A new veganing

Vegans don’t have to just order salads when going out to eat.


I hate salads.

Therefore, I’ve taken it upon myself to find ways to eat literally anything but salads when eating out.

Something I heard a lot in my pre-vegan days is vegans can’t go out to dinner without ordering salads. I don’t eat out a ton, but I still have a few favorite restaurants that I’m hoping have some vegan items.

Every week, one of my favorite YouTubers, who goes by the name Supreme Banana, posts a new edition to her “vegan-ized” series, in which she finds or creates vegan options at various chain restaurants.

She found a way to eat vegan at Denny’s, Subway and even McDonald’s. This series inspired me to find vegan options at my own favorite places.

Like she does, I researched some restaurants before I went to see what if anything was vegan.

In general, there’s usually a list on a blog or PETA’s website for chain restaurants on what to eat and what you can’t on a vegan diet. A search for “eating vegan at …” followed by the name of a restaurant usually brings up results with options for both food and drink options for you to try.

As much as I hate to say it, cutting meat out of your diet is trendy as of the past couple years, and, based on what I’ve seen online and in restaurants, it seems like companies are starting to catch on. Sometimes places even have little V’s on their menus next to meatless or vegan options (these types of places are my favorite).

I’ve always been a sucker for burger joints, so I find myself at them more often than other types of eateries. One of my favorite burger places is Red Robin, and I’m thankful they have vegan patties there.

Any of their burgers can be made vegan if you order the vegan patty on a whole wheat bun and take away any cheese, mayo or bacon on top, according to a post from peta2’s website. My personal favorite is the “Keep it Simple” burger, which I load up with all their veggies. Plus, all of Red Robin’s burgers come with bottomless fries which you can accompany with ketchup.

A popular vegan-friendly fast food restaurant, believe it or not, is Taco Bell.

At Taco Bell, you can substitute beans for meat, and ask for them to leave off any sour cream or cheese. The fast food chain even released a list of American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified vegan and vegetarian menu items.

I usually order the Crunchwrap Supreme or a bean burrito, and as a vegan, I’ll continue to do so. I finally tried their Veggie Power Menu Burrito sans cheese, avocado ranch sauce and sour cream because I’m automatically obsessed with anything that has guacamole. And at four dollars per burrito, I’m reminded of why Taco Bell is my saving grace.

Other places to easily eat vegan are Chipotle or Burrachos. Both chains have the same concept — you pick ingredients behind the glass to put on your taco/burrito so it’s easy to not choose anything with milk in it.

Chipotle has a “dietary options” tab, where you can select vegetarian or vegan, and the website will give you a list of ingredients you can have. More recently, they’ve added a meat substitute called sofritas, which is shredded tofu with various seasonings. Sofritas? More like so delicious.

Burrachos doesn’t have any fake meats, but you can get guacamole instead of meat, so I’m definitely not complaining.

Restaurants carrying vegan options has made this transition much easier for me. Before I go out to eat, I try to search their menu so I can figure out a few vegan options so I feel less pressured when the server gets to our table.