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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 vegan Chinese food from Fo Guang Shan Xiang Yun Temple

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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Nissi Vegan Mexican Vegmex

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The vegan Mexican truck-turned-physical 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 orders can be placed online or in person, and there is indoor seating available.

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.

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.

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 deliveries are available, and there are indoor and patio dine-in services.

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 services, and takeout orders can be placed online.

Mission Street Burrito

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The restaurant within Hancock shop the Austinite Market serves up really great vegan burritos, nachos, enchiladas, and the crunchwrap made with melty vegan cheeses and proteins like Beyond Meat pork chili verde and Impossible beef carne asada. Also, there are vegan soft serves and vegan pastas available too. Takeout and Uber Eats delivery orders can be placed online.

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, and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

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.

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 is outdoor seating available.

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.

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’s a second location on Webberville Road , and both offer online and in-person ordering plus dine-in areas.

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Nissi Vegan Mexican Vegmex

The vegan Mexican truck-turned-physical 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 orders can be placed online or in person, and there is indoor seating available.

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

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.

Bistro Vonish

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.

Rebel Cheese

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 deliveries are available, and there are indoor and patio dine-in services.

The Beer Plant

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 services, and takeout orders can be placed online.

Mission Street Burrito

The restaurant within Hancock shop the Austinite Market serves up really great vegan burritos, nachos, enchiladas, and the crunchwrap made with melty vegan cheeses and proteins like Beyond Meat pork chili verde and Impossible beef carne asada. Also, there are vegan soft serves and vegan pastas available too. Takeout and Uber Eats delivery orders can be placed online.

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, and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

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

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.

Plow Burger

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 is outdoor seating available.

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.

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

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.

Lick It Up

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’s a second location on Webberville Road , and both offer online and in-person ordering plus dine-in areas.

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