I'll be spending next week in Austin and would appreciate some dining suggestions. I'm a veg (I do eat eggs, dairy products), will eat in any type of restaurant (from hashhouses to Charlie Trotter's), tend to favor ethnic food (usually more veg-friendly) and don't really care if I spend $5 or $50, depending on my mood and hunger level. Bonus points given for a decent selection of wines by the glass.
I've done a little surfing, but trust all you 'hounds more than the Zagateers who typically compose web restaurant reviews.
Thanks in advance!
Dressy casual vegetarian: West Lynn Cafe
Laid back vegetarian: Mother's
Asian vegetarian: Veggie Heaven
Tex-mex vegetarian: Mr. Natural
Vegetarian food grown on premises: Eastside Cafe, not a vegetarian restaurant.
New-age vegan, magnetically treated food balance for yin/yang principles (I'm serious): Casa de Luz
Vegetarian options: Almost anyplace in town
Swad -- south Indian veg, cheap, good
Madras Pavillion -- south Indian, good lunch buffet (plus dosa), kosher!
Manuel's -- Mex, not TexMex.
Ped's Lemongrass -- various SE asian (mostly Thai), good wine/glass selection, many tofu options
Louie's 106 -- order from the tapas menu, upscale
Empanada Parlor -- uh, empanadas
Madam Mam's -- Thai, cheap
Hope this helps.
David "Zeb" Cook
Give wink restaurant a call for a reservation and let them know you're a vegetarian. The guys in the kitchen work with only the freshest available produce and use as much organic product as they can. They're a creative bunch and I think you'll enjoy the wine list as well, almost all of which is available by the glass. They have a website at winkrestaurant.com.
Thanks to all for the Austin recommendations. I didn't make it to all of them but very much enjoyed Eastside, Churra's, and Casa de Luz (what a place!). I had some decent food in the 'burbs near the class I was attending as well (Indian, Thai, Korean).
Austin is a wonder city/town...I can see now why Jerry Jeff has stayed there all these years.
I'll definitely be back to check out Wink and the others I missed. Thanks again for your help. 'Preciate it!