It has been over two years since we originally posted our “Eating Vegan at Alamo Drafthouse” guide, and it was in desperate need of being updated. Our seriously outdated post was still getting hits every week, due in no small part to new Alamo Drafthouse locations opening up left and right around the country, so we felt really bad that our guide wasn’t particularly helpful to anyone in its current state. Our previous contact at Alamo had moved on, and we were having trouble finding anyone willing to answer our emails… that was until we found Zane!
Through some slightly creepy Facebook stalking, we found the vegan behind the scenes – the one who helped create the new vegan menu at Alamo Drafthouse Village, the one who helped bring Alamo tofu to the 21st Century*, and as it turns out, the previously anonymous vegan staffer behind our original Alamo post as well! We are so lucky that he was able to take some time out of his busy schedule helping reopen the newly renovated South Lamar location to give us a hand in updating our list (and just in time for the sold-out Cowspiracy screening tomorrow night!). He’s let us in on some really exciting info including that the burger buns are vegan again (woot!), there’s dedicated veg fryers at most Alamo locations, and drumroll please… soyrizo is now on the menu (as an option for the black bean dip)! What!?! Now I just have to figure out what I want to put it on. We’re excited to share this list of the current vegan and veganizable menu items that you can find at Alamo Drafthouse locations around town:
- Chips & Salsa
- Chips & Black Bean Dip (sub soyrizo, no sour cream, no cotija)
- Garlic Hummus
- Bottomless Popcorn (for our behind the scenes popcorn sleuthing, check out our original Alamo Drafthouse post, and in case you’re curious – the ‘real butter’ topping you can add is indeed real butter – so just don’t add that)
- Baked Pretzel (no queso, sub dijon mustard for honey mustard)
- Veggie & Fruit Plate
- French Fries** (with ketchup)
Burgers and Sandwiches:
Note: The buns are vegan (no longer egg washed), and locations in Austin currently serve Goodseed as their veggie burger option (which is vegan & gluten-free). The gluten-free buns have egg, but you can always get the burger in a lettuce wrap (also an option for those who just prefer lettuce – you weirdos). You can get any of these with tofu as your protein too. We realize that ordering a “Prosciutto & Goat Cheese” burger with no prosciutto or goat cheese sounds pretty silly: each burger comes with many toppings besides the ones called out in its name; check the descriptions in the menu for more details.
- Royale with Cheese (no bacon, no cheddar, no mayo)
- Spicy Blue Cheese (no blue cheese, no mayo)
- Kalamata Olive Tapenade (no mayo)
- Mushroom & White Cheddar (no cheddar)
- Prosciutto & Goat Cheese (no prosciutto or goat cheese)
- Avocado & Pesto (no pesto)
- Hatch Green Chile (no queso)
Salads and Wraps:
Note: These options are available as either a salad or a wrap. You can pick tofu as your protein, or leave them plain. The only non-vegan dressings are the lemon basil vinaigrette (see below) and the Caesar.
- Caesar (no dressing, no parmesan)
- Mexican (no cotija)
- Greek (no feta, and request no pesto in the dressing: the lemon basil vinaigrette is pesto mixed with lemon vinaigrette)
- Beets & Goat Cheese (no goat cheese)
- Chopped (no mozzarella, no pesto)
- Groot’s Root Vegetable (this is a temporary special, so it might not be available by the time you read this)
- Side Salad
Note: Some of these pizzas come with multiple types of cheese, so you may want to make it clear that you mean “no cheese of any kind”, and not just “no mozzarella”. The gluten-free pizza crust unfortunately has eggs.
- Roasted Red Pepper & Feta (no cheese)
- Prosciutto & Spinach (no cheese, no prosciutto)
- Mushroom & Caramelized Onion (no cheese)
- The Godfather (no cheese, no pepperoni)
- Asparagus (no cheese, no bacon)
- Brussels Sprout (no cheese, no bacon)
- Artichoke (no cheese)
- Sour Patch Kids
* Alamo Drafthouse recently changed the procedure for its tofu. It’s now marinated and grilled as opposed to just being dropped in a fryer right out of the box. The marinade features chipotles, ginger, lime juice, cilantro, and other deliciousness. This new procedure, and the marinade recipe are all because of Zane! Woot for vegans helping to make change!
** In Austin, Alamo Drafthouse has dedicated veggie fryers at all locations except the Village.
In addition to all the options listed above, the Alamo Drafthouse Village location rolled out a small vegan menu with spiced tofu tacos (try them with soyrizo!), cherry tomato & avocado bruschetta and oatmeal cherry cookies (plus samosas that were unfortunately nixed). These items are currently only available at the Village location (on Anderson), but we’re hoping that if they are popular, other Alamo locations might get the message.
This list is specific to the Alamo Drafthouse locations in Austin (and not all menu items will be available at all locations), but all Alamo Drafthouse locations maintain a set menu, so while you should always double check to make sure that another kitchen doesn’t do things a little differently, this list is a great starting point.
Now that we feel confident in our connection at Alamo, we’ve gone ahead and made this list an official Red Hot Vegans “Guide” – which means that we are going to do our best to keep it up to date. So, in the future, head on over to the guides section to see our latest edition of “Eating Vegan at Alamo Drafthouse.”