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Golden Spike's Vegan Brunch

  • There’s a brand-spanking new vegan food truck in Austin, and it’s a gold mine (womp, womp!). The Golden Spike Rail Cart, an all-vegan comfort food trailer, has been open for just a few weeks now, but they show so much promise. The menu is still evolving, but it currently features frito pie, sweet potato waffle fries (with or without cheese sauce), and egg rolls for dinner, plus pancakes, home fries, biscuits and gravy, and sausage waffle egg rolls with maple syrup for brunch. The Buffalo chik’n with mozzarella egg roll on the dinner menu, and the pancakes and sausage waffle egg rolls on the brunch menu are all stand-outs. The Golden Spike is currently parked at the The Buzz Mill and is open for dinner every night, and brunch on the weekends (we’d recommend calling for hours).
  • It looks like Austin is in store for another awesome vegan food trailer. Craig Vanis of the roving vegan supper club, Bistro Vonish, posted a picture of himself in a food trailer with the caption, “I heard Austin likes trailers… ” Clearly a sign of good things to come.
  • Rabbit Food Grocery has successfully funded their kickstarter, and has secured a brick-and-mortar location! South Austinites win here again, as the future home of Rabbit Food Grocery will be on South 1st street, within spitting distance of Bouldin Creek Cafe and Pulse Vegan.
  • The east side lost a great little vegan-friendly grocery store, as the Wet Whistle closed their doors for good recently. We’re sad to see them and their abundant vegan grab-and-go options go.
  • Nice-n-ful, a great little vegetarian soul food truck on the east side, also appears to have shuttered their doors. They weren’t around for very long, but we’re sad to see them go. We hope this isn’t the end of the road for their delicious soul rolls.
  • Juiceland has opened up their tenth (!) location at 9901 Brodie. We told you they were taking over the world.
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New(ish) Vegan Grocery Store Finds:

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Vegan Section in Whole Foods

It’s been a couple of months since we’ve done a new product round-up, so a few of these are not so new, but they’re all worth checking out! We scoured the shelves of Whole Foods, Wheatsville Co-op, Central Market, HEB and Rabbit Food Grocery to find vegan products that we hadn’t tried before – so many of them are keepers! We’ve got vegan ranch chips, crème-filled chocolate bars, cheddar squares, maple breakfast sausages, mini vegan bottles of wine, boxed mac and cheese and so much more!

Let us know what you think of these products, or if we’ve missed a new product you love! Also, if you’ve seen any of these on the shelves of a store we didn’t list, give us a heads up, and we’ll update our post. Happy Eating!

Vegan News Bites

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Austin Vegan Postcard– Just stopped by Sweet Ritual to pick up a salted caramel brownie shake (ridiculously good btw), and found these nifty Austin Vegan Guide postcards. Featuring a full list of the Austin vegan businesses, and a few awesome blogs in town (including yours truly), these postcards are out just in time for SXSW. Whether you’re a local, or just in town for the week, pick one up, as you might learn something new.

– Speaking of learning something new… the secret’s out about Capital City Bakery‘s new brick and mortar address. It’s listed on the postcard as “coming soon, 2013” at 2211 E. Cesar Chavez. Located smack dab in between Mr. Natural and Counter Culture, and a few blocks away from Sugar Circus, East-siders are going to have no lack of vegan treats.

New Tofurky Products– If you’re not already following VegNews on Instagram, you should be. We are freaking out about the pictures they are posting from Expo West. The new products include pot pies and pockets from Tofurky, breakfast sandwiches and jerky from Gardein, maple bacon potato chips from Kettle Chips and bleu cheese dressing from Follow Your Heart. It could be months before any of these hit the shelves, but you can be sure, we’ll be the first in line to snap them up.

Texas VegFest is less than one month away! Have you seen their list of vendors? and speakers? There will be burgers, Ethiopian, falafel, donuts, baked goods, ice cream and funnel cake to eat. Not to mention chefs, cookbook authors, and professional athletes to hear speak. The best part is that it’s all right here in Austin!

ATX Vegan Drinks– The menu for the St. Patrick’s Day ATX Vegan Drinks at Counter Culture is looking amazing: Dublin coddle (sausage dish), corned beef & cabbage, apple mash, bread pudding with Irish whiskey sauce, Irish coffee, green juice and of course, lots of beer! Add Red Hot Vegans’ very own vegan bagpiper to the mix, and you’ve got yourself one hell of a party!

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New Vegan Products
New Grocery Products:
– Find delicious Tofutti sundae cones (akin to a Drumstick), Wheatsville brand vegan lip balm and Punk Rawk Labs nut cheese at Wheatsville Co-op.
– Hard to keep in stock, Earth Balance White Cheddar Popcorn and Puffs, P.B. Popps, and Buttery Popcorn can be tracked down at Rabbit Food Grocery.
– Victoria Vegan Sauces including a vegan vodka and vegan alfredo sauce are now available at Wheatsville and Rabbit Food Grocery.
– Grab some hazelnut chocolate covered strawberries at in.gredients this month. Made using their in-house vegan nutella, they are sure to be a hit for Valentine’s Day.
Veganic soil from The Ground Up (based out of Dallas) can be found at The Great Outdoors, TreeHouse, It’s About Thyme and Breed & Co.

Restaurant News:
Sagra fans will be glad to hear that they have reopened on the east side at 11th and Waller. We hope the vegan menu is as good as or better than their old location!
Moses Falafel will be introducing their falafel sandwiches to the throngs of students at UT via a food push cart. Located at Dean Keaton and Speedway, the cart will be open Mon-Fri from 11am to 3pm. Yay for another great vegan option on campus!
– Many Austinites have been disappointed to find the doors at Thai favorite Titaya’s shuttered. They are temporarily closed for renovations (hopefully to expand their seating!). Their Yelp page says they plan to re-open on March 1, 2013, but where that date came from, I have no idea. Fingers crossed that they re-open soon!

New Menu Items
New Menu Items:
– The genius behind the amazing vegan baked goods at Thai Fresh has upped the game with croissants and pain au chocolat! Only available in limited quantities every other Saturday morning, they are definitely worth waking up early for.
– Little Big Mike’s Pizza is offering a sweet potato pizza special that can be made vegan (sans cheese, sub vegan aioli). They also offer a buy one, get one free deal on Mondays when you mention the Facebook or Twitter code-word.
– First there was a crazy Canadian dessert, the nanaimo bar; now there are vegan cheesecake bars at Sugar Circus! Head on over to this east side bakery’s storefront, or grab their goods at Bouldin Creek, Buzz-Kill and the Wet Whistle.
– Sweet Ritual officially has hard packed ice cream! We’re looking forward to seeing what new and unusual flavors those awesome ladies come up with. Check out this week’s new flavors: Bananas Foster and Peanut Butter Chocolate Girl Scout Cookies!
– If you find yourself at the Barton Creek Farmer’s Market, keep an eye out for vegan cupcakes from Hill Country Cupcakes. They sell out early, so if you want to guarantee you’ll get one, order ahead of time.
– Austin Daily Press, a cute little sandwich shop on the east side has added a new vegan sandwich to their menu called The Edward, with edamame fritter, ginger peanut sauce, avocado, cilantro, mint, and onion.

In Other News:
– Been wanting to check out Sunny Day Farms? Well, now you have your chance! They will be opening their doors to the public on Saturday, March 2rd. It will be a family-friendly event, and Vegeria will be serving lunch. Come on out and meet all the adorable farm animals, and consider donating some money or supplies to help them keep their doors open!