It’s that time of the year, people. The music portion of South by Southwest 2012 starts in exactly one week. ONE WEEK! I won’t be attending this year, (insert sad face), but I will surely be missing the warm weather, BBQ brisket, free swag (sup Alt Press Partyy) and margaritas from afar.
Being a SXSW veteran of sorts, I know how hard it can be to prioritize your eating while on the go. I also know how all the greasy pizza, tacos, and margaritas can straight up leave you feeling like shizz afterwards. So.. here is a list of some healthier alternatives that will definitely gear you up with some much needed energy to last those long days (and not to mention, help battle those nasty hangovers from the night before).
A short cab ride away, Beets is a living foods café with a delicious menu. Check out the ELT (eggplant, lettuce and tomato) on sprouted almond sunflower flat bread with a fresh-pressed Beets Me juice on the side. Beets Café also offers a Raw Foods Basics Class where you can learn to make raw almond milk, “not tuna” pate, chocolate mousse, and more… you know, just incase you decide to never leave.
In downtown Austin, with surprising veggie and vegan fast food offering which includes a veggie hot dog, a veggie burger, and a vegetarian BBQ. Soy and rice milk available for coffee drinks. Has outdoor seating.
All vegan food trailer serving a variety of choices from organic tempeh chili and mock chick'n sammie to tarzen raw wraps and seitan quesadilla. Also smoothies and desserts. Caters to gluten-free and raw diets and can accommodate most any food allergen.
Koriente is an Asian-inspired restaurant. The owner says, “My mom started this restaurant because she hates to cook. She loved going out to eat (make someone else do all the work) but found it tough to find healthy, MSG free, low-cal, balanced meals with prices within daily reach.” The healthy menu also features many vegan and gluten-free options.
Variety of breakfast tacos made with spinach, mushroom, bell pepper, jalapeno, potato, black beans, and many more. Also on the menu are veggie quesadilla, veggie nachos, tomato basil soup, baked potatoes, and a black bean veggie burger. Many items may contain cheese - vegans to ask. A salad bar is available 11am-2pm Mon-Fri. Has outdoor seating.
One of Andrea Beaman’s favorite spots, the Eastside Showroom is an excellent restaurant that features a menu of Southern comfort food made with organic, local ingredients. They also feature live music.
Also, a short cab ride across the river, Casa De Luz is a popular macrobiotics restaurant located a few blocks from Zilker Park. Uses seasonal, organic ingredients and serves complementary organic kukicha tea. The chef creates balanced and organic meals for optimal health. Breakfast, lunch & dinner. Delicious always vegan, gluten-free, and allergen-free.
Uchi and Uchiko 801 South Lamar 4200 N. Lamar #140
If you’re in the mood for sushi, Uchi is the best in Austin. The chef combines local, seasonal ingredients with unique fish from around the globe. The menu has something for everyone with many vegetarian and meat options.
Austin is home to the Whole Foods Market flagship store. At 80,000 square feet, this location is one of the largest, but it maintains the same quality and charm that you’ve come to expect from any Whole Foods nationwide.
Every year in Austin there is a big event known as SXSW! FreezeCrowd has been attending the event the last few years. There’s the film, interactive, and music shows all happening in March, and this year FreezeCrowd will have a booth in the exhibit hall. Booth 708, so be sure to stop by and say hello.