Road Food for vegans?
June 4, 2010 9:03 AM   Subscribe

Is there a comprehensive vegan/vegetarian restaurant guide for the US? A vegetarian road food guide?

Two friends are going on a roadtrip across most of the country. One is vegan, the other is flexetarian/freegan/whatever.

I want to get them a guide like Road Food, but seeing as how that book has a giant hamburger on the cover, I think it will be of limited use to them.

Superficial Google searches say that the equivalent veg guide does not exist. Say it ain't so! Or steer me toward other options. A guide of micro-breweries across the country might be useful too, but then they might have the beer tasting part of their trip totally planned already.
posted by slow graffiti to Food & Drink (6 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Healthy Highways: The Travelers' Guide to Healthy Eating
(Look inside to see a sample listing; almost all the restaurants are vegetarian/vegan friendly)
posted by prenominal at 9:26 AM on June 4, 2010

This one is on Amazon for about $20 -- last updated in 2005, though.

I looked through online vegan retailers' book selections and didn't turn up anything.

There does seem like there used to be guidebooks, but I think sites like Happy Cow have replaced them for the most part. But that doesn't help you, unless you want to compile some things for their notable destinations.
posted by darksong at 10:01 AM on June 4, 2010

I had The Tofu Tollbooth recommended to me some years ago. This one claims "2nd Edition", but looks to be from 1998. A used copy may be worth a try, though. The page also gives a few other interesting-looking suggestions.
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 11:53 AM on June 4, 2010

How about Veg Guide?

Otherwise, when my girlfriend and I were roadtripping through the midwest and west (IL, IA, MT, OR, UT, NE, ND, etc.) we just used the "nearby" function on Yelp or searched in Yelp for vegetarian or health food stores/places, which worked really nicely. Found some great holes-in-the-wall. We both have iPhones so it was easy to do this from the road and as we passed through. Probably not super helpful w/o internet/3G/etc. access from the road.

Feel free to MeMail me and I can try to give you some recs for Chicago and points west.
posted by Rudy Gerner at 1:46 PM on June 4, 2010

internets on a i/smartphone + will do this.
posted by beerbajay at 11:34 AM on June 5, 2010

Was also going to suggest Tofu Tollboth (Dar Williams), though I know it was originally written quote a while ago.
posted by FlyByDay at 9:12 PM on June 6, 2010

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