As you know, a vegan diet involves avoiding all foods that come from animal products including eggs, meat, and dairy. Although there are a lot more vegans than ever before, eating out as a vegan can still be a tricky task. In an ideal world, you’ll be able to call ahead to a restaurant and find out their options over the phone. If you don’t like what you hear move on to another location. Alternatively, check out the menu online or via social media!
Alas, there are occasions where you will ‘walk-in’ with friends or family. At that point, you don’t want to be the person who forces everyone to go somewhere else. Fortunately, things have changed. A few years ago, you would have found it hard to find any vegan dishes on the menu of a fast food or chain restaurant in the United States. However, the growth of veganism means these businesses have no choice but to improve the number, and quality, of vegan options on their menus.
No longer do you have to worry about accidentally eating an animal product, followed by the inevitable guilt. Now, you can walk into most restaurants in America and be confident that there’s a vegan option for you. Make sure you tell the server that you’re a vegan with special dietary restrictions. Then they can recommend a suitable dish.
Even so, it is important to double check to ensure your choice is truly vegan. For the record, butter is the #1 culprit in terms of sneaking its way into a dish. Most menus have a ‘v’ logo to signify a vegan option, and this takes the guesswork out of things. When you walk into a restaurant, make sure you immediately ask the greeter about vegan options. If the place doesn’t have a greeter, ask the waiter
as soon as you can.
Not every restaurant has the letter ‘v’ beside vegan options and not every server knows what a vegan dish is. Aside from butter, there are several sauces and dressings on seemingly vegan dishes that come from animal products, so make sure you ask about them when you’re not sure.
In this guide, we outline the vegan options at various types of restaurant, so you have the advantage of knowing what to choose before you even walk in.