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If you could create a Fast Food restaurant what would it be and why?

I stopped eating meat over 2 years ago. I eat fish once in a while but mostly a vegetarian diet. I really miss being able to grab a quicky fast food meal. I never ate fast food all that much but it was handy on occasion when you're on the road or don't have time to stop for lunch but need to grab something. And I really miss sandwiches. The ease of some deli meat, cheese, lettuce and tomato...done. Most fast food restaurants have little to offer someone who doesn't eat meat.

I'd create a vegetarian/vegan sandwich fast food/drive through with really good healthy food. Falafal, several varieties of homemade veggie burgers with lots of toppings. Grilled veggie sandwiches and lots of really good bread. Just because it's veggie doesn't mean it has to be a wrap all the time. I miss really good bread! Crispy eggplant parm on crusty Italian bread. Oh yes!! And fresh pasta salads, potato salad, interesting side salads to go on the side.

Put these in every major city and in highway rest stops.

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  1. Since I recently started working in a produce market that offers sandwiches and soups I'm especially interested in your concept!

    1. Mine would just sell McDonald's Filet-O-Fish every day of the week, and every hour of the day. I would also offer McDonald's hash browns as a side. That's it.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        or fries squished in that F O' F with extra tartar sauce...heaven

      2. Mine would be a build your own grain salad bowl place -- a selection of pre-cooked grains and beans, dozens of chopped veggies, nuts, cheeses, proteins, with dressings and greens -- sort of like the Whole Foods salad bar, but without having to set foot in that odious place. A wall of giant Agua Fresca canisters in every color/flavor imaginable.

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        1. re: Fargo

          Yumm! Cafe chain here in Oregon is sit-down but order and pick up at the counter. They're a hit with vegetarians, and have some options for us omnivores.

        2. There's a chain here in SoCal - don't know how wide-spread it is - called Olean, that advertises vegetarian fast food. I haven't checked it out, since that's not the sort of thing I'm looking for at a drive-through, but since Mrs. O has stopped eating her fellow animals I should probably give them a try. There's one just a few blocks away.

          ipsedixit, McDo could stop selling anything but their breakfast items - yes, and add the Filet-O-Fish to that list! - and it'd be just dandy with me. I think an Egg-and-Fish McMuffin would be a glorious thing, especially with the hash browns.

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          1. re: Will Owen

            There's a chain here in SoCal - don't know how wide-spread it is - called Olean, that advertises vegetarian fast food. I haven't checked it out, since that's not the sort of thing I'm looking for at a drive-through, but since Mrs. O has stopped eating her fellow animals I should probably give them a try. There's one just a few blocks away.
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            Wait a minute. Isn't "Olean" a fake fat used in potato chips that can cause diarrhea when consumed in large quantities?

            What's next in restaurant names? Ex-Lax?

            1. re: ipsedixit

              (Ipsedixit, I think that was Olestra.)
              Makes my innards squirm just thinking about it

              1. re: jmcarthur8

                Yeah, the so-called "anal leakage" attributed to Olestra really spooks me.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Well, how about that. Turns out that Ipse, as usual, is right again.

                    I don't think that Olestra has gained much popularity, though undoubtedly it has given a huge boost to the dry cleaning industry.

                    1. re: Tripeler

                      I see it around now and again on low fat chips. I've never had a problem with it, but just that fact that I'm eating out of a bag that mentions "anal leakage" is kinda creepy.

                      1. re: Tripeler

                        .... though undoubtedly it has given a huge boost to the dry cleaning industry.
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                        More likely the Depends undergarments industry.

                  2. re: ipsedixit

                    Olean (pronounced Oh Lee Ann) is a town in western New York not particularly noted for its vegetarian cuisine, or any thing else I can think of. It is farm country, though, so I suppose there's a connection :) Apples and dairy, I think.

                    Anyway, I'd do an Indian-influenced fast food chain, with stuffed breads and samosas.

                    1. re: tardigrade

                      +1 on your idea of Indian-influenced fast food, Tardigrade.

                      India does the very best vegetarian foods I believe.

                1. Sounds good to me. The time is right. Do it!

                  I'm familiar with many of the vegetarian and vegan places here (I'm not vegetarian) and can't think of a single one with a drive thru. I wonder why. But there are several with grab-n-go counters and very fast service from a steam table (hot and cold versions) - ready made salads, sides and mains that can be boxed up quickly. Sandwiches are usually made when ordered, as are some mains. A couple of vegetarian delis (both happen to be close to major highways) and a Buddhist vegetarian place which even offers vegetarian dim sum are favorites of mine. Knock a hole in the wall and all three could handle drive-thru service. None serving falafel, though.

                  There are also numerous short order type of places offering veggie fare, although not exclusively, and a vegetarian Indian food truck and 2 vegan trucks.

                  I would imagine many major metropolitan areas offer at least some of these kinds of options.

                  I was just reading the other day of Mickey D's first all vegetarian restaurants in India:

                  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09...

                  I'd give it a try if they opened one here and I haven't been to Mickey D's in about 7 years. That potato patty burger sounds like a Bun Kabob, a Pakistani take on a hamburger that can be veggie or meat based; numerous places here offer that.