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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.

            1. Everytime I go to Asia Cafe, I always order some of their vegetable dishes because they are so good, and I am a meat lover. I highly recommend the szechuan green beans and the garlic stir-fried water spinach.

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              1. re: Homero

                Wheatsville Coop popcorn tofu po' boy or vegan frito pie. & an orange dream smoothing!

                1. re: RubySue

                  The popcorn tofu is awesome and even meat eaters will enjoy it. I've changed multiple people's opinions about tofu because of this.

              2. I'd recommend Taste of Ethiopia in Pflugerville. I had their vegetarian stew and it was fantastic.

                1. I have not been there in a while, but the grilled veggie plate at Artz Ribs is one of the best vegetarian meals I've had in Austin.