Plant-based food in Austin, TX

plant-based dish
Plant-based dishes can be found all around town in Austin. | Photo by Ella Olsson from Pexels

We’re going to let you in on a little local secret. You don’t have to be vegan or vegetarian to enjoy Austin’s meatless food scene. From honey barbecuechickensandwiches at Sunny’s Backyard to coconut milk-based ice cream at Gati Ice Cream, there’s enough food to go around for everyone on Meatless Monday, or any day of the week

Here are 11 spots to try around town. 🌱 

burger
It’s almost hard to believe this is a meat-less burger at Plow Burger.

Plow Burger, 1505 Town Creek Dr. + 4429 Duval St.

Try This: Campfire Burger with a Beyond Burger patty, cheese, pickles, mayo, crispy fried shoestring onions, and barbecue sauce.

Casa De Luz, 1701 Toomey Rd.

Try This: A plate with a mix of dark, leafy greens and presoaked beans or enchiladas with mixed vegetables topped with sun cheese and guacamole. What’s unique about this spot? It’s also an educational community wellness center.

ice cream
This “Ice Cream Dog” from Gati Ice Cream is sweet with no meat.

Gati Ice Cream, 1512 Holly St.

Try This: Get the “Ice Cream Dog” filled with delicious flavors like the Cookie Monster, Thai Tea, and cake batter. What’s even sweeter? This is a gluten-free bakery that serves vegan ice cream.

Brunch Bird, 1209 E. 7th St.

Try This: Early Bird vegan breakfast sandwich made with JUST Egg, “bacon,” cheese, tomato, arugula, and lemon peppercorn aioli on ciabatta bread. Bonus: This meal comes with a choice of a spring salad topped with blood orange vinaigrette or garlic rosemary red potatoes.

tacos
Bulgogi tacos are a must-try from Sunny’s Backyard. | Photo by @sunnysbackyard

Sunny’s Backyard, 3526 E. 7th St.

Try This: Bulgogi tacos made with “spare rib” marinated in homemade bulgogi sauce served in a crispy wonton shell with pickled veggies.

Bouldin Creek Cafe, 1900 S. 1st St.

Try This: Margarita Omelet Special with your choice of eggs or tofu, roasted balsamic cherry tomatoes, swiss or vegan cheese, topped with vegan basil pesto.

Lick It Up, 10542 Manchaca Rd. + 2421 Webberville Rd.

Try This: Carne asada or adobada tacos with pico de gallo.

Plow Bao, 1505 Town Creek Dr.

Try This: Edamame fried rice with mixed veggies, edamame, and topped off with a sesame sriracha mayo drizzle.

Malibu Poke, 211 Walter Seaholm Dr., Ste. 115

Try This: Vegan Garlic Ginger Tofu Bowl made with scallions, edamame, carrots, mangos, micro herbs, and seaweed blend.

The Well, 440 W. 2nd St.

Try This: Vegan Caesar, which includes vegan caesar vinaigrette, little gem lettuce, avocado, endives, broccoli, vegan parmesan, heirloom cherry tomatoes, and focaccia croutons.

The Vegan Yacht, 2000 Southern Oaks Dr.

Try This: Freeto Burrito, which includes organic tempeh chili, organic corn chips, avocado, and vegan cheese wrapped in a flour tortilla.

What’s your favorite plant-based restaurant in Austin? Lettuce us know here.