Tag: eating out
Wordless Wednesday: Memorable Meals
Beach’n – Tofu Scramble and Breakfast Burrito
Millennium – Cauliflower Steak and Peach BBQ Maitake Mushroom
Old Thousand – Spicy Cabbage Pickles and Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts
When we sit at the table, there is more going on than satisfying hunger. It is sad to think of those who eat simply to satisfy their hunger and who do not permit themselves to linger under the many spells offered by a good meal – the satisfaction of our hearts, our minds and our spirits. –Leo Buscaglia
Wordless Wednesday: Glorious Gluten
Mr. Natural – Banana-Chocolate Chip Muffins
Orchard Grocer – The Miles
Bodhi Viet Vegan – Spicy Lemongrass Seitan
Bistro Vonish – Gnocchi Special
Zazzy’s – Vegan Slice
The Forking Vegan – Gingerbread Bundt + Pumpkin Cupcake
Tex-Mex Meets Veg-Mex
For a city with no shortage of exceptional Mexican and Tex-Mex fare, it’s a struggle to name one single greatest example of the art. However, it’s not hard to make a concise recommendation that covers all cravings. Nissi VegMex is the first place newcomers should visit, regularly winning praise from eaters from near and far. Authentic, bold flavors crafted from scratch with traditional methods are applied to plant-based proteins, so nothing is lost in translation.
Parked in Kenny Dorham’s Backyard, this modest trailer offers a short menu of top hits. Every entree is a knock-out so even if you come late and discover, for instance, that the very popular birria tacos are sold out, a second, third, or even fourth choice still won’t disappoint. True, it’s hard to match the Mexican version of au jus, pairing crispy tacos with sweet, sour, slightly spicy, and deeply savory stew for dipping, but you’ll forget all about it with one bite of any dish.
The “cheek’n” flautas were my first order and remain a nostalgic favorite. Served with well-seasoned rice and beans plus a refreshing little side salad, these crispy rolled tortillas come smothered with an artful drizzle of crema and avocado sauce. It really is a perfect meal, satisfying without over-stuffing, checking all the boxes for varied textures and tastes. Even my dad, a lifelong omnivore, declared that if all vegan food was like this, he could easily ditch meat for good.
Limited hours of operation are their greatest downfall. There’s no such thing as Taco Tuesday when orders are only accepted on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Delayed gratification is tough to contend with, but worth the wait, even if there is a considerable line during prime time. Real food made from scratch isn’t ready in an instant, so grab a drink from the bar or enjoy an icy glass of hempchata (that’s hemp-based horchata) and enjoy the scene. If you’re lucky, there might be a band playing on the stage to the right, luring other bystanders out to dance.
Where should you go if you want genuine Mexican food? What if you’re on a budget? How about vegan, or gluten-free option, too? Want a taste of true Austin in just one night? Nissi, Nissi, Nissi, and Nissi. If anyone says different, they must not be from around here.
1106 East 11th Street
Austin, TX 78702
Wordless Wednesday: Bowled Over
Bonsai Bowl – Miso Mushroom Rice Bowl
Chi’lantro – Tofu Salad Bowl
Citizen Eatery – Paleo Power Bowl
Green Chef – Portobello Power Bowl
Green Chef – Romesco Cauliflower with Polenta
Pho Please – Vegan Pho Chay
The Beer Plant – Oysters and Grits
The Vegan Yacht – Buffalo Tempeh Bowl
Wordless Wednesday: Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto
Vegetable Nigiri; Hi Fi Mycology Mushroom, Aderezo, Lemon Zest. Zucchini Ahimi, Shiso, Rebel Cheese, Aderezo. Spaghetti Squash, Salsa Macha, Rebel Cheese, Scallion.
Veggiepillar Maki; Fried Miso Eggplant, Sesame, Pickled Cucumber & Carrot, Topped with Avocado and Serrano, Yuzu Miso Sauce, Sesame.
Fuyu Crudo; Rainbow Cauliflower, Beet Aguachile, Avocado, Roasted Beet, Salsa Macha, Sesame.
Spinach & Tofu Dumplings; Cashew Cheese, Candied Cashew, Cilantro, Red Curry Oil.
1303 S Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704