We had just landed at the airport in Austin, TX and we were starving with no ideas on where to eat. However, we knew we were in one of the best cities for Vegetarian cuisine so I simply asked an employee at the airport where to go. She recommended a place just up the road from the airport called Counter Culture, and honestly, we had no expectations- we were just hungry. We ended up finding what we think was our best meal during our stay in Austin.
Pulling up to the restaurant, it looked rather eclectic outside, on the artsy side. Walking in we were immediately greeted by a friendly server who told us to sit anywhere. The inside space completely matches the outside- eclectic and artsy. I don’t know how else to describe it.
Anyways, we ordered the Spicy Baked Artichoke Dip as a starter. Though it wasn’t too spicy, there was plenty of flavor from the artichokes with a hint of jalapeno.
For my main entrée I ordered the Jackfruit BBQ Sandwich. I am pretty sure I had died and gone to Heaven. I truly miss BBQ as very little of it is ever Vegetarian or Vegan. However, this sandwich hit the spot. The Jackfruit was shredded, similar to what pulled pork looks like. It was slightly sweet and the house-made BBQ sauce was tangy.
Topped with onions and pickles I was smitten. I know this is a sandwich I will be dreaming about for a long time to come.
Mr. Beet had an equally exceptional meal. He ordered the Lentil Loaf topped with homemade ketchup. The loaf was outstanding. It was served with a side of tahini sauce, but the sauce was just a bonus, it was not needed. The flavor was so hearty and filling- a real excellent choice for anyone looking for a plate of comfort food.
Our sides included Pickled Veggies and Jalapeno Cornbread. More delicious comfort food.
I also loved my Lavender Lemonade –so refreshing after a long plane ride. Don’t forget to check the blackboard as well as the specials change daily.
I would highly recommend Counter Culture to anyone visiting Austin, whether a Vegan, Vegetarian or a Carnivore. An easy 5 out of 5 sprouts.