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Vegan Pizza Day!

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Vegan Pizza Day is coming up on Saturday, June 30th, and to honor this holiest of holidays, we bring you a break down of the best vegan pizza in Austin:

Conan’s Pizza: Conan’s has north, central and southern locations, and they all deliver, so there is a very good chance that one delivers to your doorstep, which makes them an automatic winner in my book. Their deep dish pizza is excellent (FYI – their thin crust is not vegan), and you can get Daiya at no additional cost on Wednesdays. Also, there’s generally a $2 coupon that you can print from their website to save a little extra dough.

East Side Pies: East Side Pies is a conundrum. They are vegan friendly; they have a ton of unique vegan topping options and they have vegan labels on their menu. However, they don’t actually offer a vegan cheese option. This place is great for those of you that have never converted over to vegan cheese.

Hoboken Pie: A veritable holy grail of vegan pizza with rotating vegan specials including seitan and tofu ricotta. There’s no upcharge for their vegan specialty pies, and they have 1/2 off build-your-own pies on Tuesdays. They are also debuting a special pie just for Vegan Pizza Day called the Red Hot Butcher (topping details below), which warms our Red Hot Vegan hearts!

Mellow Mushroom: An awesome national chain that offers Daiya, as well as tempeh and tofu at their Austin location. Order a vegan pizza or calzone and sit back and relax with one of their many beers.

The Parlor: The Parlor wins for most mock meat options, with house-made vegan chicken, sausage and pepperoni all featured on their menu. While they seldom have all the mock meats available, the rare chance when I can order a vegan meat lovers’ pizza is alone worth heading over there. They also offer a vegan French bread pizza that is perfect for dining solo and they are one of only two places that I know of that use Follow Your Heart instead of Daiya.

Promise Pizza: Promise is an organic and super-duper vegan friendly pizza place. They offer calzones, regular, whole wheat, and gluten free vegan dough, and to top it off, they have vegan cinnamon knots (order sans icing) and beignets! Their prices are affordable, and they deliver; the only downside is that their only two locations are up north – so hike it on up there to get your pizza on.

VIA 313: Vegan Detroit style pizza in Austin! What is Detroit style pizza you ask? It turns out it’s an incredibly delicious, oily, thick crusted, rectangular pizza with the sauce on top of Follow Your Heart cheese. It hits the spot after a night of drinking on E 6th st. Visit us at ATX Vegan Drinks, and check it out!

Wheatsville: What’s better than Wheatsville’s popcorn tofu? Popcorn tofu on a ready-to-bake vegan pizza!

Whole Foods:  By far the best deal in town. You can get a large vegan pizza with three toppings for $14, and, on top of that, the same pies are only $10 on Thursday! Whole Foods gets a bad rap for being expensive, but their pizza is definitely not going to break the bank. Vegan ready-to-bake pies are usually available as well, and the Gateway location also offers tempeh bacon as a topping.

zPizza: I’m a huge fan, as they are the most vegan friendly national pizza chain that I’m aware of. They have a delicious vegan pie called the Berkeley Vegan prominently featured on their menu (it even has veggie burger crumbles on it!). Their locations are seemingly random, and not particularly accessible from central Austin, but I guess we should all be grateful that they are bringing vegan pizza to what would otherwise be vegan pizza deserts.

For our gluten-free friends (Note: I’ve never actually tried any of these, so quality is not assured):
Beets: Raw pizza – ’nuff said.
Milto’s: From what I’ve heard, this place is a Mediterranean cafe that also happens to serve pizza. Their gluten-free crust is vegan and, while they don’t offer a vegan cheese option, they will put Daiya on your pizza if you bring it to them.
– Promise Pizza: Offers a vegan gluten free crust. See above for more details.
– zPizza: Offers a vegan gluten free crust. See above for more details.

Now that you’re craving pizza, and can’t wait to celebrate Vegan Pizza Day – come join us for an awesome Vegan Pizza Day celebration at Capital City Bakery, with a pop-up shop from Rabbit Food Grocery and pies from Hoboken Pie! Capital City Bakery will be making adorable pizza themed cookies, and Hoboken Pie is offering 20% off pizza when you mention “Vegan Pizza Day” on Saturday, June 30th (for the party, and for pick-up orders only). They are also debuting a new vegan pie called the Red Hot Butcher with Daiya cheese, Field Roast sausage, and Yves pepperoni!

No matter how you chose to celebrate, we hope you have a happy Vegan Pizza Day!

Hoboken Pie: BBQ Seitan Special

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Hoboken Pie, already my favorite vegan friendly pizza place in town, has upped their game with BBQ seitan! The BBQ seitan pie is this month’s special, and it does not disappoint. It’s packed with Daiya, seitan, BBQ sauce, onions, jalapeños and a light sprinkle of cilantro. The pie costs the same as their non-vegan specialty pie pricing, so there isn’t even a vegan upcharge! The 14″ pie costs $17, the 18″ pie costs $21, and the 20″ pie costs $26. They even have 1/2 off build your own pies on Tuesdays, so you can get an amazing customized pizza for a steal!

In addition to Daiya vegan cheese, Hoboken has their own house made tofu ricotta, and they can also make vegan garlic knots! None of the vegan specials are listed on the menu, but the servers generally know what you’re talking about, if you just ask for vegan options. They’re centrally located on Red River and 8th St, and they deliver 7 days a week until 2:30am!
We decided to pick a pizza up to take home, and then remembered that we had just purchased some Parmela through Rabbit Food Grocery. I didn’t even know that I missed putting parmesan on pizza, until I put Parmela on our pie. It was cheesy, tangy and all around the most awesome vegan parmesan replacement I’ve ever tried. It’s got a super simple ingredient list of nuts and fermented soy, which makes me love it all that much more. Pick some up today, and get your pizza on!

Hot New Vegan Products

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Chocolate ZicoEvery once in a while a product comes along that just blows me away. A friend pointed out Chocolate Zico in the grocery store the other day, and compared it to Yoo-hoo. I never liked Yoo-hoo, so I was skeptical at first, but Chocolate Zico proved to be amazing. It’s chocolatey, coconuty, salty, sweet – even my husband who doesn’t eat chocolate went back for extra sips. It’s magic in a bottle!

Honey AgaveI’d been hearing about a couple of vegan honey alternatives for a while now, but hadn’t found any in Austin. That was until last week, when I found honey flavored agave from Sohgave at Wheatsville. It seems like this product has been out for a while, but maybe other people have missed its release like I did – or maybe it’s new at Wheatsville. Whatever the case may be, I’m glad I found it, and I’m sure you will be too. It’s perfect for adding to tea, making baklava, or drizzling over anything! Update: Rabbit Food Grocery now carries Bee Free Honee. I went from having no vegan honey, to having two vegan honeys – this must be my week!

The VeggThe Vegg – the world’s first vegan egg yolk – has finally been released. It’s available through Vegan Essentials, Pangea, Food Fight Grocery, and a host of other online groceries. It’s great for french toast, hollandaise sauce, frittata, custard, the list goes on. And 10% of the proceeds go towards our friends over at Compassion Over Killing!

Daiya WedgeMagic melting vegan cheese maker Daiya introduced a new line of cheese wedges at Expo West, including a jack, cheddar and jalepeño garlic havarti style wedge. The line will launch April 1st – but at least one online grocery already has it in stock. I checked with Rabbit Food Grocery, Wheatsville and the downtown Whole Foods to see if they had any early shipments, but none of them currently stock it. Be sure to let me know if you see them around town – I can’t wait to get my hands on these babies and make vegan fried cheese sticks! Update: Wheatsville and the downtown Whole Foods have both started carrying the new Daiya wedges – yay!!