I’ve been buried working on a huge project which means I haven’t had the chance to stalk all the new trailers in town. It’s incredible the Austinites are pumping out so many different vegan food options and I can’t try them all! I was so excited to learn about Cool Beans, because if there is one thing I love in the world it’s vegan tacos. Cool Beans is run by a couple from Brownsville and everything we tried was legit. My friend Jessica (who is about to open the brick and mortar vegan grocery store Rabbit Food in a brick and mortar on South First and live oak) and I had a chance to try out some of the options. I went for the fresh corn tamales with cashew cream and Mexican rice.
I loved that they were served on a recycled record, so cute! And the tamales might have been the best I’ve ever had! Co-owner Priscilla told me that she learned the technique on family trips to El Salvador. They are so soft and full of corn flavor. I could eat them every day.Then I also got to try the Native which is their version of an Al Pastor made out of local garbanzo tempeh and served with grilled pineapple, cilantro, and onion. I loved this taco, so much better than other vegan Al Pastors I’ve tried in town. Jessica also had the OutKast made of marinated baby bellas, caramelized onions, and cilantro. They make their homemade tortillas to order and they were very different from other tortillas I’ve tried. I think they were spelt and a bit crisp.
We had a bit of hard time finding the trucks, it’s wedged in a little park behind Takoba at 1403 E 7th St. You turn in on the ally on Navasota between 6th and 7th. But go out there and support them and tell them what you think! It’s supposed to be beautiful all week! TACOS!!!!!!!!!
gonna have to try that al pastor taco. sounds awesome. 🙂
Garbanzo tempeh! Comments cannot contain my excitement.
I finally went. Wow. I might be sinning here, but those tacos are better than Vegan Nom’s.
I think they are just very different, vegan nom is more texmex & cool beans seems more mexican.
Agree. I thought they’d just be a lesser version (what isn’t), but they’re actually a greasier, more street taco style (like Arlo’s). So many incredible tacos in Austin now.
Hi, I was wondering if you know of a comprehensive list of which Austin Tex-Mex places use lard in their tortillas/beans or chicken broth in their rice? Thanks!
I have a list of my favorite vegan tacos here but not a comprehensive list of all the vegan tacos in the area, I think that would be really hard to figure out because there are sooo many places.
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