So I’ve had some experience eating out now as a vegan, and it has honestly been a mixed bag.
Whoever said eating out as a vegan was cheaper must have been eating expensive places as an omnivore. I haven’t found it to be true.
Fast food is right out.
Small towns present very limited options for vegan dining, but you can sometimes get them to make exceptions.
Our local pizza buffet, Deb’s, takes requests from customers, as many buffets do. So I asked them if they could make a veggie pizza with no cheese. They did, and it was delicious. I know: I ate the whole thing.
Fast fresh places like Qdoba are pretty easy, and good. Even Subway has vegan options, but as my father said, their veggie delight is all veggie, no delight. I think it’s better than being hungry, but that’s as far as I’ll go to praise it.
Chain delis like Newk’s can offer good options. Newk’s veggie club is amazing, with Portobello mushrooms, red and yellow peppers, and crusty bread. Just hold the cheese and pesto and you’re golden.
Sushi is easy, since it is all handmade, and many Japanese restaurant menus have multiple vegan options built in. It was fun having so many options I actually had to CHOOSE.
Italian restaurants, even big box chains like Olive Garden, are easy. The menu will have several easily- altered starting points, and they often are on the cheaper side.
Chinese buffets usually have a few veggies, plus lo mein. Many have hibachi or “Mongolian grills” whet you can build you own stir fry as part of the buffet.
Hey, I live in rural Mississippi. Did you expect a review of five star, $200 a plate restaurants? :)
I tell you what, when I eat at one, I’ll tell you all about it.