Vegetarian and Vegan Spots in Austin

Bouldin Creek Coffee House and Cafe

1501 S. First, 416-1601

Mon-Thu, 7am (kitchen opens at 7:30am)-10pm; Fri, 7am (kitchen opens at 7:30am)-midnight; Sat, 9am-midnight; Sun, 9am-10pm

Bouldin Creek Coffee House and Cafe is located in Mexican food alley (otherwise known as South First Street) in a particularly leafy section within a stone's throw of Bouldin Creek. You won't miss it among the other restaurants, however. The purple and lime green exterior sees to that. As expected, the coffeehouse is a small abode, but makes the most of the limited space. A bar provides seating for maybe a half a dozen people, plus there are five or so interior tables.

Oh yeah, the food. It's good, it's hearty and filling, it's good for you, and it's cheap. Basically there is breakfast (which is served all day), salads, and sandwiches. There ain't any meat in sight, but eggs are a recurring theme. Beyond that, the closest you will get to an animal is cheese, but only if you so desire. Most of the items are vegan, or can be prepared in that fashion. All pretty basic and all pretty good. And despite its obvious slacker allegiance (there is even a bean plate called the "slacker's banquet"), the folks are terribly democratic. A more unlikely trio than us have probably never entered the joint (three generations of women in one family ranging in age from seven to 70) but none of us were made to feel that we had to pass some hipster-meter in order to gain access.

A beer and wine permit is in the works, which will only make the hours on the deck more enjoyable. And, after remaining in budget after dining out, you just may find that cheap apartment that is fabled to be a relic of the past among the many posters and leaflets that cover the walls adjacent to the restroom. Ahhhh, Austin!

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