Is there such a thing as a low-maintenance vegan?
July 10, 2014 9:14 AM Subscribe
What are some ways to navigate the menu when eating vegan in a mainstream restaurant?
posted by A Terrible Llama to Food & Drink (12 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I sometimes go through periods of not eating animal products. I'm fairly flexible about this, and particularly flexible in restaurants because it seems to be nearly impossible unless I go ahead and order something essentially non-caloric or depressing. To make matters more difficult, these are generally mainstream US restaurants, i.e., not like they are Thai or Indian or anything that is a bit more flexible and less reliant on the existence of cheese (my dining companion is "not adventurous").
I was wondering, though, if other people had found good ways of navigating this in a non-annoying fashion. My ex-husband waited tables, and so I have built-in radar about being an annoying customer who wants to substitute this for that and get that on the side and etc etc. I also like a nice smooth restaurant experience. I've seen people order food like they're two steps away from going into the kitchen and preparing it themselves.
However, I also like food and consuming calories and not feeling deprived.
So: does anyone have any tips for eating vegan in restaurants without being super annoying or do you just give up and cook at home? I'm looking for specific things I can look for or ask for in not-obnoxious way that will put me on the path of eating something other than lettuce for dinner.
For clarity's sake, I'm not the type who wants food cooked in separate pans or would be terribly upset if the green beans touched butter in the cooking process or anything, and I am not going to ask for an ingredient list to find out whether their pasta contains eggs or not--just giving it a good faith effort.