Mother's Cafe and Garden

Austin, Texas

3.9 / 12 votes

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Casual atmosphere

Relaxed vegetarian cafe with an enclosed "garden" section, often featuring live quiet music.

The all-vegetarian menu is quite expansive offering everything from enchiladas and Reubens to vegan huevos rancheros and pancakes for brunch. Entrees range from about $7-11. most items can be made vegan (sub tofu for eggs), and they do offer vegan cheese.

The restaurant is very large, and as such, is perfect for large groups.

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Based upon the food that my Wife and I enjoyed, the food here is Spot On!

I had the Szechuan Stir Fry with Linguine and Black Beans with Bavarian Chocolate Cake for dessert. Amazing! The veggies were crisp and not wilted. The sauce was not overly spicy and the linguine was perfectly cooked. The cake was simply delicious.

My Wife had a Tomato Bisque followed by a Quesadilla with Guacamole. Regarding the soup, I am now tasked with copying the soup so I can make it at home. The Quesadilla was pretty good. Luckily they have switched to Daiya Vegan Cheese, but she did feel that they may have put a bit too much on.

Overall, my Wife and I feel quite firmly that Mother's is our favorite Vegan Restaurant in Austin, TX. The feeling must be unanimous, as they were fully packed at 8PM on a Thursday.

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I wasn't super impressed with my food but I think I was a bit unlucky with my selections. I went with the vegan enchiladas mole, which come with either vegan cheese or seasoned tofu. As Mother's uses Vegan Rella (which I consider to be the WORST vegan cheese on the planet), I went with the tofu. The enchiladas were fine, but the entire dish was very starch and would have benefitted greatly from some fresh lettuce, tomato, and onion garnish or from an option to have the enchiladas stuffed with vegetables. Instead, the corn tortillas were stuffed with tofu, topped with tofu, and served with beans and rice so the entire plate was varying shades of brown and grey.

I was on a mission to try as much BBQ as possible while in Texas so I got a BBQ tofu sandwich to go. I sampled it fresh just in case it would get all soggy later. It was good fresh, but nothing to brag about. I will say, however, that it was only $7 and was HUGE so it made a great meal on the road for the drive back down to Houston.

I was unsuccessful convincing my dining companions to try vegan options (boo for scrambled eggs!) but one got the pancakes on the side, which were vegan by default. The pancakes were fantastic! Large, fluffy, and delicious! And only $2.99 to add one to a meal. The server said they come with free strawberries and whip cream (not vegan!), but then actually charged my friend 95 cents. Not a big deal, but the server confirmed it would be free.

I finished the meal with some vegan chocolate cake which was fantastic. It was very moist and rich and came with sliced strawberries, which was a real treat.

All in all, I'd definitely go back to this place, as there's about 43 other items on the menu I'd like to try!

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$$ - average


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  • Eclectic (Varied)


  • (Mostly) Organic
  • Brunch
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Large Group-Friendly


main image for Mother's Cafe and Garden vegan chocolate cake with berries tofu enchiladas with tofu on top (and guac, which I didn't have - I swiped this photo off another website!)


11:30am - 10pm
10am - 10pm

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