How often do you eat out? I have to admit, despite the fact I LOVE cooking and sharing my awesome dishes with family and friends, I need at least one or two nights per week when I eat out.
Although I have a few places only, where I like to eat out, this still brings some freshness and excitement to my life. It’s something about getting together with friends, talking, sharing, while eating a meal that gives me a feel-good vibe. It’s almost like a ‘pleasure dose’ that I need!
Yet, I do know many vegans find the experience stressful, mostly due to the fact that most of their friends are non-vegans, and it may be hard to find the balance where both sides feel satisfied with the night out!
Well, I just might have the solution with this HUGE list of restaurant menu options, where you can see at a glance the type of vegan food you can eat at a restaurant near you.
Before I show it to you though, I would like to share with you a CRUCIAL RULE to follow when eating out with friends:
Make it about the experience, not the food!
What does this mean? Often, I know that the only thing I will be able to eat when I go out with someone are french fries and a salad. Yet, I make it all about the fact I will share food in a new atmosphere, I will get to meet my friends, and I will enjoy their company. And come on, who doesn’t love french fries? I personally never make them at home! So, just stop making french fries at home, and you will have something to be excited about even if the vegan options at a restaurant aren’t so rich!
Except for this, here are a few other practical steps to follow when eating out at non-purely vegan restaurants:
Tell your server that you’re on a vegan diet and have special dietary restrictions. Letting the servers know that you’re a vegan and that you can’t have anything with any animal products whatsoever will them make your dish as vegan-friendly as possible.
Double check that your meal is vegan. Even if it has a name that sounds vegan, always double check with the server (or this website ) to ensure that it truly is vegan.
Make sure there isn’t any hidden non-vegan item in your meal. Butter always seems to be the culprit that always finds a way to sneak into your vegan dish. So always double check with the server (reinforcing tip #1 and #2).
By following these tips, you’ll be sure to enjoy a truly vegan meal from whatever restaurant you visit, preferably one of the ones on this list.
Okay so with that being said, let’s get to the vegan restaurant menus and options.
I really do hope that you enjoyed this awesome listing of vegan restaurant chains and menu options!
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