We interrupt our (not so) regularly scheduled 2014 Vegan MoFo theme posts, “Top 20 – Eat Yo’ Veggies Edition” for an overdue (and slightly indulgent) “Vegan News Bites”. Some of this might be old news to many of our readers, but there’s so much that happens in this town, that we hope everybody will have a chance to learn something new! Apologies in advance for the epically long post, but that’s what happens when you combine the incredibly active vegan scene we have here in Austin with a healthy dose of good old-fashioned procrastination.
- We’ll start off with the biggest and most exciting news for Austin vegans: Rabbit Food Grocery is moving into a brick-and-mortar location! Their kickstarter campaign just got 100% funded yesterday, but there’s still a little over two weeks left for you to back their campaign and help them move in. Kickstarter backers can look forward to scoring some awesome RFG swag, groceries delivered to your home, or even a chance at an all-you-can-grab vegan supermarket sweep! In the meantime, you can still order online, and as our readers, you can save 10% off your whole order for the entire month of September! Just enter coupon code “RedHotVegans” at checkout!
To kick off our Top 20 Austin Favorites series for Vegan MoFo, we’re starting with the king of burgers: The Bac’n Cheezeburger from Arlo’s Food Truck. With two locations – one at Cheer Up Charlie’s on Red River Street, and the other at Radio Coffee and Beer on Manchaca, Arlo’s has been a mainstay in the Austin vegan scene since 2012. While everything on the menu is good, almost everyone I know is madly in love with this particular burger. What makes it the king of burgers is the combination of an insanely delicious house-made patty, stacked with house-made seitan bac’n, melted Daiya cheeze, vegan mayo, ketchup, mustard, pickles, tomatoes, onions, and lettuce, all on a quality vegan bun.
I highly suggest pairing your magical Arlo’s burger with a fresh juice cocktail from Cheer Up Charlie’s (alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available), with my personal favorites being the Rosy Cheek and the Golden Ticket. If you’re not in the mood for a burger (blasphemy!), the chik’n tacos are also fantastic. For those with finicky diets (allergies are a drag), the street tacos are a great soy and gluten free option. If you’re an Austin vegan who has never heard of this burger, then you should probably get out from under your rock and try one, maybe even this Friday at ATX Vegan Drinks!
[Edited to reflect the new locations]
Disclaimer: This Top 20 series, presented in no particular order, is formed from the personal opinions of Marie and Daniel, and does not necessarily reflect the views of all Red Hot Vegans bloggers. If you’re not a fan of oily, sugary, calorie-dense food, then this series is probably not for you. For everyone else, enjoy!