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

From house-made vegan burgers at Arlo’s to jackfruit-topped pizza at Li’l Nonna’s to dim sum from Plow Bao

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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, available for takeout and delivery.

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 famous burger at Arlo’s. Since this is Austin, there are even a few barbecue options — including at Citizen Eatery and taco trailer Nissi.

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

For more takeout options, scope out Eater Austin’s running guide, as well as the ongoing restaurants with pop-up markets list and the vegetarian map.

A number of Austin restaurants have resumed dine-in service. That level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the City of Austin website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

With updates by Nadia Chaudhury.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Fo Guang Shan Xiang Yun Temple

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6720 N Capital of Texas Hwy
Austin, TX 78731
(512) 346-6789
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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 been curd slices to many vegan sweets. Orders must be placed over the phone or email at austin@ibps.org for pickups on pre-scheduled days.

2. Citizen Eatery

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5011 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 792-9546
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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. Pickup orders can be placed online and there’s DoorDash deliveries. The dining room has reopened for dine-in service (though it will be closed from Monday, June 29 through Thursday, July 2, sticking to takeout and delivery during that time).

3. Bistro Vonish

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701 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751
(203) 982-7762
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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 and Saturdays via online preorders.

4. Wasota Vegan Paradise

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701 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 565-3864
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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. Pickup orders can be placed in person. There are outdoor tables for dining in.

5. Plow Burger

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4429 Duval St
Austin, TX 78751

The vegan burger truck boasts Beyond Burger patties, gluten-free buns, and vegan chicken wings. Pickup orders can be placed online and there are Uber Eats deliveries. There’s a second location at Buzz Mill on Town Creek Drive, which reopened its patio.

6. Rebel Cheese

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2200 Aldrich St Suite 120
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 382-0048
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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 cheeses to serve at home. Pick up and delivery orders can be placed online.

7. The Beer Plant

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3110 Windsor Rd
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 524-1800
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The vegan gastropub focusing 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. Pickup orders can be placed online. The restaurant reopened its patio for dine-in service.

8. Arlo's

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900 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 840-1600
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Get late night vegan comfort food fixes from Arlo’s, with locations at Cheer Up Charlie’s, the Grackle, Spider House Cafe, and Crow Bar. Find burgers and tacos made with house-made patties that are soy- and gluten-free, plus tater tots and fries. The trucks are only serving curbside pickup orders placed online.

9. Nissi Vegan Mexican Cuisine

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1106 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 293-2597
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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. It recently reopened for just to-go orders in mid-June.

10. The Vegan Nom

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2324 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 497-3147
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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.

11. Counter Culture

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2337 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-1540
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Craving jackfruit barbecue, seitan sandwiches, and desserts sweetened with dates? Counter Culture’s vegan menu is your best bet. Pickup orders can be placed online. The patio is available for self-dine-in service.

12. Plow Bao

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1505 Town Creek Dr
Austin, TX 78741

This food truck is dedicated to vegan Chinese dim sum dishes, such as with bao, rice balls, and dumplings. Pickup orders can be placed in-person, and there are Uber Eats deliveries. It’s found at Buzz Mill Coffee, which also reopened its patio for dine-in service.

13. The Vegan Yacht

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5212 Manchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 619-7989
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The vegan trailer, found at bar and bottle shop The Four Five, cares a lot of about ingredients, which translates into its hearty food. Among the menu are with comfort food dishes like freeto (not Frito) pie, a burrito with buffalo tempeh, and chili mac and cheeze. Pickup orders can be placed over the phone or in-person.

14. Li'l Nonna's

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440 E St Elmo Rd A1
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 993-8998
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The pizza trailer, found at the Austin Winery, is all about vegan pies, like the barbecue jackfruit or the “meaty” Meat Out with beet pepperoni, Italian seitan sausage, and smoky tempeh. Pickup orders can be placed online, and there are deliveries through Favor and Uber Eats.

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1. Fo Guang Shan Xiang Yun Temple

6720 N Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78731

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 been curd slices to many vegan sweets. Orders must be placed over the phone or email at austin@ibps.org for pickups on pre-scheduled days.

6720 N Capital of Texas Hwy
Austin, TX 78731

2. Citizen Eatery

5011 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756

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. Pickup orders can be placed online and there’s DoorDash deliveries. The dining room has reopened for dine-in service (though it will be closed from Monday, June 29 through Thursday, July 2, sticking to takeout and delivery during that time).

5011 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756

3. Bistro Vonish

701 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751

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 and Saturdays via online preorders.

701 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751

4. Wasota Vegan Paradise

701 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751

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. Pickup orders can be placed in person. There are outdoor tables for dining in.

701 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751

5. Plow Burger

4429 Duval St, Austin, TX 78751

The vegan burger truck boasts Beyond Burger patties, gluten-free buns, and vegan chicken wings. Pickup orders can be placed online and there are Uber Eats deliveries. There’s a second location at Buzz Mill on Town Creek Drive, which reopened its patio.

4429 Duval St
Austin, TX 78751

6. Rebel Cheese

2200 Aldrich St Suite 120, Austin, TX 78723

Try a vegan cheese and charcuterie board at this Mueller cafe, which also offers wine and beer, or pick up a few cheeses to serve at home. Pick up and delivery orders can be placed online.

2200 Aldrich St Suite 120
Austin, TX 78723

7. The Beer Plant

3110 Windsor Rd, Austin, TX 78703

The vegan gastropub focusing 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. Pickup orders can be placed online. The restaurant reopened its patio for dine-in service.

3110 Windsor Rd
Austin, TX 78703

8. Arlo's

900 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

Get late night vegan comfort food fixes from Arlo’s, with locations at Cheer Up Charlie’s, the Grackle, Spider House Cafe, and Crow Bar. Find burgers and tacos made with house-made patties that are soy- and gluten-free, plus tater tots and fries. The trucks are only serving curbside pickup orders placed online.

900 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701

9. Nissi Vegan Mexican Cuisine

1106 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

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. It recently reopened for just to-go orders in mid-June.

1106 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

10. The Vegan Nom

2324 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

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.

2324 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

11. Counter Culture

2337 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Craving jackfruit barbecue, seitan sandwiches, and desserts sweetened with dates? Counter Culture’s vegan menu is your best bet. Pickup orders can be placed online. The patio is available for self-dine-in service.

2337 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

12. Plow Bao

1505 Town Creek Dr, Austin, TX 78741

This food truck is dedicated to vegan Chinese dim sum dishes, such as with bao, rice balls, and dumplings. Pickup orders can be placed in-person, and there are Uber Eats deliveries. It’s found at Buzz Mill Coffee, which also reopened its patio for dine-in service.

1505 Town Creek Dr
Austin, TX 78741

13. The Vegan Yacht

5212 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78745

The vegan trailer, found at bar and bottle shop The Four Five, cares a lot of about ingredients, which translates into its hearty food. Among the menu are with comfort food dishes like freeto (not Frito) pie, a burrito with buffalo tempeh, and chili mac and cheeze. Pickup orders can be placed over the phone or in-person.

5212 Manchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78745

14. Li'l Nonna's

440 E St Elmo Rd A1, Austin, TX 78745

The pizza trailer, found at the Austin Winery, is all about vegan pies, like the barbecue jackfruit or the “meaty” Meat Out with beet pepperoni, Italian seitan sausage, and smoky tempeh. Pickup orders can be placed online, and there are deliveries through Favor and Uber Eats.

440 E St Elmo Rd A1
Austin, TX 78745

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