Vegan cheese shop named best new restaurant in Austin

Yvonne O'Halloran

Rebel Cheese claims that their cheeses “taste as good, if not better than dairy,” and Austin residents appear to agree. The vegan cheese shop located in Austin, Texas, recently won the award for Best New Restaurant from CultureMap’s TasteMaker Awards. In March, Austin residents were given 16 restaurants to choose from and the majority ultimately selected the artisan cheese shop.

Though CultureMap’s intended awards celebration was canceled due to COVID-19, there is still cause to celebrate: this is the first win for a vegan restaurant in the city.

At Rebel Cheese, customers can experience artisanal vegan cheese made using similar techniques needed to produce dairy cheese. The deli and wine shop serves more than just cheese though, also offering sandwiches, soups, and salads. Wine, beer, and grocery items are also available.

Husband-and-wife duo Kirsten Maitland and Fred Zwar founded Rebel Cheese in October 2019, making them eligible for the award. CultureMap’s nominations for this year’s TasteMaker Awards included restaurants that opened in Austin in either 2019 or early 2020.

Right now, Rebel Cheese is not open for dine-in, but they are open for take-out and delivery within a 5-mile radius. The shop has online ordering set up and provides a contactless and safe option for customers.

Article written by Tessa Altman- United States

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