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around here at least? it seems that there are pretty much no restaurants around here that serve even vegetarian foods, much less vegan...usually the only way to eat veg at a restaurant is when u get a dish without meat or have them replace the meat(like i usually get tacos with black beans instead of hamburger in them), or simply eat a salad(and they even try to sneak chicken in there too!) i just don't understand why there are no strictly vegetarian restaurants around. do u think that there is just not enough demand? i think that if someone would open a restaurant with many vegetarian meals, and they were good by themselves, then i don't think people would have a problem with it. some people around here are pretty open-minded about eating veg(females, mostly), and they want to do it for health reasons or becuz they are trying to lose weight. it just seems like an untapped market...do u have many veg restaurants around where u live?<br><br><br><br>
btw - i live in a kind of suburb of kansas city, so it isn't like i live in a dinky little town without any adventurous eaters
 

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There is one vegetarian restaurant in the town that I live in, but I have never been to it. It is sort of a hole in the wall, and I am not sure how clean it is. Maybe I will go one day, not sure. I know that they do serve vegan pizza and I am curious...<br><br><br><br>
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I live just outside of Bristol in the SW of England. Bristol's population is about 500,000 and has I think two vegetarian places to eat, but they are tucked well out of the way and one is a snack bar on a community (inner city) farm. Rubbish.
 

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yeah, i really think that someone is missing out on a big opportunity...maybe if the bk veggie and the mcd's effort are succesful, then it will change some minds...does anyone have any stats on if the bk veggie is doing ok?
 

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We have a very popular vegetarian place, plus the all vegan Soul Vegetarian. And miscellaneous others. But I live in a highly populated metropolitan area.<br><br><br><br>
I suspect that it would be hard to get a loan from a bank in a more rural area in the middle of America to open a Veg restaurant.
 

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The only exclusively veg resturaunt here back in the 70s (The Tao, I think their cookbook is still in print) eventually added fish due to demand and closed a while back. I've found that it is usually much easier to find vegetarian centric places. For example everything at the local burreto joint comes meatless by default with chicken as an optional add-in. We ate a t a great resturaunt in downtown Cinci over the summer that was the some way.
 

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Yeah, to add, other than the all vegan place, the restaurants we have that I mentioned are vegetarian centric as Kirk described.
 

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Soul Vegetarian is sooo good! In the area we have about two towns with 125,000 people and each has a vegetarian restaurant. One good, one not so good (unfortunately the "not so good" is in the town where I live). I've also heard there's a really good one in a smaller town about 1 1/2 hours from here. Been meaning to try that one out.
 

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We also have a chain called Aladdin's that isn't all vegetarian, but has a lot of vegetarian stuff. They have the best lentil soup ever and they say it's strictly vegetarian. (Let's hope.)<br><br><br><br>
It's all middle eastern food. Yum. Yum.
 

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we had an all veg place called the Vegetarian Zone...it sucked...it was overpriced...it closed. I have other places that have vegan options and label them as such.<br><br><br><br>
Plenty of veg friendly places around here, some in walking distance.
 

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Thaila, you mentioned Soul Vegetarian. Where do you live? I'm pretty sure there's a Soul Vegetarian around my area, though I've never been there.<br><br><br><br>
I've always believed that most people want to make the best food choices they can, for themselves and our world, but it can be tedious to do so without tremendous committment. That's why I would like to open my own all vegan food "fast food" chain! I really think it would go over, but getting the start up mony is a bit of a problem...
 

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I also live in a metropolitan area, and there are alot of vegetarian restaurants available. I know it must very frustrating for vegetarian's that live in areas where there aren't any restaurants that have vegetarian selections. FishAreCool your fast food chain would definitely go over well!<br><br>
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i want to open my own vegan restaurant some day. in the huge city that i live in, i have never seen an all vegetarian restaurant. hard to believe. with the massive number of vegetarians (mostly east indians who are veg because of their religion) you'd think there'd be a few!!<br><br>
i mean really, why isn't there lol. it drives me crazy.<br><br>
there's one vegan restaurant in the next city but i've never been, haven't had a chance yet. i was hoping to go for my birthday but i was hungover that day and our trip back from the long weekend got delayed a few hours so dinner out was a no-go.<br><br><br><br>
when i want to eat out or get take out, i'm limited to subs, harvey's veggie burgers <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:"> or a no-cheese veggie pizza but i'm so unbelievably sick of pizza.<br><br>
that or i can get indian food, which isn't something i eat often because it's kinda expensive and they don't have many vegan options at the one nearby. orrrr chinese food but it's such a hassle cause i have to get them to alter recipes because they use egg noodles plus everything has oyster sauce and chicken powder in it. ugh. they try to argue with me every time that rice noodles without oyster sauce or chicken powder won't taste very good, even though i've ordered it like 6 times and it's really good. frustrating.<br><br><br><br>
in this small town in the area i went into this health food store that i fell in love with. i was on a mission to find something specific with very little time to find it so i wasn't able to look around much but it was a huge health food store (like actual health FOOD not just a glorified vitamin store) which also had a deli and a few tables where you could order food and sit and eat. all vegetarian and vegan food. and smelled soooooooo good.<br><br><br><br>
so that's what i want to open in the future, health food store with a restaurant in it.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by LadyFaile</i><br><br><b>it was a huge health food store (like actual health FOOD not just a glorified vitamin store)</b></div>
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i hate those stupid vitamin stores. grr.<br><br><br><br>
there aren't any vegetarian restaurants where i live either. im pretty close to toronto though, and there are tons there, so it's nice...not that i go very often? but still...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> i like getting falafels when im out. if i can find them
 

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<a href="http://www.godsimmediatecontact.net/vege_house.html" target="_blank">http://www.godsimmediatecontact.net/vege_house.html</a><br><br><br><br>
Suma Ching Hai claims to be a reincarnation of Buddha and Jesus. I don't know about that, but she's a pretty darn good cook. She has a chain of restaurants across the world that exclusively feature vegetarian/vegan food.
 

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Those vitamin stores bother me, too, especially when they call themselves "Health FOOD" stores! Uh, where's the food?<br><br><br><br>
When I was at the beach last summer, I wanted to get some fruit for my dinner. We had just arrived, so I went across the street, where I had seen a new health food store had arrived. When I got there, I immediately realized it was a vitamin store. Wouldn't have known, since the word "Supermarket" was in its name, and "vitamin" wasn't!
 

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that's so stupid lol. yup the big mall by my place has 2 vitamin stores and no health food. i buy my natural shampoo at walmart in their health food section. they carry a few things like organic cereals and pastas and things like that, more so than in either of the vitamin stores.
 

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There are no vegetarian or vegan restraunts where I live. I think they should have atleast one. The reason i think they may not have them is because they think they wont get much buisness if there are not many vegetarians or vegans or maybe nobody has expressed their opinions and nobody has thought of it?
 

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but since I actually live in the suburbs, going to those places is a bit of a pain. My favorite is Sam's Gourmet Vegetarian Paradise. I believe that almost the entire menu is vegan. They have mock-meats that are so realistic it's almost scary. Some vegetarians would probably be uncomfortable eating them, because the texture, odor, and flavor is so similar to what I remember meat tasting like.<br><br><br><br>
In any event, we also have Soul Vegetarian, Cafe Sunflower, and a couple of places that have cuisine from other parts of the world that are vegetarian-friendly, but not specifically catering to vegetarians.<br><br><br><br>
I think a vegan fast food place would be awesome, FishAreCool. ^__^<br><br><br><br>
And LadyFaile, I have had a similar experience with my favorite Chinese restaurant. Fortunately, because I'm such a frequent customer (about once a week...^^;; ) they are willing to work with me. I usually get veggie lo mein, with rice noodles and no oyster sauce, or I get veggie sushi. Yummy. XD
 
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