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Austin for Vegans: Where to Find the Best Meat-Free Dishes

So many vegan food possibilities, like burgers, tacos, fine-dining, and sweets

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While Austin is often known as a barbecue city, vegans can still feel at home with the city’s strong base of meat-free restaurants. There are plenty of soy proteins (hello, tofu and tempeh) and greens to go around, satisfying everyone’s plant-based food needs.

Here is Eater’s guide to the best vegan restaurants around Austin. Find fine-dining tasting menus at Fabrik, vegan pizza from Li’l Nonna’s, vegan tacos from Nissi, and much more.

For those looking for vegetarian food destinations, Eater has a separate map for that.

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Nissi Vegan Mexican Vegmex

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The vegan Mexican truck-turned-physical Wooten restaurant is all about soy proteins (carne asada, chicharron, fajita, etc.), which are used in various plates and dishes, including tacos, nachos, and burritos. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Fo Guang Shan Xiang Yun Temple

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For vegan Chinese food, Xiang Yun Temple is offering regular pickup orders. Sales fund the temple, and dishes range from turnip cakes to sticky rice dumplings to bean curd slices to many vegan sweets. Orders must be placed online for pickups on Saturdays.

Bistro Vonish

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For vegan finer dining fare from a food truck, head to this North Loop’ food truck, with mac and cheese, sandwiches, and pastas. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; there are outdoor dine-in areas.

Zucchini Kill

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Sweets are nice and this North Loop bakery — with a second location in the form of a North Campus truck — is all about vegan (and also gluten- and soy-free) baked goods. Think cakes, cupcakes, rolls, and cookies. Takeout and shipping orders can be placed online.

Rebel Cheese

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Try a vegan cheese and charcuterie board at this Mueller cafe, which also offers vegan sandwiches, wine, and beer, or pick up a few kinds of cheese to serve at home. Takeout can be placed online; there are DoorDash deliveries; and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

The Heritage Japanese restaurant is all about well-made vegan sushi, leading to nigiri and rolls made with tofu, vegetables, Just Egg-based tamago, vegan caviar, and much more. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are Uber Eats and Grubhub deliveries; and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

The Beer Plant

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The Tarrytown vegan gastropub focuses on beers and pub food like Buffalo cauliflower wings, mushroom burgers, and heart of palms-based “crab” cakes. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Li’l Nonna’s

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The pizza trailer relocated to North Campus bar Tweedy’s still serving its fantastic vegan pies, like the barbecue jackfruit or the “meaty” Meat Out with beet pepperoni, Italian seitan sausage, and smoky tempeh. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

This Blackland fine-dining destination offers up such thoughtful vegan tasting menus with global ingredients and techniques. The current winter menu includes golden beetroot dumplings, tiramisu, and springy focaccia. Book reservations online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Dear Diary Coffeehouse

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The Central East Austin cafe is all vegan: coffee, baked goods from Celeste’s Best, and food from Bistro Vonish and others, plus there’s beer. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online or over the phone; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Community Vegan

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The Central East Austin food truck specializes in vegan comfort foods, such as an array of sandwiches from cauliflower “chicken” to a not-fish fillet; breaded fried mushrooms; and chili cheeze fries. There’s also brunch like mushrooms and biscuits or waffles. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; there are outdoor dine-in services.

Casa de Luz

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This crunchy old-Austin hippie holdover in Zilker is entirely vegan and gluten-free. The lovely house-like restaurant serves lunch and dinner that includes a daily soup, salad, and main (which is always a dark leafy greens, legume, and grain with sauce), with breakfast and desserts available separately. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

The Vegan Nom

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Vegan queso? Yes, please. This East Austin vegan taco trailer also has burritos, nachos, and more. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; there are Favor deliveries; and there are outdoor dine-in areas.

Possum Pizza

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The East Austin serves New York-style pizza that gets rave reviews. Try creations like Buffalo cauliflower or bac’n mac and cheeze pizzas. Orders can be placed over the phone, via text message, or in person; there are outdoor dine-in areas.

Milky Way Shakes

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The magic of the East Austin vegan sweets trailer is its almond-coconut milk ice creams for its milkshakes. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor dine-in areas.

Mission Burger Co.

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Find solid vegan burgers from this location within the River City Market (and a second truck in East Austin). Takeout orders can be placed online; there are Uber Eats deliveries; and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

The Vegan Yacht

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The Westgate vegan trailer cares a lot about ingredients, which translates into its hearty vegan food. Among the comfort food menu are dishes like freeto (not Frito) pie, a burrito with Buffalo tempeh, and chili mac and cheeze. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Nissi Vegan Mexican Vegmex

The vegan Mexican truck-turned-physical Wooten restaurant is all about soy proteins (carne asada, chicharron, fajita, etc.), which are used in various plates and dishes, including tacos, nachos, and burritos. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Fo Guang Shan Xiang Yun Temple

For vegan Chinese food, Xiang Yun Temple is offering regular pickup orders. Sales fund the temple, and dishes range from turnip cakes to sticky rice dumplings to bean curd slices to many vegan sweets. Orders must be placed online for pickups on Saturdays.

Bistro Vonish

For vegan finer dining fare from a food truck, head to this North Loop’ food truck, with mac and cheese, sandwiches, and pastas. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; there are outdoor dine-in areas.

Zucchini Kill

Sweets are nice and this North Loop bakery — with a second location in the form of a North Campus truck — is all about vegan (and also gluten- and soy-free) baked goods. Think cakes, cupcakes, rolls, and cookies. Takeout and shipping orders can be placed online.

Rebel Cheese

Try a vegan cheese and charcuterie board at this Mueller cafe, which also offers vegan sandwiches, wine, and beer, or pick up a few kinds of cheese to serve at home. Takeout can be placed online; there are DoorDash deliveries; and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Nori

The Heritage Japanese restaurant is all about well-made vegan sushi, leading to nigiri and rolls made with tofu, vegetables, Just Egg-based tamago, vegan caviar, and much more. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are Uber Eats and Grubhub deliveries; and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

The Beer Plant

The Tarrytown vegan gastropub focuses on beers and pub food like Buffalo cauliflower wings, mushroom burgers, and heart of palms-based “crab” cakes. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Li’l Nonna’s

The pizza trailer relocated to North Campus bar Tweedy’s still serving its fantastic vegan pies, like the barbecue jackfruit or the “meaty” Meat Out with beet pepperoni, Italian seitan sausage, and smoky tempeh. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Fabrik

This Blackland fine-dining destination offers up such thoughtful vegan tasting menus with global ingredients and techniques. The current winter menu includes golden beetroot dumplings, tiramisu, and springy focaccia. Book reservations online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Dear Diary Coffeehouse

The Central East Austin cafe is all vegan: coffee, baked goods from Celeste’s Best, and food from Bistro Vonish and others, plus there’s beer. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online or over the phone; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Community Vegan

The Central East Austin food truck specializes in vegan comfort foods, such as an array of sandwiches from cauliflower “chicken” to a not-fish fillet; breaded fried mushrooms; and chili cheeze fries. There’s also brunch like mushrooms and biscuits or waffles. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; there are outdoor dine-in services.

Casa de Luz

This crunchy old-Austin hippie holdover in Zilker is entirely vegan and gluten-free. The lovely house-like restaurant serves lunch and dinner that includes a daily soup, salad, and main (which is always a dark leafy greens, legume, and grain with sauce), with breakfast and desserts available separately. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

The Vegan Nom

Vegan queso? Yes, please. This East Austin vegan taco trailer also has burritos, nachos, and more. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; there are Favor deliveries; and there are outdoor dine-in areas.

Possum Pizza

The East Austin serves New York-style pizza that gets rave reviews. Try creations like Buffalo cauliflower or bac’n mac and cheeze pizzas. Orders can be placed over the phone, via text message, or in person; there are outdoor dine-in areas.

Milky Way Shakes

The magic of the East Austin vegan sweets trailer is its almond-coconut milk ice creams for its milkshakes. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor dine-in areas.

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Mission Burger Co.

Find solid vegan burgers from this location within the River City Market (and a second truck in East Austin). Takeout orders can be placed online; there are Uber Eats deliveries; and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

The Vegan Yacht

The Westgate vegan trailer cares a lot about ingredients, which translates into its hearty vegan food. Among the comfort food menu are dishes like freeto (not Frito) pie, a burrito with Buffalo tempeh, and chili mac and cheeze. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

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