I wrote the below review as part of the Austin Food Blogger’s Alliance’s Annual City Guide. I’ll post the link to the whole piece when it’s finished! There will be tons of great tips if you plan on visiting or live in Austin.
Austin, Texas is known to have a booming food scene. But it’s more migas and BBQ than bagels and knishes. “Shhmaltz,” which literally means chicken fat (and is also slang of overly sentimental), may not be the first name you would think of for the vegetarian Jewish-style food truck, but their tasty sandwiches and sides you won’t soon forget.
Hungerford evolves the menu as her tastes change, and tries to incorporate local Austin ingredients whenever possible. She makes her own kombucha in-house, and most of the recipes can be made vegan or gluten-free. Hungerford has also been playing around with raw recipes.
The menu items are named after Jewish writers and artists. Some standouts are the “Harvey P” Reuben, with seitan “pastrami” with fresh cabbage instead of sauerkrait on marble rye with a vegan smoky sweet chipotle Russian dressing and the “Art Spiegelman” Pattymelt with crispy falafel and melted Swiss cheese.. Most of the recipes can also be made vegan. Home-brewed Kombucha and the house made pickle sampler are also must-tries.
The Harvey Pekar Vegan Reuben
913 East Cesar Chavez, Austin, 78702
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12 – 4pm