Hungry After Dark:

Late-Night Vegan Options in the ATX

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I’ll be honest: I am not a morning person. I can adapt just like anyone, but given the opportunity, my body will naturally migrate to a bedtime of 2am or later. In a city filled with young “slackers” like myself, where ubiquitous live music shows and other evening entertainment often don’t even commence until 10 or 11pm, and sunrises often indicate that it’s time for bed, I know my particular circadian rhythm is not unique. Let the rest of the world begin their daily rush at daybreak; Austin (or a good chunk of it, anyway) will wait until a more appropriate hour.

So while I have plenty of fellow night owls in my city, there is one issue that presents itself, especially as a vegan: food. When one wakes up late, it’s not uncommon for dinnertime to occur when the PM hours are in the double digits. Most veg-friendly establishments, especially during the week, close before 10pm. So what’s a quasi-nocturnal vegan Austinite to do?

Fortunately, when researching for this post, I came across a plethora of previously unknown options (though many of them only keep their doors open late on weekends). I drew upon my own experience a bit to compile this list, but the vast majority of it comes from the guides of Lazy Smurf, Capital City Bakery, VegAustin, and Vegans Rock Austin. Many thanks to them.

A few more disclaimers before I begin:

  • For this post, “late-night” is defined as being open past 10pm, since most other places close at that time or earlier. They also only have to be open late one day of the week, though the weekends-only listings are marked with an asterisk for the purpose of clarity.
  • All of these places can be categorized as “serves meat, vegan-friendly” unless otherwise noted. It looks like most of the fully veg and vegan places in town tend to close up shop early, unfortunately.
  • For the sake of simplicity, I’ve only listed the hours that are relevant to this post.  Some of the places listed may be open on other days in the week, but not after 10pm. Only the days that they are open late will be mentioned below.
  • The hours and vegan-friendliness of these listings are, of course, subject to change. Contacting said establishments is encouraged, particularly once this blog post has aged. I have only dined at a handful of these establishments, so I cannot personally vouch for the quality nor the veganness of their dishes. These listings are for informational purposes only.
  • By no means is this post meant to be exhaustive. If a certain place wasn’t listed, please do not hesitate to mention it in the comments.

OK, with that out of the way, let’s get started!

* = Open past 10pm on Friday and Saturday only

Place

Hours

Notes

Alamo Drafthouse Hours vary; check website for showtimes Chain of cinemas; full menu has a few vegan options
Arlo’s Tues-Wed 6pm-12am
Thu-Sat 6pm-2am
Sun 6pm-12am
Fully vegan trailer outside Cheer Up Charlie’s. Cash only.
Asti Trattoria* Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm Italian, few options
Austin Java (Tarrytown)* Fri 6am-12am
Sat 7am-12am
All-veg cafe, vegan items marked.
Bananarchy* Fri-Sat 12pm-12am Chocolate covered bananas. Cash only. Closed during cooler months and bad weather.
Bennu 24/7 Café w/ a few vegan options
Black Star Co-op Mon-Thu 4pm-12am
Fri-Sat 11am-1am
Sun 11am-12am
Pub w/ a few vegan options
Blue Dahlia Bistro* Fri 8am-11pm
Sat 9am-11pm
“European-style” fare
Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse Mon-Fri 7am-12am
Sat-Sun  8am-12am
Popular vegetarian restaurant
Clay Pit* Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm Indian
Conan’s Pizza All locations:
Sun-Thu 11am-11pm
Fri-Sat    11am-12am
Deep dish pizza w/ Daiya
Congress* Fri-Sat 6pm-11pm Fine dining on the bottom floor of the Austonian
Fire and Soul Mon-Fri 7am-12am
Sat 12pm-3am
Trailer with vegan options
Frank Mon-Tues 7am-12am
Weds-Sat 7am-2am
Sun 10am-12am
Late night menu after 10pm
Bar with vegan friendly menu
Guero’s Taco Bar Thu-Fri 11am-11pm
Sat-Sun 8am-11pm
Mexican, has a vegan menu
Habana* Fri-Sat  11am-11pm Cuban
Hoboken Pie Mon-Fri 11am-3am
Sat-Sun 12pm- 3am
Delivery orders taken until 2:30am
NY-style thin crust pizza w/ Daiya or tofu ricotta option
Hot Dog King Thu-Sun 8pm-3am Hot dog cart on Red River
Kerbey Lane Cafe 24/7 Diner, has a vegan menu
La Condesa Thu-Sat 5pm-11pm Upscale Mexican, off menu vegan platter available
Me So Hungry Tue–Wed 11:30am-12am
Thu–Fri 11:30am-2:30am
Sat 6pm–2:30am
Sun 6pm–1am
Asian fusion trailer outside Cheer Up Charlie’s
Mellow Mushroom Tue-Thu 11am-11pm
Fri-Sat 11am-12am
Pizza chain, serves Daiya
P.F. Chang’s Sun-Thu 11am-11pm
(Arboretum location closes at 10pm)
Fri-Sat 11am-12am
Chinese chain
The Parlor Mon-Fri 11am-12am
Sat 12pm-1am
Sun 12pm-11pm
Local pizza joint, serves Follow Your Heart
Polvo’s 7am-11pm, 7 days a week Mexican
Sagra* Fri-Sat 4pm-10:30pm Italian fine dining, has a vegan menu
Snack Bar Mon-Fri 11am-11pm
Sat-Sun   9am-11pm
Brunch, diner fare
Takoba* Fri 11am-11pm
Sat 10am-11pm
Mexican, marks vegetarian items on menu
Thai Kitchen Sun-Thu 11am-12am
Fri-Sat 12pm-1am
Thai
Thai Passion 11am-3am, 7 days a week Thai
Uchi + Uchiko* Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm Upscale sushi place, accommodates vegans.
Via313 Tue-Wed 5pm-12am
Thu-Sat 5pm-2am
Sun 7pm-12am
“Detroit-style” pizza trailer, serves Follow Your Heart
Vivo* Fri-Sat 11am-10:30pm Mexican
Whole Foods Market (Downtown) 8am-11pm, 7 days a week Austin-based natural foods supermarket behemoth

To sum it all up: There are a number of options for the late-night herbivore, but they drop off precipitously as the night goes on. Several restaurants are open until 11pm or midnight (particularly on weekends), bars and nearby trailers are there until 2am, and it’s largely 24/7 joints thereafter. If you get the munchies at three in the morning, and you don’t feel like making something yourself or going grocery shopping, I hope you like Kerbey Lane or Bennu!

5 comments

  1. mollyjade

    There’s a lot more on this list than I expected. 24 Diner is another 3 AM spot, though you have to piece things together. The veggie sausages are vegan, but you have to switch out the bread and leave off the cheese and so on. And let’s not even mention the sad excuses for vegan food at the other two 24 hour diners.

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