Best chains to eat vegan!
As the demand for “free from” products are on the rise, many restaurant chains are adding vegan-friendly options to their menus. Here is a list of some of the top chains to get plant-based food in the US:
1. TACO BELL
Taco Bell is one of the easiest places to eat vegan. Want a Crunchwrap Supreme? Yep! They can veganize it! And how about some cinnamon twists for dessert? Yep! They’re “accidentally” vegan! You can order any item “fresco style” and they will remove all dairy (such as cheese and sour cream) and replace it with pico. Any menu item that contains meat you can just substitute with potatoes. Their beans and rice are free from animal products, too! And I always gotta add guac.
2. WHITE CASTLE
Live near a White Castle? Lucky you! They have the Impossible Sliders (ask for no cheese) made with the Impossible Burger patties. Their Hash Browns and Fries are also vegan.
Chipotle is a staple for many vegans and vegetarians as it’s a great place to get super full, super fast. Try a burrito, bowl, or some tacos with Sofritas – organic tofu braised with peppers and spices. Their beans, rice and guac is vegan, too!
3. CARL’S JR
Carl’s Jr. is one of the many restaurants adding the Beyond Meat burger to their menu. This “bleeding” burger (coming from beets) is gluten-free, soy-free, GMO-free, and full of meaty flavor. Order the Beyond Famous Star without cheese and sub the mayo and special sauce with BBQ sauce. You can also “Go Beyond” on any of your favorite Carl’s Jr sandwiches by substituting the Beyond Burger patty in place of the cow or chicken patty for an additional $2 per patty.
4. DEL TACO
Del Taco has also partnered with Beyond Meat and you can now order your favorite Del Taco product with Beyond Meat such as a Del Combo Burrito with Beyond Meat instead of beef for an additional charge. They also have the Beyond Taco (vegan when you ask for no cheese) and the Beyond Avocado Taco (comes vegan!). You can also get the 8 Layer Veggie Burrito, the 1/2 lb. Bean & Cheese Burrito, or the Value Bean & Cheese Burrito with red or green sauce. Simply ask for no cheese and no sour cream. The rice is now vegan as well. Woo hoo!
5. BURGER KING
Recently, this fast food giant started testing out the Impossible Burger patty at some of its locations. This plant-based burger has more protein, less total fat, no cholesterol, and fewer calories than a beef patty, and they plan to continue rolling it out nationwide this year. If you’re in one of the lucky few cities they’re offering it in already, be sure to have them hold the mayo. Want to end on a sweet note? Their French Toast Sticks and Dutch Apple Pies are vegan!
6. DUNKIN DONUTS
Most of their beverages can be made vegan by ordering them with almond milk and holding the whipped cream. And if you need a snack, their Cinnamon Raisin, Cinnamon Raisin Bagel Twist, Everything, Garlic, Onion, Plain, Poppy Seed, Salt, and Sesame bagels are all vegan, as are the Hash Browns and English Muffins.
7. CHEESECAKE FACTORY
The Cheesecake Factory has a few great options including the Vegan Cobb Salad, Evelyn’s Favorite Pasta (Ask for No Butter or Parmesan), and their Veggie Burger with no cheese or mayo and on sourdough bread. Fingers crossed that they add a dairy-free cheesecake soon!!
8. AUNTIE ANNE’S PRETZELS
The Original, Cinnamon Sugar, Sweet Almond, Garlic, Jalapeño, and Raisin pretzels can be veganized by ordering them without the butter. This process takes an extra five minutes, but it’s worth it for a hot, soft pretzel.
9. BLAZE PIZZA
Their traditional, high-rise, and gluten-free crusts are all vegan, and it also offers vegan cheese and an array of vegan toppings.
BurgerFi offers the “Vegan Beyond Burger” at their 100+ locations.
11. Olive Garden
Their breadsticks are vegan! Yeah, you read that right. Pasta options include angel hair, cavatappi, fettuccine, gluten-free rotini, rigatoni, small shells, spaghetti, and whole-wheat linguine. Top your pasta with the vegan marinara sauce or kid’s tomato sauce. The minestrone soup is also vegan!
Which chain has your favorite vegan options?