SXSW 2020 Canceled: Austin’s Vegan Businesses Will Need the Community’s Support

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The following is what Austin Veg News hoped to provide SXSW visitors this year. If you’re able, please visit these restaurants. They were likely depending on SXSW traffic for a boost in revenue.

Thank you,
Chief Editor


Welcome to Austin! We’re glad you’re here or soon to arrive.

We know what it’s like to visit a new town and not sure where to find quality, vegan food, so we’ll help point you in the right direction.

As a SXSW attendee, this list will help you find your best options in three ways:

  • By location
  • By speed of service
  • By locals’ choice

By location

This list of vegan restaurants and food trucks is arranged by geographical location and ease of travel from the Austin Convention Center using Happy Cow. Note: we only searched ‘Vegan’ and ‘Vegetarian’ restaurants. To expand your search on Happy Cow, select ‘Veg-Options’.

Brush Square Park

According to Eater Austin in its article ‘All of the Free Food Around SXSW,’

“Several rotating food and drink vendors will set up shop at the park with free samples, from dairy-free ice cream, So Delicious, to Dutch stroopwafel snacks, Rip Van Wafels, to vegan milk and cold-brew company, Califia Farms, to charcuterie company, Creminelli Fine Meats, to local coffee shop chain, Austin Java.”

The park is across the street from the Austin Convention Center, and vendors will vary from day to day. You’ll need a SXSW badge to gain access.

North of the river

Happy Cow map showing the north and northwest area from the Austin Convention Center.

JuiceLand – Frost Tower

Arlo’s Food Truck – Cheer Up Charlies

Next Level Burger – Whole Foods

Veggie Heaven

East of I-35

Happy Cow map showing the east area from the Austin Convention Center.

Nissi Vegan

Arlo’s Food Truck – The Grackle

Mr. Natural – East Cesar

Last Straw

Curcuma – Food Truck

Capital City Bakery

The Vegan Nom – Food Truck

Counter Culture

South of the river

Happy Cow map showing the southwest area from the Austin Convention Center.

Casa de Luz

JuiceLand – Barton Springs

Conscious Cravings – Food Truck

Bouldin Creek Cafe

Possum Pizza

NadaMoo! Scoop Shop and Plow Burger. This Plow Burger is directly adjacent to the scoop shop. For general information about Plow Burger, click the link below.

Mr. Natural – South Lamar

South of the river and east of I-35

Happy Cow map showing the southeast area from the Austin Convention Center.

These food trucks are located at The Buzz Mill – Riverside, a community-driven pub serving coffee, food and spirits.

Li’l Nonna’s – Food Truck

Plow Bao – Food Truck (Eater Austin link)

Plow Burger – Food Truck

PlowBQ – Food Truck

By speed of service

Voted quickest service in order of fastest to slowest: Casa de Luz, Bouldin Creek Cafe, Li’l Nonna's, Nissi Vegan and The Vegan Yacht.

This list of restaurants and food trucks provide the quickest service according to an Austin Vegans Facebook group poll.

Casa de Luz

Bouldin Creek Cafe

Li’l Nonna’s – Food Truck

Nissi Vegan

The Vegan Yacht – Food Truck

Tips when you’re strapped for time

  1. Call ahead and ask about the waitlist. We love our vegan restaurants, so they’re busy often.
  2. Plan ahead and order delivery. Many of our restaurants and food trucks offer delivery through Favor, Grubhub, Postmates or Uber Eats.

By locals’ choice

We asked the Austin Vegans Facebook group which restaurants and food trucks were their top five favorites last year. Here are the results:

  1. Bouldin Creek Cafe
  2. Arlo’s Food Truck
  3. The Vegan Nom
  4. Counter Culture and Li’l Nonna’s tie
  5. The Beer Plant
  6. Rebel Cheese
  7. Mr. Natural
  8. Plow Burger and Sundaze tie
  9. Citizen Eatery
  10. Sweet Ritual
  11. Casa de Luz and Nissi Vegan tie

We hope this list will help you find the best vegan food our town has to offer. Again, welcome to Austin and have a great time at the conference!


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