It’s 2020. You no longer have to find some hole-in-the-wall place where you’re spending $30 on a Beyond burger. In this day and age, you can find tasty vegan meals from the most popular chain restaurants and fast food joints.
To be honest, you can find vegan dishes almost anywhere. The only problem is that you have to make quite a few customizations to get it just right. Why not go somewhere that has vegan options right on the menu? You can finally go out on Friday nights with friends without having to worry about what you’re going to eat. In fact, you can wholeheartedly recommend these vegan-friendly restaurants with a smile on your face.
1. Yard House
Yard House has locations nationwide. In addition to having a wide variety of beers on tap, they’re also surprisingly vegan-friendly. You can order a Beyond burger with ease, but the real star of the show here is the Gardein chicken. You can get a BBQ chicken pizza with the Gardein product as well as a chicken fried rice bowl, sesame and chicken noodles, and a grilled avocado and chicken sandwich.
Along with your meal, you can get a vast array of vegan sides, including edamame, buffalo cauliflower, and hummus. You can also order the crispy brussels sprouts and potatoes, which are delectable. You just have to ask for no aioli. At Yard House, the main thing to watch out for is the cheese and dipping sauces.
2. Olive Garden
If you’re watching your carbs, then you probably want to steer clear of Olive Garden. However, if you just want a tasty vegan meal, then Olive Garden is the perfect place for a filling meal. For starters, the salad and breadsticks are already vegan-friendly. You just have to ask for oil and vinegar instead of the regular dressing on the salad. The breadsticks come with a garlic topping, but it’s actually made out of soy in lieu of butter.
For the main course, you can choose between pasta with marinara sauce or minestrone soup. If you opt for the pasta, then you can ask your server to put some vegetables on it instead of any of their meats. It may not be on the menu, but they’ll gladly do it. Just make sure to say no cheese when they bust out that rotary cheese grater.
3. Del Taco
Yard House and Olive Garden are great, but you may not always feel like spending a lot of money and leaving a tip. Fortunately, there are plenty of fast food options out there, too. In 2019, Del Taco incorporated Beyond meat onto its menu. Now, you can walk into your local Del Taco and order the Beyond Avocado Taco. Along with the Beyond meat, which has the same amount of protein as regular meat, you get healthy portions of hand-sliced avocado, diced tomatoes, and crisp lettuce.
The Epic Beyond Cali Burrito is also available when you want something hearty from your fast food restaurant. You just have to ask for it without any sour cream, but it comes with an incredible 33 grams of plant-based protein. It’s also loaded with crinkle-cut fries and guacamole, making for a great lunch for only $6.49.
4. Blaze Pizza
There has been a humongous boom in the number of make-your-own pizza places in recent years. You can pretty much go vegan at any of them, but Blaze Pizza makes it super easy to do so. All of the crusts are vegan-friendly, so whether you want classic or gluten-free dough, you are safe no matter which way you cut it. For the sauce, you’ll want to stick with red. The white cream and garlic pesto sauces both contain milk.
One great aspect of Blaze Pizza is that it offers Daiya vegan cheese. You can’t have pizza without cheese, and you can get however much you’d like at Blaze. Naturally, all the vegetables are safe, and hundreds of locations around the country now offer vegan Chik’n and vegan spicy chorizo. You also have your choice of finishes, and all of them are good for vegans except ranch dressing. Luckily for all you vegans out there, Blaze makes sticking with your life choices as easy as pie.
5. P.F. Chang’s
P.F. Chang’s has long offered plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. For an appetizer, you can order the vegetarian lettuce wraps, which come with tofu, water chestnuts, mint, green onion, and rice sticks along with hearty pieces of lettuce to hold everything. Once you get to the main course, you’ll find a bounty of options. Ask anyone, and you’ll likely discover that the Harvest Thai Curry is where it’s at for most vegans. It’s the restaurant’s seasonal red curry with an assortment of mushrooms, tofu, fresno pepper, butternut squash, and other veggies.
However, you might see something else on the menu that catches your eye. The only problem is that it’s made with chicken. Fortunately, P.F. Chang’s is incredibly accommodating, and you can substitute anything on the menu with tofu. Chinese food typically doesn’t incorporate cheese or dairy-based sauces into the mix, so you’re safe for the most part.
The Vegan World at Your Fingertips
Even if you like to cook your own vegan dishes, it’s nice to go out and be waited on every once in a while. It can be tough to find a place everyone can agree on, but by going to a chain restaurant, there’s a greater chance everyone can find something they like. With this handy guide, you’re ready to get out there to enjoy delicious meals with great company.