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Menus often include symbols indicating a meal is vegetarian-friendly, and servers are often trained to accommodate special diets. There are even entire apps dedicated to highlighting vegetarian-friendly restaurants. Check out these suggestions to find the healthiest, tastiest meatless options at some of the most popular chain restaurants!But when you don’t eat meat, it can be challenging to find a restaurant that you (and your dining partners) can agree on. That’s why we rounded up the best chain restaurants for vegetarians.

Our choices—handpicked by a vegetarian of over a decade—promise plenty of options. It’s 2019 and vegan options are everywhere you look: you can buy Beyond Meat and Impossible Burgers in your grocery store, order a drink with. Carl’s Jr. is another meat-heavy fast-food chain, but their “secret menu” actually provides a vegan option.

An easy hack: Order any burger and say “veg it,” and the meat patty will be removed. Fast food and vegan are two phrases we wouldn’t say go hand in hand. Not only do meat and cheese seem to rule the brown-bag, on-the-fly food game, but we also don’t always know what is being used. Panera is known for its healthier fast food options. That goes for vegan fans of the bread company as well.

Aside from endless salad options, Panera also offer vegan black bean soup and delicious broth bowls. Go ahead and order a French baguette for your side, because those are vegan too. There is even an app called Vegan Xpress that will help you find vegan options at national chains and fast-food restaurants. Perfect for the busy vegan on the go! Perfect for the busy vegan on the go!

Pizza chain Mellow Mushroom offers a vegan menu that includes tofu, tempeh, and Follow Your Heart cheese. Vegan sauces include red sauce, olive oil, sweet chili glaze, and jerk sauce. With the meat-free options, vegan cheeses, and all the veggie toppings you could ever want, this pizza joint definitely delivers.

It also offers hoagies (the. The Healthiest Vegetarian Options at 11 Fast-Food Chains The Healthiest Vegetarian Options at 11 Fast-Food Chains What to order: Use the You Pick Two option to your advantage by pairing a half Mediterranean Veggie sandwich with a salad. You can also check out our picks for the healthiest sandwich choices and healthiest soup choices. Vegan options include the Vegan TropiChop and Vegan Wrap, which come with seasoned Beyond Meat crumbles.

The chain’s black beans, French fries, white or brown rice, boiled or fried yuca, sweet plantains, balsamic tomatoes, and guacamole are vegan, too.

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Even some of the most traditional restaurants have responded by adding at least one or two vegetarian options to their menus.

“Living Vegetarian For Dummies” by Suzanne Havala Hobbs
from Living Vegetarian For Dummies
by Suzanne Havala Hobbs
Wiley, 2009

The fully continental menu includes lots of treats such as prawns, good steaks with sauces & sweet & sour chicken; vegetarians will love the vegetarian lasagne or fried noodles with vegetables & nuts.

“Nigeria: The Bradt Travel Guide” by Lizzie Williams
from Nigeria: The Bradt Travel Guide
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To cater to as many preferences as possible, I have provided both a vegan and omnivore menu.

“Meals that Heal Inflammation” by Julie Daniluk, RHN
from Meals that Heal Inflammation
by Julie Daniluk, RHN
Hay House, 2012

Vegetarian spots and vegetarian-friendly additions to menus are popping up everywhere.

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from Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society
by A. Breeze Harper
Lantern Books, 2009

All these considerations had their effect on me, and I came across vegetarians of all these types in vegetarian restaurants.

“An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth” by M. K. Gandhi, Mahadev Desai
from An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth
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The more requests restaurants receive, the more likely it is that vegan options will appear on their menus later on.

“Becoming Vegan: The Complete Reference to Plant-Base Nutrition, Comprehensive Edition” by Brenda Davis, Vesanto Melina
from Becoming Vegan: The Complete Reference to Plant-Base Nutrition, Comprehensive Edition
by Brenda Davis, Vesanto Melina
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To find the ones in your area, simply search online for “vegan restaurants” or “veg-friendly restaurants” and the name of your city or county.

“Straight Up Food: Delicious and Easy Plant-based Cooking without Salt, Oil or Sugar” by Cathy Fisher
from Straight Up Food: Delicious and Easy Plant-based Cooking without Salt, Oil or Sugar
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Phase 1 and Phase 2 also have Flexi and Planner menu options for vegetarians.

“Stop Counting Calories and Start Losing Weight: The Harcombe Diet” by Zoe Harcombe
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Columbus Publishing Ltd,

Note: Places serving vegetarian food are frequently listed in the text.

“Explore Barbados” by Harry S. Pariser
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by Harry S. Pariser
Manatee Press, 2000

That’s because vegan and vegetarian restaurants are easier to find in this technological age, and several online gems allow you to find what you need.

“Living Vegan For Dummies” by Alexandra Jamieson
from Living Vegan For Dummies
by Alexandra Jamieson
Wiley, 2009

Alexia Lewis RD

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  • stop melting pot was my absolute favorite, every birthday, every friends birthday, every special event…. I was so devastated thinking I would never go back. HOW DID I NOT KNOW

  • I really liked the vegan options at the Melting Pot except for the fondue itself �� The Disaronno Vegan Chocolate was delicious. I’ve never had fondue but it wasn’t that great. And my non vegan partner didn’t enjoy it either. I did LOVE the juicy tofu it came with. Thank you for sharing your experiences!

  • I want to be best friends with these two ladies! Vegan food and laughs! How great would that be not to be the odd one ”vegan” who gets left out or ends up having to eat something not so vegan because there is nothing else (and getting called out for eating it ��)

  • The more I hear about Vegan and the corners ya’ll cut with the diet the less I feel like it’s really that healthy. You allow cooked food and seeds like potatoes & beans on the diet.

  • 21:36 I have actually wondered about that information. I sometimes see that it shows may contain milk or whatever and I figured that’s what it meant but wouldn’t get the item because I had doubts still. So thank you for that. Also these videos help a lot I went to a local barbecue spot here in Las Vegas.. it was soooo embarrassing asking what they cook stuff in. The person had no knowledge and it just took too long asking all these questions and I have kids so at times I won’t even eat because I just doubt it and feed my kids non vegan food so they usually eat and I’ll be soooo hungry ������ so definitely helps

  • Wow this was so informative! I’m in Australia but when I go to the US one day I will have to rewatch this vid so I know where to go! Also I’ve never heard of Olive Garden before! Those breadsticks look delicious

  • In France it’s not so easy eating vegan. We dont have the veggie burger in Burger King. But some restaurants are agree cooking vegan if you ask before.

  • thats crazy, melting pot was my graduation dinner, 4 years later and now a new vegan ID LOVE TO GO BACK AGAIN!!!❤️ ty for doing this i dont have to feel so restricted when dining with friends and family!

  • In india the McDonald’s has a burgur cLled a mcaloo tikki burger which they make the patty with potato and the cheese can be veganed and no mayo

  • I have really enjoyed your videos! I’m new to vegan eating and you’ve really helped me. Are you from California? You talk really fast lol I love it thanks again

  • I just want to let you know but someone had said that they cook the impossible burger on the same grill that they cook the regular burger. I don’t know how true that is but I wanted to give you a heads up and if I’m wrong please let me know

  • I’m mainly a vegetarian I only eat meat occasionally. I’ve struggled with food and an eating disorder in my past and present but I do hope to incorporate vegan options more often I love your channel

  • During the first two years of being vegan I ate from a few of these places except McDonalds. Overtime these foods nearly killed me. Much of this food is processed. I had to go thru a healing process..these foods wrecked havoc on my gut. So, I am now preparing all my meals fresh from scratch. Research all ingredients in these processed foods and you would be blown away!

  • How can it be vegan when its been cooked on the same grill as the meat or fried in the same oil as meat products sorry but this is a fail.

  • I work at P.F. Chang’s and the Buddha’s feasts you guys got was not suppose to look like that, it’s a really good dish when made right

  • The 7 Layer Burrito at Taco Bell fresco, add potatoes, red sauce, onions with Diablo and Hot sauce. My favorite when I have to resort to fast food in a pinch.

  • I hope the two of you will go to IHOP because I called around in my area and none of them had vegan or �� based items. Thanks for sharing.