Bacon, eggs and other animal biproducts may not be your bag, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a bangin brunch in Austin! In a city that reveres food as another form of art, there’s no shortage of flavorful finds for foodies of all kinds. So whether you’re in the mood for salad, scrambles or seitan, here’s the best vegan brunch spots to try in Austin!Curcuma
Parked in the East Austin Food Park, Curcuma is a 100% plant based truck with some of the best vegan and paleo snacks in the city. Owner Rachel is passionate about serving up quality, locally sourced cuisine that caters to the vegan foodies and healthy eaters of Austin. Everything on Curcuma’s menu is good and good for you. As the first food truck to serve golden mylk – a Tumeric-based drink that’s chock full of health benefits – Rachel takes pride in serving “food with intention” that encourages eaters to be more conscious of what they put in their bodies. Perfect for paleo eaters and vegan noshers, Curcuma serves everything from Superfood Coffee drinks and Tea Tonics to wellness shots, smoothies and elixirs. For brunch, try the Golden Bowl with coconut yogurt, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, gluten-free granola, plump goji berries & hemp seeds. Or take a bite of Curcuma’s uber healthy Raw Pecan Tacos, which come with spiced pecan meat, spinach, pickled red onions & avocado on a raw jicama tortilla. Then wash it all down with a refreshing Golden Mylk Latte or Aloe Beet Elixir. This guilt-free menu will leave you feeling full, energized and ready to start your day.
*Due to the ongoing pandemic, Curcuma’s truck is temporarily closed. But you can still order teas, tonics and more treats from their website!
Located in north Austin, Citizen Eatery is a meat-free cafe that dishes out health-conscious platters for brunch, lunch and dinner. Whether you’re a vegan or just a health food fanatic, you’ll be impressed with Citizen Eatery’s mouthwatering selection of bowls, bites and breakfasts. This power food cafe also serves their tantalizing breakfasts all day, so you don’t have to worry about waking up early to enjoy a delectable breakfast or brunch. For a vegan-friendly breakfast, try the vegan Flapjacks, which are served with house sunflower seed butter, fruit & maple syrup, the Chorizo Omelette with vegan chorizo, cheddar and JUST eggs or the Sausage Breakfast with vegan sausage crumbles, golden gravy, black beans, wilted kale and wheat toast. For a lighter brunch, order the Not Just Granola, which comes with almond, maple, pumpkin, sunflower, flax seed & oats granola with almond or coconut milk & berries, or try the tasty Californian Toast with wheat toast, a flame-grilled JUST egg, avocado, asparagus, arugula and herb oil. No matter what healthy dish you order, you won’t be disappointed.
Bouldin Creek Cafe
Set in eclectic south Austin, Bouldin Creek Cafe is a funky Austin eatery that specializes in vegetarian and vegan foods that can satisfy even the biggest of appetites. Their talented baristas specialize in making superior coffee drinks, and the chefs like to have fun with their veggie-based platters. The restaurant is filled with local art, weird Austin vibes and finger-licking good food. Their “Big Azz Salads” like the Tofu Broccoli Salad and Tarzen’s Big Salad with seasoned roasted portobello will leave you stuffed and satisfied. And their veggie-filled Entrees will impress even the pickiest of eaters. But where this restaurant really shines is their extensive breakfast and brunch menu, which is filled with heavenly vegan treats like the Potato Leek Omelette, Zucchini and Cheese Migas, Spiced Apple Oatmeal and Tofu Ren Tacos with jalapeñosX, garlic and sautéed onion. So whether you’ve got a sweet tooth for breakfast or you’re craving something savory, you will fall in love with Bouldin Creek’s unique atmosphere and even more unique eats!
Known for their elevated vegan cuisine, Bistro Vonish is one of the fanciest food trucks in the city. This Austin-chic eatery serves seasonal menu items for dinner Monday through Friday as well as an exceptional brunch and lunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays. Bistro Vonish sources all their scrumptious ingredients locally, so every dish has the true taste of central Texas. The dinner menu is filled with vegan items like the BBQ Seitan Sandwich, Sweet Potato Arepas and Black Garlic Bruschetta. And for an exceptional weekend brunch, you can have your pick of veggies in the form of quiches, kolaches, tofu scramble, cinnamon rolls and fresh fruit parfaits. For something sweet and savory, try the Weekly French Toast served with tofu scramble and home fries. Or for a southern-style brunch, order the housemade Cornbread and Greens. Everything on the menu is local, guilt free and consciously made and caters to all types of diets from gluten free to vegetarian.
Set in diverse east Austin, food trailer turned cafe Counter Culture offers a wide range of meatless, dairy free and raw foods to hungry Austinites. There’s plenty of gluten free, oil free and meat free options for every type of eater, making Counter Culture one of the most accommodating eateries in the city. This conscientious cafe has an emphasis on unprocessed, nutritious foods that satisfy even the biggest of cravings. From plates and pizzas to salads and soups, Counter Culture has it all. For a superb vegan brunch, try the East Side Quesadilla with cashew cheeze, seitan and fresh spinach and onions, the spicy Country Biscuit Bowl with tofu scramble, roasted potatoes and seitan sausage or the stuffed Breakfast Burrito with housemade tofu rancheros, roasted potatoes, seitan sausage, cashew cheese and avocado. Or for something on the sweeter side order the Raw Oatmeal Banana Split with organic bananas, pineapple, strawberries and date-sweetened chocolate sauce. Every wholesome, hearty dish is made with care and a love, and it’s evident in each bite you take!
The Vegan Nom
For a unique plant-based take on Texas’s favorite food, head to The Vegan Nom. As the first vegan taco truck in Austin, The Vegan Nom specializes in locally-sourced, all natural veggie tacos that makes eating vegan fun and delicious. Their 100% plant-based menu is prepared with grape seed oil and filled with appetizing items like vegan quesadillas, sliders, vegan migas and vegetarian chicken fajitas. Their loaded breakfast tacos are served all day, so you can sleep in and still enjoy a filling vegan meal. Mix and match with the Tempeh Bacon and Organic Tofu Scramble Taco, the Refried Black Bean and Avocado Taco or the Mushroom, Spinach and Caramelized Onion Taco. Or try one of The Vegan Nom’s classic tacos like the Three Amigos with housemade vegan country sausage, tofu scramble and vegan cheddar, the Nueva Onda with caramelized sweet potato hash browns, organic tofu and avocado or Gracias Madre with housemade vegan chorizo, organic tofu scramble and vegan pepper jack cheese. Don’t be fooled by the vegan title, because these yummy plant-based foods will keep you full all day!
Set off east Cesar Chavez, Mr. Natural is a popular health food cafe that caters to a variety of diets. Chef Jesus Mendoza specializes in creating custom baked goods and tasty meals that are gluten free, nut free, sugar free and dairy free. With an impressive and delicious menu filled with vegetarian, ovo-lacto, non dairy, wheat free and gluten free foods, it’s easy to see why Mr. Natural is one of Austin’s favorite organic grub spots for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Weekly lunch specials include tempting items like Mole Enchiladas, Potato Flautas, Milanesa and Fried Egg Plant, each with their own list of tasty sides. They’ve also got a great selections of juices, shots, smoothies and refreshments including apple-carrot-ginger juice, carrot-beat-spinach juice, pineapple strawberry orange smoothies and organic fair trade coffee. For breakfast, try one of Mr. Natural’s ‘Sweet Starts’ such as organic whole wheat waffles, the Rio Bowl with acai, frozen banana, strawberries, homemade granola and sliced banana or the Energy Fruit Salad with fresh fruit, low-fat homemade yogurt, homemade granola and honey. Or take your pick of one of Mr. Natural’s classic breakfast dishes like Tofu Migas, Tofu Scramble, or the Cowboy Scramble with tofu, pico, potatoes, soy chorizo, salsa ranchera and daiya cheese. And every Sunday, Mr. Natural hosts a bomb vegan brunch buffet complete with all the vegan and vegetarian essentials, so you can have brunch just the way you like it. This all-inclusive, all natural menu is sure to be a hit with everyone at the table.
With two outposts on South Lamar and St. Elmo and a flagship store on Burnet, Picnik prides itself on making quality, conscientious food accessible to the masses. This laid-back vegetarian friendly restaurant boasts a 100% gluten free, corn free, peanut free and soy free menu. From avocado toast to breakfast tacos, Picnik’s menu is brimming with fresh seasonal flavors and healthy snacks. Order breakfast anytime and try the vegetarian Superfood Museli with raw rolled oats, golden berries, mulberries and currants or the Southwest Hash, which can cater to meat lovers or vegans. For a sweet treat in the morning, order the gluten free Salted Caramel Banana Pancakes with pecan mascarpone drizzle or French Toast with gluten free house-baked bread and cherry-berry pomegranate jam. Don’t forget to order a refreshing beverage like the Picnik Palmer with blueberry rooibos iced tea or Berry Basil Booch to sip while you savor each exquisite bite.
Joann’s Fine Foods
A new addition to the Austin brunch scene, Joann’s Fine Foods has a wide variety of breakfast items as well as a loaded list of tacos and entrees for both vegans and omnivores alike. Order breakfast any day and enjoy vegetarian Hash Brown Nachos with black beans, sour cream and queso, Hippie Migas with soyrizo, veggies and black beans, Steel Cut Oatmeal or a Veggie Patty Melt. And for something on the lighter side, order the Mexican Fruit Plate which is garnished with fresh fruit and yogurt or a warm slice of Vegan Banana Bread and an Avocado Smoothie to top it off. This brunch spot may be brand new, but they’ve already made a lasting mark on Austin’s cuisine scene.
The Beer Plant
Located in the heart of Austin, The Beer Plant is a trendy gastropub that dishes out all natural, vegan fare. As Austin’s first vegan gastropub, this farm-to-table restaurant boasts delicious salads, sandwiches, entrees and appetizers that will captivate your tastebuds. On the weekend brunch menu you’ll find everything from Avocado Toast and Hash Skillets to Biscuits and Gravy and French Toast. Try the Chicken and Waffles with chicken fried seitan, buffalo sauce and Texas whiskey-infused syrup. Or take a bite of the delicious Egg McMackin: a tofu scramble with melted cheese, avocado, spinach and tomato on a toasted bagel. And the best part is you can wash it all down with one of the Beer Plant’s tasty craft beers. This is a brunch you don’t want to miss!