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It’s Official Y’all, Titaya’s is Back!

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Dan displays the new menu at Titaya's Thai

We can all breathe a sigh of relief now that Titaya’s Thai Cuisine has finally re-opened! It’s been over a year since the doors were shuttered, and the re-opening date had been moved back too many times to count, but the renovation construction had clearly picked up over the last few months, and now the doors are officially open for business. We hightailed it on over to the newly renovated space, along with a good chunk of Titaya’s other cult followers, and were lucky to get a table for lunch. We were surprised to find no line at 11am, but that quickly changed, and by the time we left around noon, there was the familiar line out the door.

Titaya's new signage

Titaya's updated seating and bar

The renovations have created a new entry with two doors (also good for line overflow), a new larger waiting area, a new fancy bar area, and most importantly, a much larger seating area. There were still a small selection of booths, but the table seating area seemed to have nearly doubled in size. We ordered a few dishes off the lunch menu, and then started to peruse the new dinner menu. The menu still denotes vegetarian items, and it also still mentions that all dishes ordered vegetarian will be made vegan (sans egg). The classic Thai favorites were all there from tom kha and pad thai, to pineapple fried rice and gang garee.

Titaya's fancy new bar and expanded seating

Titaya's New Menu

We tried the leafy roll (aka spring roll) appetizer, spinach dumpling appetizer and the pad see eiw with tofu lunch special, which came with a side salad. Everything was fresh, and delicious. It’s hard to compare any of the dishes with what we had come to know from the old Titaya’s, as we were there for literally their first lunch service. I’m sure things will change in the next few days and weeks, but we really enjoyed everything, and can’t wait to come back and work our way through the rest of the menu.

Spring Roll Appetizer

Spinach Dumpling Appetizer

Pad See Eiw with Tofu (no egg)The lines may be daunting, but it’s totally worth it. Let me know if you’ve tried the new menu, and what y’all think!

Titaya’s Thai Cuisine
5501 N Lamar Blvd Ste C101
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 458-1792
Mon – Fri: 11:00 am – 2:30 pm,
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sat – Sun: 12:00pm – 10:00pm

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Thai Tea Ice Cream over Sticky Rice from Thai Fresh

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Thai tea ice cream over hot sticky rice from Thai Fresh.

What’s better than vegan Thai tea ice cream? Thai tea ice cream melting over hot coconut sticky rice! Its rich coconut flavors melding with the bold flavors of Thai tea – the creamy, cold ice cream contrasting with the hot, chewy rice. This ice cream is more than just a summer staple: it’s the perfect year-round indulgence.

This incredible combination can be found at Thai Fresh, the coffee bar/Thai restaurant tucked away on Mary Street. I love the whole coffee shop/restaurant, but the ice cream and desserts blow me away. The ice cream case is entirely vegan, and with distinctive rotating flavors such as ginger lemongrass, Thai basil, sweet potato pecan and salty tamarind, you’re likely to want to try them all. The dessert case always has something fun going on, from vegan cookies and cakes, to pies, parfaits and ice cream sandwiches – for a few lucky months this summer, their amazing baker was even cranking out vegan croissants and pain au chocolat.

Vegan grasshopper pie and a latte from Thai Fresh.Vegan Croissants from Thai Fresh

Thai Fresh on Mary StreetIf you’re confused by the Thai restaurant/coffee shop combo, you’re not alone. This pairing is uniquely set up, with two spaces, and two focuses, yet with one counter from which you order. It’s unusual, but once you get used to the idea of ordering Thai food from a coffee shop, it all falls into place. Head there in the morning for a latte and parfait, in the afternoon for a full vegan-friendly Thai meal, or in the evening for some wine, dessert and live music. Vegetarian Thai cooking classes (that are vegan-friendly) are also offered regularly, and there is even a small Thai market with those hard to find ingredients, for when you want to re-create the flavors at home.

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!

Vegan News Bites

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Vegan Week in Review” is now called “Vegan News Bites”!!! Same news, new and improved name. Enjoy the latest Red Hot Vegans News Bites!

Beyond Meat in the Jalisco Taco at The Vegan Nom- Have you heard about the magical new vegan chicken from Beyond Meat? Supposedly it’s such a good mimic, it even tricked Mark Bittman at the NY Times. Well, now you too can try it! Grab a jalisco taco at The Vegan Nom, and try your tastebuds at the latest vegan wondermeat. The Vegan Nom is the only place in town that has it for now, but something tells me it’s going to be everywhere very soon. [Edit: The Vegan Nom doesn’t have a regular supplier for Beyond Meat: sometimes they have it, sometimes they don’t.]

Capital City Bakery Trailer -  Did you catch the episode of Unique Sweets featuring Austin’s very own Capital City Bakery on the Cooking Channel? If not, catch one of the rerun episodes listed here. The episode featured an insanely delicious looking massive peanut butter cup. They are always available by special order, so order your very own to experience the magic.

- From the makers of La Condesa comes a new “modern Australian-style Thai” (?!?) restaurant on S. 1st called Sway. According to Crystal over at Vegan Explosion, Sway has a really vegan friendly menu, and a knowledgeable staff to boot. Considering how much I love La Condesa (and their secret vegan platter), I’m super excited to try Sway!

Vegan Nachos at Austin Java Tarrytown- Austin Java is trying out a new concept in Tarrytown with an all vegetarian restaurant. They had a few bumps along the road upon opening, but I’m hoping that we see great things from them going forward. If you have a chance to try them out, let me know what you think.

- Is it just me, or is there a new juice shop location opening up everyday? I can’t keep up. The latest addition is a new Juiceland location tucked away at Spider House off of Guadalupe near 29th. It’s the perfect location for all you UT students to grab a snack and hit the books.

Guac N Roll Menu- Guac and roll is the latest veg addition to Austin’s growing food truck scene. But this truck is a little different, because it actually moves! Not tied down to one location, you may be seeing this truck all over town. So far it looks like you can find them on the weekends at Dane’s Body shop and Frontier Bar, but stay tuned to twitter to see where they land next. The menu is mostly variations on a theme, with a selection of guacamoles that you won’t find anywhere else – like a Moroccan guac with hummus and raisins. If you’re into avocados (and who isn’t?), then this is a fun place to try.

- Tamale House East just added the fabulous Food for Lovers vegan queso to their menu! Grab a plate of purple corn vegan tamales to go with your queso, and you’ll have yourself a delicious meal!

- There’s a new mostly-raw restaurant up in Round Rock called Premier Raw. I’ve yet to check out a raw restaurant that isn’t vegan friendly, but this place’s menu baffles me. I don’t quite understand what a raw restaurant is doing up in Round Rock, nor what a “raw” restaurant is doing with real (aka – not veg) fish and chicken on their menu… but it certainly looks different. If nothing else, I want to check out the decor… “These natural building materials act to create a wonderful, high quality quantum resonance within the space – truly a mini-retreat as you dine!” That’s quite the statement to live up to. If I find anything vegan here, I’ll report back.

ATX Vegan Drinks at Cheer Up Charlie's- Love Arlo’s, but hate waiting to get food till 8pm? Great news, Arlo’s is now open at 6pm! Which for us fuddy-duddies, is a much more reasonable dinner hour. Enjoy your burgers, and get to bed early too! Grab one tonight during ATX Vegan Drinks at Cheer Up Charlie’s!