It isn’t always easy being vegan in a city who could probably safely claim to be the Barbecue Capitol of the World. True, Austin is incredibly progressive, but this is still Texas, y’all — the land of Blue Bell and brisket. Even at some of our most beloved local restaurants, the plant-eaters among us are often hard pressed to find appetizing and nourishing meals that line up with their dietary values.

Happily, the number of all-vegan and veg-friendly restaurants in town has been steadily increasing over the past few years, especially within the food trailer movement. Since we absolutely want our herbivore neighbors to enjoy ATX’s colorful food culture, we’ve cultivated a list of ten of the best vegan eats and eateries in the greater Austin area:

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10.) Kerbey Lane CAFE is the uncontested king of vegan pancakes

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Kerbey Lane’s strawberry vegan pancakes. Photo: Flickr user Stephanie, CC licensed.

We adore Kerbey Lane Cafe for multiple reasons. Not only do they serve food that makes both our tastebuds and our tummies supremely happy, but they’re also champions of the local and sustainable food movement and they seriously care about our community. But back to tastebuds. Kerbey Lane serves three major vegan eats beyond salad: a veggie burger that’s usually quite decent, a tofu breakfast scrambler that’ll make you curl your toes, and the best friggin’ vegan pancakes ever7 locations, phone numbers and hours vary. Menu. Website.

9.) Craving VEGAN COMFORT FOOD? ARLO’s HAS you covered

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Arlo’s Bac’n Cheeze Burger. Photo: Flickr user Stephanie, CC licensed.

A long-time alternative diet favorite, Arlo’s is a all-vegan food trailer with two trucks — one that’s usually parked at Cheer Up Charlie’s and one that usually sets up shop at Drinks Lounge. So what do we mean by vegan comfort food? We mean burgers and tacos, people. Arlo’s mouthwatering Bac’n Cheeze, Chipotle Chick’n, and BBQ burgers are unmatched in Austin, and their Street and Chick’n tacos are wonderful too. 900 Red River St., 512-840-1600, open daily 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. 2001 E Cesar Chavez St., 512-840-1840, open Mon – Sat 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sun 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Menu. Website.

8.) Conscious Cravings makes a mean Bella wrap

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HappyCow visited (and loved) Conscious Cravings in their 2013 Austin vegan food trailer crawl. Video screenshot from YouTube user HappyCow.

Sporting “modern plant-based cuisine,” Conscious Cravings is an all-vegan food trailer that’s currently parked beside Holy Cacao and Torchy’s Tacos at South Austin Trailer Park & Eatery. While Conscious Cravings sells multiple different types of food, including wraps, salads, and smoothies, it’s their tasty Bella wrap that has us drooling. Made with portabella mushrooms, grilled onions, tomatoes, and the trailer’s own original recipe for herbed vegan mayonnaise, memories of the Bella will probably keep you up at night. Just saying. 1311 S 1st St, 512-582-9182, open daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Fri – Sat 10 p.m.). 4209 Airport Blvd, 512-582-2124, open daily 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Menu. Website.

7.) Nancy’s Sky Garden’s MANGO ROLLS AND salads are LEGIT

You might not make it as far north as Georgetown very often, but trust us when we tell you that Nancy’s Sky Garden is worth the drive. Heck, it’s even worth the traffic you’re bound to hit on I-35 in Round Rock! Not only does Asian-inspired Nancy’s serve some of the most epic salad bowls and mango rolls known to mankind and make a ton of vegan options available to their clientele, they also boast an impressive specialty tea menu and stock multiple vegan Lick Honest Ice Creams flavors. Pro tip: Sit out on the balcony for a lovely (and usually quiet) view of Georgetown’s historic square. 501 S Austin Ave, 3rd floor. 512-554-2060. Open Mon – Sat 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Menu. Website.

6.) Counter Culture IS for VEGANs leaning raw

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Philly Seitan with Chipotle Quinoa. Photo: Flickr user Jeff Gunn, CC licensed.

Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza. The Philly Seitan. TACO TUESDAYS. These are just a few of the reasons why Counter Culture deserves a visit. Once a humble little food trailer serving up “internationally inspired” raw cuisine, Counter Culture has quickly became a local favorite. The company opened an East Austin brick and mortar site three years ago. Even cooler: you’ll love their community- and health-minded business philosophies and their donut holes are seriously yum. 2337 E Cesar Chavez St. 512-524-1540. Open daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Menu. Website.

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