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Mar 30, 2010 06:57 PM

Vegans: is this okay?

I was at a local pub last night and noticed they had several items on the menu labelled on the menu as "vegan" that weren't as they contained eggs, cheese and other dairy. I was told that they want to highlight non-meat items but that their menu program didn't have a "vegetarian" icon and they were sure that vegans could just sort out what they could and couldn't eat for themselves. I'm sure they can but I still don't like their way of doing things and I was curious to hear what you all thought of the matter.

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  1. this is probably how it started with "i'm vegetarian, but i also eat fish."

    the lack of appropriate clip-art text.

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    1. re: dumpycactus

      speaking as a pescatarian, what idiot would say that?

        1. re: westsidegal

          I too think it's idiotic, but apparently many people do. Only one that I know personally. I finally told her she was not vegetarian. She is pescatarian.

      1. If I was a vegan, I wouldn't even buy an ice tea there. Boy, that's some level of respect.

        1. No it's not ok. It is a complete lack of respect.

          1. The pub's menu writer is totally out of control. This person should not be using terminology that s/he does not understand. Apart from that, it is totally disrespectful towards vegans.

            1. Maybe it's time for new software... What kind of menu software has a vegan label available, but doesn't have one for vegetarian?

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              1. re: mpjmph

                My thought exactly. Absolutely NOT ok, false advertising and a potential lawsuit by people who are seriously allergic to or for medical reasons can't eat eggs or dairy.

                1. re: lgss

                  Glad to know that it's not just me being overly picky. I agree with those that said that it shows a total lack of respect for vegans, it's what I was thinking but couldn't articulate. Also, I don't know why they couldn't use a picture of a vegetable or just write out "vegetarian" to indicate such rather than mislabelling it as vegan.

                  But I did forget to mention that they do include a pretty good description of what's in each item so I doubt anyone will be mislead at to what it actually contains. Eg:
                  VEGAN Spinach & Tomato Quesadilla - This quesadilla is stuffed with fresh spinach, tomato and 3-cheese blend.
                  VEGAN Spinach Omelette - Feta cheese, sautéed spinach, mushrooms and tomatoes are folded in a fluffy 3 egg omelette.

                  1. re: Jasz

                    Then they should just leave the "vegan" off all together.

                    1. re: Jasz

                      They can call it meat-free which is more accurate.