Kerby Lane comes to the top of my mind.
Good variety of vegetarian dishes.
Eastside Cafe is one of my favorites.
Mother’s (excellent mushroom stroganoff), Central Market (on Lamar, near 37 1/2th, has some surprisingly good gourmet like risotto with duxelles sauce)
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i highly recommend Mother’s Cafe and Garden. it’s been there so long, it’s practically an Austin institution.
i’m not even (nor have i ever been) a vegetarian/vegan, but the food was so good, i ate there all the time when i lived there.
Actually, after a little browsing around, I found what appears to be a vegan directory to Austin!
I love the Internet!
Unfortunately, Mother’s had a terrible fire in March and they are closed until late Summer. They are dealing with insurance companies and the bidding on re-construction of the garden.
I have heard amazing things from vegetarians about Casa de Luz (a macrobiotic food place), so you should definitely check that out.
Wheatsville Co-op! It’s just my favorite, best falafel sandwiches ever, and salads. I have to hit it up every time I’m in town. Also Veggie Heaven, and I third Kerbey Lane.
Actually, Mother’s is closed due to a fire that happened a few months ago. Last I heard they were reopening in Sept., but who knows.
My personal recommendation is Bouldin Creek Coffee house – it is 100% vegetarian, and also offers vegan.
Vegetarian stuff is offered most places, but vegan is harder to find (plus you have to ask about 100 questions).
Whole Foods also has an awesome deli-type area with tons of stuff and is much much much more vegan/vegetarian friendly than Central Market.
I second the recommendation by Damon for Casa de Luz. The atmosphere is hard to describe… I commonly go there with 1-3 friends and end up spending most of my time talking to complete strangers sitting near me about topics like the inefficiency of carbon offset markets, the right age to have your first child, and which Ethan Hawk movie is the most important film of our time. Yeah, it’s a cool place… and the food is unlike any place you’ve ever eaten out.
Another fun place is Tom’s Tabooley. It’s family owned, has great home-made hummus, and the best marinated tofu in Austin. Their Thai Bowl is the only tofu dish I commonly recommend to non-vegetarian friends. It’s that good!
Veggie heaven is also a great place to try if you want to go somewhere real Austinites eat. Protein 2000 is as delicious as it is cheap. Try this place once when you’re in town.
RIP Mothers 2007. RIP NuAge Cafe 2007.
Mothers, Second Coming, Late 2007?? :)
I made a list of my favorite Austin restaurants on listsofbests:
They’re not all vegetarian, but they’re all vegetarian-friendly.
Eastside Cafe has some good veggie options like mushroom crepes. The Alamo Drafthouse is a dinner/movie theater that has several vegetarian sandwiches and pizzas on their menu. Sarovar is an Indian restaurant with a great lunch buffet. Spider House is a coffee shop with vegan options. Veggie Heaven has fake meats and things of that nature if you’re into that. They make a good curry bun. The Omelettry is an amazing breakfast place – I recommend the huevos rancheros. Hyde Park Bar and Grill can get pretty crowded but they have some interesting appetizers and good jalapeno pimiento cheese sandwiches. Sunflower has the best lemongrass tofu I’ve ever had. Wan Fu is open late and has really good tofu dishes – I recommend the basil tofu. La Reyna has really awesome enchiladas rancheras. EZ’s has veggie burgers that you can add all kinds of toppings to and good shakes and malts (oh how I miss the cherry shake!) Magnolia is also open late and they have something called MagMud that’s queso with black beans and avocado and all manner of goodness in it – best late night drunk food ever. Thundercloud Subs is a pretty generic sub shop but they have something called the Nada Chicken Sub which has a breaded fake chicken patty on it.
veggie heaven, thai noodle house etc, swad, mr natural & food heads have so many choices that you could have a hard time choosing.
magnolia cafe, kerbey lane are all good for veggie burgers, a couple of dinner dishes and a whole lotta breakfast choices.
wheatsville, whole foods and central market have good grab and go options.
there’s a LOT here.
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