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[Aus] Good Vegetarian Meals at Non-Veg. Joints?

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Many restaurants accommodate vegetarians well, these days, but I'm always looking for more places to take a crowd of Vegetarians and omnivores. I really like the "Sizzling Vegetables" at Ararat. The grilled vegetable kabobs at Artz Ribs might be the best veg. meal in Austin. Any others?

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  1. My wife likes the Veggie Plate at Shady Grove, alot.
    It contains eggplant, so I cannot eat it.
    The rest of the food is just sort of lackluster and fried.

    1. Sunflower, for Vietnamese vegetarian.

      1. If you are looking for Vietnamese and Chinese food, I would suggest Saigon Kitchen on 4323 S I H 35. At SK, you basically can get anything non-vegetarian as vegetarian. So neither group will miss out on the other's dishes. Their space is also ideal for large groups.

        Here's are a few vietnamese goodies that come in both vegetarian and non-veg.

        1. Vietnamese Hot and Sour Soup
        2. Curry
        3. Vermicelli Bowls
        4. Shrimp & Squid Stir Fried w/ Garlic and Salt----Tofu w/ garlic and salt
        5. Chicken w/ Ginger and Chili sauce----Tofu w/ ginger and chili sauce

        1. Aquarelle has an amazing vegetarian tasting menu.

          1. Eastside Cafe is pretty vegetarian friendly. We went there with a vegetarian and a carnivore and both were pretty happy with their meals.

            I had the vegetable plate at Vespaio and it was excellent.

            One vegetarian meal I really liked were the country fried portobello mushrooms at Freddie's. I didn't have high expectations for them, but I was really pleased with how tasty they were and well seasoned. I wouldn't eat them every day, but I thought they were quite nice.

            I also like the vegetarian options at Galaxy Cafe. I eat there often, and I think I have tried about half the menu. If you can eat fish, I recommend the fish wrap or fish sandwich. Both are good (wrap has a bit more kick in flavor) and I usually get it with the sweet potato fries. Personally, I think their salads are only okay, but their mozarella and tomato sandwich is pretty okay and I've known more than a couple people to make a meal out of the mac and cheese (excellent) and a bowl of soup (i'm partial to the tomato).

            One of my absolute favorites at Kerbey Lane is the tomato pie that is available this time of year, but only shows up seasonally.

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            1. re: shan

              I second that recommendation for Kerbey Lane, a favorite of some of my vegetarian friends, as well as for their tomato pie, a favorite of mine (an omnivore).

            2. I'm not a huge fan of Austin Java, but today I went with co-workers and tried the Veggie Plate (under the appetizer section of the menu):

              Veggie Plate
              A whole lot of veggies! Served with [red pepper] hummus dip, black bean & corn pico, mashed potatoes, roasted red peppers, tortilla chips, the veggie of the day and a cup of one of our soups

              I enjoyed it. The only downside is that the veggie-of-the-day was corn. Blah. But I'd definitely order it again (and hope for broccoli or asparagus or something as the VOTD next time).

              1. An update.....Aquarelle has good reviews in the Chronicle for veggie options, but it doesn't have their Vegetarian Tasting Menu anymore. They do have one veggie pasta entree, but it's somewhat slim pickings for a non-flesh eater.

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                1. re: yehudimenuhin

                  Have you tried their veggie offerings? What did you think? I'd love to hear a chowhound's perspective.

                  1. re: MPH

                    Not yet. I learned that last tidbit while making reservations.
                    I'm going tomorrow night and will report back.

                2. I'm decidedly not vegetarian, but I've gone meatless at Eastside Cafe several times and it is has always been good. And, more upscale I'd suggest Zoot which has a veg tasting menu and has always been excellent in food and service whenever I've eaten there.