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Vegetarian Austin

mattraibert Aug 24, 2009 08:44 AM

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. TroyTempest RE: mattraibert Aug 24, 2009 01:52 PM

    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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      NirvRush RE: TroyTempest Aug 24, 2009 03:51 PM

      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?

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        scrumptiouschef RE: NirvRush Aug 24, 2009 06:07 PM

        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. Bat Guano RE: mattraibert Aug 25, 2009 07:41 AM

      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!

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        chrischris RE: mattraibert Aug 25, 2009 08:33 AM

        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.

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          malgosia RE: mattraibert Aug 25, 2009 12:49 PM

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

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            auspr RE: mattraibert Aug 25, 2009 07:27 PM

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

            1. Homero RE: mattraibert Aug 26, 2009 08:44 AM

              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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                RubySue RE: Homero Aug 27, 2009 11:18 AM

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

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                  ebloom RE: RubySue Aug 27, 2009 03:35 PM

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

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                danny_w RE: mattraibert Aug 27, 2009 12:13 PM

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

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                  Dave Westerberg RE: mattraibert Aug 27, 2009 02:49 PM

                  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.

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