Monday, October 15, 2007

Enjoying some vegan eating in Austin's neighborhood

This is the famous Protein 2000 dish: vegetable proteins made of soybeans in a slightly sweet brown sauce with broccoli, garlic and onions.

This is called Lucky 7. Here's how the menu described it: seven fried tofu balls made of celery, carrots, chestnut, vegetable protein, and breadcrumbs are cooked with broccoli, baby bok choy, cauliflower, carrots, napa cabbage, onion and garlic in a slightly sweet and spicy red sauce.

One of the difficult parts to living in the Rio Grande Valley is the shortage of restaurants that serve to vegans. There are simply slim pickings down here. Perhaps that's a good thing, considering I don't eat in restaurants as much anymore. I did this weekend though when I went to Austin and had lunch at Veggie Heaven next to the campus of the University of Texas with my friend, Dean. I forgot to take pictures of what we were eating until after we had already started chowing down. That's why they look a little a sloppy. The restaurant serves such a crazy variety of vegan dishes. So many are good, but I always find myself gravitating to Protein 2000. It is simply soul food. I love their fried spring rolls, steam buns and the brown rice with lentils, as well. Here's a link to Veggie Heaven's menu.


  1. I'm an Austin vegan and just wanted to say hey. I recognized that Protein 2000 way before you mentioned it was from Veggie Heaven. Their menu is so huge. I can never make up my mind and have to let someone order for me.

  2. At one point several years ago, I resolved to try something new each time I ate there, proceeding through the menu from front to back. But the place was often so crowded that I didn't get to eat there often enough to remember what I'd had last, so I ended up just going back to my 2 or 3 favorites, mostly containing sweet potato or taro. Also, it should be noted that Veggie Heaven dishes labeled spicy are truly hot. If you're not accustomed to that, I recommend specifying mild or medium spicy when ordering.

  3. I'll have to eat there next time I'm in Austin.