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Best of Austin: Cheer Up Charlie's

By Nina Hernandez, September 6, 2013, 10:50am, Chronolog

Cheer Up Charlie's has had its share of the love in the past as the best LGBTQ Hangout, but in 2009 it was all about the vegan grub.

Best Cart of Vegan Luv: Cheer Up Charlie's

While the hipster influx of East Sixth brings with it some welcome new attention to the old avenue, the overarching affect teeters on the precious, not to mention the precariously gentrificarious. Cheer Up Charlie's, however, a fabulous vegan food cart situated on a lot that you'd swear was someone's backyard, is just so homespun, so funkalicious, so darned Austin, and so defiantly nonformulaic that it transcends the convention of neighborhood and race politics. Discovering affordable treasures like the hummus chalupa, nonchicken chicken, and chocolatey good Go-Oohs (dark-chocolate cups filled with goji) is as populist as finding the golden ticket.

Cheer Up Charlie's, 1104 E. Sixth, 512/431-2133,

Dig through our archives and choose your own "Best of Austin" adventure here. The brand spankin' new 2013 "Best of Austin" issue hits stands Thursday, September 12.

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