfying and vegan-friendly at the same time?

It shouldn’t be, and luckily, you won’t have to suffer through simply side salads in Austin. You’ll find all sorts of spots all across the city with menus full of delicious, innovative, and wholesome choices for vegans to enjoy.

Not a vegan? Not a problem! Treat your taste buds to some of these universal delights and you may discover some new favorite dishes.

1. Mother’s Café

Photo by Katie O. on Yelp

Stop by the cozy Mother’s Cafe just north of the UT campus for comfort food like Mama used to make—if your Mama served up an all-vegetarian selection as diverse as it is scrumptious!

Still going strong at almost 40 years young, Mother’s offers everything from vegan enchiladas and lasagna to Sloppy Momma Joes. Wash it down with a custom fruit smoothie and Mom’s Apple Pie (vegan version, of course!).

Mom will have you coming home on the weekends, too, with a 10 am–2 pm brunch featuring vegan pancakes, omelets, and breakfast tacos.

Keepin’ It Vegan

Have your eye on a non-vegan menu item? Many of them are marked with the option of being prepared vegan at your request.

And if your dietary needs are more restrictive, there are menus prepared specifically for those with allergies to nuts, gluten, and others.

Address: 4215 Duval St. | Austin, TX 78751

What customers have said: The vegan Bueno Burger is a Mother’s staple, nicely filling and especially tasty topped with Daiya cheese and guac.

2. Cyclone Anaya’s Tex-Mex Cantina

Shown here Vegetable Fajitas, photo by Cyclone Anaya’s

Who says Tex-Mex can’t go vegan? Certainly not Cyclone Anaya’s!

This Domain Northside restaurant rocks a full specialty menu bursting with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, available all day every day.

One highlight is the vegetable fajitas, a flavor-packed blend of zucchini, yellow squash, bell peppers, and more. Enjoy it with vegan sides like the smashed beans, pico de gallo, and, of course, fresh house-made guacamole.

Keepin’ It Vegan

It’s important to know where your food comes from, and that includes the ingredients. Beyond its vegan-friendly selection, Cyclone Anaya’s uses locally sourced ingredients for all its dishes, serving Austin with only the best from Austin.

Address: 3120 Palm Way #170 | Austin, TX 78758

What customers have said: You can get your guacamole fresh from the kitchen… or made right at your table! You can see exactly how it’s made and what great ingredients go into it.

3. Arlo’s Curbside Kitchen

Photo by Arlo’s

With the crazy amount of food trucks and trailers in Austin, maybe it’s no surprise some of the best vegan eats can be found on wheels. And for the best vegan burgers, it’s gotta be Arlo’s.

Why? Soy-free, gluten-free patties. Melted “cheeze” and seitan bacon. Chik’n with chipotle sauce. Mac and cheeze. Tacos. Tater tots. All vegan. Need we say more?

You can find Arlo’s parked outside of three bars around town, making it great for a late-night bite.

Keepin’ It Vegan

The Arlo’s menu is 100-percent plant-based, so no need to stress about what might have meat or dairy in it—everything you can order is vegan!

Address:

  • At Cheer Up Charlie’s | 900 Red River St. | Austin, TX 78701
  • At The Grackle | 1700 E. 6th St. | Austin, TX 78702
  • At Spider House | 2908 Fruth St. | Austin, TX 78705

What customers have said: Arlo’s could get even a lifelong meat-eater to convert. The burgers are THAT good.

4. Citizen Eatery

Photo by Citizen Eatery on Facebook

“Follow the Pink Rabbit,” as their slogan goes, and you’ll end up in Rosedale’s Citizen Eatery: a clean, minimal space with a modern, relaxed vibe. The Pink Rabbit must want you to enjoy high-quality food, refreshing drinks, and great atmosphere!

Featured entrees include dishes like vegan chik’n nachos, pecan pesto noodles, and tikka masala served with brown rice. Plus, you can get these for 20% off as part of happy hour from 3pm–7pm Monday to Thursday!

If you can’t catch that window, surely you can make it for breakfast—it’s available all day! Citizen pulls off tasty vegan twists on omelettes, scrambles, sausage, and flapjacks.

Keepin’ It Vegan

The plant-based restaurant isn’t trying to cater only to one specific type of diet. They want everyone to feel welcome, whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, paleo, or anything in between or beyond.

Address: 5011 Burnet Rd. | Austin, TX 78756

What customers have said: The JUST Egg vegan egg alternative is a delicious part of a lot of the breakfast items. Fair warning, though: it’s popular, so you may need a plan B if they run out!

5. ATX Food Co.

Photo by @atxfoodco on Instagram

ATX Food Co. isn’t just about good food. It’s about being good to your body, your soul, and the planet.

The company uses all-natural, unprocessed, high-alkaline ingredients, all coming through sustainable methods. That means you get to enjoy high-quality vegan dishes that taste delicious, are wildly nutritious, and leave a minimal environmental footprint.

Ready to put this goodness in your body? ATX Food Co. gives you a ton of innovative menu options to choose from, with everything from veggie bowls and soups to tacos and pancakes. You can pick it up from the super-friendly staff at the food truck or have it delivered to your home.

Keepin’ It Vegan

ATX Food Co. is all-in on fostering healthy lifestyles, even offering meal plan subscriptions with meals delivered to your home three times a week. You can also take cooking classes to learn how to prepare organic, nutrition-packed meals on your own.

Address: 1601 Barton Springs Rd. | Austin TX, 78704

What customers have said: Besides the wide selection of healthy, tasty sea moss smoothies, try the hot OG Moss Y Mas drink for a morning pick-me-up to power you through the day!

What vegan friendly hot spots have we missed?

These are some of our faves, but we know there are a lot of other places out there that are awesome for vegan dining, whether it’s for a quick nibble, a sweet treat, or a full, relaxing meal.

Have your own go-to vegan-friendly Austin eateries? Let’s hear them! Share in the comments below your recommendations—for vegans and non-vegans alike!

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