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Hello to all,<br><br>
Most Vegetarian Restaurants clueless about Vegan needs.<br><br><br><br>
Sorry to start off wining and complaining, but this seems to be the case about going to such places, and for sure all restaurants in general.<br><br><br><br>
I have been a practicing Dietary Vegan since 3-28-06, and have yet to regret it, I see no reason to turn back now, and refuse to obsess over thing I have eaten in the past, but look only forward to trying more new and delicious dishes.<br><br>
I live in the Santa Clara Valley, so would like to hear from some locals, and of course all who would lend there two cents (so to speak).<br><br><br><br>
Wish you all Happiness,<br><br>
Vegan Joe
 

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I don't live there but I think it might work if you explain to your waitress/waiter that you are vegetarian <i>and</i> you are allergic to dairy and eggs and honey. People are more respectful of health issues than conscience issues.
 

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I believe he means that he's a vegan for health reasons as opposed to a vegan for ethical reasons.<br><br><br><br>
And try this thread. <a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=47169" target="_blank">http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...ad.php?t=47169</a>
 

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I don't live there but I think it might work if you explain to your waitress/waiter that you are vegetarian <i>and</i> you are allergic to dairy and eggs and honey. People are more respectful of health issues than conscience issues.</div>
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Yea, I don't know how "wrong" it is to do this, but I've been finding that if I tell the waiter that I'm very allergic to dairy, etc. (which I'm not...), they make sure to check and double check the ingredients for me! It's kind of sad that's what it takes, but it does work a whole lot better than saying you'd rather not eat it for ethical reasons that they don't understand/care about!
 

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I'm on the East Coast so I can't help you out but I appreciate your problem, for a slightly different reason. I lived in NYC this past year and there was a vegetarian restaurant near me that was wholly and strictly vegetarian yet served some of the most fattening, greasy food I've ever seen. I am not nessecarily a vegetarian for health reasons but I am very health conscious.<br><br>
It seems that there are two types of vegetarian dining nowadays, the fried mock-meat type and the genuine soy-and-grain based type - with the former being much easier to find.
 

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Seattle being a very veg-friendly town, all the specifically-vegetarian restauraunts in the area (Portland to BC) that I've eaten in are very careful to note which items are vegan.<br><br><br><br>
Now, some don't have very many options, but usually there's several optons to choose from, and most things can be "veganized".
 

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Tempeh, you're very lucky to have such a good selection. I live in Ohio, and there are only a few vegan restaurants, and two are in Columbus... two hours away from my apt. I'm pretty sure some people here consider Pork Chops to be the state vegetable
 

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Hmmm, haven't noticed that here in Dallas. I can only think of 4 veg*n restaurants here off the top of my head and three of them actually are vegan. The fourth is vegetarian but are well-equipped and used to veganizing.
 

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I don't know what you are talking about. I have yet to go into a vegetarian restaurant that was unable to make a vegan meal. And I've been in LOTS of veggie restaurants.<br><br><br><br>
The trick is actually speaking to the waiter/staff about your dietary restrictions.
 

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Please don't use the "I'm allergic" line! there are many many people with legitimate, life-threatening food allergies, and restaurant workers are less likely to take them seriosly if veg*ns lie about non-existent allergies to get what they want.
 

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What he said ^ If say, a waiter serves you something that contains a trace amount of dairy, and you're okay, then it's more likely that it could be served to the next "allergic" person, who may not fare so well.<br><br><br><br>
I'm saddened to hear that you're having so much trouble though. I've been fortunate to visit veg. restaurants throughout much of the US and have found the opposite to be true. There have been some where there were few vegan options, but the waitstaff were always able to provide (or get) answers to my questions about veganacity.
 

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I don't know what you are talking about. I have yet to go into a vegetarian restaurant that was unable to make a vegan meal. And I've been in LOTS of veggie restaurants.<br><br><br><br>
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What he said. I've found veggie restaurants fantastic in meeting dairyless needs.
 

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I am so jealous. I live in a fairly large city and we have no vegetarian restuarants never mind vegan. I do say that I will get sick if I eat anything non vegan. Even though I am not technically allergic I have accidentally eaten a trace amount of dairy and was sick for two days, so I don't want to repeat that. Maybe it's because I have been vegan and vegetarian for so long.
 

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I live in San Jose and have lived in Sunnyvale as well (both in the Santa Clara valley) and haven't found this to be the case with the vegetarian restaurants I frequent in the area. Specifically what problems have you had? What vegetarain restaurants are you talking about? Even non-vegetarian restaurants like Fresh Choice have signs designating whether or not their items are vegan.
 

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I also live in Ohio and there are few veg*n restaurants in my area but what I found is alot of "regular" restaurants will have veg*n options. Plus, you can always order a ton of side dishes: steamed veggies, rice, baked potato, salad, etc. - you have to be creative sometimes. I've not had much of a problem finding something to eat when going out.<br><br><br><br>
Plus, I want my friends/family to see that you can still go out to eat and choose a veg*n lifestyle. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dancingbanana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":nana:"> I also don't agree with lying about having a food allergy - that's not cool. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/inquisitive.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":stinkeye:">
 

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I live in Columbus, OH. I'm married to a processed food, meat eater, who at times, seems to have an aversion to anything purely healthy.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/veganpolice.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":notvegan:"> Still, it's not often I have trouble at restaurants. My in-laws are like my husband (and they wonder why, in their late 50s they're having problems), and want to go to steak restaurnts when they come visit. (They live an hour away in north centeral Ohio.) Even there, I have little problem.<br><br><br><br>
The irony, with my husband and me, is that he sometimes seems to be adament about making sure my food is uncontaminated than what I am.<br><br><br><br>
Tonight, my husband and I are going to the Winking Lizard. It's a bar/grill in Cleveland and Columbus that has about 130 international beers and three vegetarian options--Portabello mushroom burger (I had it the last time, but after already having a beer and a half, I really didn't taste it), veggie wrap, and a veggie burger. Yay. However, I don't go there for the food. I go for the beer. Which is why, tonight, I'm going to have a veggie burger before I go (this way, I can have whole wheat bread, too), and have a baked potato and steamed veggies when I'm there (and my fill of the free popcorn) and put the couple of bucks saved by not getting the veggie burger towards another beer.<br><br><br><br>
I've never been to an exclusive vegetarian restaurant. I don't really have the extra play money to eat out, and sometimes, I think it's just better or just as well to eat at home. (Except for tonight, where I'm compromising, or even at the steak restaurants, where I get sweet potatoes, which I don't normally buy to eat at home.)<br><br><br><br>
I am definately the whole health food vegan and I don't often eat greasy food. However, the Lizard does make some yummy beer battered onion rings.<br><br><br><br>
Laura<br><br><br><br>
PS: Fellow Ohioans and those in Illinois, check out <a href="http://www.mercyforanimals.org" target="_blank">www.mercyforanimals.org</a> It's a site with information on vegetarian stuff in Ohio and Illinois, i.e., restaurants, stores, etc. They will even send a free booklet guide as well.
 

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The irony, with my husband and me, is that he sometimes seems to be adament about making sure my food is uncontaminated than what I am.<br><br><br></div>
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my parents are like this. every time i'm out to eat with my mother she skims the whole menu once, then skims it again for vegetarian options, then finally reads the descriptions and decides what she wants. its vaguely cute but it can be annoying to have her constantly going 'oh, did you see the eggplant napoleon?' or 'oh! and theres a hummus wrap!'<br><br>
they also frequently tell waiters that i'm a vegetarian which i usually don't do unless it becomes completely nessecary.
 

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Seattle being a very veg-friendly town, all the specifically-vegetarian restauraunts in the area (Portland to BC) that I've eaten in are very careful to note which items are vegan.<br><br><br><br>
Now, some don't have very many options, but usually there's several optons to choose from, and most things can be "veganized".</div>
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People who live in some areas of the Pacific Northwest are incredibly lucky when it comes to vegetarian restaurants. Part of my last trip to Washington involved trying every vegetarian restaurant possible. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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