The official (not vegan!) restaurant vegan option review.
We all know how hard it is to try to eat out in a not so vegan friendly restaurant; it's hard to be sure of anything to eat. Here we can discuss what we've found/asked about/had at our local (you never know when someone might be in your area, and need some help!), chain, fast food, etc. restaurants. For vegan (friendly) restaurant reviews, visit: The official vegan restaurant review. We have veganeatingout, and other such websites/posts, but we should have our own place here to discuss our restaurant findings, personally!
Please list how you found out about the veganness of items, location of restaurant, what you were told about items, how food was, what all you have had, or if there's just NOTHING to eat. If you are not quite sure if an item might be vegan, say that! We can share what we know. If you know for sure that a place has no vegan options, let us know! Or, if you know of a reliable longer list of vegan items at a restaurant that you have tried, post the link. I've included review dates, so you might want to take older reviews with a bigger grain of salt, if ya know what I mean.
(2009) I had some sorta portobello burger. It originally wasn't vegan (cheese or somethin), so I got it without. It was just a bun and the mushroom - no other toppings. Weird. And, the mushroom itself wasn't very good. AND, it appears not to be on the menu anymore anyway. Oh well, it wasn't tasty! (fb)
I always get a baked potato with nothing on it, it's a little more than a dollar. I fluff it up with oil and salt and pepper. (sarah)
A long time ago I went to one and they made me a pretty cool veggie sammich. I think I was just starting the transition to veganism though, so I'm honestly not sure about their bread. (sarah)
(2007; Syracuse, NY) has the best burritos, and especially the best guac I've ever tasted, and I've had burritos all over the world. In my opinion their food blows Chipotle's stuff out of the water. (Cams)
At Sara's Table Chester Creek Cafe
(Duluth, MN) Has vegan options (or dishes that can be veganized). (naturebound)
(2011; Wichita Falls, TX) I've gone here a couple times. The vegan options I know about: vegetable soup (which I haven't had yet, because it's a soup of the day thing), and the California avocado sandwich with no cheese and no sauce. I put lots of spicy mustard on it and dip it in balsamic vinegar and oil. It's not bad, but it's basically an avocado on some focaccia. I've also had a smoothie there, which I was assured is just fuit and apple juice. P has gotten some pasta thing there with no cheese. I thought you could get the panini with no cheese, but they told me that was not possible. (AC)
Au Bon Pain
They have several things blatantly labeled as vegan! I've had the 12-veggie soup, which was pretty good considering I got it at a mini chain restaurant in a train station. The black bean, vegetarian lentil, curried rice and lentil, gazpacho, tuscan white bean, and moroccan tomato lentil soups are also labeled vegan. Their website lists ingredients and nutrition facts. They only had pre-made salads at the one I went to, but it looks from their website like the meatless salads could be made vegan, just don't get the croutons, and pick one of the vegan vinaigrettes. (Lauuren)
Pretzels are vegan if you get one without butter, but that makes it hard for the salt to stay on. (courth)
(Merced, CA) Some of the best bagels, ever. Not even like "oh, this is good for lil Merced" but like legit good. There are some nonvegan varieties, most obvious (jalapeno cheddar, basil parmesan), some not (wheat has honey). Lots of vegan varieties, though: plain, everything (fav!!), blueberry, cinnamon sugar (so unhealthy YEAH), cinnamon raisin, poppy, and several others. They serve some coffee and have a soymilk option. They make different flavored cream cheeses, none magically vegan, sadly. (fb)
(2011) I can't remember if the pinto beans are also vegan, but I always get black beans on account of tastiness. The tortilla is vegan, and they also have fajita vegetables they can put in the burrito. You have to ask for the burrito without cheese or sour cream (it's default). It's pretty decent, but chipotle is better. The salsad are all vegan, and are self-serve and free. They're all pretty mild to me, but have labels for how hot they are. (fb)
Beaner's Central Coffee House
(Duluth, MN) sandwiches & wraps can be veganized by excluding cheese; they also have fresh dairy free fruit smoothies and fresh fruit options too (naturebound)
(2007; Missoula, MT) We purchased some of our bread here (sourdough and wheat), and loved their hummus. They have a few vegan baked good options, and we tried one, but I can't remember what. The hummus was the best! (AC)
Big Ten Burrito
(2011; Ann Arbor, MI) Ann Arbor's number 1 burrito spot. If you're going elsewhere you're probably fucking up. They have a normal veggie burrito that you can get without cheese and its 3.50 tax included. It weighs about 2 pounds and is a lot of food for the money. Veggie no cheese comes with rice, black beans, salsa, and lettuce if you choose. I like to add guac. You can also order a giant which is like 4 pounds of food and bigger than my girlfriends head. No lies. Awesome place and open til 4am. (ska1234)
(2008; Missoula, MT) We ate here once. They were very friendly and made us special vegan pizzas with lots of veggies. It wasn't spectacular, but worked. (AC)
Black Angus Steakhouse
Buffalo Wild Wings
I have not found anything vegan on the menu. Wouldn't trust any of the fried things. (AC)
Being vegetarian, and not vegan, I have had the veggie burger here three times. It never tasted good, but a couple of times it was my only option when out with friends or on the road. The last time I had it, I got food poisioning so bad I’ll never eat another veggie burger in my life. Packaged or home made. I couldn’t eat for three days afterwards without puking. Never again. (shea)
Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse
(2011) The fries are ok. I heard a while ago that the onion rings are vegan, and it's hard to find ingredients online, but: http://www.fastfoodingredients.com/2008/04/06/burger-king-onion-rings/ they appear vegan. i had them one time, and they weren't great. They didn't seem to actually have onion slices in them, but had onion-flavored paste stuff instead (!) maybe that's the "rehydrated onion" from the ingredients list. (fb)
I swear I had read the french fries were seasoned with chicken but according to this http://jessfastfood.tripod.com/fastfoodnutritionfacts/id24.html the french fries and onion rings to appear to be legit (amymylove)
I wouldn't eat the onion rings at Burger King. I don't think they have a dedicated fryer for them. I'm almost positive the fries are okay, but not the rings. (veganola)
(2007) THAT place rules the school! (kennedy)
(2007) I heartily agree that Burritoville is better (and MUCH cheaper! FREE CHIPS AND SALSA!) than Chipotle, although I like both. (operachic)
(2011; Cambridge, MA) Not a vegetarian restaurant but a good number of vegan options. Run by a Lebanese family. One of the 2 daily dinner specials is always veggie. Great hummus. (ericac)
California Pizza Kitchen
When I went quite a few years ago they assured me that their lentil soup was vegan (hesp)
We ate here at an airport, can't remember which one. The No-Meato Burrito says on the sign that it's "vegan-friendly." It was nothing amazing, but for airport food it was like we struck gold. You can get it as a burrito or as a "bowl" without a tortilla. (Lauuren)
Camille's Sidewalk Cafe
(Denver airport; 2012) Considering it's airport food, this place is pretty good, and not too expensive. They have a surprising number of veg*n options, considering the menu isn't that big. I had some vegetarian tacos, and my hubby had a vegetarian burrito. Both were good-sized meals, but make sure you order a side of guacamole, which isn't included but is definitely worth the extra $1. (lebkuchen)
(DFW airport; 2011) This airport restaurant is one of the more expensive ones, but they had a nice option for us. We shared the avocado and artichoke enchiladas with plenty of chips and salsa. The salsa is really good. It came with a jicama salad type thing, but the jicama pieces were just too big. She gave us the ranchero sauce instead of the tomatillo sauce for some reason (something not vegan?), but it was pretty good. (AC)
(2011; Ft. Smith, AR) Isn't as un-veg-friendly as it looks online, at least this one is pretty user-friendly... they've got salsa/ guacamole/ chips & steamed edamame for starters, with coarse salt blend & tasty dipping sauce for the edamame; they've also got a good salad with mixed greens, carmelized pears, almonds, & some other good stuff-- had to ask for no chicken/ no cheese, but it was excellent with those modifications; don't remember what dressing was clean (sorry, should've reviewed it more promptly!), but it was a better dining experience than I was expecting. There aren't a huge amount of menu choices there that are veg-friendly, but those that ARE are pretty good-- that was my experience, anyway. (hotcooknmama)
(2011; Ann Arbor, MI) It's a Chinese restaurant that has it's own vegetarian menu and they even prepare the vegetarian/vegan food in a separate kitchen. They have many great fake meats (mostly seitan). They are also willing to answer your questions about the ingredients, to make sure that a vegetarian meal is vegan. (krista)
Chick fil A
I think all they have is a stupid overpriced fruit salad. Half of their little salad is cheese (Or at least it was last time I went there with some one) and they got really cranky when I asked for one with no cheese and wouldn't do it. (sarah)
their fries are vegan... and fried in their own thing (not the chicken one) (hesp)
(2011; Roanoke, TX) I asked the waiter how the beans and rice were prepared, and the ingredients in the black bean burger. He had to go ask, and another waiter came by to check on us so I asked him but he also had to go ask. Then the Manager came by, assured me that the black bean burger was vegan, no dairy, no eggs, no animal products of any kind. Then the second waiter came back with a printout from a vegan blog with some information from Chili's corporate headquarter stating that the black bean burger had dairy in it and while it was vegetarian, it was NOT vegan. But the rice, black beans and corn on the cob (without butter) were vegan options. So I changed my order to that. But I thought that was so nice of him to do that, he even printed out several pages on allergen suggestions as well as the nutritional information spreadsheet - and he wasn't even our waiter! (stacydan)
(2011; Abilene, TX)I didn't visit Chili's for a long time after I learned the black bean burger is not vegan (I think it has egg?), and after looking at their weird allergen list, but ended up there with some family the other day. They now have a fire roasted chili and corn guacamole with chips and salsa. I ordered that with a side of black beans with pico de gallo, tortillas, and lettuce (to make burrito things). It was actually quite good! I like the guac, and it's enough to share. The beans were good. The whole thing was like $5. I wouldn't mind going there again with family. (AC)
Chipotle Mexican Grill
(2007) they have the best guacomole on the face of the earth. (chickpea27)
(2008) I am not a huge fan of chipotle. The burritos are okay at best (the burrito bowl is the only thing really worth getting), but everything is so salty! I don't know, I know lots of people jock this place but it just doesn't do it for me. (sb)
(2008) Yesterday was my first time eating at Chipotle and all I can say is: WOW, that's one ginormous burrito!! I could only eat half of it. I loved their spicy red sauce and the guacamole was almost as good as mine....almost. (storm)
(2008) Their pinto beans are cooked w/ bacon, just to let you know...But the black beans are not. (pinkerbelle)
(2008) I got the vegetarian burrito bowl and chips. The bowl was quite a large portion, and the bag of chips was good-sized as well. My total was $7 exactly, which I thought was fairly reasonable considering the amount of food. I really liked the food. The guacamole had a nice kick of lime, and the chips were perfectly thin and crispy. The cilantro-lime rice was pretty tasty. All in all, I enjoyed my meal, and I'll return in the future. (willwolf)
(2010)i love chipotle simply because it is a very popular, easy to come by restaurant that has standard vegan options; i can go out with roommates, friends, coworkers, etc, get totally filled up and have left overs.... not to mention it's delicious! i get pretty much everything one can on a burrito and keep it vegan -- BB,rice,fajitas vegs, all 4 salsas (with extra hot, please), lots o guac and lettuce.... i always give the burrito roller a hearty thank you, because it's a feat rollin that sucker up.... nearly always rips... but if it's not messy, it's no good! (secretspicy)
(2010) I had a bowl type thing (just cause i didn't want to be a slob with a huge burrito leaking all over my face in front of my new co workers)... the bowl was awesome though (with tortilla chips for dipping)... i think the pinto beans aren't veg because when i said i wanted the vegetarian bowl the worker guy was like "Oh so you want the black beans" so i just said "Um sure"... I got black beans, white rice, the hottest salsa, avocado, and lettuce in a bowl... it was yummy! They have chipotle flavored tabasco which tastes perfect on their food (amymylove)
(2010) I get veggie soft tacos lately. With no rice. black beans, mild salsa, a little bit of corn salsa, lettuce, guac. Sometimes I'll get rice on one of them. Actually. I usually make one different for funsies. Mm. I used to get burritos. Burritos are huge. I think you get the most for your money with a burrito. I recommend a burrito. Haha. Its a good first time experience thing. (sarah)
(2010) Bowl with black beans, corn, salsa, lettuce and avocado (saskia)
(2010) My daughter and I split the soft tacos, with rice, black beans, corn salsa, and get the guac on the side, for chips. (but they come with the guac so its cheaper to do this and add a little into the tacos, and use a little on the chips.) (babysgotsauce)
(2010) theres a chipotle in nyc that has the option of gardein chicken. it's ok, nothing to get super excited about especially cus it doesnt include the free guac like the veggie option. id rather have the guac than the chickn but i guess if it goes well they might offer it at the other chipotles. (ppc)
(2010) Oh, my! So I had their "Garden Blend" made with Gardein two days ago. My friend and I drove to the beach and came to a screeching halt when we passed Chipotle. This addiction is really unhealthy. But anyways, this garden blend stuff is awesome. (alicepleasance)
(2009) The veg burrito bowl with no cheese, yummy (belovedk)
(2009) I like because it's a complete protein and a burrito is super filling (and my boyfriend loves it there too, and he eats meat), plus they have the best guac on the planet! (sharkie)
(2011) They give you a generous amount of guacamole in the burrito, which is great. The salsas are all pretty good, and they have a corn salsa/salad thing you can add to the burrito too. The burritos are REALLY heavy, I can't imagine how heavy the non-vegan would be. Anyway, my only complaint is that their food is pretty salty. Also, their chips pretty much suck. They never taste fresh, and they're seasoned with non-delicious limey coarse salt stuff. (fb)
I love chipotle i just went to one for the first time in houston texas, they are omg good. (ashles)
I realized chipotle upped prices. Everything costs the same now. Veggies are like a dollar more than they were. lame. (sarah)
The Chipotle in St. Pete appears to have reduced their portion size. It's odd, if I take my daughter to the one in Tampa she can't finish the bowl, but the one in St. Pete is easy to finish (and it didn't used to be). Has anyone else noticed this at their local Chipotle? I'm thinking that it is probably just the management at the St. Pete one being cheap asses......so lame! (storm)
Chop't Creative Salad Company
I've gotten the Vegetarian Powerhouse and the Grilled Asian - "naked" - they're pretty good salads, and if you want to pay extra you can get all sorts of better kinds of greens (although I disagree with their whole philosophy of smashing the greens into tiny bits)! You can also build-your-own salad. Not all the dressings are vegan, but they make them all there, so it's easy to find out which ones are - I can't remember what I got, it was whatever the person recommended that had agave instead of honey. (Lauuren)
Chuck E. Cheese's
Cotton Patch Cafe
(2011; Wichita Falls and Abilene, TX) They actually have a "wabbit platter" which is a choice of veggies. This actually does not mean a ton, because the majority of the "veggies" are not vegan. Anyway, I've been able to get something edible when out with family. I get the salad (no cheese or croutons) with balsamic vinaigrette, french fries, broccoli with no butter ("skinny"), and steamed veggies with no butter. One time the veggies were really underdone, but the second time they were better. (AC)
Gross. I used to have to eat here a ton in highschool because it was my teachers favorite place. Their salads are reallyyy tiny. I know all of their veggies are cooked with butter or meat in some way, but according to every one I've been to, they have a fryer just for their fries and those are vegan. (sarah)
Has about 10 locations in socal, and is a Japanese curry restaurant. The vegetable curry is vegan if you get the mild sauce (it is clearly stated on the menu), and if you want it spicy, there's always chili oil on the table anyway. you can also add hot tofu to it. They also make a couple of types of vegan spaghetti, one with vegetables, and one very mushroomy one. IMO, the curry is better, and is what people come for; it's sweet and mildly spiced. There's also "tofu steak," which is grilled tofu in a sweet vegetable-based sauce, and is quite delicious; it's an appetizer type thing, and comes out sizzling in a little skillet. There's non-vegan tofu cheesecake (be warned! i think it's made from tofu but has eggs. something like that). Another non-vegan tofu item is the mapo tofu that they occasionally have, which contains ground meat (i think it states such, but just in case you see it's tofu and think it'll be vegetarian...). The prices are pretty good, and the service has always been good. It's more of a family restaurant than a fancy one. (fb)
I was here in 2009, and had some sorta portobello burger. It originally wasn't vegan (cheese or somethin), so I got it without. It was just a bun and the mushroom - no other toppings. Weird. And, the mushroom itself wasn't very good. AND, it appears not to be on the menu anymore anyway. Oh well, it wasn't tasty!
I can't remember if the pinto beans are also vegan, but I always get black beans on account of tastiness. The tortilla is vegan, and they also have fajita vegetables they can put in the burrito. You have to ask for the burrito without cheese or sour cream (it's default). It's pretty decent, but chipotle is better. The salsad are all vegan, and are self-serve and free. They're all pretty mild to me, but have labels for how hot they are.
The fries are ok. I heard a while ago that the onion rings are vegan, and it's hard to find ingredients online, but:
they appear vegan. i had them one time, and they weren't great. They didn't seem to actually have onion slices in them, but had onion-flavored paste stuff instead (!) maybe that's the "rehydrated onion" from the ingredients list.
They give you a generous amount of guacamole in the burrito, which is great. The salsas are all pretty good, and they have a corn salsa/salad thing you can add to the burrito too. The burritos are REALLY heavy, I can't imagine how heavy the non-vegan would be. Anyway, my only complaint is that their food is pretty salty. Also, their chips pretty much suck. They never taste fresh, and they're seasoned with non-delicious limey coarse salt stuff.
I haven't had their vegan burger (haven't been recently enough... last time I went, it was the same non-vegan burger). But, their hash browns are all right, and are cooked in vegetable oil. However, IHOP's is better.
Has better hash browns than Denny's, also cooked in vegetable oil (though they taste more buttery, I was told that's what they're cooked in). But that seems to be all there is that's vegan here. The veggie burger is that cheese-laden Gardenburger, unfortunately.
I've had the blueberry tea (seems to no longer be available) and peach tea. The milk teas are made with non-dairy creamer, which isn't vegan but if you ask you might be told the wrong thing because of the name (non-dairy; it's happened to me). They don't have soymilk as an alternative, and many of the bases for the milk tea (like the taro powder) aren't vegan anyway.
I have make-your-own pasta with either tomato basil sauce or arrabbiata sauce, and both whole wheat penne and the wheat pastas are apparently vegan, and they can still add pine nuts (no longer on the menu) if you ask. This is really good, especially with roasted garlic.
The rosemary bread that comes with the meal is good.
The bruschetta can be vegan if you ask for no cheese. It used to be diced tomatoes, but is now grape tomatoes (used to be tastier, but still good). Better tasting when in season.
Also, you can get flavored tea and Italian sodas (make sure to specify it's not Italian *cream* soda, which has dairy) from a short list of flavorings (peach and watermelon are two I can think of).
I ate this before Daiya existed. I think the crust is pretty good, the sauce is fine, and the toppings are pretty regular for a pizza place (nothing fancy). The garlic sauce that pizzas come with is vegan but hydrogenated-based, so, yeah. But it's good. I'd still get it if I was on the road or something. It can be weird asking for pizza without cheese (a couple times, they think nothing of it, other times it's like "I want to get a vegetable pizza WITHOUT CHEESE" "extra cheese?" "NO CHEESE" "none? ... do you want sauce?" "YES SAUCE IS FINE GOSH" Yeah. Sometimes they let me get an extra topping in place of the cheese for free.
I'm still confused if their regular & wheat breads are vegan currently (conflicting reports on the internet), and apparently the ciabatta bread for the torpedo sandwiches is vegan. I've had the regular vegetarian sandwich (wheat), no cheese, and I like it better than Subway's sandwiches. It comes with guacamole, and because it's toasted the mushrooms get cooked (I admit, I haven't had a Subway sandwich toasted, so...). They're more expensive though, but are pretty big sandwiches.
I don't really like Subway, and when I have to get it, I get it with the sweet onion dressing (vegan), which is at no extra cost. It's pretty much sugar, vinegar, and onionyness. The vinaigrette is not vegan. The sandwich itself is not too substantial, and I usually have to get a footlong if I want to get full unless there's avocado (which is extra). Vs Quiznos, I can get a small or regular sandwich.
The Old Spaghetti Factory
the bread they serve is vegan, but the spread with it is not. The marinara sauce and mushroom sauce (which is just sauteed mushrooms + marinara) are vegan. It's not anything amazing, but it's decent. The olive tapenade appeared to be vegan, but I've never tried it.
The Streamliner burger is vegan (I think it's the Boca one), as are the fries. The fries are steak fries and pretty good, as is the burger.
I've had like every drink that can be made vegan here. The non-vegan components of the drinks are:
white chocolate sauce
pumpkin spice sauce (seasonal)
light frappuccino base
java chips (also used in double chocolaty chip frappuccino)
whipped cream (well, duh)
chai syrup (has honey)
* the caramel sauce is the stuff used to top the caramel frappuccinos and macchiatos, but there is caramel syrup that can be used to flavor drinks, which is vegan.
The mocha sauce (really chocolate sauce, doesn't contain coffee) is vegan, as are all the flavoring syrups, the strawberry sauce used for frappuccinos/lemonades, vanilla bean powder, matcha powder. The vivanno smoothies (which don't always appear on the menu) can be made vegan if you ask for no protein powder (it's whey), and of course ask for soymilk.
On occasion there are vegan pastries, but since they come from regional bakeries, you have to check online for the ingredients for your area.
Even though the chai syrup has honey, you can get a vegan chai latte by asking for a chai tea misto made with soymilk. It'll be unsweetened, too, and is actually a little cheaper than the latte. For iced chai though, there's pretty much nothing that can be done because the tea has to be brewed first (--> melted ice). Unless you happen to work there and an wait an hour for the tea to cool, but... yeah.
Sometimes I'd be told that a cappuccino cannot be done with soymilk (by everyone other than my trainer there... heh), but it actually works, the soymilk just has to be cold (since it's a shelf-stable carton, it often starts off at room temperature). If it's cold, it foams just fine. So if you really want one, just ask that they use the soymilk in the fridge if they have any.
The soymilk they use now isn't as tasty as before (Silk), but apparently it foams better. Who knows.
Cheddar's isn't as un-veg-friendly as it looks online, at least the one in Ft Smith AR is pretty user-friendly... they've got salsa/ guacamole/ chips & steamed edamame for starters, with coarse salt blend & tasty dipping sauce for the edamame; they've also got a good salad with mixed greens, carmelized pears, almonds, & some other good stuff-- had to ask for no chicken/ no cheese, but it was excellent with those modifications; don't remember what dressing was clean (sorry, should've reviewed it more promptly!), but it was a better dining experience than I was expecting. There aren't a huge amount of menu choices there that are veg-friendly, but those that ARE are pretty good-- that was my experience, anyway.
Moe's Southwest Grill is another build-your-own burrito place. You can also get a salad or nachos with whatever toppings you like. Their roasted corn salsa is so tasty.
Auntie Ann's Pretzels are vegan if you get one without butter, but that makes it hard for the salt to stay on.
Maggiano's Little Italy has the standard spaghetti with red sauce or garlic/olive oil. They have gluten free pasta also. Their menu states that you can speak to the chef to make a meal that suits allergy needs.
I don't see it on the list, but Stevi B's is another pizza buffet. One of my friends in high school worked there and assured me the crust is vegan. They typically have better topping choices than Cici's.
Smoothie King: When I was in high school (around 2007) I was told their smoothies are made with fruit and juice unless you add in a protein. They use whey protein.
Applebees - I always get a baked potato with nothing on it, it's a little more than a dollar. I fluff it up with oil and salt and pepper.
Arbys - A long time ago I went to one and they made me a pretty cool veggie sammich. I think I was just starting the transition to veganism though, so I'm honestly not sure about their bread.
Chick fil a- I think all they have is a stupid overpriced fruit salad. Half of their little salad is cheese (Or at least it was last time I went there with some one) and they got really cranky when I asked for one with no cheese and wouldn't do it.
Cracker Barrel - Gross. I used to have to eat here a ton in highschool because it was my teachers favorite place. Their salads are reallyyy tiny. I know all of their veggies are cooked with butter or meat in some way, but according to every one I've been to, they have a fryer just for their fries and those are vegan.
Jamba Juice - The one near me closed, but as long as their menu is layed out the same, they have an "all fruit" menu, I used to get the pomegranate paradise. I think they all have a book that has the ingredients of all of the boosts and powders in the store for you to look at. I don't want to say anything is vegan for sure because it's been years.
Little ceasers - Crust and sauce is vegan. Theres a section on their website about vegetarians/vegans which is pretty cool. It says you can also get their bread without cheese and that's okay, but I'd ask to make sure they don't butter the tops because that just seems like something that they'd do.
McDonalds - Fries are not vegan. I think the only thing that is vegan is a side salad with balsamic dressing (I'm not sure if they changed their dressings though.)
Mcallisters Deli - A while back I was told their veggie chilli was vegan, it's pretty good. They do have a few different options. I think once I got a pretty cool taco salad that the waiter and I tweaked some to make vegan.
Pita Pit - Expensive. You can get falafel pita, Just ask them to microwave it instead of grill it so its not cooking in meat, they always happily do it for me here. I know they have babaganoush and god hummus and avocado. They have some decent options, it's like the pita version of subway basically.
Quiznos - I used to hang out there every day, they let me in the back to read ingredients (heh), you have to get balsamic dressing instead of red wine because red wine comes on the veggie and has cheese (I've confused some places with this, the one that normally comes on the sub is in a big squeeze bottle, the other is at that little tray with the peppers/olives. Well at least here). White and Wheat bread are vegan. And of course ask for no cheese.
Red Lobster - Just don't go here. Ever. I went and there were lobsters trying to escape from tanks and the people who worked there were oblivious to what was in certain items on the menu.
Smoothie King - I know mangosteen madnesss is vegan. I think I get it sans whatever powder vitamin thing they put in it just in case. I know they have other vegan ones but I've just lived off of mangosteen because it is so fantastic.
Sonic - I used to go here with my friends. My option was a banana. (Ours closed though so again, not sure if anything has changed)
Taco Bell - Options, but always check first, and according to Preston (who works there) there is massive cross contamination.
Chili Addiction -
from what I can tell, they only have a west hollywood location.
OMG THIS PLACE IS SO GREAT. Ok.
They have a vegan menu that is just as big as their regular one.
They make everything in-house, including the veggie burgers, veggie dogs, vegan sausages, sauerkraut, different mustards, different ketchups, pickles, and of course the chili. You can buy the flavored ketchups, mustards, and other sauces too by the bottle. They have stuff like curry ketchup, habanero mango ketchup, habanero mango hot sauce, etc.
They had 2 vegan chilis when I went; I think that's how it normally is. They'll sample them for you, too.
We had: chili cheese fries, nachos, two veggie dogs (a "street dog" and a "southwestern dog"; there are maybe 10 types. the street dog has sauerkraut, mustard, chili, and daiya, and the southwestern has jalapeno relish and some other stuff), a vegan sausage ("death wish", maybe another 10 types), a chili burger (maybe 10 types again), and onion rings. There are a couple things on the vegan menu that are only vegetarian (labeled as such), and from what I can tell it's because their cornbread is not vegan, and for the other items there is asiago cheese involved. The guys at the counter definitely knew what was up.
The portions are good, the prices are so-so. For instance, the sausage was $11, and the veggie dog was $6 (but the difference in size was not so great, so it depends on what you get in terms of value). I find this totally acceptable for an independent place with plentiful vegan selections, though.
Also, there is room to sit inside, but it's not really a sit-down type of place, kind of like a fast food joint.
They're a few doors over from Real Food Daily, a popular vegan restaurant (which is probably not great for them, I dunno), and before we went in we were considering getting something from RFD too (we love them), but after ordering all the deliciousness from Chili Addiction, we didn't even consider it.
J very much loved Weinerschnitzel, and I figured he might want to get one of their non-vegetarian things (especially because they have other daily (non-veg) chilis that are weird, like one made with ghost chiles/naga jolokia), but the selection of greasy vegan eats left him wanting nothing. GREAT : ))))
With On the Border you have to make sure to get black beans, as their refried beans are cooked with pork.
The Melting Pot: I haven't been here for a few years, but they try to serve you in a set order. The first is salad and cheese fondue. Next they have the main course. They have a vegetarian platter, and typically one cooking broth that is vegetarian. This veggie plate has things on it that don't fondue well. Unless you like boiled tofu and veggies, I'd skip this place. The last course is chocolate. I honestly don't know if the dark chocolate is vegan, but most of the things they provide you to dip are not. All in all, this place is really, really expensive and you'd be better off doing fondue at home.
There's a pizza chain in the southeast called Mellow Mushroom. Their crust is vegan as long as you tell them not to put Parmesan cheese on it. They have the best pizza crust ever, I swear. Most of them offer vegan cheese as an option, but I don't know what brand it is. You can choose a different sauce than red. I know they have a garlic and oil sauce. They have a really wide choice of toppings, including tempeh and tofu. They also serve salad, sandwiches and pretzels. Gluten free crust is available, but I haven't had it, so I can't vouch for its quality. I know they have hummus on the appetizer menu, and it's pretty good.
Einstein Bros. Bagels:
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California Pizza Kitchen
I swear I had read the french fries were seasoned with chicken but according to this http://jessfastfood.tripod.com/fastfoodnutritionfacts/id24.html the french fries and onion rings to appear to be legit
they are indeed legit