I have a funny "vegan asking questions at IHOP" story. I asked what was in the french fries, and the waitress stopped for a second, and then said: "Potatoes."
And I backtracked and tried to explain that I wanted to know about additives/flavorings, and what kind of oil they were fried in. To the best of my knowledge, they are fried separately from the meat stuff, in soybean oil. I guess that makes them "accidentally vegan." ^^
My usual order at IHOP is apple juice, a plain English Muffin (specify no butter), an order of grits (specify no butter), and a side of applesauce. I put jelly on the E. muffin and salt up the grits, and it's doable. Not exactly a feast, but it gets me through.
We see the world as "we" are, not as "it" is; because it is the "I" behind the "eye" that does the seeing.