6 Austin plant-based places to eat at for $10 or under

Jade Emerson, Life & Arts General Reporter

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared as part of the November 16 flipbook. 

Austin is a hub for vegan eats. Yet often these places come with a hefty price tag. The Daily Texan compiled a list of six local vegan eateries friendly to the planet and a college student’s budget — with food at or under $10. 

Sassy’s Vegetarian Soul Food 

1106 E. 11th St.

Don’t be fooled by the name, Sassy’s takes the title as the best place for vegan comfort meals. Hit up this food truck for a menu of favorites including its Pokechop Sandwich ($10.00), Cajun Mac and Cheese ($10.00) and Chicon N Waffles ($10.00). Or, try Sassy’s Dipped Chicon Basket ($5) which can come with hot lemon pepper, Asian orange or Caribbean jerk seasoning. 

Bouldin Creek Cafe

1900 S. First St.

What’s better than plant-based breakfast? Plant-based breakfast served all day. In addition to a full menu of entrees, Bouldin Creek Cafe boasts an extensive breakfast menu with vegan alternatives for each item. Notable favorites include the Breakfast Scramwich ($8.75), Golden Oats ($7.50) and Zucchini and Cheese Migas ($9.75). Or, consider pairing a breakfast taco ($2.75-$4.00) with the Vegan Blueberry Cornbread ($4) for a scrumptious brunch or late-night bite. 

Vegan Nom

2324 E. Cesar Chavez St.

With 100% plant-based tacos ranging from $3-$6, Vegan Nom attracts lovers of Tex-Mex and budget-friendly vegan bites. Vegan Nom’s menu features everything from Korean BBQ inspired tacos to sweet potato hash brown breakfast tacos and grilled avocado tacos with caramelized onions. 

Bodhi Viet Vegan

2301 W. Parmer Ln.

Bodhi Viet Vegan provides meat-free and meat-alternative Vietnamese food at an affordable price thanks to its all-volunteer staff. Using fresh, homegrown ingredients, Bodhi Viet Vegan crafts each meal from scratch with all profits going to its temple. Try a vermicelli plate, stir-fry, noodle soup or rice plate, which will all run you $7. For an extra $3.50, top it off with purple taro tea, iced green milk tea boba or Vietnamese coffee.


2908 Fruth St. at Spider House

With food made fresh on site, Arlo’s brings veggie burgers to the next level with flavors that taste like a dream. Their plant-based burgers, including a Bac’n Cheezeburger, BBQ Burger and Chipotle Chick’n, will run you $9. For an additional $2, elevate an Arlo’s burger with Mac n Cheeze, Bac’n, chili or even a gluten free bun.

Counter Culture

2337 E. Cesar Chavez St.

In addition to offering an all-vegan menu, Counter Culture works to provide local and organic options. For a light option, try the 3-salad sampler plate ($9.50), or check out its Tempeh Reuben Sandwich ($9.50), Maple BBQ Seitan Sandwich ($9.50) or BBQ Jackfruit Quesadilla ($9.50) for satisfaction with every bite.