A fun take on a classic BLT, the vegan TBLT is our go-to meal at The Steeping Room: tofu, tempeh bacon, lettuce, tomato and basil vegenaise served on a fluffy ciabatta – pair it with a tangy cashew Caesar salad on the side (a highly recommend $1 upgrade). The Steeping Room has been a favorite of mine since our arrival in Austin. The attention to detail and the quality of ingredients have us coming back time and time again. From the marinade on the tofu, to the sear on the tempeh bacon, to the quality of the bread, The Steeping Room is clearly paying attention to making a fantastic product.
There isn’t a bad vegan dish on the menu, but the tomato soup (one of the rotating vegan soups), scone, lemon edamame tea sandwich and buddha bowl (we recommend the cashew sauce) are all stand outs. When you get a die-hard fried food fan like myself to eat something called a ‘buddha bowl’ you’re clearly doing something right.
Besides delicious food, The Steeping Room, as the name would indicate, also has top-notch teas. Cool down with a tea-tail (a shaken tea cocktail), or warm up with one of the dozens of specialty teas – from green and black to pu-erh and oolong, there’s something for everyone. Soy or almond milk, agave and raw sugar are all available to complete your cup.
Check out The Steeping Room in The Domain, or at their relatively new location on N. Lamar. The N. Lamar location is looking to bring in the dinner crowd with a new line-up of dinner specials every week. With specials such as vegan ramen and a Java bowl, and a complementary glass of wine punch with your entree – what’s not to love? If you’re looking for a deal, the Vegan Breakfast Sandwich is a steal at $4 with baked tofu, hummus, cilantro and spicy sriracha on wheat or white bread. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and even brunch, there’s never a bad time to head to The Steeping Room.
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!