Austin Scores a Spot on ‘Top Vegan-Friendly Cities’ List

PETA Honors City for Feeding Texans' Hunger for Delicious Vegan Grub

For Immediate Release:
April 21, 2016

David Perle 202-483-7382

Austin, Texas – Austin’s bustling vegan scene supplies hungry diners with everything from barbecue seitan brisket to maple-miso sweet potato tacos, which is why the city has nabbed the number-eight spot on PETA’s Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Cities in the U.S. list. First place went to Portland, Oregon, where Paul McCartney kicked off this year’s awards by presenting the top honors (a photo is available here).

“Austin’s vegan cuisine covers every craving, from soy chorizo burritos packed with melty dairy-free cheese to rich vanilla buttercream cupcakes,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is celebrating the city for delivering delicious cruelty-free meals that satisfy appetites while being kind to animals.”

Austin is famed for its top-notch Tex-Mex and fleet of food trucks, and these worlds collide at longstanding taco trucks The Vegan Yacht—known for the Freeto Burrito, a superb mix of spicy chili, corn chips, and vegan cheese—and The Vegan Nom, offering “chicken” fajitas smothered in creamy chipotle sauce. At BBQ Revolution, standouts include tempeh “ribs” and “bacon” ranch pasta salad.

Counter Culture’s expansive vegan menu includes beloved brunch dishes like fluffy pancakes, vegan omelets stuffed with rich cashew cheese, and flaky spelt biscuits with gooey gravy.

For scrumptious vegan sweets, Sweet Ritual serves artisanal ice cream flavors such as Cinnamonkey Elephantastic, and Capital City Bakery has the decadent Peanut Butter Crunch cupcake—a mix of chocolate, peanut butter, and crunchy candy.

Rounding out PETA’s list are Los Angeles; New York; Detroit; San Diego; Nashville, Tennessee; Honolulu; Seattle; and Richmond, Virginia.

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