Austin has a wide array of restaurants to suit just about any set of dietary restrictions, almost more so than other cities. That array of restaurants will expand in November when Austin’s newest vegetarian kitchen opens. Citizen Eatery, slated for 5011 Burnet Road, will specialize in vegetarian and vegan dishes. Plus, they’ll have a full bar that is also vegetarian and vegan friendly.
“Providing a dining experience that features delicious locally-sourced plant based cuisine in a lively, casual setting has been a dream of ours for years.” Citizen Eatery owner Michael Moyer told Austin.com. “Guests can dine in or take out. Our mission is to offer tasty, ethically derived cuisine that is perfect for any palette and any occasion.”
But what exactly is ethically derived cuisine which he and his wife, co-owner Aimee Walden-Moyer, serve?
“One of the points of our mission is to source ingredients that come from good origins,” Moyer explained. “Although it’s impossible to follow every crumb back to the beginning, we do all we can to use foods, coffee, teas, etc. that are grown locally and/or produced with without chemical pesticides or genetic modification and are produced with fair practices for growers.”
This sounds like something most Austinites can get behind. But some people are a skeptical about vegetarian food. Moyer thinks you shouldn’t worry about those things, but you should dive in and give meat-free cuisine a try.
“We all live within a story that we tell ourselves over and over. Some folks might be coming from a place within their story that attaches a preconceived notion or stigma to vegetarian cooking that decides their opinion without ever really giving it an open-minded try,” he said. “Besides all that, creativity in meat-free cooking has come a long way over the past few years. I recommend giving Citizen a spin around the block. We think you’ll enjoy our unique approach.”
They’ll serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. And their full bar will include a selection of local beers on tap, a full wine list, and Citizen Smart Spirits — signature cocktails made with cold-pressed organic juices, botanical blends and Kombucha.
Citizen is slated to open November 4 at 5011 Burnet Road. Their hours of operation are Sunday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.