2201 College Ave., 512/852-8791
Hours: Sun.-Mon., 11am-9pm; Fri.-Sat., 11am-10pm
Southwestern mini-chain features an array of salads, soups, and botanical cocktails.
The fun, gay uncle of the Red River bar and live music scene, Cheer Ups is one of the most cheerful, inviting, and beloved venues on the block. Featuring random rainbow art, unicorns, and funkiness all around, the vegan bar serves a creative blend of cocktails (kale lime gingerita), as well as local beers, organic teas, and kombucha on tap. Outside, the limestone-dressed stage remains home to a variety of eclectic events, from crafts nights to karaoke, Peaches to John Legend.
900 Red River, 512/431-2133
What began as a food truck in 2009 has blossomed into an adorable East Austin restaurant with a dedicated following. Counter Culture offers vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, oil-free, and raw alternatives to many beloved comfort foods. Local, organic produce is used whenever possible, and healthy food, not just animal-free food, is a priority.
2337 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/524-1540
Serving a whopping variety of sushi and a small selection of Japanese appetizers, this restaurant features fine fish and friendly service.
2905 San Gabriel St, Ste 200, 512/795-8593