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Vegan Options for Eating Out in the Southern United States

Eating out as a vegan can be very difficult, especially in the southern United States. The following list of popular chain restaurants offer some vegan alternatives. Please feel free to add to the list below in the comment section.

Boston Market - Boston Market suggests fresh steamed vegetables, garlic dill new potatoes, green beans, sweet corn or cinnamon apples. Tell the staff at Boston Market to leave the butter off.

Einstein Brothers Bagels – Vegans can order the Chipotle or Harvest Chicken Salad without chicken or cheese or a fruit cup at Einstein Brothers Bagels.

Fuddruckers - Fuddruckers offers chips and salsa, fruit cup and potato wedges.

Jacks - The menu at Jacks Fast Food Restaurant has vegan options such as spring salad without cheese, cole slaw, green beans, grits and mash potatoes.

La Bamba – La Bamba Mexican Restaurant offers chips and salsa and will cook rice to order.

Panera Bread - Panera Bread has a number of vegan options available. For a Panera Bread snack, consider an apple, Baked Lays Potato Chips, French Baguette Side Portion or fresh fruit cup. Low fat vegetarian black bean soup is loaded with protein. A chef salad with Greek Dressing, Low Fat Thai Chilli Vinaigrette or Reduced Sugar Asian Sesame Vinaigrette is always a healthy option. Most of the bagels are also vegan. Some of Panera's bread choices have honey added.

Subway - Subway is willing to make any sub sandwich into a salad. Salad items include avocado, cucumbers, banana peppers, green peppers, jalapeno peppers, lettuce, onions, olives, pickles and tomatoes. Be aware that some of Subway's breads contain honey.

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  1. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    Royalty free photo courtesy of 123rf.com. Sorry forgot to add this to the article until it was too late. If you have other suggestions, I would love to hear from you wherever you live!
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  2. Veganara
    Veganara
    Vote no 2 Carolyn! This is very useful info, although I live in England! I hope to visit the Southern US states sometime, so I will refer to your blog when I do.
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks Veganara! Are vegan menu options more plentiful in England?
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  3. Sheila Ray
    Voted. My husband is a cook in a restaurant and they will make a vegan meal upon request. I'm sure many restaurants will do the same thing if requested.
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks for the comment Sheila!
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  4. dianabart
    dianabart
    Thanks Carolyn- I can't wait to the day,-when it's the 'meat-eaters' eating items that are hard to find on the menu! Stuff stinks! ;) LOL I may have to leave the US for that though, and is one of my future plans! :D voted and shared!
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    1. Sheila Ray
      Meat is actually important for a healthy diet...
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      1. dianabart
        dianabart
        not in my diet... a healthy diet can be done with or without. I am healthier for it. That's all!
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        1. dianabart
          dianabart
          @ Shelia Ray- I -being a borderline anemic.. ate meat for the iron.. found out that eating meat was the cause of it...(in my case anyway) I am healthier for making this change; I am the healthiest I've ever been, but really thanks for the concern! Not to mention -if we were to 'go back to the beginning'.. We did not need meat and We do not need it now, it is a personal preference... & I personally prefer not to eat it! Meat is far from healthy these days, causes more health problems than we realize. I've only been Vegan one year and my health is at it's peek... after a good detox and fast, I couldn't go back to eating meat if I tried. But thanks for your concern. And I glad to see that your husband will make a vegan meal upon request.. many restaurants don't! I can't wait to more do this! maybe then I'll eat out more!
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    2. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      What country or counties are you considering Diana? Thanks for the vote and comment.
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      1. dianabart
        dianabart
        Belize.. a part where they grow their own food and the small community follow vegan diets.. they are 'health coaches' and missionaries. Hence why I an a vegan missionary... and this is my future home. Friends are building a community there, and saving me a cute little home. :D All in God's timing I guess. :)
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        1. Carolyn
          Carolyn
          Diana, I know you will be a blessing to Belize, but missed here in the U.S.
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  5. Jalenagraham
    Jalenagraham
    I love Boston Markets.... And miss them. We no longer have on close to us. :-(
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      I live in a very small town...we do not have a lot of options. A town 30 minutes away has a lot more options and there is a larger city about an hour away.
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  6. Roopam
    Carolyn that's a great list! I love Panera Bread. They have veggie sandwiches and their black bean soup is awesome. I generally try to look for healthy vegetarian food may not be strictly vegan but I do try to avoid cheese and fries except when in my bingeing moods:) Vote # 6
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Roopam, thanks for the vote! I have a weakness for breads and sweets. As a matter of fact, I am craving chocolate now and feel that I might as well go to the store and buy something chocolate because nothing else will do when you want chocolate. Thanks again!
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      1. Roopam
        Lol:) go for it Carolyn! I love bread and sweets myself:)
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        1. Carolyn
          Carolyn
          I bought dark chocolate....my favorite!
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  7. Virtually Homemade
    Virtually Homemade
    Great post Carolyn! Voted. I have a return favor - can I reference your article about alternative grains in my next post?
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Absolutely Virtually Homemade anytime! Thanks for your vote and comment!
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  8. Veganara
    Veganara
    I don't believe that meat is essential for a healthy diet; if anything, I agree with Dianabart that we are more healthy without it! obviously it is important to get enough iron, but if you eat dark-green vegetables, for example, you should get enough of that anyway. Also I believe dark chocolate is a good source of iron, so that is a brilliant reason for eating it, not just pleasure!! The only thing vegans can't get from a plant-based diet is vitamin B12, as I believe this occurs naturally only in animal sources. However a lot of vegan foods are fortified with it, eg soya and other plant milks, breakfast cereals, vegan cheeses and spreads, also Marmite and Vegemite. In fact I think yeast products generally are a good source of all B vitamins, including B12. So if you have at least some of the above foods in your diet , you shouldn't get B12-deficient!
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Veganara, I did enjoy some dark chocolate last night!
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  9. SnakeWitch
    Lots of interesting comments. We have meat-eaters reading our articles here, so that's always a good sign! Carolyn, I would add that grocery stores have some items in their ready-made foods that are often vegan. Salads with the right dressings, french fries, maybe some stir-fried veggies... Vote number 11.
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks for the grocery store information!
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  10. violatat
    Voted. Thanks for the list. We live about 30 miles from the part of Los Angeles that doesn't think eating vegan is just weird so we really appreciate your fast food vegan list, even if it does concentrate on the South. We do have a Panera Bread restaurant less than a mile from our house but unfortunately, it has some of the worst service possible. We'll have to try the Panera again; maybe they have gotten their act together by now!! :)
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  11. VeganGeorgiaBelle
    VeganGeorgiaBelle
    Southern Vegan here. Very helpful. I love it. I've found that many restaurants will make vegan options if you call and ask. Being vegan is wonderful...but some restaurants in the south make choices hard.
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