Meet Arlo’s Bac’n Cheez Burger. Me and BCB (for short) are good friends.
Us vegans are just like everyone else. I know some people may think all we eat is tofu, carrots and hemp seeds (and yes, we do eat those things) but we also want to indulge in junk food and comfort food too, dang it! ??
That’s where Arlo’s comes in. If you live in Austin, Texas – aka Land of Vegan Bliss – then you are in luck. Arlo’s is comprised of two food trucks that are conveniently located in the downtown area. Also convenient, as least for me, is that they are parked right in front of two awesome bars ??This pretty much completes my life. The main location is at Cheer Up Charlie’s, right in the heart of Austin’s famous music scene. They also have a new location along a very popular strip on the east side at Drinks Lounge. I went to their opening a couple of weeks ago and it was packed! Arlo’s is well loved here.
900 Red River
at Cheer Up Charlie’s
2001 E. Cesar Chevez
at Drinks Lounge
The main reason that I am in utter love with them (other than they’re delicious food) is that they are committed to supporting local, organic, and non-gmo products. All of their food is made fresh on site and aside from being 100% vegan; they also offer gluten free options. But the best part is that even if you aren’t vegan, you can still enjoy their food because well, it’s great food; Simple as that. Plus, their burgers legitimately look like hamburgers. Like seriously, I can’t tell the difference. And the ingredients are super wholesome, healthy, environmentally responsible, and fresh. So you can indulge without all the negative side effects ??
Whenever I hit up Arlo’s, I always go for the Bac’n Cheez Burger because I used to have a mild (i.e. severe) obsession with bacon back in my omnivorous days. But this past week I decided to be adventurous and try something new, I got the BBQ burger, because way back when, BBQ was my other meat obsession.
It’s a house-made soy & gluten free patty, grilled in BBQ sauce, with chipotle mayo, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, and pickles. It’s a little spicy so beware to all of the non-spicy people out there. It was finger lickin’ good and I chased it down with tater tots (insert Napoleon Dynamite quote here) because tater tots are da best. But if you aren’t obsessed with tots like me and Napoleon, Arlo’s also has french fries, sweet potato fries, and chips & salsa. They’ve also got a Chipotle Chik’n Burger, Chik’n Tacos, and Street Tacos. My advice? Start with the Bac’n Cheez Burger – it’s their most popular item for a reason, then you can work your way down the menu from there 🙂
And now that I’ve got an Arlo’s frequent flyer card, that should make it easy for me. In fact, it will probably be my main mission in life to get all those stars punched in as quickly as possible. I suggest you check out Arlo’s asap to get your guilt free indulgence on. Feel good about what you eat and support local businesses!
P.S. If you want to explore more yummy vegan establishments in Austin, look for my other reviews here.
Photo credits: http://www.arlostruck.com