Tomorrow is my husband’s birthday and he is not the world’s easiest guy to shop for. I got him a classic Led Zeppelin CD (the one with Stairway to Heaven on it) and I know he’ll love that, and also a pair of gloves which he badly needs.
I also picked up a gift card to Subway, and I suspect this will be his favorite present. He loves their Veggie Delight sub, and since the burger they use is vegan, I’ll probably let him buy me dinner with his gift card at least once.
I steer clear of fast food establishments where the only vegan options are salads and fries. I like salads and French Fries very much, but I want to patronize restaurants that meet my vegan diet halfway, and Subway does that very nicely.
Burger King is another favorite; their BK Veggie is pretty yummy. I’m also a longtime fan of Taco Bell and, these days I’m even more enamored of Taco del Mar restaurants. In fact most of the fast food Mexican places don’t use lard in their beans. Guacamole and really spicy salsa make up for the lack of cheese and sour cream (and I don’t think any of these restaurants will have vegan cheese or sour cream anytime soon.)
I know a number of vegetarians and other health-minded folks who say they never eat at fast food restaurants. But when I’m out and about—shopping, running errands and feeling a little busy and rushed—I want something that is quick, inexpensive, and tasty. I wouldn’t recommend a full-time diet of fast food restaurants for vegetarians or anyone else, but in moderation they are great, and I love them!
I agree whole-heartedly! I tend to patronize those restaurants to which vegans typically would not flock. I find that even(especially?) steakhouses tend to enjoy the challenge of creating a dish that defies normalcy by their usual standards. Chili’s has a great black bean burger and Waffle House’s hash browns and veggies are orgasmic. Like you, I want to encourage non-traditional veggie establishments to keep doing what they are doing, and if they are not doing enough of it, I like to offer my encouragement by giving them my veggie business.
Thanks, Brenda. We’re taking a vacation later this year and my husband is going to be thrilled that we’ll have an excuse to stop at Waffle House!
The beige patty at BK is not vegan
fyi, the BK veggie burger has egg whites in it. i think it’s a ‘Morningstar’ burger maybe?
I concur with Josh the BK veggie burger is not vegan, the dead giveaway is that unless you change it it comes with cheese and mayo on it. So clearly they don’t mean it to be vegan. A quick check easily shows its a morning star burger, which like most Morningstar products is not vegan. As a vegan I never eat anything Morningstar because they are known for this and changing ingredients without saying anything. Not sure on a Subway pattie, but I would be skeptical.
Honestly I’m a bit surprised that someone identifying as a vegan would make this error without any research, the fact that you’re a dietatition too just adds insult to injury.
Please do research before posting online, this kind of thing only serves to confuse people about the diet.
Josh and David, please note that my post on fast food is 5 1/2 years old! What is true today may not have been true then.
I worked at Burger King in 2006, 3 years prior to the original post, and I can confirm that the veggie burger has always been a Morningstar non-vegan patty.