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Eating While on the Road

With the emergence of so many vegetarians from all walks of life, most restaurants now offer a variety of great meatless items.

Before you hit the road, check out our lists of sit-down restaurant chains and fast-food chains that serve vegetarian meals. And be sure to look up the locally owned restaurants near your destination beforehand so that you can enjoy the best options the area has to offer.

As most families know, taking your own snacks on a trip is a good way to save money. Visit the snacks section of “Everyday Eating” for ideas. If you expect to be making lots of pit stops for food at gas stations, check out our list of “accidentally vegan” snacks that are widely available.

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  • Patricia Sjöber says:

    I’d also suggest doing a bit of vegan baking before going on the road. My husband and I made a couple of loaves of vegan zucchini bread, and they lasted almost three days in the cooler. Also, a container of hummus and some baby carrots make for a nutritious snack, as well as apple and pear slices and raisins. The possibilities are endless!

  • Sara says:

    @Irene: I am the same way when it comes to the grilling and frying in the same container/area. But (@Alex) it’s because meat destroys my stomach. One little piece in there, accidently, and i’m sick for the rest of my travels.

    I suggest just (if possible) bringing your own food in a cooler, and eating lots of raw produce and nuts from grocery stores.

  • Alex says:

    a note to Irene: I am just like you so I do not eat at restaurants that cook meat period. Even if you ask them to seperate your food from their “dirty” meat, you are still getting cross contamination from that kitchen so it does not really matter anyway. After being a vegetarian and then vegan for so many years it is 100% understandable that you despise any animal products whatsoever in your food, so just stay home when you eat or eat at vegetarian restaurants only.
    A note to karaleigh: Some of us are vegans because animal flesh makes us sick to our stomachs and we can not tollerate animal flesh at any level at all. I agree with you 100% that these type of vegans, myself included, should not compalin or request special cooking directions for their food at a restaurant that serves meat. They should instead choose to eat at home or at a vegetarian or vegan restaurant.

  • karaleigh says:

    a note to irene:
    While it may seem the vegan thing to do, insisting your vegan burgers and food be cooked on a “clean” grill, and not next to or after any animal flesh, is only making vegans like you and me appear fussy and intolerant, and it certainly doesn’t make veganism seem any more appealing to any non-vegans who might otherwise consider a cruelty-free lifestyle…
    after all, how many extra animals does insisting on a perfectly cleaned grill actually save? that’s right, none… and isn’t saving animals the point after all??

  • Irene says:

    The most disappointing issue is that restaurants even when they advertise “vegetarian” burgers etc., may fry/grill on the same surface the meats were cooked on. I eat only when I can see the grill (ie Benihana) and insist my veggies/tofu be cooked first on a clean grill.

  • Brianna says:

    When ever fast food is the only option, I will bring along my own vegan cheese and vegan deli “meat” and add it to my SubWay sandwich! It taste very good. I also like to kindly let them know that I brought my own VEGAN cheese andd meat.

  • Pamela says:

    Every time my family and I hit the road we do everything we can to avoid fast food stops. Packed meals is always the best! Thanks for the post. Glad to see others are not giving up their regular eating habits because of traveling.

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