Austin Vegan Eats
Everything is bigger in Texas...including veggie burgers
For this rendition of Meatless Monday, I thought I'd take you guys with me to Austin--where I just spent a week on a vacation almost entirely orchestrated around the food. I kid you not--every time someone asked why I was in Austin, I was basically just like, "um...to eat?"
And eat we did--from the vegan selections at the Austin City Lights festival, to sit-down restaurants like Bouldin Creek Cafe, and numerous food trucks (ATX is food truck heaven, if you didn't know) like Arlo's...my sole mission was to sample every plant-based must-eat I could before bursting.
Check out just a few of my absolute faves.
Vegan Selection at ACL
In addition to getting to see/hear the likes of Ben Kweller, Sir Sly, Borns, and oh yeah, Sir Paul McCartney, the Austin City Limits music festival put on a heck of show with their food selection, and many vegan options. We drank IPAs, ate ice cream + cake sandwiches, kimchi fries doused in cilantro and sriracha, a chickpea curry bowl (my small attempt to feel a little healthy), and "chicken" sandwiches. Everything was amazing, but particularly these vegan kimchi fries from East Side Kings, which we got multiple orders of.
Arlo's Food Truck
Anyone who says vegan food can't ever make you feel unhealthy/slightly sick has clearly never sunk their face into a bacon mac and cheese cheeseburger plus tater tots. I kid--it was totally worth the food coma I felt after this.
Clearly I am a glutton for punishment because we actually started and ended the trip right here at Arlo's food truck (there are 3 location around town) and I got the mac and cheese burger both times. It was really that good. I don't think I need to say anything else on that topic.
After a LONG day at ACL, eating our faces off, we were somehow still hangry around midnight when it let out, and in need of some good old vegan Tex Mex. Enter Cool Beans, with a large selection of 100% plant-based tacos and street corn, rice and beans, etc. It was the kind of good where you can't even talk or articulate how good it is--you just eat in stunned silence.
We loaded up on the $30 special which gets you 3 types of vegan faux meats such as brisket and ribs, plus "egg" salad, macaroni salad, corn and ham, potato salad, mac and cheese, bread, etc etc. We almost died in the best way possible.
Other favorites worth mentioning were The Beer Plant, a solely vegan gastropub, a stop at the flagship shop for Nada Moo, my favorite vegan ice cream brand sold in stores, and even the movie theatre food offerings at the Alamo Drafthouse--a renovated oldschool movie theatre where we saw "A Star is Born" and where they have an entirely vegan menu including pizza with Daiya cheese.
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