Mr. Natural - East Cesar

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 16 reviews )

1901 E Cesar Chavez (at Chicon), Austin, Texas, USA, 78702

Natural food cafe and store. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, baked goods, beverages, and health products including vitamins, supplements, fresh herbs, teas, and deli items to-go. Open Mon-Sat 8:00am-8:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Juice bar, Take-out, Mexican

Reviews (16)

First Review by SynthVegan

My fav veg place in Austin - Edit

I came here everyday for two weeks during my stay in Austin. Their baked goods are incredible, their lunch specials reliable, and the staff is lovely. They make some great smoothies too, and if you can catch their once-a-month brunch be sure not to miss it!

Definitely stop by if you're in the area!

Pros: Lots of options, Decent prices, Great baked goods

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Feeling Left Robbed and Abused... - Edit

I ordered chili cheese fries, and a burger, was charged $16. My food was cold, and portion of the fries was as a side of fries, not $6.10 worth. Also fries were undercooked. When asked to speak to a manager, the cook answered, would not tell me her name, and said I was the one being rude to her, when in fact, the customer was left feeling robbed, and abused. They offered to re-make my food, I do not trust them to make my food after I just complained, so I called again to ask for a refund, the person who answered my phone call, took my name, and phone number, and I have yet to hear from a manager. My husband complained on FaceBook, and someone replied about 5 hours later stating they "corrected" the complaint by offering to re-make the food. I refuse to allow someone to remake my food after a complaint... you know why... I just can't even image what the worker would do to my food. At any rate, I will take my business to the South Lamar location, friendly staff, well cooked food, and not overcharged.

Pros: Vegan Options

Cons: Rude, Cold Food, Overcharged

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Vegan Brunch Buffet - Edit

I am terribly upset that this month's vegan brunch buffet at Mr Natural will be my last before I move from Austin. Their brunch is always fantastic and has a lot of variety. They make vegan soft serve in addition to baked goods, drinks, cold sides/salads and hot meals. They post what the brunch will be before hand so you know exactly what to expect. I am heavily contemplating making frequent visits to Austin just to go to Mr Natural's Brunch Buffet.

Pros: Delicious, Inexpensive, Filling

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It was Ok. - Edit

I wasn't blown away but it wasn't terrible either. The cupcakes were a little dry and their food was just Ok.

Cons: crowded

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AYCE Vegan Brunch - Edit

I came for their all-you-can-eat vegan brunch which is the first Sunday of each month. It is buffet style and pretty good selection. Standard vegan items like tofu scramble, tofu migas, beans and also fried chicken and gluten-free pancakes. Crowded but manageable. I recommend arriving after noon, once the first wave has ended and the food replaced. Desserts were great.

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Disappointed - Edit

How this place has managed to garner such a high rating is beyond me. It was mediocre at best. My partner and I came here for dinner on our first night in town and found the whole experience underwhelming.

First off, the setting was a bit lacking. I was well aware that this was no fancy place, but the interior looked shabby and the furniture worn out. Could really use some sprucing up. There was only one other table besides us (on a Friday night no less), so the atmosphere was kind of, hmmm, dead. I hoped the food would make up for it, but it was just passable. There were a number of other places in Austin where you can get quality vegan Tex-Mex.

They also had a big dessert selection with many vegan and gluten-free options, which was nice. I noticed some of them were even 100% whole wheat and refined sugar free. Kudos to them! We did get a piece of carrot cake to round off our meal, which was a little too sweet for my taste.

All that being said, the food was pretty cheap, so I'll give them that. Plus the staff was friendly. To me, it just felt more like a take-out cafe than a sit-down restaurant.

Pros: price, vegan/GF desserts, staff

Cons: setting, atmosphere

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Love - Edit

I should warn you I had my wedding catered by this place I love it so much. I also had them make my wedding cake and it was amazing, lovely, and cheap! I drove 3 hrs to have my mom sample the menus when I lived in Texas and then drove bak home after eating, swear it. Vegan Mexican food. It is legit tex mex fare including tamales and milAnesa. Staff is awesome and helpful only down fall is most of the premade pastries are made with honey :(

Pros: Good food, Cheap, Everything

Cons: Honey in pastries

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Awesome restaurant! - Edit

Mr. Natural - specifically their original, East-side location - is my standby for great vegetarian and vegan food. Their food is a delicious mix of Mexican food and health food.

Their lunch special is more than filling and includes a choice of fresh salad, a main dish and two sides along with a homemade corn tortilla. I highly recommend their veggie fajitas on Mondays and their veggie BBQ on Thursdays.

Mr. Natural also has awesome breakfast tacos. In addition to your choice of fillings (eggs/potatoes/beans/veggie chorizo, etc.) they load them up with crispy leaf lettuce, tomatoes, purple cabbage, onions and sprouts.

My only complaint is that they can be inconsistent with their serving sizes. That happens more often at their newer location on South Lamar.

I highly recommend Mr. Natural.

Pros: Delicious food, Friendly service, Quick service

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Great Tex-Mex - Edit

Since I moved away from home it has been difficult finding a place that serves decent Mexican food. And vegan? Forget it!
This place is more Tex-Mex, but it is great.
The tamales were really good, and the desserts were good too.

I always hear people raving about their enchiladas, but I have yet to try them. Next time, though! I will definitely come back.

Pros: Good food, Great variety

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Texas Style Vegan! - Edit

I had my doubts when I saw the location and saw the little lunch counter back in the corner. It didn't look all that promising. They have a menu, but primarily sell from a lunch counter with prepared items. I went for the meal deal where you pick from their prepared foods. You get an entree, 2 sides and a salad. I had Tofu a la Mexicala, brown rice, tamales and cucumber salad. Everything was vegan.

I was really blown away. It was the best vegetarian Mexican food I have ever had. By far. The tofu was spicy but not too hot, the tamales were delicious and authentic, the salad had a really tangy flavor... wow!

This is not some mexican themed vegetarian place, this is truly authentic tex-mex food prepared for vegans. The prices are very reasonable and they have a small health food store and a lot of baked goods as well. I had a vegan brownie that was pretty good and a cookie that was pretty dry & bland. But who cares about baked goods when this place has so many amazing things to try. They also have prepared tamales to go- I'm planning to have a dozen in my backpack on my flight home!

Pros: Texas style mexican for vegans! , Cheap, Delicious

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I love Mr. Natural! - Edit

Mr. Natural is some of the best vegetarian/vegan mexican food you will ever find! I have to visit here at least once if not twice whenever I am in Austin. Words cannot adequately express how much I love this restaurant. I do think that this location is the better of the two, but the one on S Lamar is open a bit later.

Pros: Awesome, Tasty, Good Price

Cons: Not in Houston

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Vegetarian Mex in Tex - Edit

This place is great! Probably the best vegetarian Mexican food joint I've been to since Planeta Vegetariano in Puerto Vallarta. Everything I tried was good and the staff was friendly. Theirs' are easily some of the best refried beans I've ever had!

Pros: Good food, Friendly staff, Generally quiet dining room

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How Its Done - Edit

This is how to vegan/vegetarian mexican food. The hotsauce, and beans are to die for, and their big bakery, genius. My roommate and I still claim their beans are made with an addictive substance..but the owners have yet to get back with us on that. Try the mini tofu gorditas.

Pros: mexican done right, friendly staff, bakery

Cons: cafeteria style eating

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THE place to go in Austin - Edit

The food here is very very good. Healthy vegetarian food that isn't too expensive. For the entree i always choose the mexican option as that is what they do best. After you eat your meal, get a piece of the tres leche cake, it is without a doubt the best piece of cake i have ever eaten.

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Mr. Natural Rocks - Edit

We live in Dallas, but come to Austin just to eat here (maybe twice a year). We've been coming to this restaurant for over 10 years. It's our favorite vegetarian restaurant anywhere. We've traveled far and wide, eaten at thousands of restaurants, but none are better. We don't indulge in all the vitamins and supplements, and some of their food can't be all that good for you (lots of fried soy products), but everything tastes divine and everything is affordable. They also have some healthful food, like great salads and exotic juices. The only con that I can think of is limited parking and that none of the locals, most of which are Mexican, are patrons. Most people who frequent here are college students or professors.

Pros: tasty Mexican food, great buffet , can order off menu

Cons: parking, closed Sunday, closes 8 pm

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Awesome Deserts! - Edit

Mr. Natural has the best Vegan dessert ever...better than my favorite place "The Chicago Diner" [in Chicago]. I had two things for desert, the Vanilla Fruit Cake and the Vegan Brownie; when I took the first bite of the cake, I seriously questioned if it was Vegan [tasted like the real thing], it was too good be true! For my meal, I got the "Veggie Steak Sandwich". It was good, but they were out of the Vegan mayonnaise and neglected to tell me. Had I known, I would've ordered something else because it didn't taste as good without Vegan mayonnaise. Overall it was really good and I will definitely go again.

Pros: Desert

Cons: Failure to mention lack of ingredients.

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