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Fresh falafel from JuiceLand in Hyde ParkJuiceLand is not the kind of place I’d plan on finding my new favorite falafel in town, but that’s in fact where you’ll find a fresh, moist falafel that’s drenched in delicious tahini. It’s definitely not too oily or too dry, problems that can plague a lot of falafel joints. I think you could potentially fault it for not being authentic, with kale and carrots finding their way into the mix, and being cooked in avocado oil, but it all just works for me. It’s gluten free if you skip the pita and get it salad style. As of right now it’s made fresh to order during lunchtime, Monday through Friday, at the Hyde Park location. It’s decently priced at $6, plus you can grab a Facebook deal for 50% off right now.

– Chipotle announced that for the first time in the company’s 20 year history it’s expanding its menu with a new vegan option. The Chipotle sofritas, shredded tofu with chilies and spices, is made from organic soybeans from Hodo Soy Beanery and produced out of a factory in Oakland, CA. So far it looks like the tofu is making its way slowly inwards from the coasts, with Texas not quite on the sofritas map yet. I called a few locations to see if they knew when it would land in Texas, and no one that I spoke to had an idea of the timeline, but it’s definitely something to look out for in the near future – and a great option to find when you’re traveling.

Vanilla Silk Almond Froyo at TCBYTCBY has added a Silk vanilla almond Froyo to their selection of flavors. This is the second vegan flavor in their lineup, after they introduced a Silk chocolate almond froyo a few months back. The vanilla flavor was available at the UT location on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive when we went to check it out, and while we didn’t have high expectations, we were pleasantly surprised by the flavor and consistency. It’s fat free, and a true frozen yogurt with added live active cultures. It’s certainly nice to see that TCBY, a major national chain, is adding more vegan options, and it’s a great option for those looking for a treat near campus.

Brunch at The Vegan Nom– Vegan Brunch is blowing up in this town! Down south, The Vegan Nom has created a vegan brunch platter available every Saturday from 10am to 2pm. For $12, you get not only a platter stacked with classic brunch fare (french toast, potatoes, scramble, sausage and tempeh bacon), but a free mimosa from the Buzz Mill as well! Brunch at the Vegan Nom is a bit of a departure from their usual menu of Rockin’ Vegan Tacos, but it’s quickly becoming a new Saturday morning favorite.

Vegan Brunch at Mr. Natural– We’ve tried the Mr. Natural Brunch buffet twice now, and are definitely fans. Come hungry, as just trying a little bit of everything will fill you up (pictured is a little bit of everything from last Sunday’s brunch, minus the spinach puffs and tamale pie which came out a little later). Head on over to the east side, and check it out yourself on the first Sunday of the month at the Cesar Chavez location for $16.
New Menu Items at Taco 'Bout It– Up north we have some new menu items at Taco ‘Bout It, and their first vegan-friendly brunch this Sunday with free drinks! The new tacos include a vegan baja fry taco (aka fish taco), and a vegan beef taco, which compliment their two veggie heavy vegan tacos. For those looking for a little more food, try making any taco into a burrito for only $3 more (note: the burrito is really a giant taco). They also offer agave for their sopapillas (fried flour tortilla with cinnamon) to make them vegan, so you can finish off your meal with something sweet.

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Mac & Chz from Happy Vegan Baker

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Happy Vegan Baker Mac & Chz, served with a side of fresh farmer's market veggies

Thick, tender elbow noodles covered in a rich cheezy sauce, with little bits of seasoned tofu mixed in — Happy Vegan Baker‘s vegan version of this all-American favorite comfort food has it all. Each bite is packed with flavors and textures that are guaranteed to make you a happy vegan eater. Best of all, this lip-smacking cheezy goodness can be yours for only three dollars, so when you feed your cravings it doesn’t bleed your savings. (Yes, eating Mac & Chz makes you tell cheezy jokes.)

You can find Happy Vegan Baker at several of the local farmer’s markets around town (check their website for details), where they sell Mac & Chz in refrigerated containers along with other tasty ready-made meals like the ChickUn Salad and Lentil Shepard’s Pie. They’re all so good that I could dig right into them cold, but if you really want to make the flavors pop, the Mac & Chz and Shepard’s Pie can be reheated at home. Happy Vegan Baker also offers a wide selection of delicious vegan baked goods (e.g. cupcakes, bread, oatmeal sandwiches, even gluten-free biscotti), which you can find at their farmer’s market booth, as well as in several coffee houses around town.

Mac and Chz at the Farmer's Market Gluten Free Options from Happy Vegan Baker

Happy Vegan Baker Booth at the Triangle Farmer's MarketHappy Vegan Baker is a family-owned business, and their passion and enthusiasm shows through in everything they do. They were the first vegan business we ran into when we moved to Austin (purely by accident, at the downtown farmer’s market), and we were welcomed warmly with a big grin that made us feel right at home in a city that was brand new to us at the time. Whether you’re in the mood for something sweet or savory, head over to the farmer’s market and visit the Happy Vegan Baker booth: their friendly greeting will brighten your day, and so will the food, with every bite from the first to the last.

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!