Austin is known for its BBQ and Tex-Mex, but there’s a big demand for vegetarian-friendly food, and our food trailers are answering the call. Long-time favorites like Conscious Cravings, The Vegan Yacht, and Counter Culturehave served great meals to Veges and non-Veges alike. But meat-free trailers aren’t the only places to find great vegetarian meals. You might be surprised by what you’ll find in some unexpected places.
The Evil Wiener, hugely popular for wacky and creative hot dogs, certainly doesn’t come to mind when you think “vegetarian”. Actually, hot dogs might just be the least vegetarian food, period. But they offer a griddled tofu dog in place of the meat version, 100% vegetarian and 100% delicious. Wiener lovers can order the regular Mowgli, Olympus, and Green with Envy and just mention you want it with tofu and you’re all set. Similarly, and equally surprising, is the vegetarian (vegan in fact!) sandwich from Way South Philly. Famous for his cheese steaks, just ask Willy for “The Adrian” and you’ll get a fully loaded vegetable powerhouse that’ll satisfy any hunger.
But life is full of balance, and the same goes for most of our mobile vendors. Lots of trailers don’t position themselves as vegetarian but feature a considerable number of meat-free options. Half of Bufalo Bob’s Chalupa Wagon’s menu caters to vegetarians. Sure the chalupas covered with ground meat are fantastic, but there are plenty of items where you would never even miss it. Likewise, Regal Ravioli serves up more veggie options than meat ones. Their handmade ravioli are filled with all kinds of cheeses and vegetables (butternut squash anyone?) and paired with homemade sauces of your choice.
So to all of you looking for a meal free of meat remember to look outside the usual suspects for a little variety. And obviously you can always get a fabulous chocolate-covered banana from Bananarchy, vegetarian every time. Just watch out for the maple bacon ice cream at Coolhaus.