As a vegan you can’t eat out, right? WRONG! You can have just as much enjoyment eating out than any person that eats a Standard American Diet. You just have to navigate the territory a bit differently. Here are a couple of tips I’ve used and still use to this day.
Number 1 – Google it! Type in the restaurant name along with “vegan” and voila, most times you’ll hit the jackpot. Often people have already written the company and done the research for you. Even without Googling there are some great sites out there that have databases of vegan food options. Vegetarian Restaurants.net is loaded with vegan options. There’s even a site that has vegan fast food options. And if you’re looking for vegan-specific restaurants head over to Happy Cow or VegGuide. Side note: make sure you try to find the most up-to-date sites for information. Restaurants can change their recipes at any time, making them un-vegan.
Number 2 – Check out the restaurant’s menu. With most restaurants having websites on the Internet, they often have their menus listed too. Once you start knowing what you can and can’t eat you’ll find that you can quickly peruse their menu before hand so that you’re prepared when you arrive at the restaurant and it’s time to order. You can also cross-reference the menu and your research from Googling to see what would be best for you.
Number 3 – Call ahead. No menu online? Call up the restaurant or stop by to have a chat with them. Chances are this won’t be required, but it’s an option, especially if you’ll be attending an even that’s a set dish. I prefer to do my research prior to eating at the restaurant because once you’re there you’re relying on the waiter or waitress’ information. You like to hope it’s factual but oftentimes this isn’t the case due to their lack of knowledge or care.
Number 4 – Will you be stuck with a salad every time? No. Chances are there will be at least one option for you. Don’t forget to check out any side dishes that can be made into main entrees too, such as baked potatoes and steamed vegetables. If there aren’t and you’re stuck with a salad, let’s hope it’s a big fancy salad. Not lucky enough with a big fancy salad and only have the small iceberg side salad? Order several side salads and do it up. When prepared, I’ve been known to bring my own additions to top off my salad.
Use these tips and before you know it you’ll be a champ at eating out as a vegan!
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