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Vegetarian fast food options

Windsor Dec 2, 2007 04:28 AM

We have been traveling quite a bit this fall and I have found times when I needed to pick up a quick fast food lunch or dinner. To make this task more difficult we are trying to stay away from dairy.

Whole Foods and Pei Wei are always great options when they are available. Subway's veggie wraps and Qboda's veggie gumbo are decent options. Tropical Smoothie Cafe has a nice vegetarian wrap. Vegetarian options are also available at Burger King (veggie burger), Taco Bell (bean taco), Wendy's (salad/baked potato) and Moe's (salad/taco).

The worst experience so far was at Chic-fil-a. The only vegetarian options on the menu are a small fruit cup or fried waffle potato. I tried ordering a wrap "hold the chicken and cheese" which totally disrupted the kitchen. They told me that they would accommodate me this time, but in the future I should call in advance. They charged me the same as the chicken wrap and then I had to wait 25 minutes for my sandwich. Silly of me to think that they would add extra veggies/lettuce etc. It was absolutely amazing when my wrap arrived...NOTHING but a tortilla wrap with a few specs of lettuce in the middle. When I returned home I wrote to Chic-fil-a corporate headquarters to suggest that they add at least one vegetarian item to their menu and got a response back that they would be glad to accommodate me if I call in advance. Well, I am not going to tote around telephone directories for every city that I visit. To make matters funnier, yesterday I received a card in the mail from Chic-fil-a with a coupon for a free chicken sandwich as a thank you for submitting comments.

I read recently that some of the chains offer healthier options/preparations in Europe such as lower sodium etc. Maybe that trend will catch on in the United States.

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    brucesw RE: Windsor Dec 2, 2007 06:31 AM

    That's an incredible story about CFA; never been able to figure out their popularity.

    I consider buffets to be fast food options and given the health reports I've seen on fast food operations over the past few years I have no more qualms about eating at a buffet than a fast food joint. Indian and Middle Eastern buffets or counter service restaurants usually offer lots of non-meat options, as do salad bar type places. Around here I've generally been more impressed with the offerings at ethnic places than the standard salad bar places.

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      Loren3 RE: brucesw Dec 6, 2007 10:35 AM

      At the risk of sounding snarky, Chik-Fil-A is a fast food chicken place. And it's popular because they make good fast food chicken.

      I eat predominantly vegetarian, and I have learned over the years not to expect veg options at places whose empires center on meat (e.g, McDo, CFA, etc.).

      I think it's unreasonable to expect a place famous for chicken, frequented by chicken lovers, to somehow break stride and create a veg option. The onus on us is to truly find alternatives. For example, everywhere there's a CFA, somewhere nearby there's a grocery store with a deli counter. They won't have a problem making a tomato/lettuce sandwich or something like that. And I do like your idea of the buffets. There are so many Chinese and now other "ethnic" buffets that give a much broader choice of options for someone seeking to avoid meat or dairy.

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        krez RE: Loren3 Jan 2, 2008 03:14 PM

        I have to agree with Loren3. CFA is definitely a chicken place. It doesn't make sense for them to have veggie meals. I would assume that where you find a CFA there are other options close by. It seems though that they have a few different side salad items.

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          sailrox RE: Loren3 Jan 2, 2008 03:20 PM

          I'm not familiar with this CFA place, but isn't it one of those fast food restaurants that bills itself as a "family" sort of place? What family in their right mind is going to trek all over the block trying to feed the (usual) token veg? Seems to me that the restaurant should be trying to cater to the family, not the other way around. One or two veg options shouldn't be a big deal.

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            ccbweb RE: sailrox Jan 2, 2008 09:23 PM

            If one is a lacto-ovo vegetarian (that is, eats dairy and eggs) then Chick Fil A actually has quite a few salad and side dish options that have no meat (many of their salads do come with chicken, but can be requested without as the chicken is put on last minute). The OP's issue seemed to me to be more that they didn't have exactly the thing he/she was looking for (a hearty, filling, vegetarian option with no cheese and no mayonnaise) even though it was characterized in the post as the restaurant having no vegetarian options at all.

            Further, on their website, Chick Fil A has a section devoted to all of the items on their menu that are or can be vegetarian friendly and the few that are vegan.

      2. choctastic RE: Windsor Dec 2, 2007 08:00 AM

        Too bad McDonald's boca burger never caught on. When it was good, it was really good. Unfortunately, it usually wasn't steamed long enough and was thus served dry. I am not as big a fan of the Burger King veggie burger; maybe because I am more familiar with that Boca Burger taste.

        At Taco Bell, intead of the bean burrito, I now go for the Cheezy bean & rice burrito, fresco style. Fresco style (at least in my taco bell) means they replace the cheese and cheezy sauce with tomato salsa). $1!

        Wendy's has really gone downhill for me. Their baked potatoes used to be huge, but now they're scrawny and usually kind of tired, at lesat at the ones I've been to.

        At Carl's Jr, I have a hard time. I have ordered those fried zucchini or whatever, but they're really greasy.

        I recall having a decent sandwich at Quiznos but forget if it was vegan or had cheese.

        If all else fails, there's always souplantation. *shrug*

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          soupkitten RE: choctastic Dec 3, 2007 08:29 AM

          note: the sour cream at taco bell contains gelatin and is *usually* not considered vegetarian. . .

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            choctastic RE: soupkitten Dec 3, 2007 09:15 AM

            there is no sour cream in any of the things i mentioned. I suppose you could put sour cream on the baked potato, but I don't.

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              soupkitten RE: choctastic Dec 3, 2007 09:26 AM

              just saying. i know a lot of vegetarians who went into shock when they found out taco bell 7 layer burritos are not veg.

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            rozz01 RE: choctastic Dec 5, 2007 05:27 PM

            Taco bell has begun charging extra if you sustitute beans for the meat... how wrong is that?

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              choctastic RE: rozz01 Dec 5, 2007 10:51 PM

              Oh man, that's ridiculous. I hate when they do that. I mean we're SAVING them money and they charge us for the privilege?

              I do love their cheesy bean & rice burrito, fresco style. I love it so.

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                rozz01 RE: rozz01 May 27, 2008 05:51 PM

                I just found out today that if they charge you for beans, its just a keying mistake, substitutions dont cost extra if its beans for meat

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                archangelcat RE: choctastic Dec 6, 2007 12:02 PM

                maybe it's just me but I hate the fake cheezy stuff they put on that burrito, plus some other yucky sauce that ruins it, only the basics are edible at Taco Bell, like their bean burrito.

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                  choctastic RE: archangelcat Jan 10, 2008 07:25 AM

                  that's why i order "fresco style", where they substitute salsa for the cheese and cheese sauce.

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                  bess RE: choctastic Dec 6, 2007 05:10 PM

                  you can also get a 7 layer burrito and Taco Bell allows you to leave out certain layers-- so leave out the meat and, apparently, the sour cream, and they still put in the rest of the stuff.

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                    invinotheresverde RE: bess Dec 12, 2007 07:52 AM

                    There's no meat layer in a 7 layer burrito. It's not vegetarian, but there's no defined layer of meat.

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                  Cathy RE: Windsor Dec 2, 2007 09:16 AM

                  I am sorry, but I absolutely do not believe your Chick Fil A story.

                  I just went online to the Chick Fil A site. They have 4 large salads (Chargrilled chicken, Southwest chargrilled chicken, chicken strips and a chicken cesar) and a side salad available. I can't see how difficult it would be to make one and not throw the chicken on top, since the photos make it look like they are not tossed (nor do I se how difficult it would be to remove the strips). In addition to those, there is cole slaw, a carrot raisin salad, fruit cup and fresh fruit.

                  I just drove cross country- San Diego to Detroit and back- and saw an inordinate number of Chinese buffets advertised on billboards, as well as passing a lot of Panera stores.

                  I saw some sort of item everywhere that could pass-or items that could be combined to pass as- meals everywhere. I do try to eat no meat at least one day a week and have done so for many years and am always looking out for the possible options, if I should happen to go out to eat on that day with someone. Has not really been a problem.

                  Which Chick Fil A location had no salad options, yet did have lettuce for the wrap?

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                    Windsor RE: Cathy Dec 2, 2007 11:31 AM

                    Cathy, Sorry for the confusion. Yes, all CFA locations offer several meal size salads with chicken and cheese and a side salad with cheese. Cole Slaw is made with Mayo (dairy). Since I am trying to stay away from dairy I did not see these as an option. I am not quite sure how filling a side salad of fruit or chopped carrots with raisins would be for a meal. My point on the original post was that CFA offered the fewest options and I was not able to find any item on their menu that I could make a meal over...other than calling 30 minutes ahead or picking all the chicken and cheese out of a salad...not an option IMHO.

                    Panera has vegetarian soups and salads, but I rarely see them when I am on a cross country trek.

                    Chocktastic, I am not familiar with Souplantation, I live in the SE....always up for a good soup.

                    Sweet Tomato's is also another vegetarian friendly place, but again, not often spotted on cross country trips.

                    I came up with a solution...ask Santa for a GPS system for Christmas so I can get directions to better options when I travel.

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                      smartie RE: Windsor Dec 2, 2007 05:16 PM

                      how is mayo dairy?? oil, eggs, flavourings, some kind of citric acid or vinegar.

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                        mojoeater RE: smartie Dec 6, 2007 05:23 PM

                        A lot of folks consider eggs 'dairy' since they are often the product of a dairy farm. And vegans would want to avoid all animal products.

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                        LNG212 RE: Windsor Dec 3, 2007 08:23 AM

                        In addition, cesar salad is not vegetarian. It's made with anchovies. And if one is a strict vegetarian, "picking" out the chicken is certainly *not* an option.

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                          invinotheresverde RE: LNG212 Dec 3, 2007 08:32 AM

                          Agreed. As an almost lifelong vegetarian, I'd absolutely freak out if there was evidence that a restaurant had simply "picked off" the chicken from my salad.

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                            sebetti RE: LNG212 Jun 4, 2008 12:03 PM

                            I'm pretty sure that Chick-Filet (nor any other fast food burger place) does not put anchovies in their C-salads.
                            On the other hand, it is very possible that the salads are completely pre-made (shipped that way) with the chicken added. You'd have to ask each place how they make/receive them.

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                              LNG212 RE: sebetti Jun 4, 2008 12:41 PM

                              Anchovies aren't *added* to the salad. Anchovy paste is an integral ingredient in cesar dressing. Pick up any bottle of it in the store, it's there. In fact, it's quite difficult to find ones made without (I've tried and only found occasionally). Fast food joints are most likely *not* making their own house dressings. They are using the vat-sized premade kinds. And thus will have anchovy paste.

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                                sebetti RE: LNG212 Jun 5, 2008 09:13 AM

                                I have to admit, I simply assumed that most fast food places wouldn't bother to add anchovies since most people don't even know that Cesar dressing dressing is supposed to have it. Why add to the expense of a crap salad anyway? Besides, check out the ingredient list for a McDonald's salad -- it may have anchovy paste but that ain't no Cesar.

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                            Windsor RE: Windsor Dec 14, 2007 05:41 PM

                            I just returned from a road trip and am pleased to report that today alone I saw three Panara billboards in mid-sized cities giving directions to the closest Panera. They all seemed to be within two blocks of an interstate intersection. It certainly would lure me to drive a few extra blocks to have a tasty and healthy cup of soup and a salad. I even found a Whole Foods just a half block off the interstate in Greenville, SC. I might just have to break down and get a GPS system for directions and the added bonus of being able to quickly locate some of the more healthy options when dining on the road.

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                              poached RE: Windsor Mar 17, 2008 02:36 PM

                              I recently had the same experience with the joy of seeing Panera's and Quizno's popping up more fequently on exit signs on our journey from MD to Indy. Finally something better than the Wendy's I've had to suffer on family road trips for years.

                              Fazzoli's an italian fast food chain that I see sometimes had/has good options, but I don't find them as often and haven't tried them in a few years

                              In a pinch I use to order a big mac with out the meat at MCD's (if you eat dairy) It took a few minutes but no major kitchen malfunctions even when in the drive through- oh and you have to like the flavor of "special sauce" and bun- maybe that should be in a thread of weird food choices:)

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                          adventuresinbaking RE: Windsor Dec 3, 2007 08:40 AM

                          I feel your pain! I travel a lot for my job and food is always a challenge.

                          I've finally resorted to bringing a cooler with me when I travel by car, or packing luna bars and PBJS in my carry on. Not the best options (seriously how hard is it for a joint to make vegetarian food?), but it has saved me from making meals out of side salads and french fries.

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                            Windsor RE: adventuresinbaking Dec 3, 2007 02:26 PM

                            Adventuresinbaking, Coolers or hotels with micro/fridge combo seem to work well. Dinner when I am traveling is usually not a problem as I have time to explore the area for veggie friendly spots. It is a quick breakfast and lunch that tends to pose the problems with weeks on the road trying to eat healthy. Last trip Luna Bar with low sodium V8 made for a few quick breakfasts. When I am able I will stock up on take out items from TJ, Whole Foods or the like. If that is not available I have been known to get steamed veggies and salad (toss the blue cheese) from Boston Market. Depending on our schedule and room facilities I like to stock a room fridge with whole wheat wraps and an assortment of chopped veggies and hummus to make a quick wrap. I will usually travel with apples, grapes etc. am also thrilled to microwave left over pasta, stir fry etc. for breakfast when I have a microwave in the room.

                            I am hopeful that more and more restaurants (fast food etc.) will have at least one vegetarian/vegan item on the menu. The reason I focused on fast food for this thread is that is often quite nice to know a few "safe bets" when traveling.

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                              Windsor RE: adventuresinbaking Dec 14, 2007 05:43 PM

                              adventuresinbaking, I just returned from a trip and packed a bunch of salad and veggie wrap things in my all new Reynold's Quick Vac. See my post on the Kitchen Equipment board. If you travel much with a cooler, you will love this new little gadget.

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                                adventuresinbaking RE: Windsor Jan 10, 2008 07:39 AM

                                Awesome thanks for all the tips :)

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                              ctflowers RE: Windsor Dec 5, 2007 08:56 PM

                              I'm a new vegetarian, so I feel your pain! I do eat dairy, however, I am trying to lower my cholesterol, so I can't eat any cheese or eggs...which makes it even more difficult. At a restaurant (Denny's) the other day, the only thing I could find on the menu to eat was a salad and broccolli cheese soup...yes, I know the broccolli cheese soup was not something I should have eaten, but it was about the only thing meatless that I could find...I was starving, and just the side salad would not have been enough.

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                                JiyoHappy RE: ctflowers Dec 5, 2007 10:51 PM

                                Denny's has Boca Burger

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                                  weeep RE: JiyoHappy Dec 17, 2007 04:01 PM

                                  I first saw their vegetarian option at a road stop in North Carolina of all places!

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                                  LNG212 RE: ctflowers Dec 6, 2007 09:51 AM

                                  I totally hear you. I have the same problem when in non-food cities/towns. But beware of things like soup at Chains and other places -- they are often made using chicken stock. Ugh. Sometimes it's really difficult ...

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                                    Lixer RE: ctflowers Jun 3, 2008 01:18 PM

                                    Pancakes and waffles? yeah they have eggs but you ate the soup anyways.

                                  2. JiyoHappy RE: Windsor Dec 5, 2007 10:10 PM

                                    Here is what i have been doing after having some of the same experiences:
                                    1. Before starting the trip, get some vegan snacks from a local indian grocery-store, when they say vegetarian or vegan, they really mean it ( look for the green dot, usually on the right side of the packaging). some of these snacks come in resealable zip-tops and some in plastic boxes. The items which are flavorful, tasty, and also stay good for 8-10 or even more days are -- KHAKHRA ( baked whole wheat rotis, flavored with fenugreek,cumin, masala etc) , MATHRI ( fried spiced wafers of AP flour) BHEL or any other MIXTURE ( a very savory and spicy mix of puffed rice, fried chickpea noodles, peanuts, mung beans, sago-chips, soy-beans, cashews, almonds and many other grains ) SEV , SPICY FRIED CHICKPEAS, GATHIA , PLANTAIN CHIPS , COCKTAIL SAMOSAS ( mung bean filling) , these items also come in pringles-like packing.
                                    2. If you will be travelling with a cooler, stash some microwavable entrees like AMY's KITCHEN RICE & BEANS, & Veg BURRITO with no cheese. If you like curry, get some frozen entrees or MRE type items like spiced rice, beans, potato,okra, lentils,with no cream sauce and paneer if vegan.
                                    3. Get some cans of MANGO PULP from Indian or mid-eastern grocery stores, and mix with soy-milk for a very satisfying smoothie, and it will not be as acidic as orange juice. 4.Always carry some tea-bags of real stong blacktea, the floral teas make you too relaxed which is not good for driving.
                                    5. Indian grocery stores have STUFFED PARATHA ( whole wheat roti stuffed with peas, potato, cauliflower, fenugreek, daikon etc) and they stay good for upto 2 days if chilled ( the locally made varieties are always better).
                                    6. Carry some good quality EV olive-oil in a dark squeeze-bottle, properly sealed and if the sqeeze bottle is white, wrap duct-tape around it to avoid spoilage. You can also carry some vinegar in a small bottle. This way you will not have to rely on suspicious salad dressings. Grocery store chains and Walmart Supercenters have good vegetarian salads, and I have tried them from coast to coast. Never been disappointed. Be careful with soups, some of them are made of chiken broth.
                                    7. Some breads my contain egg or egg derivatives, I find simple sourdough bread travels well. Once i travelled with toasted slices of sourdough bread in ziploc bags and they were good for 3 days in the trunk of the car. i have a few recipies for vegan spreads , will post if you'd like.
                                    8. Most desserts contain gelatin and/or eggs and dairy too. You can get items like MANGO PULP BARS, BRITTLES ( ALMOND, PEANUT, CASHEW, SEASEME) made of unrefined cane sugar, BAKLAWA and SWEET FRIED WANTONS which are vegan and travel well for upto 5 days. If confused in indian store, the people working there will help b/c most of them might be vegetarians too!
                                    When ordering in a Chinese resturant make sure they do not use egg noodles and do not use chicken broth to boil their noodles.
                                    Hope this helps

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                                      punkin712 RE: Windsor Dec 6, 2007 02:27 PM

                                      During Lent, Chik-Fil-A makes a pretty good veggie wrap. I wish they offered it all year long.

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                                        beachmouse RE: Windsor Dec 6, 2007 04:32 PM

                                        Too bad Wendy's did away with their Super Bar. Back in college, we'd always try to find one of those after away swim meets so that the vegetarians on the team could eat their body weight in pasta marinara and salads while others had burgers.

                                        Speaking of pasta, Fazoli's always seemed to have a number of meat-free options.

                                        1. jbyoga RE: Windsor Dec 6, 2007 05:16 PM

                                          Subway has been my savior on more than one occasion...I used to be ok with Taco Bell but their beans have hydrogenated fats (trans fats) yuck - o....

                                          1. mollyomormon RE: Windsor Dec 17, 2007 05:01 PM

                                            When I was vegetarian I really liked Quizno's veggie wrap.

                                            1. im_nomad RE: Windsor Jan 2, 2008 11:35 AM

                                              McD's veggie burnger was/is revolting, at least around here...way too much sauce. I'm not a fan of the boca burger, and prefer the burker king veggie burgeror the harvey's one. I love how Taco Bell will substitute all meats with beans.

                                              I'm not sure which of these are canada only type places, but Extreme Pita does a pretty good Falafel sandwich, and also a hummus one i think. Montana's restaurant, hands down, served me THE best veggie burger i've ever had. And it's massive. A&W has a veggie burger as well. I had a great veggie sandwich from a Buck Weavers not too long ago, i think thats a chain. I like Tim Horton's cream of broccoli soup, but i don't know what the soup base is, and i like their breakfast sandwiches with only egg and cheese.

                                              Wendy's never had a veggie burger, or even a fish one for that matter, they used to have a nice greek salad pita wrap but did away with it, as they also did with the nice spring mix salad with the pecans i used to like. At least around here, all of theyre salads had meat on them. I no longer frequent.

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                                                odkaty RE: im_nomad Jan 2, 2008 06:10 PM

                                                The Taco Bells in our area is refusing to substitute beans any more. They are citing "policy change" - and it's not a franchise thing.

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                                                  rozz01 RE: odkaty Jan 2, 2008 06:33 PM

                                                  I just called them a month ago and the said it all beans vs meat decisions were made by the frannchises. Did you get new information?

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                                                    odkaty RE: rozz01 Jan 5, 2008 05:50 AM

                                                    The latest occurrence was a few weeks ago - mid-December?

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                                                    punkin712 RE: odkaty Jan 3, 2008 03:24 AM

                                                    The Taco Bells near me refuse to substitute beans for beef in hard shell tacos. They said it's because the hot beans could ooze out of the shell and cause burns. Okay...couldn't that happen with virtually every bean-based product they serve?

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                                                      ccbweb RE: punkin712 Jan 3, 2008 01:42 PM

                                                      This may not be a solution you'd like...but could you get the tacos without meat and a size of beans and fill them yourself?

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                                                        punkin712 RE: ccbweb Jan 3, 2008 03:11 PM

                                                        I guess, but then I'm paying double for an item that probably has a significantly cheaper food cost than the beef version. I'll just stick with the bean burritos...

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                                                          ccbweb RE: punkin712 Jan 3, 2008 08:32 PM

                                                          I figured that's the thinking and it's fair; although, I'm not 100% sure that the beef they likely use actually has a higher food cost than the beans...and yeah, I do know what beans cost.

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                                                            punkin712 RE: ccbweb Jan 4, 2008 11:55 AM

                                                            You're probably right about the cost of Taco Bell beef...

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                                                              rozz01 RE: punkin712 Jan 4, 2008 01:44 PM

                                                              Here in Iowa theyve lowewred the price of the cheesy bean and rice to .99. IIf you make it fresco its pretty healthy for processed food...

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                                                        Richard 16 RE: punkin712 Mar 24, 2008 10:31 PM

                                                        More hooey. I sub beans for beef all the time with no problems.

                                                        I don't know where this comes from; perhaps a manager or owner that dislikes vegetarians or just wants the extra $.25?

                                                      3. re: odkaty
                                                        Richard 16 RE: odkaty Mar 24, 2008 10:25 PM

                                                        Unless there's been a change in the last week the comment that it's a chain wide "policy change" is a load of hooey.

                                                        I occasionally go to a few TBs around here. One tried to charge me more, others didn't. The first tried to tell me "policy change" and I told them about the other places. They stopped. Then a second tried it. Ditto. Then they stopped, and I haven't had a problem since. This was a couple of years ago.

                                                    2. im_nomad RE: Windsor Jan 2, 2008 11:37 AM

                                                      p.s. one location of Starbucks that i recently stopped by, charged me extra for soymilk, however not all locations seem to.

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                                                        ccbweb RE: im_nomad Jan 2, 2008 12:28 PM

                                                        Presuming it was for a latte or cappuccino type of drink, every Starbuck's I've been in has a line on the menu offering Soy or Organic milk for an extra amount, usually 40 cents a drink. I order Organic milk as a matter of course and am always charged the extra amount. I've never asked for Soy to add to drip coffee as I prefer half and half in my drip, so I don't know their policy on that.

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                                                          Cathy RE: ccbweb Jan 2, 2008 02:27 PM

                                                          "Substitute soy or organic milk" have additional charges printed on all wallboard menus in every Starbucks, as do additional espresso shots and additonal pumps of syrup. My husband has asked for one pump of toffee or mocha in his regular drip coffee and they have not charged, but when someone asks for four additional pumps, ahve seen an additional 40ยข show up on the cash register screen. The half and half is out at the sugar/stirer bar and anyone can add it, or milk or skim milk to their coffee. You are asked if you want room for cream- I don't get it; I drink some coffee and then add the half and half.

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                                                            im_nomad RE: Cathy Jan 2, 2008 04:21 PM

                                                            i saw the soymilk reference posted at one starbucks, but not the one at the airport....this is in canada, and i'd never seen it until recently , then again i only recently made the switch back to soymilk.

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                                                              Cathy RE: im_nomad Jan 2, 2008 04:40 PM

                                                              If you go online to the Starbucks website and look at nutrition information, there is a difference between the U.S. soy milk and the Canadian one...I always wondered what that was about...

                                                              The airport locations, as well as grocery stores and bookstore locations have a limited space for their boards and either don't carry certain items or can't post all options. The stand alone stores have a standard signage and inventory-of beverages- we won't get into the snack aspect.

                                                              Anyhow, I have been curious about that Canadian soy product. Must research further.

                                                        2. re: im_nomad
                                                          momof3 RE: im_nomad Jan 4, 2008 02:53 PM

                                                          Starbucks does charge .40 for soy in a latte, cappucino or any soy that is steamed. cold soy to add to a drip coffee or iced coffee is free.

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                                                            LISAB87 RE: im_nomad Mar 17, 2008 02:07 PM

                                                            All Starbucks locations should be charging extra for soy. It's even on the menu. If you're charged a different price than you see on the menu, it's because 1) You have a nice barista waiting on you OR 2) your barista made a mistake

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                                                            xariana RE: Windsor Jan 2, 2008 06:46 PM

                                                            One other place for veggies to try and find on the road is Chipotle. I think they have locations pretty well spread around the country. Vegetarians can get their tacos (soft or hard), burritos, "bols" (burrito fillings in a bowl, no tortilla), or salads vegetarian. This would include black beans and cilantro-lime rice as a base, with your choice of grilled peppers and onions, cheese (with vegetable rennet so it is vegetarian), sour cream (no gelatin - vegetarian), salsas, guacamole, and lettuce. They even do the simple veggie-friendly thing of not putting meat behind vegetables on their assembly line so there is no danger of some pork being dripped into the vegetarian beans.

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                                                              burlgurl RE: Windsor Jan 2, 2008 07:07 PM

                                                              anyone travelling in Canada should look for Lick's...THE BEST veggie burgers, plus veggie chillie, veggie wraps..

                                                              1. Azizeh Barjesteh RE: Windsor Jan 3, 2008 08:52 PM

                                                                Pardon my ignorance, but I am assuming that vegans aren't as "strict" about where there food comes from as, say, a Kosher person? Kosher people can't eat off a grill or a pan that has served pork, etc. In a fast food restaurant, I would assume that the same cutting boards, knives, grill, that's used to prepare your non-meat choice has touched the meat. So, that's okay? I would also assume that if you're doing it for ethical reasons, you wouldn't want to patronize a place that's serving and making money off of meat. Am I wrong? I'm not judging at all, and I do understand the whole real-life scenarios that play into our choices. I'm just asking since it made me wonder.

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                                                                  Azizeh Barjesteh RE: Azizeh Barjesteh Jan 3, 2008 11:01 PM

                                                                  Ha.. wow.. ignore my terrible grammar in that post!

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                                                                    MysticYoYo RE: Azizeh Barjesteh Jan 4, 2008 03:06 AM

                                                                    Yes, Azizeh, vegans are just as strict.

                                                                    Ruby Tuesday's is not a fast food place, but since I am determined to throw in my .02 worth, it offers the worst veggie burger I have ever tasted.

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                                                                  LISAB87 RE: Windsor Mar 17, 2008 02:21 PM

                                                                  Something like that happened to me at Wendy's. For years I've ordered "veggie burgers" at Wendy's and I've always received a burger with everything on it but the meat patty. I'm told there's a button on the register for it, and employee training should cover it this option. One day I went to a location I hadn't been to before, and ordered it the same way I always have, but none of the employees knew what to do: what to charge, what to put on it, etc. I tried to help, by explaining I wanted "it's a single with everything, hold the meat patty." I ended up with the following: Bottom bun, ketchup, 4 pickles, top bun. Really?! Who in that entire kitchen would honestly think that that's what any of their customers would be satisfied eating? Oh well. I still believe eventually all the major chains will come around.

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                                                                    chowfamily RE: Windsor Mar 24, 2008 06:38 AM

                                                                    I've found in a pinch that Subway's veggie patty subs are OK doctored with up with spicy mustard and lots of veggies. I don't resort to them often, but they can be convenient for long, otherwise food-less airplane and car trips.

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                                                                      chrischris RE: chowfamily Mar 24, 2008 09:47 AM

                                                                      True. I like the veggie patty much more than the veggie sandwich.

                                                                      There's also always Taco Bell bean burritos. These are usually my choice on road trips - they're easy to find and reliably vegetarian without having to make extra requests.

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                                                                        im_nomad RE: chrischris Mar 24, 2008 11:34 AM

                                                                        is the veggie patty option a new thing at Subway? I've never seen this on the menu in the local chains (Canada)

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                                                                          chrischris RE: im_nomad Mar 24, 2008 11:46 AM

                                                                          I think I remember it being called "Veggie Max," sometimes, too, and it's on the hot sandwiches menu.

                                                                          I think they only offer it at some locations, though I'm not sure why.

                                                                          Don't worry too much, though - it's not that good (just an acceptable veggie option at Subway).

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                                                                        0peramanda RE: chowfamily Jun 4, 2008 06:02 PM

                                                                        For sub places -- Blimpie used to have great veggie options -- a black bean patty, a regular gardenburger, a "chicken" sandwich, and a mushroom patty. I think they've dropped all of it but the gardenburger.

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                                                                        karenf RE: Windsor Jun 8, 2008 09:49 AM

                                                                        I can certainly understand your frustration. I don't eat meat or dairy. It is very difficult to find good food out there. I don't consider PF Chang's fast food, but they have a really good dish called Budda's Feast. It's a stir fry with a large variety of veggies, and you can order brown rice. Also, Chili's has a veggie burger. It's just ok, but I'm always happy to be able to find food in a place where my family wants to go. Oh yea! I can usually get a veggie pizza without cheese in most pizza places.

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                                                                          ccbweb RE: karenf Jun 10, 2008 04:45 PM

                                                                          Along this same line of though: Red Robin also has veggie burger options that my wife says are pretty good.

                                                                        2. Passadumkeg RE: Windsor Jun 10, 2008 04:11 PM

                                                                          There is a small veggie chain in Portland. Me. called Happy Cow.

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