HTF Vegetarians?

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  1. Zen Butler

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    I was just wondering if there were any more out there. What or (where) do you eat in a "fast-food" situation? How long have you been one?
     
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    I am not a "vegetarian" by definition. I do not eat meat. I just started recenlty, about three weeks ago. Hey, you have to start some time. I would recommend Subway right of the top of my head. Do you have Harvey's in the US. If you do they have a vegeterian burger. You could go to places like McDonalds and get a salad and fries, I don't know what food you like. I would imagine that MDs uses vegetable oil in their cooking. I don't don't eat out a lot so there are probably people who can help you out more. You live in California so shoudn't this be easy for you [​IMG]
     
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    My wife was a vegetarian for about two years. We ate at home a lot more, and fast food was usually limited to "garden" salads (typically pretty gross), Subway (lots of good choices), or Wendy's (baked potato). Fast food retaurants are very vegetarian unfriendly, no matter what their marketing suggests. If there are fewer than three meatless choices on the menu, then the restaurant is NOT a good choice.

    Our strategy finally evolved to trying to find neighborhood, non-chain restaurants. If you take a little extra time (and plan ahead), you'd be amazed at how many vegetarian restaurants (or restaurants with lots of meatless choices) there are within a few blocks of the fast food joints. Once we set our minds to finding these places, our enjoyment level shot up 1,000% and--now that we've got a long list of tried and true choices--we we're never at a loss for someplace to go when we're out.

    Finally, these restaurants are cleaner, more relaxed and have better service than the fast food dumps. And they often have a friendly staff with lots of additional ideas for vegetarian-friendly places to eat (these people are a nice change of pace from the sullen counter staff at McDonald's, et al).
     
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    I'm not a vegetarian, but I try to avoid meat much of the time (have done so for a number of years). I don't, as a rule, eat fast food burgers. Here are some of the things I typically eat at fast food, when I have to eat fast food:

    Wendy's: Baked potato. They used to have a good wrap with lettuce and feta cheese, but they discontinued it.

    Taco Bell: Seven-layer burritos (but without guacamole, since guac + sour cream is just too much!)

    Taco John's: TJ's will make tacos with beans instead of meat at no extra charge.

    Subway: Veggie sandwich. Especially tasty now that they have good bread choices and more dressings.

    Burger King in our area (or everywhere?) has just introduced the BK Veggie burger. I tried it and liked it pretty well. It's a little too salty, but it was okay -- and it's waaaaay healthier than almost anything else on their menu! If I'm forced to go to McDonald's, I'll eat a chicken sandwich. Their salads are nasty, IMO.

    As a general rule, I agree with Bill. There are usually better options than fast food. Fast food sure is convenient sometimes, though, especially when you're on the road. I'm really hoping that other burger chains will follow BK in offering a veggie burger.
     
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    Meat=[​IMG]
    Vegitables=rabbit food[​IMG]
     
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    My wife is vegetarian and we dont find too much problem when we go out to eat. The only places that we dont go to much are BBQ, burger joints, steak, or seafood places. Otherwise, there seems to be enough variety on the menu for her to choose from.

    She was really mad when Wendy's discontinued their wraps. She really liked the greek one.

    The burger king veggie burger is pretty good, however, I cringe to think that they would cook it on the same grill as the regular burgers (not for me, but for her).

    As far as fast food, the sandwich places are always a safe bet.

    -ikiru
     
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    I woke up about a month ago and decided not to eat meat anymore, I just got sick of it and the thought of eating it made me feel sick inside.

    So far i've gone a month without fast food and I don't miss it at all, so I can't comment on that front. To be honest I haven't given up on all meats, Fish is the only meat that doesn't repulse me now.

    For those who have been vegetarian for a while, my friends say it isn't healthy not to occasionally have some red-meat for iron intake. What is the truth to that, and how do you get around it? Vitamin pills??
     
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    I have been a vegetarian for almost 2 years now and even though I try and avoid fast-food when I do end up going I usually just get fries. Or at Wendy's a baked potato and salad rules all.
     
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    TheoGB,

    You may want to check your vitamin B-12 level, as vegetarians tend to lack that nutrient. Just ask my Dad (vegetarian since the day he was born).

    And to answer the original question, Wendy's the best veg-friendly fast-food joint I know of.

    -JNS
     
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    My experience with most restaurants has been "the old roll your eyeballs at me". I am almost vegetarian, the only animal product I eat is chicken, and being allergic to dairy (I break out in hives)Subway and all other sandwich places are not an option, unless I ask them to clean the knives before they prepare my order.

    The food prepares just LOVE me. Has anyone ever heard of cross contamination?

    And as for salad bars, they're just breeding grounds for bacteria.

    My friend is a chiropractor and with his back ground of microbiology(?) wouldn't touch the salad bar for all the money in world. And as for fast food restaurants, one of his patients is a top ex. McDs and strictly forbids her family from eating their "food".

    Makes ya wonder.
     
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    TheoGB,

    I couldn't agree more about Indian food. Love it, love it, love it. It's not always especially healthy, though, even meatless (rich, buttery curry sauces). Still, I just adore the stuff. I've never had a dish I didn't like at an Indian restaurant.

    And of course, you live in (probably) the best city in the world for Indian food -- lucky you!
     
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    TheoGB,
    Word to the mother.
    Indian food is where it's at for veggie especially. I made a good deal with my grandmother actually - she taught me Indian cooking and I taught her how to use Windows 2000 and the Internet.
    I think I got the better deal [​IMG]
    -JNS
     
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    I'm not vegetarian, but I can honestly say it shouldn't be too hard to find food. Now Vegans have the real problem. One of my friends is Vegan, and boy was it hard for him to eat food.
     

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