Where do I take my fellow vegan babes out to eat when they come visit me in Austin? Keep reading to find out! Last time Andy was in town we met up at Spiderhouse for Arlo’s and Milky Way Shakes, but this time we had two whole days to eat all the vegan food!
Arlo’s & Cool Beans at Spiderhouse
Our first stop was Spiderhouse for lunch–Andy said she’d been dreaming of an Arlo’s bac’n cheeseburger for almost a year now since her last visit. Just look at that vegan deliciousness!
Although I love Arlo’s burgers as well, I was craving nachos so I got some al pastor loaded nachos from Cool Beans, another vegan food truck parked at Spiderhouse. The nachos were huge and the al pastor “meat” was so flavorful.
Pizza and Cider at The Buzzmill
For dinner we went to The Buzzmill for Li’l Nonna’s pizza and drinks. Li’l Nonna’s has really good vegan meats, but we were both in the mood for veggies so we split a gluten free Veg Out with baby spinach, shallots, and marinated artichokes (and their house made vegan cheese, of course.) We also got some of Buzzmill’s cider, which was really tasty (and vegan and gluten free!)
Brunch at Counter Culture
For brunch we went to Counter Culture–Andy got an everything bagel with roasted red pepper lox, house made cream cheese, and tempeh bacun, and I got a Denver Omelette with shiitake bacun and swiss cheese, and we split an orange chocolate chip pancake. Andy said her bagel was really good and especially loved the cream cheese.
My omelette was decent, but I liked the tofu Benedict I got last time I went for brunch better. The potatoes and gluten free bread were both really good though, and the pancake was amazing as usual! I asked Andy if she could tell the pancake was gluten free, and she said she’d completely forgotten it was.
Dinner at The Beer Plant
For dinner we went to The Beer Plant, which is always a fun choice because not only is the food delicious but the restaurant is cute and they have great drinks as well–I can’t remember the name of it but Andy got a fancy pink cocktail that was really tasty.
I debated on getting my favorite (the blacksmith burger), but instead we ended up splitting two sandwiches on gluten free bread–the Tuscan and Banh Fire, and Andy got some mac and cheese, which she said was the best vegan mac and cheese she’s tried so far. We liked both of the sandwiches, but if we had to pick a favorite it would be the Tuscan because it featured a really good pesto. (The burger is still my all time favorite though and even better than the sandwiches!)
For dessert we split a gluten free brownie special with ice cream and caramelized banana and it was SO DAMN GOOD. I’m still thinking about it–I really hope they decide to add it as a permanent dessert option.
Snacks from Rabbit Food Grocery
Of course we had to stop by Rabbit Food Grocery (an all vegan grocery store!) after The Beer Plant because it’s just across the street. It’s a lot further away from me now, but it’s so cool that they have a more impressive selection including a much bigger refrigerated section.
I got some Unreal dark chocolate peanut butter cups, Hippeas chickpea puffs, Miyoko’s Sharp Farmhouse cheese wheel, gluten free buns, and reusable straws. The Hippeas, peanut butter cups, and the cheese were all delicious! (I haven’t tried the buns yet.) Have you been to Rabbit Food? What are some of your fave things to get there? Let me know because they have so much stuff to try!
Drinks & Desserts from Curcuma
Over the weekend we also stopped at Curcuma a couple of times for drinks and treats–we tried their cacao fudge and stuffed dates. I didn’t get a photo of the stuffed dates, but they were our favorite of the two. I want to try making some at home because they’re so sweet and gooey but also all natural and healthy! We both got golden milk lattes one day and another day I got a sexy Joe and she got a CBD matcha latte.
That’s all folks! These are all some of my fave places for vegan food and drinks that I recommend trying out if you’re visiting Austin. The Vegan Nom was also on our list but we ran out of time.
What are some of you favorite vegan food places/dishes in Austin? Let me know in the comments!