The Beer Plant is probably one of our favorite restaurants in Austin. Their motto is “Drink Beer. Eat Plants. Be Happy.” It only just opened in September 2016, so it is fairly new. It has a very welcoming atmosphere and is a little more upscale than most vegan restaurants. We have eaten there twice and both times we waited for a table, due to the popularity of this place. It’s amazing to see vegan businesses doing well and it is SO worth the wait!
As we have mentioned in previous restaurant posts, if there is anything ‘buffalo’ on the menu, we will be ordering it. So, in the spirit of continuity, first up are the buffalo cauliflower wings. You can order them both mild and spicy, so we ordered one of each. They come beer battered and are honestly the BEST buffalo cauliflower that we have ever had. They also come with bleu cheese dip and carrots.
The Big Bend sandwich is one of our favorites. It is smoked seitan, red onions, bbq sauce, smoked cheddar cheese sauce, mayo, grilled whole wheat bun, cabbage slaw, house-made pickles, and a side of mac & cheese. The sandwich is absolutely delicious, but the mac & cheese is a little weird. It tastes a little too much like coconut but is totally decent.
Next up was the Winter Vegetable Pie, which resembled a pot-pie. It had a flaky pastry crust on top and was heavily mushroom based on the inside. Aaron loved it! It also came with a garden side salad and we chose caesar dressing, which was more like a ranch dressing. It was missing capers or something that would have given it a more “caesar” flavor. It was creamy and delicious nonetheless.
For dessert, we ordered the carrot cake. My favorite cake in the whole world is carrot cake and anytime I get a chance to order it, I go for it. The cream cheese frosting melted in your mouth and was light and fluffy, unlike other frostings that are super heavy. Overall, absolutely divine.
In addition to the delicious food, there is an abundance of beers on tap and a full bar. Aaron tried a couple local brews, including the Ridgeback Ale by No Label Brewing Co, as well as the Pilz by Live Oak Brewing Co. Both he thought were great!