10 Places in Austin to Take Your Visitors With Special Diet Needs

Best bets when your party’s got a plethora of dietary preferences

Citizen Eatery (Photo by John Anderson)

Do you have out-of-town visitors who are vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, or have nut allergies? These 10 places will keep just about everyone’s tummies and immune systems happy. Make sure you explore each menu thoroughly, because one person’s gluten-free heaven can be another’s tree-nut-laden nightmare.

Citizen Eatery

The menu here is completely meat-free, the brunch items are made with JUST Egg, and just about anything can be made gluten-free. The menu also takes the guesswork out of what allergens are present, indicating the presence of soy, tree nuts, and wheat.

Eldorado Cafe

Bring your vegans, your vegetarians, your gluten-free friends, even your peeps who can’t eat seafood.

The Beer Plant

This upscale vegan joint has a very helpful allergen guide that diners can consult before making their selections.

Wilder Wood

The menu here skews toward Tex-Mex and is entirely gluten-, wheat-, and soy-free.

ATX Cocina

Bring your in-laws here for high-end modern Mexican food that’s also 100% gluten-free.

The Well

This Downtown joint has largely flown under the radar since opening in October 2020, but here’s a very sophisticated menu with enticing options like mushroom mole tacos and roasted chicken. The menu is free of refined sugar, gluten, soy, and peanuts.

Bouldin Creek Cafe

This beloved vegan and vegetarian cafe has lots of items that appeal to even the most carnivorous tastes, and there are plenty of options for our gluten-free friends, too.

Honest Mary’s

This is one of my personal faves for a fast, healthful lunch. The grain bowl combos are infinite, gluten-free, and appealing to sassy vegans and carnivores alike.

Mr. Natural

This longtime Eastside establishment serves up vegan and vegetarian iterations of things like menudo and breakfast tacos. There’s no need to avoid your Tex-Mex faves just because you can’t or won’t eat cheese and meat.

Casa de Luz

Your steak-loving father-in-law may grumble at the prospect of a vegan, macrobiotic meal, but he’ll feel so light and nourished afterward he may want a return visit before heading home.

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