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Aug 24, 2009 08:44 AM

Vegetarian Austin

I'll be in Austin later this week and I'd like to eat some vegetarian food. I don't mind if the place isn't vegetarian. I'm from the northeast and would love a place that highlights some high quality, flavorful produce. Raw and local are both plusses. I'm especially fond of tomatoes, okra and fresh spicy chilies and peppers.

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  1. Look for the following places on this board:
    East Side Cafe
    Mother's Cafe

    Also, the Hippie sandwich at Shady Grove is nice (mostly eggplant), if you like a laid back place where your dinner companions can also have burgers, beers, etc.

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    1. re: TroyTempest

      i've always loved the hippie sandwich. had it a couple weeks ago, it was pathetic! i couldn't believe it. really thin on the fillings, on a crappy hot-dog bun type of thing. wtf?

      1. re: NirvRush

        How about local landmark Casino el Camino's offerings?

        The Politically Correct
        Union-picked romaine lettuce, vine-ripened tomato, cucumber, sprouts, jalapeƱo jack cheese, roasted Serrano chiles, avocado and cilantro mayo $5.75

        The Blackjack
        Grilled eggplant, roasted tomato, provolone cheese, romaine, olive tapenade and shallot mayo $6.50

        Plus they're open til 1:30 in the morning.


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    2. I haven't been here yet, but it's on my list to try; it's gotten good reviews in other places: Borboleta, near Whole Foods (1221 W Sixth St) serves raw, vegan, gluten-free, local stuff. And it's supposed to be really good. If you go, please write a review!

      1. I'm vegetarian, and I've never had trouble finding a dish in even the most upscale restaurants. One of the best meals I've had was a tasting menu at Wink, which uses a lot of local, seasonal produce.

        Olivia was just voted one of Bon Appetit's Best 15 New Restaurants, and I've had a really good meal there, too. I went with another vegetarian, and though there was only one veg. dish on the menu, the chef made us up a new one so we could have different dishes.

        I believe Aquarelle also does a veg. tasting menu. I've had some good snacks in the bar.

        Vespaio uses some garden veggies and herbs and is upscale, and they have a mid-range sister restaurant (Enoteca Vespaio) next door that I like even more than the fancier one. They have a lot of veggie dishes like panini and pizzas, and some great pastas (my favorite: fresh tagliatelle with mushrooms in truffle cream sauce) and salads, along with (in my opinion) the best fries in town.

        1. What about Casa De Luz, great tasting vegan in a pleasant environment. www.casadeluz.org

          1. Mr Natural on Cesar Chavez or South Lamar for Mexican vegetarian food.