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The Buffalo cauliflower wings at the Beer Plant.
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Austin for Vegans: Where to Find the Best Meat-Free Dishes

From vegan burgers at Plow Burger to beet pepperoni-topped pizza at Li’l Nonna’s to dim sum from Plow Bao to a barbecue pulled sandwich at Citizen Eatery

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The Buffalo cauliflower wings at the Beer Plant.
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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 hearty comfort food from Counter Culture, pairings at gastropub Beer Plant, vegan pizza from Li’l Nonna’s, and a great burger at Plow Burger. Since this is Austin, there are even a few barbecue options — including at Citizen Eatery and taco trailer Nissi.

As with all businesses, be sure to call ahead to make sure each restaurant/truck is still open or if there are updates on current offerings and service models, as things are changing constantly. Wear a mask, tip well, and if you’re ordering delivery, try to order directly from the restaurants/trucks themselves.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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Fo Guang Shan Xiang Yun Temple

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For vegan Chinese food, Xiang Yun Temple is offering regular pickup orders. Sales will go back towards the temple. 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.

Citizen Eatery

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The meat-free restaurant is all about vegan “meats” and cheeses, with vegan queso, grain-packed burger patties, and barbecue soy shreds. It also serves all-day breakfast and brunch — try the scramble made with kale, potatoes, mushrooms, onions, cheeze, and tofu or mung bean eggs. The restaurant is open for dine-in service, and pickup orders can be placed online and there are DoorDash deliveries.

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A breakfast sandwich from Citizen Eatery.
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Bistro Vonish

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For vegan finer dining fare from a food truck, head to North Loop’s Bistro Vonish, with mac and cheese, sandwiches, and kolaches, with plenty of seitan and tempeh can be added to all dishes. Currently, the truck is only open for contactless pickups on Wednesdays through Saturdays for lunch and dinner and Sundays for brunch via online preorders.

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A dish from Bistro Vonish.
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Plow Burger

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The vegan burger truck boasts Beyond Burger patties, gluten-free buns, and vegan chicken wings. Orders can be placed online or in person, and there are Uber Eats deliveries. There are multiple locations, with outdoor seating available.

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A vegan burger from Plow Burger.
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Rebel Cheese

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Try a vegan cheese and charcuterie board at this Mueller cafe, which also offers wine and beer, or pick up a few kinds of cheese to serve at home. Orders can be placed online, DoorDash delivery is available, and there are indoor and patio dine-in services.

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Vegan cheeses from Rebel Cheese.
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The Beer Plant

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The vegan gastropub focuses on beers and pub food like Buffalo cauliflower wings, a Nashville hot and crispy sandwich made with mushrooms, chicken-fried seitan with mashed potatoes, and eggplant parmesan, plus really rich desserts. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in service, and takeout orders can be placed online.

A white bowl full of chili with Frito chips, beans, and sliced green onions.
Vegan chili from the Beer Plant.
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Lick It Up

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El Paso restaurant Lick It Up expanded into Austin with a bunch of trucks, focusing on vegan Mexican fare like tacos, tortas, and quesadillas. There are three locations in total, and all offer online and in-person ordering plus dine-in areas.

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A vegan breakfast taco from Lick It Up.
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Wasota Vegan Paradise

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West African vegan fare can be found at the North Loop food truck by owner Lawrence Eguakun, such as jollof rice, black-eyed peas, fried sweet plantains, sandwiches, and juices. Orders can be placed in person, and there are outdoor tables available.

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, plus there’s beer. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online, and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services available.

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A vegan lavender latte from Dear Diary Coffeehouse.
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Nissi Vegan Mexican Cuisine

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The vegan Mexican truck is all about soy proteins (carne asada, chicharron, fajita, etc.), which are used in various plates and dishes, including tacos, nachos, and burritos. Takeout orders can be placed online or in person, and there is outdoor seating available.

Four thin tacos with filling and cheese on a plate with two sliced limes and a glass bowl of red salsa on a white plate.
Vegan tacos from Nissi.
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Project Pollo

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The rapidly growing San Antonio vegan already opened several locations in Austin, bringing along its vegan chikn used in sandwiches, nuggets, and wraps. Rounding out the menu are cheez burgers with Impossible Meat patties, fries, mac and cheese made with cashew queso, and fried pickles. Orders can be placed online or in person. All locations feature dine-in service.

A sandwich with buns and breaded vegan chicken and thick slices of pickles, and white sauce atop fries.
A vegan chicken sandwich from Project Pollo.
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The Vegan Nom

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Vegan queso? Yes please. This vegan taco trailer also has burritos, nachos, and more. Pickup orders can be placed in person or over the phone and there are third-party deliveries, including Favor. Outdoor seating is available.

Counter Culture

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Craving jackfruit barbecue, seitan sandwiches, and desserts sweetened with dates? The Holly restaurant’s vegan menu is your best bet. Pickup orders can be placed online, and the restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A bowl of quinoa, curry sauce, greens leafs, and an orange sauce in a white bowl.
The curry quinoa bowl from Counter Culture.
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Plow Bao

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This food truck is dedicated to vegan Chinese dim sum dishes, such as bao, rice balls, and dumplings. Orders can be placed in-person or online, and there are Uber Eats deliveries. It’s found at Buzz Mill Coffee, which offers outdoor and indoor dine-in areas.

Three triangular rice balls with fillings.
Vegan rice balls from Plow Bao.
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Possum Pizza

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This vegan trailer on Oltorf 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, in text messages, or in person. Host site Buzz Mill offers indoor and outdoor areas for dining in.

The Vegan Yacht

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The 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. Orders can be placed online or in-person and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Li'l Nonna's

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The pizza trailer, found outside of Austin Winery in south Austin, is all about vegan pies, like the barbecue jackfruit or the “meaty” Meat Out with beet pepperoni, Italian seitan sausage, and smoky tempeh. Orders can be placed online, there are deliveries through Favor and Uber Eats, and there are both indoor and outdoor areas for dine-in services.

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A vegan pizza from Li’l Nonna’s.
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Fo Guang Shan Xiang Yun Temple

For vegan Chinese food, Xiang Yun Temple is offering regular pickup orders. Sales will go back towards the temple. 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.

Citizen Eatery

A woman holding up an English muffin sandwich with a thick patty and cheese.
A breakfast sandwich from Citizen Eatery.
Citizen Eatery/Facebook

The meat-free restaurant is all about vegan “meats” and cheeses, with vegan queso, grain-packed burger patties, and barbecue soy shreds. It also serves all-day breakfast and brunch — try the scramble made with kale, potatoes, mushrooms, onions, cheeze, and tofu or mung bean eggs. The restaurant is open for dine-in service, and pickup orders can be placed online and there are DoorDash deliveries.

A woman holding up an English muffin sandwich with a thick patty and cheese.
A breakfast sandwich from Citizen Eatery.
Citizen Eatery/Facebook

Bistro Vonish

A white plate of chopped mushrooms and green leaves.
A dish from Bistro Vonish.
Bistro Vonish/Facebook

For vegan finer dining fare from a food truck, head to North Loop’s Bistro Vonish, with mac and cheese, sandwiches, and kolaches, with plenty of seitan and tempeh can be added to all dishes. Currently, the truck is only open for contactless pickups on Wednesdays through Saturdays for lunch and dinner and Sundays for brunch via online preorders.

A white plate of chopped mushrooms and green leaves.
A dish from Bistro Vonish.
Bistro Vonish/Facebook

Plow Burger

A burger with a patty and melted yellow cheese on a yellow plate.
A vegan burger from Plow Burger.
Plow Burger/Facebook

The vegan burger truck boasts Beyond Burger patties, gluten-free buns, and vegan chicken wings. Orders can be placed online or in person, and there are Uber Eats deliveries. There are multiple locations, with outdoor seating available.

A burger with a patty and melted yellow cheese on a yellow plate.
A vegan burger from Plow Burger.
Plow Burger/Facebook

Rebel Cheese

Two triangle wedges of cheese on a wooden tray.
Vegan cheeses from Rebel Cheese.
Rebel Cheese/Facebook

Try a vegan cheese and charcuterie board at this Mueller cafe, which also offers wine and beer, or pick up a few kinds of cheese to serve at home. Orders can be placed online, DoorDash delivery is available, and there are indoor and patio dine-in services.

Two triangle wedges of cheese on a wooden tray.
Vegan cheeses from Rebel Cheese.
Rebel Cheese/Facebook

The Beer Plant

A white bowl full of chili with Frito chips, beans, and sliced green onions.
Vegan chili from the Beer Plant.
The Beer Plant/Facebook

The vegan gastropub focuses on beers and pub food like Buffalo cauliflower wings, a Nashville hot and crispy sandwich made with mushrooms, chicken-fried seitan with mashed potatoes, and eggplant parmesan, plus really rich desserts. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in service, and takeout orders can be placed online.

A white bowl full of chili with Frito chips, beans, and sliced green onions.
Vegan chili from the Beer Plant.
The Beer Plant/Facebook

Lick It Up

A hand pouring an orange sauce onto an open-face taco with brown-orange chunks, eggs, and cheese.
A vegan breakfast taco from Lick It Up.
Lick It Up/Facebook

El Paso restaurant Lick It Up expanded into Austin with a bunch of trucks, focusing on vegan Mexican fare like tacos, tortas, and quesadillas. There are three locations in total, and all offer online and in-person ordering plus dine-in areas.

A hand pouring an orange sauce onto an open-face taco with brown-orange chunks, eggs, and cheese.
A vegan breakfast taco from Lick It Up.
Lick It Up/Facebook

Wasota Vegan Paradise

West African vegan fare can be found at the North Loop food truck by owner Lawrence Eguakun, such as jollof rice, black-eyed peas, fried sweet plantains, sandwiches, and juices. Orders can be placed in person, and there are outdoor tables available.

Dear Diary Coffeehouse

The top view of a latte with lavender and white foam in the shape of hearts.
A vegan lavender latte from Dear Diary Coffeehouse.
Dear Diary Coffeehouse/Facebook

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

The top view of a latte with lavender and white foam in the shape of hearts.
A vegan lavender latte from Dear Diary Coffeehouse.
Dear Diary Coffeehouse/Facebook

Nissi Vegan Mexican Cuisine

Four thin tacos with filling and cheese on a plate with two sliced limes and a glass bowl of red salsa on a white plate.
Vegan tacos from Nissi.
Nissi Vegan Mexican Cuisine/Facebook

The vegan Mexican truck is all about soy proteins (carne asada, chicharron, fajita, etc.), which are used in various plates and dishes, including tacos, nachos, and burritos. Takeout orders can be placed online or in person, and there is outdoor seating available.

Four thin tacos with filling and cheese on a plate with two sliced limes and a glass bowl of red salsa on a white plate.
Vegan tacos from Nissi.
Nissi Vegan Mexican Cuisine/Facebook

Project Pollo

A sandwich with buns and breaded vegan chicken and thick slices of pickles, and white sauce atop fries.
A vegan chicken sandwich from Project Pollo.
Project Pollo/Facebook

The rapidly growing San Antonio vegan already opened several locations in Austin, bringing along its vegan chikn used in sandwiches, nuggets, and wraps. Rounding out the menu are cheez burgers with Impossible Meat patties, fries, mac and cheese made with cashew queso, and fried pickles. Orders can be placed online or in person. All locations feature dine-in service.

A sandwich with buns and breaded vegan chicken and thick slices of pickles, and white sauce atop fries.
A vegan chicken sandwich from Project Pollo.
Project Pollo/Facebook

The Vegan Nom

Vegan queso? Yes please. This vegan taco trailer also has burritos, nachos, and more. Pickup orders can be placed in person or over the phone and there are third-party deliveries, including Favor. Outdoor seating is available.

Counter Culture

A bowl of quinoa, curry sauce, greens leafs, and an orange sauce in a white bowl.
The curry quinoa bowl from Counter Culture.
Counter Culture/Facebook

Craving jackfruit barbecue, seitan sandwiches, and desserts sweetened with dates? The Holly restaurant’s vegan menu is your best bet. Pickup orders can be placed online, and the restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A bowl of quinoa, curry sauce, greens leafs, and an orange sauce in a white bowl.
The curry quinoa bowl from Counter Culture.
Counter Culture/Facebook

Plow Bao

Three triangular rice balls with fillings.
Vegan rice balls from Plow Bao.
Plow Bao/Facebook

This food truck is dedicated to vegan Chinese dim sum dishes, such as bao, rice balls, and dumplings. Orders can be placed in-person or online, and there are Uber Eats deliveries. It’s found at Buzz Mill Coffee, which offers outdoor and indoor dine-in areas.

Three triangular rice balls with fillings.
Vegan rice balls from Plow Bao.
Plow Bao/Facebook

Possum Pizza

This vegan trailer on Oltorf 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, in text messages, or in person. Host site Buzz Mill offers indoor and outdoor areas for dining in.

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The Vegan Yacht

The 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. Orders can be placed online or in-person and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Li'l Nonna's

A hand picking up a pizza slice from a pizza pie with a lot of toppings.
A vegan pizza from Li’l Nonna’s.
Li’l Nonna’s/Facebook

The pizza trailer, found outside of Austin Winery in south Austin, is all about vegan pies, like the barbecue jackfruit or the “meaty” Meat Out with beet pepperoni, Italian seitan sausage, and smoky tempeh. Orders can be placed online, there are deliveries through Favor and Uber Eats, and there are both indoor and outdoor areas for dine-in services.