Hello everyone. I’m settled back in Austin and ready to write about food again.
And to recover from my year-long hiatus from this blog, I’m going to write about Counter Culture, a vegan and raw food trailer that recently sprung up on North Loop!
Miguel and I had talked about starting a vegan trailer on that street, but I ended up leaving town for a year instead. I guess it turned out to be a good idea afterall. And based on the reviews the place has been getting, it seems to be pretty popular with the folks in the area.
The cool thing about Counter Culture is that it has drawn a steady crowd of regulars who aren’t even vegan at all. Many of them may not have rushed over to try it had there been other options nearby. But since there’s practically nowhere else to eat a quick lunch in the area (especially food that’s healthy), the vegan cart has gotten quite a bit of attention from carnivores. AND since it’s just yummy food, these people (vegan or non vegan) continue to come back. I think that’s exciting! To all those people who had their doubts whether or not a vegan cart could be successful in Austin, this is encouraging news that it can.
Anyway, I was super excited to try the place, so Miguel and I headed over to have a picnic lunch. We each ordered a different sandwich so we could try two different ones.
I ordered the Jackfruit BBQ.
Miguel got the Philly Seitan
Not sure why Miguel has a weird expression on his face in this photo, because we both really liked the food.
Luckily I work right down the street from this place, so I’m sure I’ll get a chance to try everything on the menu soon. My coworkers walk down to Counter Culture pretty regularly and they can all vouch for the trailer’s cleanliness, Sue’s friendliness, and the food’s deliciousness. Unfortunately it’s only open Thursday – Sunday…and those last few days in the work week are usually when I end up bringing my lunch. Hopefully she’ll extend her hours sometime in the near future.
But basically…I’m pretty thrilled to see a vegan food trailer in my neighborhood. And if nonvegans are flocking to this place (and pleased with their experience), they’ll probably be more apt to try other vegan food as well.
I forsee a gradual (but exciting) transformation within the greater Austin community. There’s no doubt that places like Counter Culture are helping to make the general Austin population more vegan/vegetarian friendly.