Well, the obvious one is West Lynn Cafe.
1110 West Lynn. "Where?" you say? You basically want to take either
11th or 15th from Lamar west (or 15th east from Mopac) to West Lynn,
which is parallel to Mopac and Lamar and between the two.
They are a little more upscale than Mother's or Veggie heaven, and a
teency bit more expensive too, but still definitely reasonable. (All
entrees are either about $7 or about $9.)
The atmosphere is nice. It's somewhere on the border of being casual
and not. (It's definitely not earthy like Mother's.) The building is
actually a converted gas station, but you have to really think about it
before you notice, because the transformation is complete. And the
ceiling is cool. In fact, the whold building is cool, but the ceiling
is my favorite part. :-)
The items on the menu are basically all either salads, pasta entrees,
southwestern entrees, smoothies, drinks (including wine), or desserts.
Everything I've had has been good. The one that really stands out in
my mind is the Enchiladas in Pumpkinseed-Adobo Sauce, but then I'm more
likely to order something akin to Mexican than I am to order pasta.
All in all, a good restaurant. There are plenty of people who feel
West Lynn beats Mother's for the title of best Austin vegetarian
restaurant, but then there are plenty of people who feel the other
way. The point (did I have a point? really?) is that it's in the
Of course, there are other vegetarian restaurants and a number of
vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Austin too. I can't think of
any right now though.
If I were voting, Veggie Heaven would be the winner. The food beats
both Mother's and West Lynn by a mile. As for West Lynn vs. Mother's,
my preference is Mother's. The food is almost identical between the
two, but I like the atmosphere of Mother's better.
And it falls outside the mold of a vegetarian restaurant that must be
downscale and overly funky. A nice atmosphere for a special occasion,
with prices that invite frequent visits.
Heck, if they served meat, I might frequent the place. IMO, vegetarian
restaurants should offer a couple of with-meat dishes for carnivores who
want to dine with vegetarians.
Albert Nurick <alb...@nurick.com>
> Heck, if they served meat, I might frequent the place. IMO,
> vegetarian restaurants should offer a couple of with-meat dishes
> for carnivores who want to dine with vegetarians.
That's kinda like saying a Kosher restaurant should
serve pork for the Gentiles.
Boy, that's a relief, what, with all the stories lately about how
dangerous mold can be.
Or perhaps the carnivores could just dine on the vegetarians? Afterall,
meat is meat. Personally, I rather not have the smell of death in a
place I go to eat, especially when it proclaims to be for vegetarians.
You have to keep in mind that to many vegetarians, not having meat
around is a matter of principle.
* Austin Cars *
>Heck, if they served meat, I might frequent the place. IMO,
>restaurants should offer a couple of with-meat dishes for carnivores
>want to dine with vegetarians.
"Austin Cars" has a point, though. If you're going to bill yourself
as vegetarian you should probably stick to a meatless menu. For one
thing, the smell of meat cooking is kind of disgusting to someone
who's been veggie for a while. And some veggie-folks are, as he says,
very concerned that there were no meat, egg, or butter molecules on
the pan their eggplant has been fried in. I think that's taking it a
bit too far, but after all there are a lot of other places you can go
that serve both .
reply to: lynns*at*jump*ucedot*net - minus the uce
Ah. Now I understand why you like Thundercloud so much. You simply know
Vegetarians wouldn't know a good sub if it jumped up and bit them on the
ass. Sorry, but it's true. A sub is built with MEAT! The rabbit food is
A vegetarian commenting on subs? What's your favorite hot dog? Barbecue?
Steak? Your opinion on any of these would be just as universal.
I don't get involve with animal murder. Personally, I feel people who
like meat should eat people. Meat is meat, murder is murder. What's
the diff? Why waste your best friend by putting him six feet under? He
probably tastes like chicken. Yum (cluck cluck cluck)
Take care, Dusty.
Little Bombay on 94xx N. Lamar (search the DEJA-archives for "Bombay"
only to find reviews)
| nice atmosphere for a special occasion, with inviting prices...
| Heck, if they served meat, I might frequent the place.
my thoughts exactly...
| IMO, vegetarian restaurants should offer a couple of with-meat dishes for
| carnivores who want to dine with vegetarians.
<chuckle> it doesn't quite work that way, though.
there's a conflict a bit similar as between smokers and non-smokers....
If West Lynn's personnel are like most strict vegetarians, they'd have to
have completely separate pans, dishes, utensils and refrigeration for meat.
Not to mention a (probably new) chef willing to cook meat, waitstaff willing
to serve it, clean up people willing to dispose of it, and a customer base
willing to stomach the smell (which many vegetarians find absolutely
revolting.) My guess is that customers and employees alike would leave in
droves at the sight and smell of charred animal flesh in an erstwhile
jim andrews wrote:
> That's kinda like saying a Kosher restaurant should
> serve pork for the Gentiles.
Ah, the Jewish dilemma.... Free Pork....
> jim andrews
I respect your choice. I don't agree, but I respect your choice. I am
simply pointing out that it effectively invalidates any opinion you may
have about subs.
Nah, most people have too much fat, not really well marbled, it'd be
a hellacious grease fire in the smoker. I'll stick to the pork ribs,
chicken wings, and beef brisket, but thanks for the suggestion...
I think Italian restaurant should offer a few indian dishes for
indian food lovers who want to dine with people eating Italian food.
o...@cs.utexas.edu soli deo gloria
Which reminds me about something I've always wondered: if some
vegetarians aren't willing or interested in eating at restaurants that
serve any meat at all, then shouldn't some vegans be opposed to eating
at vegetarian restaurants that serve dairy products or eggs?
I mean, presumably some vegans are avoiding all animal-related products
for moral reasons; how then can they be willing to eat at a place where
animal-related products are served?
I suppose the answer is that vegan-only restaurants are few and far
between, so it's a practical concession. But it always has seemed
weird to me.
Since we're already on the subject of places that cater to people with
multiple different diet preferences, what about restaurants that aren't
vegetarian but are explicitly vegetarian-friendly? By that, I mean
restaurants that serve meat, but also have a sizeable portion of the
menu that a vegetarian might want to eat and have this marked clearly
on their menu.
Some examples off the top of my head are Trudy's and Magnolia Cafe,
though those many not be the best examples since I'm not sure how many
vegetarian-friendly items they have.
<chuckle> I think all restaurants should have to offer at least one diet drink!
> There must be a number in Austin, but I've only been to 2 (Mother's and
> Veggie Heaven).
> I'd love to hear of more.
these links might help:
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"I've slept with women, but I don't think I'm gay or straight. I think I'm
just slutty." --the gorgeous Margaret Cho
Seriously, I would spend about $1 more per meal at most restaurants if
they had caffeine-free Dr. Pepper. I don't drink caffeine, and this
severely limits my choices. I end up ordering water most of the time
instead of something with the high mark-up most places charge for soft
It wouldn't even have to be on tap; it would be fine with me if it came
from a 3-liter (I don't have to know), as long as said 3-liter hadn't
been sitting around for too long.
Yeah, I know I can drink Sprite, or I can have hot tea at lots of
places (since half the varieties of hot tea don't have caffeine). I
like Sprite, but I do get tired of it, and basically I don't like hot
beverages at all. (I mean, this is Texas, a state where it's hot lots
of the time, and most beverages are mostly water, and water has a very
high specific heat. So it only makes thermodynamic sense to drink cold
"Jennifer Therisod" <Jennifer...@mail.utexas.edu> wrote in message
and I don't understand what's so hard about making peppermint+hibiscus
sun tea by the bucket (and buckets of money in the process)...
I'll drink water with a slice of lemon every time before I'd touch what's
commonly sold as ice tea... (and refuse to touch carbonated sugar water)
10 days ago, I took visitors to Shades on Friday evening and we ordered
hot coffee (it was rather cool) and their Nachos Supreme to get a quick
start. What arrived was $1.50 dish-water in a foam cup and nachos that
were anything but "supreme" -- we all agreed it was fit only for fishes
(they got most of my dish-water/coffee, too). I made a remark about the
coffee and was immediately offered a fresh double-the-coffee pot (they
said, and I believed), but it was something like Folgers, or worse, so
what's the point... :-(
sadly, both Shades and Iguana Grill seem to be going down the rip-off
route of The Oasis -- so, in the future, I'll drink a (bottle of) beer
but eat somewhere else.
Root beer tends to be caffeine-free, and it tickles the same
funny bones as Dr. Pepper & Coke in a way that Sprite doesn't
(like, it goes real good with popcorn for instance).
Ray Shea -- Austin, TX
"I think 49 Guinnesses is piggish." -- dylan thomas
Root beer is caffeine free naturally, but some brands, like Barq's and
Mug, add caffeine "for flavor" or for some other reason (maybe because
people expect brownish carbonated liquids to have it or something?).
Unfortunatley, it seems that lots of the time, waiters and waitresses
don't know whether the root beer their restaurant serves is caffeinated,
so I ask, but probably something like 75% of the time, it turns out it
But yeah, sometimes it's an option, and when it is, I often take
advantage of it.
But the real reason for this post is to yammer about the YUMmy Root Beer
at Culver's. Oooooohhhhh. Culllllllverrrrrrr's. Please don't say it's
Aside from Culver's, the best "on-draught" sodas in the area (IMHO) are
the ones maintained by RC. Usually those have 7-Up (far superior to yucky
syrupy Sprite) and Dad's (caffeine-free, I believe...) Root Beer. I think
that Aljon's still gets its service from RC, <?> but I could be wrong.
Arby's is another, but the other (locally owned) outlets escape me.
PS The Queso Fries are GREAT hangover cures!
> Whoa, Mug has caffeine??? Are you sure? These are important things a mom
> needs to know. I thought that Barq's was the only caffeinated RB out there
> in the local fountains (and in just about every tap in just about every
> restaurant that serves to kids, dammit).
I dont think Mug has caffeine. I remember thinking it was strange they
had the slogan "The foam goes straight to your brain", yet had no caffeine
(which I assumed this was a reference to).
> Aside from Culver's, the best "on-draught" sodas in the area (IMHO) are
> the ones maintained by RC. Usually those have 7-Up (far superior to yucky
> syrupy Sprite) and Dad's (caffeine-free, I believe...) Root Beer. I think
> that Aljon's still gets its service from RC, <?> but I could be wrong.
> Arby's is another, but the other (locally owned) outlets escape me.
Who has RC besides Arby's?
Looks like I'm wrong. I went to www.pepsi.com and searched and found
out that it has a "great root beer taste that can't be beat, with no
I guess I must've assumed Mug would be caffeinated since it's made by
PepsiCo and they're somewhat evil.
Sorry for the misinformation...
Does Whataburger? I know that some locations have lots and lots of
things on tap, like maybe 15 different things. One of the options is
IBC Root Beer, and it's the same price as all the other soft drinks.
Of course, not all locations are the same. I'm thinking of the
location on Anderson Ln., just east of Shoal Creek.
Not really. If you have pork in the kitchen, you're not Kosher anymore. I
not recall similar dietary laws for vegetarian dishes. Heck, lots of
offer a few vegetarian items amongst the omnivorous cusine.
> Personally, I rather not have the smell of death in a
> place I go to eat, especially when it proclaims to be for vegetarians.
"Smell of death"? Sounds like a violation of health codes. Either that,
or you're making a political statement.
> You have to keep in mind that to many vegetarians, not having meat
> around is a matter of principle.
Ah. It seems that my second alternative was the correct one.
Sure, but you gleefully participate in the wholesale slaughter of plants,
name your movement after the innocent vegetables that you murder and
<chuckle> I guess that religion is religion, even when it's secular. I
went into West Lynn a few years ago, and wasn't aware that it was a
vegetarian place. I asked about meat, and got a huge load of attitude
from the waiter.
Thanks, but no thanks. Religious zealots tend to be jerks, regardless of
what their religion may be.
Many ethnic restaurants offer a few generic choices for this sort of
situation (i.e. burgers). The choices tend to be bland but those that will
appeal to a wide variety of patrons (thus not Indian.)
But as Jan pointed out, it's more like a religion than a choice, thus the
zealotry amongs some vegetarians.
I wasn't going to bring that up, but that's *exactly* what bothers me
about the "meat is murder" crowd. It's their blatant specieism I can't
stand. How typically animalistic to assume plants are less valuable
Choosing to be a vegetarian, OTOH, for health reasons makes perfect
sense to me. I don't agree, but at least it's not transparently
disingenuous and hypocritical.