What’s the deal with vegan fast food? Some of us never thought that we’d see the day when White Castle or Denny’s offered veggie burgers, but now that they do, the millions of omnivores who eat there can see that choosing meat-free meals is easy and tasty.
Almost every restaurant has at least one vegan dish. By making educated choices and asking the server for assistance, dining out can be a delicious—and cruelty-free—experience! We put together this handy guide to help you navigate the chain restaurant world.
A&W Canada offers the highly sought-after Beyond Burger at all its Canadian locations. It comes on a vegan bun with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, ketchup, and mustard. Keep it vegan by asking for no burger sauce or mayo. The chain also carries a vegan Beyond Meat Sausage and Veggie breakfast sandwich.
You can swap meat with a plant-based patty on any burger. Options include Beyond Burger, Black Bean & Roasted Corn Patty, Farmer’s Quinoa Patty, and the Sweet Potato & Wild Rice Patty. Order with a sprouted bun.
Baskin-Robbins has three vegan ice cream flavors: Chocolate Extreme, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and Coffee Caramel Chunk. You can also get two flavors of vegan sorbet: Daiquiri Ice and Watermelon Splash Ice. Keep your eyes peeled for other new vegan flavors at your local store.
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
The pizza crust and marinara sauce at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse is vegan! Order a veggie pizza without cheese, and ask for your pizza not to be brushed with butter. Not in the mood for pizza? Order the spaghetti marinara.
Blaze Pizza offers dairy-free cheese, spicy meat-free chorizo, and an array of other vegan toppings. The traditional, high-rise, and gluten-free crusts are all vegan, too. A staple vegan pie is also available for mobile app and online orders in the Life Mode Pizzas menu section. It features the chain’s traditional dough, red sauce, spicy vegan chorizo, vegan cheese, red onions, green peppers, basil, and a drizzle of olive oil.
Buca di Beppo
There are many vegan options at Italian restaurant chain Buca di Beppo. For an appetizer, try the bruschetta—just hold the cheese. Order the Pasta Puttanesca (penne pasta with tomatoes, onions, green peppers, black Kalamata olives, green olives, and capers), which must be specially requested, as it’s not on the menu, or choose to create your own pasta. Select either the marinara sauce or the garlic olive oil. Toppings include various veggies, crushed pepper, and poached garlic. Be sure to ask your server to make sure that your pasta is vegan, as some locations may serve pasta that contains eggs. You can also add a mixed green salad—just be sure to substitute the Italian dressing for oil and vinegar. Other vegan sides include the steamed green beans and broccoli.
Bruegger’s Bagels has several breakfast and lunch options for vegans, including its blueberry, chocolate chip, cinnamon-sugar, cranberry-orange, pumpernickel, and rosemary–olive oil bagels, which can be topped with fresh vegetables, Dijon mustard, or vegan hummus spread. Bruegger’s also serves several vegetarian sandwiches, which can be made vegan by leaving off the cheese and dressing.
BurgerFi offers the Beyond Burger in its 100+ locations. Ask for the multigrain bun to make this delicious burger vegan!
At Burger King, you can get an animal-free burger, animal-free sausage, garden salad, fries, and hash browns as well as some accidentally vegan treasures such as the French Toast Sticks and Dutch Apple Pie.
Carl’s Jr. locations offers the tasty vegan Beyond Burger patty for any burger option, including the Big Hamburger, which comes with pickles, onion, ketchup, and mustard on a sesame seed bun. You can also opt for the Beyond Famous Star burger, which comes with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and onion on a sesame seed bun and can be ordered vegan by requesting no cheese or mayo. You can also choose to order any burger wrapped in lettuce for a gluten-free option.
Carl’s Jr. also offers the tempting Beyond Sausage Burrito for breakfast (until 10:30 a.m. daily). Simply order it without egg or cheese for a savory morning treat.
At Cheeburger Cheeburger, which can be found throughout the Midwest, the South, and the East Coast, the grilled portobello mushroom sandwich, wrap, and salad are vegan.
The Cheesecake Factory
The housemade veggie burger patty isn’t vegan, but you can go for the animal-free burger with the SkinnyLicious bun or in a lettuce wrap. Ask for vegan Field Roast Chao cheese and Best Foods vegan mayo for a dairy- and egg-free option. Ingredients may vary by location, so always check with your server first.
Chipotle offers Sofritas—organic tofu braised with peppers and spices—which you can order in a bowl, burrito, taco, or salad. You have the option of black or pinto beans and brown or white rice. Plus, the restaurant has a great selection of vegan toppings, including mixed fajita veggies, salsas, lettuce, and guacamole.
CiCi’s Pizza is inexpensive, and you can have it delivered to your home. The pizza crusts are all vegan, as well as the regular pizza sauce and ole sauce. Top your pizza with fresh veggies, and add a salad with French or Lite Ranch dressing.
The pizzas at Claim Jumper are vegan if you ask for no cheese. You can also get a Chinese salad with spicy peanut dressing.
The Daily Grill
The Daily Grill offers vegan starters such as gazpacho soup, a trio of hummus, sweet potato fries, and herbed brown rice with almonds. Vegan entrées are also offered, including penne pasta primavera, angel hair pasta pomodoro, and a grilled vegetable plate. You can also get a house salad with Asian ginger dressing or balsamic vinaigrette.
Dairy Queen’s Misty Slushes are vegan and come in several flavors.
Beyond Meat is available in both burritos and tacos nationwide at Del Taco. The Beyond Avocado Taco is vegan as is, the Epic Beyond Cali Burrito can be made vegan without the sour cream, and the Beyond 8 Layer Burrito can be requested without sour cream and cheese. The chain’s beans, rice, and red and green sauces are all vegan as well.
Even Denny’s—known for its traditional breakfast, lunch, and dinner fare—has some vegan options. Denny’s vegan offerings include oatmeal, the Fit Fare® Veggie Skillet (ask for no egg whites or butter), English muffins, bagels, grits, applesauce, fresh fruit, vegetable plates, seasoned French fries, baked potatoes with several vegetable toppings, garden salads with light Italian dressing or oil and vinegar dressing, and sandwiches that can be made with several vegetable options. It also serves a vegan Amy’s burger.
Din Tai Fung is an upscale Taiwanese chain with locations around the world, including in four U.S. states. Its many vegan options are clearly marked on the menu with a “V.” Try the Vegan Dumplings, Vegan Wontons with House Spicy Sauce, Vegan Noodles with Sesame Sauce, Sweet Taro Bun, and more.
Dunkin’ offers a breakfast sandwich with a Beyond Meat sausage patty that can be made vegan by asking for no cheese or egg. Other vegan food options include the Avocado Toast, hash browns, and bagels (plain, sesame, cinnamon raisin, and “everything”). Order your coffee drink with oat or almond milk for a quick and convenient vegan breakfast.
El Pollo Loco
At El Pollo Loco, you can get the BRC burrito without cheese for a vegan option. You can also add avocado. Vegan side dishes include pinto beans and corn on the cob.
5 & Diner
5 & Diner has several vegan options, including a black-bean veggie burger.
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
The chain offers a delicious, fully vegan burger patty and bun. Be sure to omit cheese and Freddy sauce.
Freebirds World Burrito
Freebirds World Burrito—a popular fast-food chain with more than 70 locations throughout the U.S.—has teamed up with Beyond Meat to offer vegan meat burritos, bowls, tacos, and salads. Customers can add Beyond Meat Feisty Crumbles to any Freebirds order. According to Beyond Meat, Freebirds made the compassionate addition “after noticing the rising consumer demand for better plant-based protein options.” We can’t wait to see what other animal-friendly changes the burrito chain makes next.
Taco-bout a good Tuesday! You can now make any ultimate @Freebirds_WB burrito with Beyond Meat Feisty Crumbles!
— Beyond Meat (@BeyondMeat) July 17, 2018
The Habit Burger Grill
At The Habit Burger Grill, the Veggie Burger patty is vegan! Get it on the French roll or seeded bun, with no dressing. The burger comes with lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers. You can add raw onions and avocado if you like. The Habit also offers French fries, sweet potato fries, tempura green beans, and a side salad to complete your meal.
Hard Times Cafe
You have several vegan options at Hard Times Cafe, including the veggie burger and the vegetarian chili. (Be sure to tell your server that you don’t want any dairy products in your chili.)
Houston’s Restaurant offers a veggie plate and a vegetarian burger. Just be sure to order the burger on vegan bread.
At IHOP, you can get hash browns, fresh fruit, grits, sautéed spinach and mushrooms, a plain baked potato, or a salad with fat-free or regular raspberry vinaigrette dressing.
Ike’s Love & Sandwiches
Ike’s Sandwiches in the Bay Area offers customizable sub sandwiches with plenty of kind options, including vegan chicken, turkey slices, meatballs, and cheese. Ike’s even makes an egg-free, vegan version of its Dirty Secret Sauce, a creamy garlic sauce that perfectly complements every sandwich. The menus vary by location, but you can find a great vegan sub at any store—just ask the staff, and they’ll help you avoid any animal-derived ingredients.
The vegan options at Jason’s Deli include organic vegetable soup, a spinach veggie wrap (request no cheese), salsa, hummus, guacamole, and many options from the salad bar. Be sure to ask about the vegan status of each of these dishes—it varies by location.
Johnny Rockets features a vegan gardein black bean burger with grilled onions, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and mustard.
With locations on the East Coast, Just Salad offers delicious vegan salads packed full of nutrients, including protein. After talks with PETA, the chain launched its second vegan meat option—Daring Foods Plant-Based Chicken—following on its success with Beyond Beef Meatballs. Choose from one of five specialty vegan salads, or get creative and build your own.
For appetizers, you’ve got edamame and seaweed salad. For sushi, there’s a cucumber roll, an avocado roll, and a vegetarian roll (with asparagus, avocado, yamagobo, cucumber, and sprouts). The house, roasted asparagus, and oriental salads are all vegan, and there are many vegan dressings, including onion soy, sweet soy, oil and vinegar, and balsamic, red, or white wine vinegar. Finally, both the Pan-Asian noodles and the linguine with marinara sauce are vegan, as are the sides of steamed baby bok choy, white rice, and seasonal vegetables.
Little Caesars, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut
The pizza sauce and dough at Little Caesars and Papa John’s are vegan. Pizza Hut’s marinara sauce is vegan, as are all its crusts except for the stuffed crust, and the chain is offering Beyond Meat Italian Sausage Crumbles for a limited time. By omitting the cheese and choosing your favorite vegetable toppings, you can easily make a delicious vegan pizza.
The Mediterranean chain Luna Grill offers a Coastal Med Bowl, which features Beyond Meat and can be made vegan by substituting tahini (sesame butter) for the tzatziki sauce (which contains cow’s milk). Other vegan options include falafel, stuffed grape leaves, quinoa, tabbouleh, and the Modern Greek Salad (ask for no feta).
All of Manhattan Bagel’s bagels are vegan, except for the jalapeño cheddar cheese and egg varieties, and its bialys—a flattened onion and poppy seed bagel—are also vegan. The Manhattan Grille and Vegetable Garden sandwiches can be made on a bagel, roll, or tortilla and are vegan if you omit the spreads and cheese.
Pizza chain Mellow Mushroom offers a vegan menu that includes tofu, tempeh, and Follow Your Heart cheese and a variety of sauces for your pizza, including red sauce, olive oil, or BBQ sauce.
Moe’s Southwest Grill
All tacos, fajitas, salads, and burritos can be made vegan by substituting tofu for meat and skipping the cheese at Moe’s Southwest Grill.
Nathan’s Famous, a Coney Island staple with locations throughout the U.S., will offer a vegan hot dog made from pea protein at its locations in Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, and New York. If you don’t live near any of these locations, you can order a plant-based hot dog kit on the Nathan’s website.
Newk’s Eatery has a vegan Grilled Veggie Salad with grilled zucchini, eggplant, and asparagus layered with fresh roasted corn, sundried tomatoes, green onions, and crisp romaine lettuce. The restaurant also offers a large assortment of vegan dressings, including balsamic vinaigrette, ginger wasabi, Greek dressing, and sherry vinaigrette.
Noodles & Company
Go for the Japanese Pan Noodles, Spaghetti with Marinara (without cheese), or Pasta Fresca without cheese. Several other items can be made vegan, too—order the Spicy Chipotle Adobo without the pork, chicken, and cream. Or try the Thai Green Curry without the shrimp or the Penne Rosa without cream and cheese. The Tossed Green Side Salad with balsamic vinaigrette is also vegan.
O’Naturals, a restaurant chain in New England, offers healthy, all-natural fast food for diners who want great food to go. Its menu features a large vegetarian selection, and vegan items are marked for easy identification, such as the vegetarian chili, the carrot-ginger soup, and the chipotle sweet potato and veggie lentil soup.
The Olive Garden’s breadsticks are vegan, as the butter topping is made with soy, not dairy products. There are many vegan pasta options: angel hair, cavatappi, fettuccine, gluten-free rotini, rigatoni, small shells, spaghetti, and whole-wheat linguine. All these can be topped with the vegan marinara sauce or kid’s tomato sauce. The minestrone is now dairy-free at all locations, too, so you can order the soup, salad, and breadsticks combo! Simply hold the croutons and choose the oil and vinegar dressing. You can also get a side of steamed broccoli to round out your meal.
On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina
Until March 8, you can try On the Border’s Beyond Meat Tacos as part of its Endless Tacos offer—just ask for no cheese to make them vegan. Other vegan offerings include the Portobello & Vegetables Fajitas without sour cream and cheese, the mango and fajita salads with grilled portobello mushrooms instead of chicken and without queso fresco, and the Veggie Burrito without cheese. Locations in San Diego also offer additional vegan selections, such as Sweet Potato and Corn Flautas and Spicy Avocado Enchiladas.
Pancheros Mexican Grill
All 26 locations offer Tofusada, a tofu marinated and sautéed in Southwestern-inspired sauce.
Panera Bread offers two vegan broth bowls: the Vegan Lentil Quinoa Broth Bowl and the Soba Noodle Broth Bowl with Edamame. The restaurant also offers a vegan Black Bean Soup that is hearty and delicious.
In addition to offering three types of vegan milk (oat, almond, and soy), Peet’s Coffee also launched its Everything Plant-Based Sandwich after talks with PETA. The sandwich features a plant-based egg, a Beyond Meat Breakfast Sausage patty, and a slice of melted Violife cheddar cheese on a thin “everything” bagel. Peet’s has tons of seasonal beverages that are often vegan, including the Horchata Cold Brew Oat Latte and the ever-popular Pumpkin Latte.
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro is one of the most vegan-friendly restaurant chains around. Its vegetarian menu is terrific, and everything can be made vegan, from appetizers such as tofu lettuce wraps to entrées such as Buddha’s Feast.
Pieology offers Daiya cheese at select locations, and its red sauce, olive oil, and BBQ sauce as well as its gluten-free crust are all vegan—so are the delicious veggie toppings.
PizzaRev has vegan sausage at many of its locations when you’re in the mood for a hearty pizza, and it also offers vegan cheese. Choose either the original or gluten-free crust, which are both vegan, and top it with some veggies.
This nationwide chain specializes in customizable bowls, burritos, and salads. Build your own vegan bowl by starting with a base of sushi rice, organic brown rice, or quinoa. Then add organic tofu and veggies and choose the Classic Salt flavor. Top it off with avocado, green onion, or Thai chili, and add some lotus chips for crunchiness. Since menu offerings vary by location, be sure to check with the restaurant to confirm its vegan offerings.
Located throughout Florida, Pollo Tropical offers Caribbean-inspired fast food. Vegan options include the Vegan TropiChop and Vegan Wrap, which come with seasoned Beyond Meat crumbles. The chain’s black beans, French fries, white or brown rice, boiled or fried yuca, sweet plantains, balsamic tomatoes, and guacamole are vegan, too.
Pyramid Breweries restaurants offers a Boca burger that can be substituted for any nonvegan burger on its menu. The Margherita Pizza can be made vegan if you get it without cheese.
Qdoba Mexican Grill
At Qdoba Mexican Grill, you can make a burrito, taco, or salad bowl with the following vegan ingredients: corn or flour tortillas, black or pinto beans, brown or cilantro-lime rice, fajita vegetables, grilled vegetables, potatoes, guacamole, and most salsas. You can also enjoy the tortilla soup.
Quiznos offers a veggie sub that’s filled with guacamole, black olives, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, and mushrooms—just be sure to order it without the cheese and ask for the balsamic vinaigrette instead of the red-wine vinaigrette. The vegan bread options include white or wheat, and there’s also an herb wrap. Grab a side garden salad and some potato chips, and your stomach will be appeased in no time.
Red Lobster’s tempting Dragon Broccoli—drizzled with a spicy and sweet sauce and topped with fried chili peppers—is vegan. On the side, the chain offers a few vegan options. Try a plain baked potato, the rice pilaf, some seasoned fresh broccoli, or an order of sea-salted French fries. Complete your meal with one of the restaurant’s margaritas, frozen or on the rocks.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews
Red Robin offers a vegan burger patty made with ancient grains and quinoa. Try your burger with fresh tomato bruschetta salsa, avocado slices, and shredded romaine on a ciabatta bun, rustic Italian bread, or a lettuce wrap. Diners can also get a side of bottomless fries or bottomless broccoli.
Ruby Tuesday is testing the Sweet Earth Awesome Burger at 450 locations nationwide until mid-March, when it will consider making the vegan burger a permanent menu item. You can also make your own vegan salad at the Endless Garden Bar or add one as a side with your burger. Other vegan sides include baked potato, grilled zucchini, steamed broccoli, garden vegetable soup, and green beans.
The menu at Seasons 52 changes with the seasons and offers a variety of fresh vegan options. Appetizers include the Roasted Tomato Flatbread (request without cheese), Grilled Artichokes with Preserved Lemon Hummus, and the Split Pea and Kale Soup (without croutons). For your entrée, try the Vegetables and Pasta without Parmesan cheese.
After talks with PETA, Shake Shack is testing a Veggie Shack burger at select locations in California, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Texas, with additional locations to come. The burger patty is made with greens, grains, and herbs and comes topped with tangy vegan lemon mayo, avocado, roasted tomato, and shredded lettuce. Request it on a gluten-free bun or in a lettuce wrap to make it vegan.
Smoothie King offers vegan Pineapple Spinach and Lemon Ginger Spinach smoothies featuring Sunwarrior Raw Plant-Based Protein and a stevia-based sweetener.
This casual family-dining restaurant with multiple locations across Southern California features a handy ordering guide for vegans. Try one of its signature salads, enjoy a Cheeseless Roasted Veggie Pizza or a Roasted Cauliflower Pita, or grab one of its vegan side dishes—like Nutty Coleslaw or freshly baked breadsticks.
Subway is testing a Beyond Meat Meatball Marinara sandwich at select locations. If you’re lucky enough to be near participating locations, order the sub vegan by getting it without cheese. Nationwide, you can order the Veggie Delite without cheese or mayo, which is delish. The following bread options are vegan, so be sure to ask for one of these when building your sandwich: 9-Grain Wheat, Hearty Italian, Italian (White), Roasted Garlic, or Sourdough. Or opt for a spinach or tomato basil wrap. Dress up your sub with yellow mustard, deli brown mustard, sweet onion sauce, Subway Vinaigrette, or oil and vinegar.
Taco Bell has many great options for vegans! The fast-food chain has a variety of sides that are vegan—including the cinnamon twists, chips and guacamole (or pico de gallo), cilantro rice, black or refried beans, and Mexican rice—and all of its salsas are vegan. You can also order the Bean Burrito “fresco style,” the regular Black Bean Burrito without cheese, or the Veggie Cantina Power Bowl (ask for no sauce). Several of Taco Bell’s other dishes can be veganized simply by omitting a few ingredients or asking for it “fresco style.” The tacos, nachos, Crunchwrap Supreme, and Mexican Pizza are vegan when you hold the meat (substitute beans if you’d like), cheese, and sour cream.
A Texas-based chain with locations in New Mexico, Taco Cabana offers vegan tacos, burritos, and bowls. The rice, black beans, and Beyond Meat crumbles are vegan, so start with them and then pile on the shredded lettuce, tomatoes, guacamole, and any of the animal-free options from the salsa bar. Just be sure to ask for no cheese, sour cream, and salsa ranch dressing. The fresh flour tortillas used for the tacos aren’t vegan, so ask for corn tortillas instead.
TGI Friday now serves the vegan Beyond Burger. Simply opt for the challah bun (the gluten-free bun isn’t vegan), ask for dairy-free sauces, and skip the cheese. Add peppers and onions if you want a Philly-style burger. The nachos—which consist of tortilla chips, jalapeños, guacamole, and pico de gallo—are a great vegan option if you get them without cheese or sour cream. The cilantro-lime dressing and balsamic vinaigrette are great vegan choices on a house salad. The restaurant’s Jack Daniel’s and BBQ sauces are also vegan and go well with its crispy fries or Cajun onion rings.
Tubby’s Grilled Submarines
Tubby’s Grilled Submarines, with locations in Michigan, has the vegan Hot Veggie Stir Fry sub and Cold Veggie specialty sub.
Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt
Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt offers vegan soy flavors, such as peanut butter, soy latte, black sesame, banana milk, and plain soy as well as fruity sorbets, including raspberry, strawberry, pineapple, and more. Top your frozen yogurt off with some fresh fruit, nuts, or other vegan toppings, and you’ll have a delicious treat.
Try Twin Peaks’ take on the delicious Beyond Burger, The Imposter, which is served with a side of sweet potato fries. Order it on the vegan Challah bun and be sure to hold the pepper jack cheese and sun dried tomato mayo.
Two Boots Pizza
Two Boots lets you load up pies with dairy-free cheese, vegan sausage, and all the veggies. The chain also offers its own vegan creations with fun names like V for Vegan and Earth Mother, available all the time as full-sized pizzas or in rotation for by-the-slice.
Head to Wendy’s for a plain baked potato, the garden side salad with red Italian dressing, or French fries. You can also ask for a veggie sandwich, which has everything that would normally be included on the burger except the meat—there’s even a button for it on the cash register.
White Castle now offers vegan sliders (it uses Dr. Praeger’s brand), which you can get plain or with a sweet Thai sauce. The burger chain is also testing dairy-free cheese at its locations in New Jersey and New York.
Select Wienerschnitzel locations in California, New Mexico, and Texas are testing a new vegan Field Roast Signature Stadium Dog, with the possibility of expansion if the offering does well. You can order it as part of three menu options: the Backyard Veggie Dog, which comes with a pickle spear, tomato, ketchup, and mustard and can be made vegan by ordering it without the cheese; the Barbeque Veggie Dog, with barbeque sauce, a pickle spear, and onions; and the Chicago Veggie Dog, with a pickle spear, tomato, sport peppers, onions, relish, mustard, and celery salt.
World Wrapps, with locations in California and Washington, offers its vegan customers the Teriyaki Tofu and the Bombay Curry Wrapp, and the Classic Burrito Wrapp can be made vegan by omitting the cheese and sour cream.
Gardein is offered at all Yard House locations. Although not all dishes featuring Gardein products are vegan, they can easily be modified. Two dishes that are vegan by default are the Gardein Chicken Rice Bowl and the Gardein Orange Peel Chicken. You can also order the Summer Salad or Citrus Soy Salad.
The Berkeley Vegan Pizza and the California Salad are completely vegan at zpizza. And by simply swapping dairy cheese for vegan cheese, you can have more than a dozen of the pizzas, three of the salads, the veggie calzone, and the veggie sandwich. Check the online menu to see all the vegan options.
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