Vegetarian Restaurants in Austin?
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. http://www.whipin.com/
Karibu Ethiopian Restaurant
1209 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
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.
9025 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758
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1914 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
6416 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78752
2015 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
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).
1914 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705