Austin >Veggie Heaven
1914 A Guadalupe St., Austin, TX | Directions 7870530.2827110290527 -97.7424011230469
Neighborhoods: University of Texas - Austin
They're not kidding when they call this – How many restaurants can you think of where the entire menu is primarily $7 and under? This iconic UT-area eatery features vegetarian fare for cheapz. You can even go as low as $5 with their Thai Rice Noodles ($4.95) or Open Sesame ($4.50), though I recommend springing the extra dollar or two to try fan faves such as the Protein 2000 (not Outkast's newest album) with protein nuggets and broccoli or the Lucky Seven with fried tofu balls and veggies. This joint is pretty no frills, but the friendly staff, quick service and sweet $5 t-shirts featuring a very happy Asian child make this a must to recapture old hippie Austin.
I love this place – Literally probably my favorite place to eat on the drag. They cook the tofu PERFECTLY. The waitresses hardly speak english, so that's difficult if you have questions. Otherwise, great place!
Went Veggie – Tried to be healthy and go veggie.
The food was pretty good, had the Rainbow Veggie, but it was over salted.
The crowd was mostly students and parking was a little tough.
If you plan to go AVOID at lunch and try an early dinner.
great vegetarian food – I'm sure the people who run Veggie Heaven have good hearts, as they always have free rice for the many homeless people on the Drag, but they are not the bubbly, friendly, smiley type of people who serve you. That said, the food is great and decently priced. I've been coming here for 8 years and I will definitely keep coming back.
Vegan restaurant supports the homeless and the Falun Gong. – The restaurant’s exterior resembles an old donut shop or fast food joint, but inside, pale bamboo walls and tables stocked with bright green chopsticks and brilliant red hot sauce light up the faces of happy eaters. Regulars are a mix of vegans, UT students and those who love fresh, bargain-priced Chinese food (most entrees are under $5). Eating here isn't just healthy, it can be a learning experience, if one reads any of the literature hanging about. Of obvious importance: stopping China's persecution of Falun Gong. The restaurant also supports various charities, including fighting breast cancer and feeding Austin’s homeless.
VEGGIE HEAVEN- BEST PLACE TO EAT...EVER – This is my number 1 favorite restaurant in the city of Austin, as well as the entire country. They offer the BEST vegan food anywhere. They're food is super cheap and they're menu is huge. It's nice to feel assured that everything you're eating is vegan! EAT HERE.
Unassuming but excellent Asian vegetarian place! – As a UT student, I walked past Veggie Heaven numerous times without ever trying it. Years later, I finally visited Veggie Heaven at the suggestion of a friend. What a surprise! What this meat-eater thought would just be "rabbit food" turns out to be the yummiest presentation of tofu and soy I've ever had! The oddly-named "Protein 2000" is like a very good vegetarian sesame chicken. The Four Seasons tofu is an excellent sweet and spicy tofu and green bean dish. Don't miss the kitschy $5 Veggie Heaven t-shirts if you want to show your love!
BAAAAD – I went to lunch with 3 friends. We ordered 3 different dishes - I ordered the supposedly spicey tomato dish #27 & one of us ordered the eqqplant & tofu dish - I can't remember what the other person ordered. All 3 dishes were virtually inedible. They had a really bad flavor like they had been doused with a sauce made from dirty socks soaked in water. My spring roll at least was edible, but very greasy.
Similarly, I had a bland experience the last 2 previsous times I ate here, even though I ordered dishes that were alledgedly "spicey"
I used to come here frequently for Cathay Fajitas, but I will never dine here again!
Our server was borderline rude & not very diligent about refilling our water glasses.
Best Veggie Food in Austin – Try the protein 2000 and the chicken quesadilla! The pearl drinks are yummy especially the taro. I haven't found many things at this place that I didn't care for.
I never write reviews of this sort, but I was galvanized to do so by reading the first review that I encountered on this site while looking for Veggie Heaven's phone number. All I would say to the vegetarians out there is that this restaurant is NOT a hip dining spot, at which you enjoy an aperitif while commenting on the flawless decor and charming waitstaff. However, if you are a vegetarian who appreciates great food, low prices, prompt service, and a menu that is composed entirely of vegetarian options, this is the restaurant for you. Additionally, their service is so expedient it is unlikely that you will have to wait on a parking spot for longer then a few minutes even during peak dining hours.
Rushed service and TERRIBLE parking situation – I just went to Veggie Heaven again today, and although their food is decent, I have to agree with most of the other reviewers that say the food is predictable. I have ordered several different dishes and they're right - one dish tastes like the next. And the next. And the next. But, predictability is sometimes a good thing - no matter what you order, your food will taste the same - and you can't beat the price.
The service is TERRIBLE. They're just churning customers through to make the extra buck. "Sit down, order, eat, pay, and GET OUT" is the definite unspoken rule: Snarf down your meal and leave in order to make room for the next customer. The check is brought to you immediately after they serve your food and they NEVER ask if they can bring you anything else! Make a unique request and you get stared at like you're an alien.
The ambiance is blah. Not that the place is dirty or filthy, but I do get that "greasy spoon cafe" feeling in there. One thing the owners could do is to perhaps have a small stereo with some background music of some sort. I mean, come on, how much would it hurt to spring for a $14 cheap stereo at WalMart?
But the worst thing about Veggie Heaven? The parking. It's ATROCIOUS! When I got there (at 1:30 p.m., AFTER the lunch rush), there was absolutely no parking in their lot, and I felt very lucky to get a place on Guadalupe (for which of course I had to pay). Two things happened that made me realize the ownership/management couldn't care less about their customers' ability to park in their lot. First, a lady walked in and told the group she was meeting that she couldn't join them because there was no parking and she had circled the block for forever, to no avail. Later, I observed a car drive in, stop in their parking lot, and drop off a girl who promptly got into HER car (parked in VEGGIE HEAVEN'S lot), and drove off. Hello Veggie Heaven! Folks are using your lot for other purposes and you're not TOWING like your signs claim you do!
Big deal about the parking... park in west campus and walk. There can't be a giant parking structure everywhere you go--I guess you want to live in a city that's all parking lots and garages?
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