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Apr 25, 2010 03:38 PM

Vegetarian Restaurants in Austin?

Will be traveling to Austin in about 3 weeks to help some friends who are moving there from Los Angeles. Ned some Vegetarin and Veg-friendly restaurant recs. Eggs and Dairy are o.k.

Thanks for the help!!!!

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  1. Kerbey Lane, Magnolia Cafe, Mother's, Veggie Heaven, Pad Thai, Madam Mam's, Galaxy Cafe, Mandola's Italian.

    Austin is a pretty veg-friendly city. I think you'll find options anywhere you go, even for BBQ (Ruby's has veg options, as does Franklin's).

    Veggie Heaven
    1914 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705

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    1. re: bookgrrl72

      Thanks so much. Haven't spent any time in Texas before and wasn't sure what to expect. Really looking forward to good food and good music!

      Any Indian food?

      Thanks again!

      1. re: torchsong

        Swad is Indian and 100% vegetarian

        1. re: torchsong

          Bombay Express is primarily vegetarian, as I recall.

          1. re: ret3

            Madras Pavilion at Burnett and 183 is also 100% veg. Long time since I've been there.

            If you're looking for authentic, avoid Clay Pit at 17 and guadalupe.

            Madras Pavilion
            9025 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758

            Clay Pit
            1601 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701

      2. Try Mr Natural for vegetarian mexican food. Two locations: East Cesar Chavez and South Lamar st.

        Mr Natural
        1901 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

        1. You have so many options for vegetarian in Austin - my favorite choices from the previous recommendations are Mr. Natural, Mother's and Veggie Heaven.

          Another Tex-Mex option with really fun atmosphere and great margaritas is Vivo's on Manor Road. They offer puffy tacos and chalupas in choices like grilled tofu, bean and cabbage or guacamole, plus veggie combo plates, veggie enchiladas, "California" Nachos, vegan rice and beans and more. The house margaritas at first seem pricey at $10 each, but one of them is just as potent as two $6 margaritas at other places, and they are delicious.

          Or head over to Shady Grove and kick back a long neck while enjoying vegan Frito pie with chili.

          Madras Pavilion at 9025 Research Blvd. is another 100% vegetarian Indian food restaurant. Both Madras and the before mentioned Swad are great - you can't go wrong at either place. You might also consider the area's Ethiopian options - Aster's Ethiopian on the I-35 access road just north of Dean Keeton, or Taste of Ethiopian in Pflugerville both have multiple vegetarian entrees in mild or spicy styles, or as choices on their lunch buffets.

          While Threadgill's gets some heat on these boards from meat eaters for not stacking up to some of the other Southern Cooking spots in town, as a vegetarian option they are hard to beat. They have 30 vegetable side dishes on the menu, plus a half dozen more as daily specials. About 1/3 of these will be eliminated for using the traditional Southern-style seasoning of bacon or pork, but that still leaves plenty to choose from. I would make this one a priority.

          You might also want to try Casa De Luz. They are 100% Vegan, Organic and usually gluten free. Lunch (served 11-2) & Dinner (served 6-8:30) at Casa de Luz consist of soup, a side salad, and an entrée plate with grains, greens, veggies, beans, and pickled vegetables. Thursdays are Guatemalan Night while Friday lunches feature Sea Vegetables.

          If you want something fast; local options include Thundercloud Subs where you can get one of my personal favorite fake meats, the "Nada Chicken" sub. Also look for Zen - fast, inexpensive Japanese-style stir fries over rice or soba noodles. Both local chains have locations all over town.

          We even have veggie trailer food - the Counter Culture trailer on North Loop and Avenue F features veggie dishes. G’raj Mahal at 91 Red River is Indian street food with some veggie options and please don't miss East Side Kings on the back patio of The Liberty Bar at 1618 E 6th St (open at 7PM Mon - Sat). Their Beet Home Fries and the Fried Brussels Sprout Salad both get raves.

          Madras Pavilion
          9025 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758

          Counter Culture
          Austin, TX, Austin, TX

          Veggie Heaven
          1914 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705

          Threadgill's Restaurant
          6416 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78752

          2015 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722

          Shady Grove
          1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

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          1. re: Alan Sudo

            We LOVE Sunflower Vietnamese on Research next to Target. Many choices, all terrific. Especially try the two kinds of egg rolls, the salad with tofu, the hot & sour soup, the crepe, and the green beans. Bring friends. Closed Tuesdays, I believe.

            1. re: travisleroy

              Sunflower's vegetarian crepe is the bomb. even the sauce is vegetarian. for the record, I'm not even vegetarian and I can't not order this dish every time I go there. see also: vegetarian imperial rolls

          2. Karibu Ethiopian on East 7th Street has nice vegetarian selections (several lentil and vegetable dishes).

            WhipIn--an Austin-rific convenience store with good wine/beer selections and a small kitchen cranking out delicious homey Indian food--might be a relaxing place to eat and drink after a moving day. I'd post up with a good pint and a basmati & vegatable bowl. And they have live music, of course.

            Karibu Ethiopian Restaurant
            1209 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702

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            1. re: storefronteats

              This is crazy in a good way! I've lived in Austin for about 25 yrs. I've seen this store when venturing down south Austin, never ever thought it had a Indian food cafe in it. Wow, and the website said open till 11pm, sweet!!