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Why can't every restaurant just have a vegetarian entree on their menu? It's SO easy, and would get them more business. I just don't understand it.<br><br>
I just looked into maybe a dozen area restaurants for my husband and I to possibly have dinner at tonight, and at least 4 or 5 of them had NO veg*n entrees. It's so frustrating to scan through the menus and see beef, chicken, fish... and then the end. Nothing else. And, what really bugs me is that having to consider this factor in deciding where to go only gives my omni husband more ammo for arguing that my vegetarianism is inconveniencing us.<br><br>
The places we frequent regularly all have vegetarian entrees, and of course there are many many places that do, but why doesn't everybody? Just throw a pasta or something on the menu and it could be the difference between me giving you my business, or not. Is my money not green or something?<br><br>
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I find Indian and Thai restaurants are the best by far. The ones I have been to not only have samosas and spring rolls on the entree menu, but have a page or 2 devoted to vegetarian. If only all restaurants were like this.....
 

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definitely look into some ethnic foods. indian, thai, afghani, ethiopian, etc have some great veg options. watch out for fish and meat snuck into thai, japanese, and chinese foods though. if its a fancier place, they will most likely be willing to accommodate you with something special. you would just need to call and ask. there aren't too many restaurants around me without veggie options but it can be annoying. it doesn't make sense not to include veggie options, especially since not every omni wants to eat meat with every meal.
 

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Can't you ask for an entree without the meat/dairy? I've done that before. Sometimes they'll let you kind of customize a dish a little.
 

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I'm a long time vegetarian but my wife is omni. Okay. But the problem is, she dislikes ALL vegetables except peas and heinz beans! She also hates salad and all forms of sauces, in fact she is what one would call, a very, very plain eater. She also won't eat Italian/Chinese/Cantonese/Indian food etc<br><br>
Can you imagine what it's like for us when we go to a restaurant?<br><br>
I'm not blaming her, I believe people should be able to eat what they want.<br>
But we go in and of course they usually only have 1 or 2 veggie options, if I'm lucky (and these are usually either Lasagne or stir-fry). Then my wife looks down the menu of nouvelle cuisine<br>
where everything is draped in some kind of exotic sauce or covered in cheese/onions etc (which she also doesn't eat)!<br><br>
Eating out can be a nightmare!<br><br>
And of course it's even far worse when we travel to Europe.<br><br>
Even if there was a vegetarian/vegan restaurant where we live (which there isn't), what would my wife eat?<br>
We often joke that I could eat in one place and her in another. Some night out, eh?!!
 

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I'm a long time vegetarian but my wife is omni. Okay. But the problem is, she dislikes ALL vegetables except peas and heinz beans! She also hates salad and all forms of sauces, in fact she is what one would call, a very, very plain eater. She also won't eat Italian/Chinese/Cantonese/Indian food etc<br><br>
Can you imagine what it's like for us when we go to a restaurant?<br><br>
I'm not blaming her, I believe people should be able to eat what they want.<br>
But we go in and of course they usually only have 1 or 2 veggie options, if I'm lucky (and these are usually either Lasagne or stir-fry). Then my wife looks down the menu of nouvelle cuisine<br>
where everything is draped in some kind of exotic sauce or covered in cheese/onions etc (which she also doesn't eat)!<br><br>
Eating out can be a nightmare!<br><br>
And of course it's even far worse when we travel to Europe.<br><br>
Even if there was a vegetarian/vegan restaurant where we live (which there isn't), what would my wife eat?<br>
We often joke that I could eat in one place and her in another. Some night out, eh?!!</div>
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Sounds like me and my husband!! The only veggies he eats are canned corn, canned peas, and green beans (if I cook them long enough to be mushy!!). We can often split meals in restaurants......when we can find one! Any ethnic food is definitely out too! Any time he complains about me being vegan and not eating something, I kindly remind him that he is still "pickier" than I am....
 

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I'm a long time vegetarian but my wife is omni. Okay. But the problem is, she dislikes ALL vegetables except peas and heinz beans! She also hates salad and all forms of sauces, in fact she is what one would call, a very, very plain eater. She also won't eat Italian/Chinese/Cantonese/Indian food etc<br><br>
Can you imagine what it's like for us when we go to a restaurant?<br><br>
I'm not blaming her, I believe people should be able to eat what they want.<br>
But we go in and of course they usually only have 1 or 2 veggie options, if I'm lucky (and these are usually either Lasagne or stir-fry). Then my wife looks down the menu of nouvelle cuisine<br>
where everything is draped in some kind of exotic sauce or covered in cheese/onions etc (which she also doesn't eat)!<br><br>
Eating out can be a nightmare!<br><br>
And of course it's even far worse when we travel to Europe.<br><br>
Even if there was a vegetarian/vegan restaurant where we live (which there isn't), what would my wife eat?<br>
We often joke that I could eat in one place and her in another. Some night out, eh?!!</div>
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My husband is a really picky eater, too, although perhaps not quite as much as your wife. He's all about simple meat-and-potatoes type dishes for the most part (although he does like Italian, and even occasionally some more exotic foods.) But he won't eat anything with beans, lots of veggies, tofu, etc. -- basically the things he won't eat are my staple foods! It does make going out a little tough.<br><br>
Thanks for the great suggestions you guys -- I agree Indian and Thai are great -- and my husband does actually like those cuisines, although not all the time. I should look for a Thai place in the area, I haven't had Thai food in ages.
 

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Can't you ask for an entree without the meat/dairy? I've done that before. Sometimes they'll let you kind of customize a dish a little.</div>
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I do this sometimes, too (like asking for a seafood pasta dish without the seafood, etc.) But sometimes there's nothing that looks easily customizable.<br><br>
If all else fails, I tell the server I'm vegetarian and just ask what they recommend. I've never failed to get a decent meal this way, but I admit I don't like having to do it. I'm a little shy, when it comes to that kind of thing.
 

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If I can't customize a meal, I'm all about sides. Just take a look at the side dishes and see if there are a few you can order with a salad and baked potato or bread or something. A lot of my favorite Mexican resturants in my area don't have too many vegetarian options (and now that I'm vegan, there's even less options) so I'll just order tortillas with guacamole, pico, rice and beans, and make my own tacos. I wish more resturants would have more veg*n meals and more inventive meals as well but I find that I can usually order something if I look at more than just the main entrees.
 

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blondeofthedead nailed it Sides! If there's not a meal, I'll make my own. Bruschetta with a side salad and a vegetable soup? At a pub? Onion rings and deep fried pickles (if you're worried about whether meat has been fried in the same oil, ask).<br><br>
You can ask that they make a pasta with a red sauce, hold the chicken. Also, mention to the managers that a vegetarian option would be well received.
 

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Last weekend I was at the Chili's restaurant in the Tampa airport. After looking at the entire menu and realizing there were no options for me, I asked the waitress "Why don't you have a single thing without meat in it!?" She told me that I could have any hamburger on the menu changed to a black bean burger. This was me: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":vebo:"><br>
That burger was AWESOME!<br><br>
I don't know if all Chili's restaurants have that black bean burger. I also don't know why it's not on the menu! But Chili's is my new FAVORITE.
 

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I've never failed to get a decent meal this way, but I admit I don't like having to do it. I'm a little shy, when it comes to that kind of thing.</div>
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don't be shy about it, remember you are paying (overpaying actually) for the food so you should get something good for your money.
 

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Last weekend I was at the Chili's restaurant in the Tampa airport. After looking at the entire menu and realizing there were no options for me, I asked the waitress "Why don't you have a single thing without meat in it!?" She told me that I could have any hamburger on the menu changed to a black bean burger. This was me: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":vebo:"><br>
That burger was AWESOME!<br><br>
I don't know if all Chili's restaurants have that black bean burger. I also don't know why it's not on the menu! But Chili's is my new FAVORITE.</div>
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Yeah, that's actually standard at all Chili's restaurants. I'm surprised it wasn't specifically mentioned on the menu, though maybe it was and you just missed it because you skipped the burger section.<br><br>
--Fromper<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:">
 

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Yeah, that's actually standard at all Chili's restaurants. I'm surprised it wasn't specifically mentioned on the menu, though maybe it was and you just missed it because you skipped the burger section.<br><br>
--Fromper<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:"></div>
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Same thing with Red Robin, they'll make any burger with either a garden patty or boca burger. It's on the menu but in <i>itty-bitty</i> font so it's easy to miss.
 

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I believe Thai/Indian has the inconvenient that they are too spicy; considering Europe's ugly qualitiy of oil, Italian are better ..<br>
Especially if they do not have too many kids around infecting food with their dirty fingers ..<br>
In the States, definitly mexican receipes but not the way that korn&korn gives health .. green leaf&fruits .. all the chili southamericans like use is as bad as all the chimical stuff that oriental and middle-est/Africa do make-up in restuarants ..<br>
Still, good hygiene and no animal meat is my purpose. Enjoy
 

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When we go out to eat we go to places like Olive Garden I can get salad and pasta breadsticks or Golden Corral I can get salad stuff and fruit and veggies and bread. I am going to get into bean burgers this year and hopefully I will get hooked.
 

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Same thing with Red Robin, they'll make any burger with either a garden patty or boca burger. It's on the menu but in <i>itty-bitty</i> font so it's easy to miss.</div>
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Yea I love that option, So versatile and yummy. It's so odd to agree with omnis when they say they love Red Robins because it's a burger place.<br>
One place I despise is Applebees. Not a single meal without meat even the pastas and salads, I ended up eating chips and spinach dip for my meal.<br><br>
I'd avoid a lot of chains but my family loves them.
 

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Last weekend I was at the Chili's restaurant in the Tampa airport. After looking at the entire menu and realizing there were no options for me, I asked the waitress "Why don't you have a single thing without meat in it!?" She told me that I could have any hamburger on the menu changed to a black bean burger. This was me: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":vebo:"><br>
That burger was AWESOME!<br><br>
I don't know if all Chili's restaurants have that black bean burger. I also don't know why it's not on the menu! But Chili's is my new FAVORITE.</div>
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I love the Chili's black bean burger! It's on the menu at our Chili's here. I'm surprised to hear it wasn't on the menu at the one you visited.
 

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Same thing with Red Robin, they'll make any burger with either a garden patty or boca burger. It's on the menu but in <i>itty-bitty</i> font so it's easy to miss.</div>
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Denny's used to have that option too with their boca burger but they've now switched over to Amy's burgers.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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I believe Thai/Indian has the inconvenient that they are too spicy; considering Europe's ugly qualitiy of oil, Italian are better ..<br>
Especially if they do not have too many kids around infecting food with their dirty fingers ..<br>
In the States, definitly mexican receipes but not the way that korn&korn gives health .. green leaf&fruits .. all the chili southamericans like use is as bad as all the chimical stuff that oriental and middle-est/Africa do make-up in restuarants ..<br>
Still, good hygiene and no animal meat is my purpose. Enjoy</div>
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Umm..I'm not sure what most of that means but it appears that you are stating that Thai/Indian places are inconvenient because of their spicy dishes? If that's an issue for you then ask for your meal to be "mild" or "very lightly spiced". Most restaurants gladly alter the amount of spices they use for their customers. IMO, Indian restaurants are one of the most accomodating restaurants when it comes to vegetarian meals.<br><br>
Plus I think that good hygiene and no meat are both things all of us want when going out to eat <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I do this sometimes, too (like asking for a seafood pasta dish without the seafood, etc.) But sometimes there's nothing that looks easily customizable.<br><br>
If all else fails, I tell the server I'm vegetarian and just ask what they recommend. I've never failed to get a decent meal this way, but I admit I don't like having to do it. I'm a little shy, when it comes to that kind of thing.</div>
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I'm shy too. I hate it when I'm out with my mom and she makes it a point to tell the server that I'm a vegan, it's kind of weird to me.
 
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