Austin made the top 10 in a new survey of the best vegan cities in the United States, ranking 8th on the list – well ahead of Dallas, San Antonio and Fort Worth.
It should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with Austin’s longstanding vegan scene, but the shocker is that Austin was beaten by Houston, who came in at No. 6 Boo.
The survey conducted by the Meal Delivery Experts team aimed to find out which cities have the most vegan food options. They compiled the 20 most populous cities in the United States, then used TripAdvisor data to count the number of restaurants or places to eat that offered at least one vegan option.
New York came in first, blowing everyone away with 1,464 restaurants or places to eat offering vegan options, more than double that of any other city on the list.
Los Angeles was in second place, with 705 restaurants or eating places offering vegan options. Los Angeles has among the widest variety of cuisines, including Korean, Ethiopian, and Thai vegan cuisine.
No. 3 was Chicago, with 489 restaurants or food places offering vegan options, surprising since Chicago is such a meaty city, although the city is best known for its deep pizzas, and many restaurants in Chicago now offer an alternative vegan.
Houston has 312 vegan or vegan restaurants, compared to 286 restaurants in Austin.
Among other cities in Texas, Dallas came in at No. 12, with 209 vegan or vegan establishments, followed by San Antonio at No. 13, with 202 restaurants that were vegan or offered vegan options.
Poor Fort Worth came in last, with 68 restaurants or eating places offering at least one vegan option. Despite what the numbers say, Fort Worth has a vibrant vegan scene with places like Pizza Verde, Zonk Burger, and Mariachi’s Dine-In; it’s also home to Texas’ most famous vegan restaurant, Spiral Diner.
Austin has a long history dating back to 1979-1980, with the opening of pioneering vegan-friendly restaurants such as Magnolia Cafe and Kerbey Lane Cafe. His vegan prowess began to coalesce in the 2010s with the launch of hipster spots like The Vegan Nom and Counter Culture; the city is best known for its vegan food truck scene. It’s also home to Rebel Cheese, one of the best vegan cheese shops in the United States.
Whether motivated by health, environmental or ethical reasons, the number of vegans in the United States is growing rapidly, reaching new heights in 2022. One in ten Americans, or 10%, now consider themselves vegan or vegetarian.
The dollars are there too, with a plant industry worth over $7 billion in the United States in 2022.
The milk substitute market is valued at over $3 billion in 2022.
The meat substitutes market is valued at over $1 billion in 2022.
The full list, by ranking:
- New York – 1464
- Los Angeles-705
- San Francisco – 467
- San Diego – 385
- Philadelphia – 258
- Phoenix – 234
- Dallas – 209
- San Antonio – 202
- Charlotte, North Carolina – 176
- Jacksonville, Florida – 140
- Columbus, Ohio – 137
- San Jose – 80
- Oklahoma City – 80
- Fort Worth – 68