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Vegans visiting Austin over Thanksgiving
stlvegangeek Posted at 2011/09/18 11:27pm reply to

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I am considering a short trip to Austin over Thanksgiving. It will be my three year old and myself coming from St. Louis. We are staying in a hostel and relying on public transit. My biggest concern is dining on Thanksgiving. Will there be any vegan-friendly places open? Are there any places I can pre-order a vegan dinner from and eat it at the hostel with my daughter?

Also are there any places we should be sure not to miss? We love late night coffee shops, live music, children's theater, and delicious vegan food.
mollyjade Posted at 2011/09/19 1:15am reply to

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Mr. Natural and Whole Foods both have Thanksgiving meals, though I think you have to pick it up the day before.
stlvegangeek Posted at 2011/09/19 1:21am reply to

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Thank you! I will look into both options. As it stands we won't arrive until Wednesday evening because it is a full 22 hours traveling but if I can get another day off here I will definitely add another day if that means food for Thanksgiving. I imagine we won't have anything worth eating on the train so the idea of not eating a proper meal on Wednesday OR Thursday sounds a bit awful!  
Ross Posted at 2011/09/19 8:02am reply to

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Wow that's a long train ride!!

Mr. Natural is definitely probably the best option, I think Wheatsville Co-op usually has some thanksgiving stuff as well (they're our very vegan-friendly co-op grocery in town).

Other things that are my favorites in town: Bouldin Creek coffeehouse (all veggie food, brunch fare), Conscious Cravings food cart, Wheatsville (popcorn tofu po-boy, donuts, muffins, cakes, awesome tofu sandwiches, breakfast tacos, hot bar, etc.), Mr. Natural also for a non-thanksgiving meal, it's all veggie mexican food, and tons of vegan sweets options
Gabriel Posted at 2011/09/19 8:29am reply to

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Casa de Luz (all vegan) usually does a nice Thanksgiving brunch on Thanksgiving day.  I'd highly recommend that.  It should be easy to get to from the hostel on the bus.

Austin's a great place for all kinds of activities, though it does get a little quiet over Thanksgiving.  Is this trip just for leisure?  Do you already have some things planned?  
Georgeous Posted at 2011/09/19 8:44am reply to

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This is just an idea to throw out there... my hubs and I have no family near here and typically one of us can't get enough time off of work to visit the nearest family (4+hrs away). So, we either hit up Kerbey Lane for non-traditional fare or throw a Thanksgiving party at our place! We usually decide by early November what we're doing, and I'll post. If we have something at our place, you're welcome to join!
adrienne Posted at 2011/09/19 9:51am reply to

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usually i do a park party on the saturday after thanksgiving at zilker. it's a pot-luck picnic with live music (usually dj's). i am still in process of getting the permits. so if/when it gets official, i will post it in the events here.
stlvegangeek Posted at 2011/09/19 10:34am reply to

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The park party sounds right up our alley. We're also not new to dining in the homes of new friends. happy

We have nothing planned. It is all still up in the air. It just so happens that the families I work for are all out of town that week so I have an opportunity to travel. We usually take the train which leaves us with little options so we usually go to Chicago but I am so done with going to Chicago in the bitter cold winter so I decided to give Austin a try because I heard it was very vegan-friendly and interesting.

When I saw pictures of the cute little hostel by the lake that sealed my interest.
Ross Posted at 2011/09/19 10:41am reply to

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awesome! you'll love it here happy
carrie Posted at 2011/09/19 11:49am reply to

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There's a really great children's museum on Second Street! Mr. Natural is by far my favorite place for Vegan Thanksgiving food! Wheatsville Coop also has Thanksgiving takeout, and they might be open on Thanksgiving to. I think they close early afternoon on Thanksgiving day. If Wheatsville is open on T-day then they may even have veg and nonveg food on their hot bar. I would ask them on their facebook page. Also, the Amtrak station drops you off really close to Whole Foods, so that's something to look forward to! My top five places in austin to get food are 1) Bouldin Creek 2) Counter Culture 3) Wheatsville Coop 4) Mr. Natural 5) Conscious Cravings

Have Fun!
carrie Posted at 2011/09/19 11:51am reply to

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I meant to say that wheatsville may have a Thanksgiving themed veg and non veg dinner on their hot bar Thanksgiving day. Maybe not if they're only open till early afternoon. Worth looking into!
weigand Posted at 2011/09/20 11:13pm reply to

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I usually head up to Dallas to meet up with some friends for Thanksgiving. We tend to head to Kalachandji's restaurant (also a Hare Krishna temple, by the way) for dinner on Thanksgiving night.

I think a few years ago, my Dallas friends visited me in Austin for Thanksgiving, and the only place that was open for Thanksgiving dinner that had anything vegan was Threadgill's. They have a 5 Vegetable Plate that always satisfies. Be sure to tip your server well!

Kerbey Lane Cafe was mentioned here, but it wasn't open Thanksgiving night then, I don't think.

Either that, or yes like everyone else said, buy your food the day before or maybe as late as Thanksgiving afternoon and just reheat it for Thanksgiving night.

- Steve
Georgeous Posted at 2011/09/24 5:18pm reply to

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Steve- I think for every holiday one of the Kerbey Lane locations stays open, on a rotating basis.
Party in the park sounds fantastic!
stlvegangeek Posted at 2011/09/26 12:02am reply to

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Thank you everyone for all the great tips! It looks like we can come a day early so hopefully I will be able to arrange something from WF or elsewhere. I am thrilled about the possibility of taking my daughter to Austin. I have already found a huge list of things I want to do.

It looks like we're going to have to come back!

In full disclosure, every time we visit a new city we are 100% scoping it out for a place to move to and I have to say the friendliness of this forum is definitely a plus.

Adrienne, I think I would be a terrible mom if I did not take my daughter to the "Christmas" parade on Saturday. What time do you think the party in the park would happen? I want to be sure to do both if possible! The parade is 11 am downtown.
adrienne Posted at 2011/09/26 11:20am reply to

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usually the park event starts at 12pm-1pm and goes until like 950pm. the park closes at 10pm ,so we shut the sound off and start breaking down about 10 minutes before they close. so there should be plenty of time and food still remaining for you guys!

i am stoked about the excitement on this event!
i will get the details squared away this week and post next week!
Ross Posted at 2011/09/26 11:24am reply to

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I definitely want to try to make it out to this year's event, Adrienne happy I totally didn't realize when it had happened last year! (me? scatter-brained??? nawwwww)
stlvegangeek Posted at 2011/10/14 6:44pm reply to

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We finally know that we are coming for sure! We got our tickets and reserved the hostel room today. We will be in town late Tuesday the 22nd and leaving Sunday morning. I wish we could stay longer but the train ride is almost 24 hours each way.

We are definitely going to the parade and the party in the park Saturday.

Hopefully we get to meet some interesting Austin vegans.  
carrie Posted at 2011/10/14 8:21pm reply to

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Hey stlvegangeek! I should have mentioned that my husband is from Missouri. He's from Savannah - a small town about an hour away from Kansas City. He and I met in Columbia, MO where I went to school for a while.

Wheatsville had some vegan Thanksgiving deliciousness on the hot bar the other day! I think sliced tofurky on the hot bar is the greatest thing ever!
carrie Posted at 2011/10/14 8:29pm reply to

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One more post! I've got Thanksgiving on the brain.

I found this you tube video. This girl is so cute! She calls herself the Vegetarian Librarian.

http://youtu.be/tYu-m9pSzrc
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