Mother’s Cafe and Garden – Austin, TX

Vegetarian dinner at Mother’s Cafe and Garden in Austin, TX

It’s been a little while since I’ve done a press junket, which is essentially back-to-back interviews. Some people find it boring answering the same questions over and over.  But I think they’re fun, especially when there’s really amazing food to fuel you!  Michael (one of our Surrogate Valentine producers) shares his Austin BBQ between interviews.  I gnaw on a rib while walking through the crowded hotel between rooms. And I can only imagine what that looks like to the other conference members.  Since my carnivore craving is now calm, I satisfy my inner hippie with dinner at Mother’s Cafe and Garden.

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Mother’s is a vegetarian restaurant that’s been around since 1980. After a fire in 2007, they renovate it, and now the space is clean and cozy. It’s also in a cute neighborhood, far away from the craziness of SXSW.

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Service is super quick! Immediately, complimentary chips and salsa are set in front of us.  Pretty much the second we sit down.

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Because I’m still full of meat, I order the soup and salad combo. First, the greens arrive.  They come with spinach, carrot, mushrooms, tomatoes, sunflower sprouts, purple cabbage, cucumbers, red onion (which I didn’t eat) black olives, marinated artichoke hearts, and sliced almonds.

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The Cashew Tamari is one of the best dressings, ever.  They actually sell them, in bottles, at local grocery stores like Whole Foods.  Although I had been picturing a creamy one, I love the texture of the chopped nuts. So forget the salsa.  This is now my chip dip.

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Next comes the soup, which is a vegan lentil with spinach. And it comes with a hunk of tasty Honfleur bread.

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Here I am, the Happy Omnivore!

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For a city known for its BBQ, Austin actually really does vegan food well. I try a bite of Abe’s Bueno Burger (a seed, grain, and tofu-based patty).  It also comes with Daiya cheese.  And I’m happy to report, it is a top notch veggie burger.

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We are both full, but I really want to try one of their many vegan desserts. One selection stands out, and that is Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie!  Plus, it comes with fresh strawberries.

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Seems like they use natural peanut butter, which actually gives the pie a lovely, sweet and savory taste. Reminds me of something homemade, and made with lots of love.  Also, that crust!

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Finally, in the end, Abe lets me have most of the dessert.  And I happily lick that plate clean and do a happy dance. If we ever live in Austin, this will be our favorite place.  Because seriously, the price of this check is reason enough to move here.

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I’m in awe of this receipt.  Without a doubt, that is equivalent to the cost of a salad and drink at Cafe Gratitude!  Plus, we also had a killer dessert!  But honestly,  I actually don’t think Cafe Gratitude’s food is even half as good as the food at Mother’s.

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18 thoughts on “Mother’s Cafe and Garden – Austin, TX

  1. Cindy

    I was a vegetarian during the years I lived in Austin. It was vegetarian friendly back then…and I’ve not lived there in 15 years. Mother’s Cafe was a regular stop. Even post fire it looks much as I remember it. Glad you are enjoying your trip and that your film is doing well.

  2. Ashley

    Excuse me , I want to know what time can I watch “Surrogate Valentine ” in Taiwan ? Or can I watch the movie in Taiwan ?
    Thank you!

  3. emily (a nutritionist eats)

    That is super cheap! Wow! Haven’t made it to Cafe Gratitude yet, maybe today? Or Unami Burger – vegan or burgers – can’t decide!

  4. katecooks

    what a good deal! sometimes i forget that a meal doesn’t have to cost $25 per person 🙂

    strawberries seem like a strange fruit to pair with PB pie though! now chocolate fudge sauce would have been a good match…excessive, but YUM.

  5. Olivia

    that restaurant sounds amazing! I loved reading your description of the night and you really can’t beat that pricetag! 21 bucks for a date night?! yes please!! (and that even included dessert!)

  6. lowandbhold

    When I was a vegetarian (living in Oklahoma) people always told me I needed to move to Austin because of all the great food options. Looks great!

  7. Chelsea

    I was in Austin for SXSW Interactive when I was preggers with Lu. I ate at a lot of the same places 🙂

    Now that we live in Boise, our checks look like that a lot. Our favorite place here, costs us $35 and that’s with a BIG beer for Shaun, entrees for the both of us, and food for Lu-including carrot sticks with ranch as an appetizer, ice cream for dessert, and a kid sized milk. This meal would cost twice that in the Bay Area-Love it! It’s easy to get used to though!

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