Eating out can seem like a big fat hassle, but it doesn’t have to be! Of course, there are restaurants that literally have no real food options for vegans aside from french fries and a side of steamed broccoli (I’ve been there, done that), which is no fun. This information is grabbed from PETA’s website.
So, I’ve re-created a guide for those who want to go out to some well known restaurants, without the fear of not knowing what they are going to eat.
A separate list of types of restaurants that are my go-to will be created soon! Right now, more well-known spots.
At BJ’s you don’t have to miss out, the pizza crust and marinara sauce are both vegan, order a pizza loaded with veggies and hold the cheese. If you’re not feeling pizza, the spaghetti with marinara is also a good one.
Their traditional, high-rise and gluten free crusts are all vegan. They also have vegan cheese, and loads of veggies, it’s probably one of my favorite spots.
Okay, so I’m extremely excited about this one, they have vegan french toast sticks and dutch apple pie. So exciting! Their hash browns, garden salad and french fried are vegan as well.
The grilled portobello mushroom salad, wrap and sandwich are vegan.
The Cheesecake Factory
There are a few options here, the vegan cobb of course, and then the veggie burger made with farro, brown rice, mushrooms and black beans.
Chipotle has sofritas!! And in my opinion they are so good, mixed with spices and peppers. They can be made in a burrito, tacos, and a salad. There are also a lot of toppings including shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole, and salsas. There are also fajitas that you can add in, they’re bomb.
The pizza dough is vegan, the regular pizza sauce and ole sauce are also vegan. Another one of those “please hold the cheese” and load up on veggies kind of deal. Also the salads with french and lite ranch dressing.
The pizzas at Claim Jumper are vegan if you ask for no cheese. You can also get a Chinese salad with spicy peanut dressing.
The Daily Grill
The Daily Grill offers vegan starters such as gazpacho soup, a trio of hummus, sweet potato fries, and herbed brown rice with almonds. Vegan entrées are also offered, including penne pasta primavera, angel hair pasta pomodoro, and a grilled vegetable plate. You can also get a house salad with Asian ginger dressing or balsamic vinaigrette.
All of their light smoothies are vegan, and there are many flavors to choose from.
Who knew! The 8-Layer Veggie Burrito, the 1/2 lb bean and cheese burrito or the value bean and cheese burrito, but hold the cheese, rice and sour cream. The red and green sauce is also vegan.
Even Denny’s—known for its traditional breakfast, lunch, and dinner fare—has some vegan options. Denny’s vegan offerings include oatmeal, the Fit Fare® Veggie Skillet (ask for no egg whites or butter), English muffins, bagels, grits, applesauce, fresh fruit, vegetable plates, seasoned French fries, baked potatoes with several vegetable toppings, garden salads with light Italian dressing or oil and vinegar dressing, and sandwiches that can be made with several vegetable options. It also serves a vegan Amy’s burger.
El Pollo Loco
At El Pollo Loco, you can get the BRC burrito without cheese for a vegan option. You can also add avocado. Vegan side dishes include pinto beans and corn on the cob.
5 & Diner
Their black bean veggie burger is vegan, load that baby with veggies and avocado. Order the hashbrowns cooked in oil, not butter. There is also the BYO skillet, no eggs or cheese and three veggies of your choosing, make sure to hold the butter.
Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakhouse
The chain offers a delicious, fully vegan burger patty and bun. Be sure to omit cheese and Freddy sauce.
Freebirds World Burrito
Freebirds World Burrito—a popular fast-food chain with more than 70 locations throughout the U.S.—has teamed up with Beyond Meat to offer vegan meat burritos, bowls, tacos, and salads. Customers can add Beyond Meat Feisty Crumbles to any Freebirds order. According to Beyond Meat, Freebirds made the compassionate addition “after noticing the rising consumer demand for better plant-based protein options.” We can’t wait to see what other animal-friendly changes the burrito chain makes next.
The Habit Burger Grill
At The Habit Burger Grill, the Veggie Burger patty is vegan! Get it on the French roll or seeded bun, with no dressing. The burger comes with lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers. You can add raw onions and avocado if you like. The Habit also offers French fries, sweet potato fries, tempura green beans, and a side salad to complete your meal.
Hard Times Cafe
You have several vegan options at Hard Times Cafe, including the veggie burger and the vegetarian chili. (Be sure to tell your server that you don’t want any dairy products in your chili.)
They offer a veggie plate, as well as a vegan burger, just make sure the bun is vegan.
At IHOP, you can get hash browns, fresh fruit, grits, sautéed spinach and mushrooms, a plain baked potato, or a salad with fat-free or regular raspberry vinaigrette dressing.
The vegan options at Jason’s Deli include organic vegetable soup, a spinach veggie wrap (request no cheese), salsa, hummus, guacamole, and many options from the salad bar. Be sure to ask about the vegan status of each of these dishes—it varies by location.
Johnny Rockets features a vegan gardein black bean burger with grilled onions, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and mustard.
Kona Grill has a separate vegan menu. For appetizers, you’ve got edamame and seaweed salad. For sushi, there’s a cucumber roll, an avocado roll, and a vegetarian roll (with asparagus, avocado, yamagobo, cucumber, and sprouts). The house, roasted asparagus, and oriental salads are all vegan, and there are many vegan dressings, including onion soy, sweet soy, oil and vinegar, and balsamic, red, or white wine vinegar. Finally, both the Pan-Asian noodles and the linguine with marinara sauce are vegan, as are the sides of steamed baby bok choy, white rice, and seasonal vegetables.
They have a variety of vegan options, their sweet and sour sauce is vegan, so you can order the tofu sweet and sour with brown rice, it is seriously so delicious. I used to work here and I loved it. Sometimes their seasonal options offer vegan dishes. They have a veggie burger that is vegan, you will have to swap the bun for sourdough, and they also have a vegan veggie bowl.
Little Caesar’s, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut
The pizza sauce and dough at Little Caesars and Papa John’s are vegan, while Pizza Hut uses vegan marinara sauce and its Thin ‘N Crispy Pizza crusts are vegan. By omitting the cheese and choosing your favorite vegetable toppings, you can easily make a delicious vegan pizza.
All of Manhattan Bagel’s bagels are vegan, except for the jalapeño cheddar cheese and egg varieties, and its bialys—a flattened onion and poppy seed bagel—are also vegan. The Manhattan Grille and Vegetable Garden sandwiches can be made on a bagel, roll, or tortilla and are vegan if you omit the spreads and cheese.
Pizza chain Mellow Mushroom offers a vegan menu that includes tofu, tempeh, and Follow Your Heart cheese and a variety of sauces for your pizza, including red sauce, olive oil, or BBQ sauce.
Moe’s Southwest Grill
All tacos, fajitas, salads, and burritos can be made vegan by substituting tofu for meat and skipping the cheese at Moe’s Southwest Grill.
Newk’s Eatery has a vegan Grilled Veggie Salad with grilled zucchini, eggplant, and asparagus layered with fresh roasted corn, sundried tomatoes, green onions, and crisp romaine lettuce. The restaurant also offers a large assortment of vegan dressings, including balsamic vinaigrette, ginger wasabi, Greek dressing, and sherry vinaigrette.
Noodles & Company
Noodles & Company is noodle heaven for vegans. It has five vegan dishes: the Chinese Chop Salad without wontons, the Indonesian Peanut Sauté, the Japanese Pan Noodles, the Penne Rosa without cream and cheese, and the Whole Grain Tuscan Fresca without cheese. Tofu can also be added to any dish.
O’Naturals, a restaurant chain in New England, offers healthy, all-natural fast food for diners who want great food to go. Its menu features a large vegetarian selection, and vegan items are marked for easy identification, such as the vegetarian chili, the carrot-ginger soup, and the chipotle sweet potato and veggie lentil soup.
This one is amazing. The Olive Garden’s breadsticks are vegan, as the butter topping is made with soy, not dairy products. There are many vegan pasta options: angel hair, cavatappi, fettuccine, gluten-free rotini, rigatoni, small shells, spaghetti, and whole-wheat linguine. All these can be topped with the vegan marinara sauce or kid’s tomato sauce. The minestrone is now dairy-free at all locations, too, so you can order the soup, salad, and breadsticks combo! Simply hold the croutons and choose the oil and vinegar dressing. You can also get a side of steamed broccoli to round out your meal.
Panchero’s Mexican Grill
All 26 locations offer Tofusada, a tofu marinated and sautéed in Southwestern-inspired sauce.
Panera Bread offers two vegan broth bowls: the Vegan Lentil Quinoa Broth Bowl and the Soba Noodle Broth Bowl with Edamame. The restaurant also offers a vegan Black Bean Soup that is hearty and delicious.
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro is one of the most vegan-friendly restaurant chains around. Its vegetarian menu is terrific, and everything can be made vegan, from appetizers such as tofu lettuce wraps to entrées such as Buddha’s Feast.
Pieology offers Daiya cheese at select locations, and its red sauce, olive oil, and BBQ sauce as well as its gluten-free crust are all vegan—so are the delicious veggie toppings.
PizzaRev has vegan sausage at many of its locations when you’re in the mood for a hearty pizza, and it also offers vegan cheese. Choose either the original or gluten-free crust, which are both vegan, and top it with some veggies.
Located throughout the southern United States, Pollo Tropical offers Caribbean-inspired fast food. Vegan options include the Vegetarian TropiChop®, and the Balsamic Tomatoe. The chain’s black beans, French fries, white rice, boiled or fried yucca, sweet plantains, and corn are vegan, too.
Pyramid Breweries restaurants offers a Boca burger that can be substituted for any nonvegan burger on its menu. The Margherita Pizza can be made vegan if you get it without cheese.
Qdoba Mexican Grill
At Qdoba Mexican Grill, you can make a burrito, taco, or salad bowl with the following vegan ingredients: corn or flour tortillas, black or pinto beans, brown or cilantro-lime rice, fajita vegetables, grilled vegetables, potatoes, guacamole, and most salsas. You can also enjoy the tortilla soup.
Quiznos offers a veggie sub that’s filled with guacamole, black olives, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, and mushrooms—just be sure to order it without the cheese and ask for the balsamic vinaigrette instead of the red-wine vinaigrette. The vegan bread options include white or wheat, and there’s also an herb wrap. Grab a side garden salad and some potato chips, and your stomach will be appeased in no time.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews
Red Robin offers a vegan burger patty made with ancient grains and quinoa. Try your burger with fresh tomato bruschetta salsa, avocado slices, and shredded romaine on a ciabatta bun, rustic Italian bread, or a lettuce wrap. Diners can also get a side of bottomless fries or bottomless broccoli.
Ruby Tuesday has an Endless Garden Bar, where you can make your own vegan salad.
After talks with PETA, Shake Shack is now testing a veggie burger in several New York City, Los Angeles, and Austin locations. This black bean, brown rice and roasted beets burger comes with delicious Sir Kensington’s vegan mayo. Remember to hold the provolone cheese and substitute for the gluten-free bun or lettuce wrap.
Smoothie King offers vegan Pineapple Spinach and Lemon Ginger Spinach smoothies featuring Sunwarrior Raw Plant-Based Protein and a stevia-based sweetener.
Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes
Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes, located throughout the South and the West, has a variety of salads, sandwiches, and soups, including the Strawberry Fields Tossed Salad With Caramelized Walnuts and the Summer Vegetable Soup. Their menu changes seasonally, and vegan items are clearly marked on the menu.
Starbucks carries the Lentils & Vegetable Protein Bowl with Brown Rice. Other options include a plain or multigrain bagel, classic or blueberry oatmeal, and the Seasonal Harvest Fruit Blend.
This casual family-dining restaurant with multiple locations across Southern California features a handy ordering guide for vegans. Try one of its signature salads, enjoy a Cheeseless Roasted Veggie Pizza or a Roasted Cauliflower Pita, or grab one of its vegan side dishes—like Nutty Coleslaw or freshly baked breadsticks.
Subway’s Veggie Delite—on Italian bread and without cheese or mayo—is delish. And in select locations, you can enjoy two completely vegan subs: the Malibu Garden (a vegan patty topped with fire-roasted tomato sauce) and the Black Bean (a vegan patty topped with sweet potato curry sauce).
Taco Bell has many great options for vegans! The fast-food chain has a variety of sides that are vegan—including the cinnamon twists, chips and guacamole (or pico de gallo), cilantro rice, black or refried beans, and Mexican rice—and all of its salsas are vegan. You can also order the Bean Burrito “fresco style,” the regular Black Bean Burrito without cheese, or the Veggie Cantina Power Bowl (ask for no sauce). Several of Taco Bell’s other dishes can be veganized simply by omitting a few ingredients or asking for it “fresco style.” The 7 Layer Bean Burrito can be made vegan if it has five layers—just forgo the cheese and sour cream. The tacos, nachos, Crunchwrap Supreme, and Mexican Pizza are vegan when you hold the meat (substitute beans if you’d like), cheese, and sour cream.
TGI Friday now serves the vegan Beyond Burger. Simply opt for the challah bun (the gluten-free bun isn’t vegan), ask for dairy-free sauces, and skip the cheese. Add peppers and onions if you want a Philly-style burger. The nachos—which consist of tortilla chips, jalapeños, guacamole, and pico de gallo—are a great vegan option if you get them without cheese or sour cream. The cilantro-lime dressing and balsamic vinaigrette are great vegan choices on a house salad. The restaurant’s Jack Daniel’s and BBQ sauces are also vegan and go well with its crispy fries or Cajun onion rings.
Tubby’s Grilled Submarines
Tubby’s Grilled Submarines, with locations in Michigan, has the vegan Hot Veggie Stir Fry sub and Cold Veggie specialty sub.
Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt
Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt offers vegan soy flavors, such as peanut butter, soy latte, black sesame, banana milk, and plain soy as well as fruity sorbets, including raspberry, strawberry, pineapple, and more. Top your frozen yogurt off with some fresh fruit, nuts, or other vegan toppings, and you’ll have a delicious treat.
Try Twin Peaks’ take on the delicious Beyond Burger, The Imposter, which is served with a side of sweet potato fries. Order it on the vegan Challah bun and be sure to hold the pepper jack cheese and sun dried tomato mayo.
Head to Wendy’s for a plain baked potato, the garden side salad with red Italian dressing, or French fries. You can also ask for a veggie sandwich, which has everything that would normally be included on the burger except the meat—there’s even a button for it on the cash register.
White Castle now offers vegan sliders (it uses Dr. Praeger’s brand), which you can get plain or with a sweet Thai sauce.
World Wrapps, with locations in California and Washington, offers its vegan customers the Teriyaki Tofu and the Bombay Curry Wrapp, and the Classic Burrito Wrapp can be made vegan by omitting the cheese and sour cream.
Gardein is offered at all Yard House locations. Although not all dishes featuring Gardein products are vegan, they can easily be modified. Two dishes that are vegan by default are the Gardein Chicken Rice Bowl and the Gardein Orange Peel Chicken. You can also order the Summer Salad or Citrus Soy Salad.
The Berkeley Vegan Pizza and the California Salad are completely vegan at zpizza. And by simply swapping dairy cheese for vegan cheese, you can have more than a dozen of the pizzas, three of the salads, the veggie calzone, and the veggie sandwich. Check the online menu to see all the vegan options.
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