Elizabeth Street Café – Austin, Texas (Round 3)
Hands down Elizabeth Street Café is my favorite restaurant in Austin, Texas. I visited them on 4 separate occasions during my 9 day vacation in March and I cannot wait to go back in 2014 during our annual SXSW trip. If you find yourself in Austin, make your way to Elizabeth Street Café – lots of Vegan options, even more non-Vegan options that Morgan vouches are “just as mouthwatering.”
For my third visit to Elizabeth Street Café I tried the Vegan báhn mì sandwich, but we’ll get to that in a moment. I started my early dinner with a punch – Rosé Monsoon. Not overly sweet, this punch contains Rosé, Lillet Rosé, Sparkling Rosé, Lychee Black tea, Pear & Lime Juice and Thai Basil. By my 4th visit I had narrowed down the drinks to the Rosé Monsoon punch being my favorite.
I tried an appetizer salad – the Green Mango & Cucumber salad with Basil and Rice Wine Vinaigrette (Veganize it – just ask for it without the Dried Eye of Round). A cool and refreshing choice on a hot day.
The star of my meal, the Vegan báhn mì, was made Vegan by swapping out the baguette for a crusty French bread and putting a hold on the mayo. There are 2 Vegan friendly báhn mì options at Elizabeth Street: the Griddled Lemongrass Tofu & Mushrooms or the Avocado & Sprout. Of course I wanted to try both and I had reached the end of my time in Austin, so my waitress suggested I add avocado to the Tofu & Mushroom option – good choice. Each sandwich is prepared with Cucumber, Daikon, Carrot, Sambal, Cilantro and Jalapeño. The bread was unreal, crispy on the outside, super soft on the inside; not chewy at all. In place of the mayo I threw on some sriracha with really amped up the spice as it already had a kick with the Jalapeños. The combination of the warm tofu & mushrooms with the cool vegetables and the spicy sauce made for a great sandwich and one very satisfied Vegan.
Dessert — Unfortunately as a Vegan there is nothing I could get for dessert, however, it pays dine with non-vegans and watch them enjoy the great dessert options Elizabeth Street has to offer. On this particular day Morgan was with me and against her will I made her order and consume the croissant bread pudding with vanilla ice cream and berry compote. Beautiful presentation. I’m 100% sure she enjoyed it.
Check out my other visits to Elizabeth Street here:
Round 1 featuring the Bún with Vegan Nuoc Cham.
Round 2 featuring the Pho Chay (Vegetable Broth Pho).