3/14/2013 03:11:00 PM

Ask the Austin Zagat Blogger: What Restaurants Are Good for Both Meat Eaters and Vegetarians?

The patio at Olive and June
Eating out in our fair city raises all sorts of burning questions. Is it okay to take a date to a food trailer? Yay or nay on cargo shorts at Uchiko? Then there are the more general questions we’ve always wondered but been too afraid to ask. Are you allowed to eat garnish? Who pays for that extra appetizer?

That’s where I come in, your trusty Austin Zagat blogger, Megan Giller. Ask me anything your heart desires in the comments section below, and I’ll give you my honest opinion.

This week an Austinite asked me, My husband is a meat eater and I’m a vegetarian. What restaurants can we go to where we don’t have to compromise? 

As I’m sure you know, our city is hugely friendly to the plant-based lifestyle. But there are plenty of places to get your veggies and protein.

For a quick bite, I like the Mellizoz Tacos trailer on South First. The tacos themselves are good, but the real treats are the enormous tortas: Try the braised beef with cilantro-lime aioli or the veggie, with portabellas, fried avocado, cotija cheese and chipotle-sherry vinaigrette. New India Cuisine on South Congress is always great, with unusual vegetarian and vegan choices like dal tarka lentils and eggplant shrimp in a spicy cilantro sauce (don’t forget to share some garlic naan).

For a healthier option I like Eastside CafĂ©, where regardless of your diet (especially gluten-free), you’ll find great options and local produce and protein. In particular, the brunch showcases Eastside’s brilliantly colored farm-fresh eggs in Eggs Benedict, migas and more.

And for date night, Olive and June in Rosedale is the way to go. Expand your palate with small plates like fried spinach and fennel sausage ravioli and semolina gnocchi, antipasti like bite-size pork meatballs and the torta napoletana (green olive, ricotta, greens, pesto and pecorino) and entrees like grilled rabbit with spinach and raisins and mezzalune pasta with butternut squash, golden raisin mostarda and sage.

Have a restaurant query you need answered? Ask Megan your questions below in the comments section.


  1. Eastside Cafe's Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas are delicious! Aside from lots of choices for both at ethnic favorites like Alborz, Clay Pit, Koriente, La Condesa, Sagra, and Satay, omnivores and vegetarians can dine together nicely at Chez Zee, Steeping Room, and Austin-institution Kerbey Lane Cafe.

  2. I just found some places I'll need to try! Thank you for the options!

  3. I have some friends coming in from Dallas. One likes to eat new things; the stranger, the better. Not quite Bizarre Foods, but not far from it, either. Where should I make reservations for interesting eating?

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