Citizen Eatery, the scratch-made vegetarian and vegan restaurant and bar, opens its doors Friday, November 4. Located at the corner of Burnet Road and Hancock Drive, Citizen Eatery features primarily plant-based, locally sourced, and organic fare along with an extensive spirits list set in a lively, casual setting.
Citizen Eatery is the long time dream of couple Michael and Aimee Moyer. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Citizen Eatery’s menu boasts original recipes designed by the Moyers with Chef Andrew Brooks of Spirited Foods and long-time Austinite Chef Jason Sales, who will oversee Citizen Eatery’s kitchen operations. Dishes are innovative and flavorful, pulling from an assortment of culinary inspirations.
The Always Breakfast includes mouth-watering specialties like The Nest, two poached eggs atop crispy fried veggie noodles served on a bed of wilted seasonal greens; California Toast, fresh baked toast with avocado, mushrooms, and sautéed spinach; and the Shakshuka, one egg poached in spiced tomato sauce with spinach and asparagus.
Citizen Eatery burgers are a standout featuring a great selection packed with big flavor and nutrition. Choices include The Citizen Burger, a house-wood-smoked patty with white beans, citizen grain mix, kale and spices served with seasonal greens, tomato, grilled onions, and vegan avocado ranch; the Paleo Burger, made with sweet potato, cauliflower, mushrooms, onions, and toasted pecans, served with season greens, tomatoes, grilled onions, and Paleo aioli (Paleo bun available!); and the Assam Burger, made with Indian spices, rice, chickpeas, and tomato with vegan aioli.
A wide assortment of Seasonal Plates includes Parsnip Waffles & BBQ’d Shreds, served on wilted greens with a savory vegan bolognese sauce over organic veggie noodles, and Grilled Halloumi with asparagus and herb oil.
Other menu items are the Citizen Sides with delicious options like the Cauliflower Mac-N-Cheese and the Smoked Sweet Potato Mash as well a selection of fries like Citizen Fries, a shareable basket of russet and sweet potatoes and the Texas Tumbleweed, organic veggie noodles dusted with parsley salt. And, of course, Citizen Eatery features a great selection of soups and salads using seasonal and locally sourced produce. Plus there’s a kids’ menu!
Citizen Eatery offers a full bar including a selection of local brews on tap, a mostly organic wine list, and a great cocktail list comprised of Citizen Smart Spirits. Inventive and delicious, Citizen Smart Spirits are prepared with ingredients that add a biological benefit to the booze utilizing cold-pressed organic juices and spirits, house-made botanical syrups, tea infusions, Kombucha, super greens, fresh ginger, and herbs. Highlights include the Lavender Underground and Paloma 56.
Citizen Eatery’s ambiance perfectly complements the menu. Designed by Michael and Aimee, the interior is bright, airy, and comfortable. The lofty 2,800 square foot space seats up to 70 guests and incorporates salvaged and reclaimed materials repurposed in an eco friendly manner into modern eye-catching pieces. Vintage church pews offer comfortable banquet seating, and re-imagined old café tables live a second life in the bar area. The expansive bar, flanked in raw reclaimed plywood, is warm and inviting, offering guests a vibe-y place to drink and dine with looming bamboo light fixtures casting a warm glow in the center of the dining room.
Citizen Eatery is located at 5011 Burnet Road in Austin, Texas, with an adjacent, free parking lot. Hours of operation are Sunday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information please visit www.citizeneatery.com or follow at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @citizeneatery.