It’s been a little while since I’ve done a press junket, which is essentially back-to-back interviews. Some people get bored answering the same questions over and over but I think they’re fun – especially when there’s really amazing food to fuel you!
I gnawed on a rib while walking through the crowded hotel between interview rooms. I can only imagine what that looked like to the other conference members.
Since my carnivore craving was fulfilled, I satisfied my inner hippie for dinner!
Mother’s Cafe and Garden is a vegetarian restaurant that’s been around since 1980. Renovated after a fire in 2007, the space is clean and cozy, in a cute neighborhood removed from the craziness of SXSW.
Service is super quick! Complimentary chips + salsa were placed in front of us pretty much the second we sat down.
I ordered the soup and salad combo, with the greens served first
Spinach, carrot, shrooms, tomato, sunflower sprouts, purple cabbage, cuke, red onion (didn’t eat) black olives, marinated artichoke hearts, and sliced almonds. The Cashew Tamari was one of the best dressings I’ve ever had (found a knock-off recipe online – they also sell them in local grocery stores like Whole Foods)
I had been picturing a creamy one, but loved the texture of the chopped nuts. Forget the salsa – this became my chip dip
The soup was a vegan lentil with spinach, plus a hunk of tasty Honfleur bread
The Happy Omnivore:
For a city known for its BBQ, Austin really does vegan food well. I tried a bite of Abe’s Bueno Burger (a seed/grain/tofu-based patty) with Daiya cheese, which was top notch.
We were both stuffed, but I really wanted to try one of their many vegan desserts. One selection stood out:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie…
…served with strawberries
Seems like they used natural peanut butter, which gave the pie a lovely sweet n savory taste. Reminded me of something home made with lotsa love.
Abe let me have most of it, and I happily licked that plate clean. If we lived in Austin, this would be our favorite place. The price of this check might be reason enough to move here.
Seriously?!? That’s like the cost of a salad + drink at Cafe Gratitude!!!!