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Mother's Cafe and Garden Map It
4215 Duval Street
512-451-3994
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This Hyde Park cafe serves up incredibly delicious and healthy favorites from all across the board. Their salsa is phenomenal, and you'll have it refilled several times over before your meal arrives. Their cold and hot soups are notable, and the salads are made magical with their cashew tamari dressing. Entrees run the gamut of their famous veggie burger to meatless lasagna to Tex-Mex enchiladas. Make room for the mostly vegan dessert options, too, like their flourless chocolate cake and peanut butter pie.

Bouldin Creek Coffee House and Cafe Map It
1900 South 1st Street
512-416-1601
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If you're looking to keep it as natural and granola as possible, Bouldin Creek Cafe has your ticket. Now that they've expanded to their new location on South First, they can accomodate all your vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free needs with a friendly smile. It's a neighborhood cafe that truly reflects its SoFi neighbors.

Beets Living Foods Cafe Map It
1611 West Fifth Street
Suite 165
512-477-2338
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As a self-described "living foods" bar, Beets Cafe features only raw items on their menu. But before you discount this as some "hippie hullabaloo," take a look at some of their mouth-watering offerings. Their creativity conjures up favorites like pizzas, burgers and fajitas with all the nutritiounal benefits of raw vegetables. Meanwhile, the hummus, guacamole and even ice cream maintain the same texture and flavors you expect elsewhere. You'll leave satisfied and a little bit smarter with each visit.

JuiceLand Barton Springs Map It
1625 Barton Springs Road
512-480-9501
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With three accessible locations, Daily Juice is a staple amongst the active, health-conscious folks of Austin. The focus is on the dynamic combinations of superfoods and local, natural ingredients combined in juice, smoothie, sandwich and salad combinations that are always bursting with flavor and packed with nutriends.

Casa de Luz Center for Integral Studies Map It
1701 Toomey Road
512-476-2535
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Casa de Luz is more than a macrobiotic vegan restaurant; it's actually an entire center for holistic living complete with yoga studios and an organic hair salon. But the entirely gluten-free, organic meals put together by the chefs at Casa de Luz are rich in flavor, color and variety, to keep your heart, your eyes and your mouth happy. 

Mr. Natural Cesar Chavez Map It
1901 East Cesar Chavez Street
512-477-5228
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The friendly folks at Mr. Natural are always helpful in making your selections at their entirely veggie-friendly buffet. Load up on all your Tex-Mex favorites here because you'll get a great load of protein with a lot of flavor. Make sure to try their outstanding salsas to find your favorites and really pack your meal with a punch. It's also a bakery, a juice bar and a health food store, so you can get most of your dairy-free, meat-free and wheat-free needs met under one roof.  

Somnio's Cafe Map It
1807 South First Street
512-442-2500
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This South Austin gem is bursting with local flavor in all of their seasonal salads, soups and entrees. While not everything on their menu is vegetarian, there is definitely plenty of options for greens-lovers of all types. The chefs change up the menu on a regular basis, so the choices are always shifting. And although it's pretty fancy, the restaurant is also BYOB, so you can bring your favorite wine to pair with your meal.

Conscious Cravings Map It
1311 S. 1st Street
512-782-0546
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Conscious Cravings is the best option for any students living in the West Campus area. Located in the Longhorn Food Court on Rio Grande and MLK, there is a choice of freshly made wraps that come with some of the tastiest tofu, seitan and chickpeas combined with the best sauces, whether it's chimichurri or even BBQ. And don't skip out on a chance to try the rosemary baked fries, too.

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