Everything Is Bigger In Texas, Including Vegan Dining

Everything Is Bigger In Texas, Including Vegan Dining

By Adria Valdes Greenhauff, Editor-at-Large

In a destination that’s known for sticky ribs and juicy ribeye steaks, it’s hard to believe that anything can compete with good old fashioned Texas barbecue. But thanks to the growing number of health-conscious consumers in cities like Austin and Forth Worth, vegan dining is booming, giving restaurateurs an opportunity to stand out in the meat-centric Texas culinary scene. 

Serving up everything from veggie burgers to vegan donuts, vegan restaurants throughout the Lone Lone Star State are getting creative with their plant-based menus, and it’s definitely paying off. Okay, so while we don’t think meat is going anywhere in Texas, here are just a few spots that are giving the traditional Texas steakhouse a healthy dose of competition: 

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Austin's First Paleo Restaurant Opening Brick and Mortar on Burnet Road

Picnik's Current Location  | Facebook

Picnik's Current Location | Facebook

Austin's first ever Paleo restaurant Picnik is set to open a brick and mortar location on the city's famed Burnet Road, taking over the former property of the now shuttered Fork & Taco. Picnik first began as a food truck, serving gluten-free, Paleo cuisine including specialties such as bone broth and butter coffee.

The new location promises to continue serving these crowd favorites, as well as expand the current menu in order to feature new dishes as well as a dinner service. The restaurant plans to open in early spring, hoping to become the go-to spot for health conscious diners throughout Austin. Read More

Amazon Prime Launches Restaurant Delivery Service in Austin

Amazon has announced it will expand its newly launched Prime restaurant delivery services into Austin, offering 15 zip codes access to free, one-hour delivery from some of the city's top ranked restaurants. This new service, which is available only to Amazon Prime Now subscribers, is one of the first to offer "transparent pricing" in which Amazon promises no hidden surcharges or menu item markups. 

Restaurants participating include Chi'Lantro, Halal Bros, Sugar Mama's Bakeshop, La Cocina de Consuelo, No Va Kitchen & Bar, Michi Ramen, Clay Pit, Monkey Nest Coffee, Chinatown, and Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, to name a few. Amazon plans to expand the delivery service over the next several months. Read More

Austin Restaurants Support Ride-Sharing Petition

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A growing number of local Austin restaurants have recently begun hosting ride-sharing petition sign up events as a reaction against new regulations enacted by the Austin City Council. The hope is that with enough signatures (20,000), there will be a re-vote on the issue that will force the city council to return to original regulations.

As one local Austin restaurant owner claims, ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft serve to fill the gap in service left by the lessening number of taxis in the city. "I see it as the most positive thing that's touched my industry in years," said bar owner Bob Woody. 

Woody further explained that there just aren't enough taxi cabs to fill the high-demand caused by restaurants and bars on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and that these companies allow for patrons to avoid driving intoxicated. Read More

Louisiana Chef Opens First Hotel in Austin's Bee Cave Suburb

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Sonesta Bee Cave | Facebook

Austin's newly developing Bee Cave suburb welcomed its first hotel this summer with the opening of Sonesta Bee Cave, complete with an onsite restaurant helmed by Louisiana chef Patrick Newman. Working as the Executive Sous Chef at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, Newman made his way though a number of Southern restaurant kitchens before making the move to open the Sonesta Bee Cave. Alongside Sous Chef Jason Ward, Newman opened the hotel restaurant Meridian 98, which focuses on ultra-local Texas fare, sourcing nearly the entire menu from nearby farms and producers. 

Newman's tapas-style menu of Meridian 98 is additionally inspired by the Bee Cave suburb, playing with bee themes on the menu including sections that are meant to "BeeShared." Complementing the farm-to-fork cuisine is an extensive craft cocktail, wine and beer menu that also share the bee theme trend. Read More