It’s the beginning of the year, which means everyone is on the whole “New Year, New Me” grind. Most people, like myself, like to set personal goals including eating healthier or living a more healthy lifestyle. I can personally attest to the fact that if you want a healthy lifestyle, it starts with putting healthy things into your body
One of the most popular ways to start eating healthier is to go the vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free route. Personally, I could never go completely vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free, however, that doesn’t mean eating a completely meat-free, dairy-free or gluten-free meal has to taste terrible. If it doesn’t taste yummy, people aren’t going to stick to that diet or continue to eat that way. Trust me, vegetables are tasty if cooked correctly
To get you all inspired to start the New Year on a fresh and healthy start, here is a list of some restaurants in Austin that
1900 S 1st St, Austin, TX
This super funky cafe off of South 1st will help change your mind about how you view vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free meals. Most of their menu can be made vegan, if not done so already. I highly recommend getting their Veggie Royale sandwich with the basil aioli. It’s my favorite dish that they offer on the menu!
West Lake: 3201 Bee Cave Rd STE 100, Austin, TX
Downtown: 515 Congress Ave, Austin, TX
UT Campus: 2426 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX
Build your own mediterranean-inspired bowls at this fast-casual restaurant. They currently have 3 locations in Austin: Bee Cave, Downtown and on the UT Campus. Choose from a wide and flavorful variety of dips, spreads, proteins, toppings and dressings that will satisfy anyone’s craving for a quick and healthy meal
1701 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX
Coconut-based ice cream means all of us lactose-intolerant peeps can enjoy a sweet treat! Flavors are made with organic ingredients and are gluten-free and vegan
Spyglass: 1500 Spyglass Dr, Austin, TX
Believe it or not, you can have vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free tacos at this Austin taco shop. Their corn tortillas are 100% gluten-free and they have a dedicated vegetarian section on their menu
1701 Toomey Rd, Austin, TX
Casa de Luz let’s nature dictate what goes on their ever-changing daily menu. All of their meals are plant-based, organic and gluten-free!
8620 Burnet Rd Suite 132, Austin, TX
Order the garden toasts that are made with gluten-free, raw sunflower and flax seed. Super yummy and packed with protein, good fats and active enzymes. Don’t forget about their pretty tasty juices and smoothies!
2337 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX
This is one of my other favorite vegan restaurants in Austin and where I first had seitan (wheat protein)! I love the vibe and when you’re a restaurant located on E. Cesar Chaves, you have to have a funky vibe to fit in with the neighborhood
1901 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX
Mr. Natural has been around Austin for over 30 years! The menu offers a wide variety of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free specialities
1311 S 1st St, Austin, TX
Conscious Cravings focuses on modern vegan cuisine and what sounds wrong about that? Everything they make is vegan and 100% fresh. If you need your food made gluten-free, just ask
4215 Duval St, Austin, TX
Located in Hyde Park, Mother’s Cafe is a local diner that you can’t miss. They have a wide variety of delicious items on their menu and even their desserts are vegan or gluten-free!
1115 E 11th St, Austin, TX
This European-inspired cafe has 3 locations in Austin to satisfy your vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free needs. Items on their menu can be made to your dietary restrictions. Try their tartines!
1614 E 7th St, Austin, TX
I love coming to Nasha for lunch. They offer a really hearty thali platter made with the curry of the day and protein of your choice. Vegetarian? they got it. Not to mention this restaurant is a fun taste on Indian meets Tex-Mex
222 West Ave Ste HR100, Austin, TX
True Food Kitchen was founded by a physician and doctor of integrative medicine. This means that they source the most fresh and organic ingredients. Most of their menu can be made vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free, if not done so already. It’s a bit on the pricey side in my opinion, but the quality is well worth it
621 E 7th St, Austin, TX
Asian-inspired dishes that can be made vegan or gluten-free. How awesome is that? Plus everything is made with fresh ingredients and you can definitely taste it
4801 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX
Now I know that Picnik is well-known for their butter coffee, but you can’t ignore the fact that they are an entirely gluten-free restaurant! Everything on their menu is also marked accordingly for vegan or vegetarian, so this is a great place to start your day or catch an early lunch
1900 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd B, Austin, TX
Austin Daily Press has some pretty tasty vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free items on their menu. I highly recommend trying a torta, which can be made gluten-free if you ask!
3110 Windsor Rd, Austin, TX
The Beer Plant is an interesting dining concept
5011 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX
Vegan and vegetarians can rejoice at Citizen Eatery. This cafe and bar serves up some serious meals that are both health-conscious and delicious!
4631 Airport Blvd #125, Austin, TX
Gluten-free and vegan ice cream shop. Need I say more? They offer ice creams with coconut milk, almond butter, cashew butter, and sunflower seed butter bases, just to name a few
909 W Mary St, Austin, TX
This is one of my favorite Thai restaurants in Austin and I definitely recommend the pad thai, but everything they serve is tasty. The vegetarian-friendly options and the gluten-free bakery are just the cherry on top!
11721 Rock Rose Ave #160, Austin, TX
This vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free friendly restaurant packs a whole ton of flavor in each of their menu items. There are 2 locations in Austin and the Domain patio is totally Instagram-worthy
I hope this year brings you all joy and good health as you chase your goals! Whatever they may be, let this be YOUR year. You’ve got this. One day at a time fam
In the meantime, check out the rest of the awesome restaurants listed in the Austin Food Blogger Alliance (AFBA) 2019 City Guide!