Hello everyone and happy Friday!
Since the weekend is approaching, I thought that it would be a great time to discuss how to eat out as a vegan. Honestly, this was something that I was hesitant about when I first made the transition, but we have found it easier (and more fun!) than ever!
First, because I have readers in many different parts of the world, I would recommend downloading the App “Happy Cow” on your phone (you can also pull up their website). This is a fabulous resource; all you have to do is type in your zip code, and it will tell you all of the vegan restaurants in your area.
Second, I highly recommend studying the menu of the restaurant you will be visiting before you go. Most places have vegan menus or vegan options. However, you can also look at the ingredients in meals and stay away from eggs, meat, dairy, cream, gelatin, honey, fish, whey, chicken stock, bone broth, etc. If you have a difficult time choosing something, don’t be afraid to ask your server for help. You may need to explain what “vegan” is to them, but they should be happy to offer suggestions. If you get really stuck, stick to the basics like a salad or baked potato (no butter).
Some of our favorite places to dine in or pick up food from are:
*Rubios (nothing like a veggie burrito or veggie bowl. Stay away from the chipotle cream sauce though)
*Chipotle (we love their Sofritas! Add those to a burrito or a veggie bowl. Do not add cheese or sour cream)
*Veggie Grill (enough said!)
*On the Border (ask your host/hostess for the “vegan” menu)
*Sushi Lounge (we have found that sushi is incredibly easy to make vegan. You can order all kinds of vegetable rolls, sushi rice, miso soup, edamame)
*California Homemades (this is for all of my local friends. They offer a full vegan menu)
*Jimbos (order all kinds of vegan sandwiches and sides from their deli menu daily. They also have an enormous, salad bar and smoothies)
*Craft and Taco (this is also for my local friends. They offer a vegan taco menu)
If all else fails, stick with bean burritos at Mexican restaurants, pasta and marinara at Italian restaurants and veggie stir fry at Chinese restaurants.
I hope that helps a little! Please contact me if you need more assistance. Also, I would love to hear from you. Where are your favorite, vegan options for dining or taking out?