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Paul McCartney and PETA name Austin most vegan-friendly city in the US

Matthew Odam

Paul McCartney didn’t just come to Austin to rock. In between his two sold-out shows at the Frank Erwin Center, the former Beatle will join PETA senior vice president Dan Mathew to present Austin PETA’s award for Most Vegan-Friendly City in the U.S.

Austin earned the award, according to PETA, due to the proliferation of “vegan meals, snacks, and desserts served in the city’s restaurants, food trucks, co-ops, dairy-free ice cream shops, music venues, and more.”

“The influx of forward-thinking musicians and techies, the thriving university, and the food trucks all over the city run by young veg-friendly hipsters have made Austin the absolute cutting-edge place for green eating,” McCartney wrote in a letter to Mayor Lee Leffingwell.

PETA name-checks Counter Culture, Bouldin Creek Café, The Vegan Yacht, The Vegan Nom, Arlo’s, and Capital City Bakery, East Side King, Biscuits and Groovy, and The Flying Carpet as purveyors of good vegan fare.

Where would we point Sir Paul if he was looking for some vegan grub while visiting Austin? Here are 10 good ideas:

  • Popcorn tofu po’-boy at Wheatsville
  • Veggie burger at Arlo’s
  • Tofu scramble at Bouldin Creek
  • Jackfruit BBQ sandwich at Counter Culture
  • Veggie sausage at Easy Tiger
  • Falafel kebab at Kebabalicious
  • Black-eyed Peas and plantains at Wasota African Cuisine
  • Dark leafy greens plate at Casa de Luz
  • Donuts at Red Rabbit
  • Open sesame at Veggie Heaven

Rounding out the list of top vegan cities: Portland, Ore.; Los Angeles; New York; and Chicago.