Mother’s Cafe is a vegan and vegetarian restaurant that has been open since 1980. The café’s menu is large and varied, with options from soup and salad, to enchiladas and sandwiches. The soups are different each day, and some are even gluten-free. Their salads are offered in different sizes, with options from guacamole, to garden patch, to fruit salad. Mother’s Cafe also has some Tex-Mex specialties, such as burritos, quesadillas, and a large list of enchiladas. Their specialty menu offers some Italian fare, such as ravioli and fettuccine alfredo, as well as Asian selections like garden stir fry and Jamaican stir fry. In addition, there is a weekend brunch menu, a wine and beer menu, and an extensive menu of smoothies and teas.
Mother’s Cafe, 4215 Duval Street, and E 43rd Street, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 451 3994
One of the first restaurants opened on Manor Road, Eastside Café has become a busy row of restaurants since 1988. There are more than a dozen cafes, pubs, coffee shops, and places to get tacos on the Eastside restaurant row. Each of the restaurant options offers herbs and vegetables grown in the garden on the property. Eastside Café serves brunch, lunch, and dinner with differing chef’s specials, nearly all of which are made from scratch. Some of these menu items include the well known jalapeno cornbread muffins, feta salad dressing, and seasonal soups.
Eastside Café, 2113 Manor Road, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 476 5858
Komé Sushi Kitchen
Takehiro and Kayo Asazu began their restaurant business in 2006, selling Japanese bento boxes at Sunset Valley Farmer’s Market. They then opened two food trailers, called Sushi-A-Go-Go, in Austin. In 2011, the Komé Sushi Kitchen was opened for business. The interior of the restaurant is modeled after traditional Japanese-style dining space, with contemporary features to create a detailed and unique space. The menu offers Japanese home cooking-style meals, with an extensive list of starters, sushi, and fried and grilled options. In addition, there is a happy hour menu, which offers food from the kitchen or sushi bar, as well as drink specialties.
Komé Sushi Kitchen, 4917 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 712 5700
JuiceLand has 13 Austin locations and even a record shop that is known for its unique Austin vibe. The menu is very large with juices, several different types of smoothies, and even a kids’ menu of drinks. The juices vary from coconut and watermelon, to more interesting mixes like ‘The Fountain,’ which includes several different vegetables and greens. The smoothie options include fruit smoothies, energy smoothies, berry smoothies, protein smoothies, and green smoothies. In addition, there are shots of juices such as wheatgrass, lemon ginger, and greens, as well as hot tea and lattes.
JuiceLand, 1625 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 480 9501
Conscious Cravings has two locations in Austin that serve healthy vegetarian options. The restaurant is known for its meatless wraps, each of which have a blend of herbs and spices from all around the world, as well as homemade sauces and dressings. Some of the healthy menu items include seitan, an Asian ‘superfood,’ as well as tofu and quinoa. Each of the menu selections are 100 per cent plant based, never fried, and many are gluten-free. Conscious Cravings offers hot wraps, salads, sides, and smoothies.
Mr. Natural is a vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free restaurant in Austin, that has been open since 1988. This restaurant has earned many awards, such as Healthiest Mexican Lunch Specials, Best Natural Food, and Best Tres Leches. Their menu varies from sandwiches and soups, smoothies and juices, Tex-Mex, as well as vegetables and meatless options. In addition, there are weekly lunch specials, such as enchiladas, flautas, tacos, stir fry, and spring rolls. Mr. Natural also has a bakery menu that offers wheat-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, and gluten-free options, in addition to the use of all natural ingredients and sweeteners. The bakery items include cakes, empanadas, pastries, and specialty cakes for any occasion.
Mr. Natural, 1901 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX, USA +1 512 477 5228
Leaf is an Austin restaurant that serves salads quickly with local and organic ingredients. The menu features ‘The Big 12,’ salads that are pre-made, some of which are named after locations in Austin, such as Cesar Chavez and West Campus. There are also make-your-own-salad options, which allow the customer to choose six different ingredients such as artichoke hearts, cauliflower, edamame, strawberries, onions, tomatoes, and more, each for 99 cents. There are also meat, fish, and meat substitutes available to add, such as chicken, flank steak, tofu, shrimp, and tuna. Leaf’s menu also offers daily soups and sandwiches, choices for kids, and small desserts.
Leaf, 115 W. 6th St., Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 474 5323
Cheer Up Charlies
Cheer Up Charlies is a vegan bar with an outdoor music venue and shaded patio. This bar serves locally brewed beers, organic juice cocktails, biodynamic wines, and kombucha on tap. Kombucha, which has been dubbed the ‘immortal health elixir,’ is a fermented black or green tea that has been known to provide health benefits. In addition to their healthy, vegan drink options, Cheer Up Charlies has happy hour as well as weekly events like movie screenings, live music performances, and poetry readings. This vegan bar is a great place to have a healthy drink, while also providing a social scene with entertainment for those in the Austin area to enjoy.
Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River St, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 431 2133
Sweet Ritual offers sixteen flavors of artisanal, dairy-free ice cream options, as well as different sundaes, homemade sauces, gluten free waffle cones, banana splits, and milkshakes. Some of the daily ice cream flavors include vanilla, coconut, mint chip, strawberry, peanut butter cup, and more, as well as four specials that rotate in availability. The sundae options vary from Rocky Road, to Turtle, even to the Glitterbeast, which features salted caramel sauce, strawberry sauce, and edible glitter. The toppings available are oreos, vegan marshmallows, coconut, pecan pieces, slivered almonds, and a few others. The made-from-scratch sauces include chocolate, strawberry compote, salted caramel, peanut butter shell, and lavender syrup.
Sweet Ritual, 4500 Duval St, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 666 8346
Bouldin Creek Café
Bouldin Creek serves vegetable fare in a flavorful and enjoyable fashion for each of their customers, vegetarian or not. The coffee at Bouldin Creek is prepared by very well trained baristas, and each of the selections are locally roasted, organic, and fair trade. In addition, the café has 25 different hot teas, beer, wine, sake screwdrivers, and sake lemonades, as well as their hangover cure known as ‘The Leveler.’ This Austin drink specialty is a mix of Guinness, espresso, and chocolate. So whether you’re looking for a fresh, vegetarian meal, a nice cup of coffee, or both, Bouldin Creek Café is a great spot.
Bouldin Creek Café, 1900 S 1st St, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 416 1601