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    Popular restaurants never seem to cater for vegetarians very well

    Eg. of vegetarian diet according to popular restaurant chains:
    Veggie burger

    Does anyone else seem to have an issue with this?

    Frustrating as hell knowing they probably just defrosted the veg burger which is completely tasteless

    I need to speak up for other veggies out there haha


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    I always think the veggie meals seem like worse value than meals containing meat.
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    Yeah there are limitations but usually the alternatives to meat are rather healthy even if you end up repeating the same foods
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    I hate it!
    Most restaurants think that vegetarians eat only zucchini or aubergine or cheese!
    That's why I usually cook at home
    ooooh i forgot about the vegeburgers- fatty and tasteless;(
    It's almost impossible to order a vegetarian pasta(even if it is available then it contains broccoli and feta cheese usually)
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    Most places I've been to have a dedicated vegetarian section but I guess that's because I look ahead for what the place is like. I feel sorry for vegans eating out though.
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    The choice is usually awful, I often end up ordering a side of garlic bread, a side salad, and chips Did go to this one restaurant (can't remember the name) which had loads of choice, I ordered the best vegetable fajitas!
    I do feel for vegans though, there needs to be more options!
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    Vegetarianism is not the norm; of course popular restaurant chains are not going to go out of their way to cater for your needs, as it's not economically viable for them. Either stop being a vegetarian, cook at home or go somewhere vegetarian specific, and stop moaning about it.
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    It's understandable; vegetarians are a minority group and it makes no sense to devote large amounts of the menu to them unless there's a guaranteed veggie customer base (which many restaurants can't rely on).

    It makes life easier for specialist vegetarian restaurants but the fact is that the majority of the population doesn't choose to cut out meat, and restaurants will generally cater to the majority.

    I have similar issues being intolerant to certain processed foods, surprisingly few restaurants cater to those who don't eat white bread, but I suppose if the majority wants white then it's understandable.
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    (Original post by Pectorac)
    Vegetarianism is not the norm; of course popular restaurant chains are not going to go out of their way to cater for your needs, as it's not economically viable for them. Either stop being a vegetarian, cook at home or go somewhere vegetarian specific, and stop moaning about it.
    I tend to go to popular restaurants. They tend to have a vegetarian section. Your point is defunct.
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    (Original post by DannyYYYY)
    I tend to go to popular restaurants. They tend to have a vegetarian section. Your point is defunct.
    If my point is defunct, why did the OP make this thread and say 'Popular restaurants never seem to cater for vegetarians very well'?
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    (Original post by bottle123)
    Popular restaurants never seem to cater for vegetarians very well

    Eg. of vegetarian diet according to popular restaurant chains:
    Veggie burger

    Does anyone else seem to have an issue with this?

    Frustrating as hell knowing they probably just defrosted the veg burger which is completely tasteless

    I need to speak up for other veggies out there haha


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    I'm vegan and to me it seems there are always lots of vegetarian options that I cannot have, maybe you are going to the wrong places?

    Have you been to pizza express or nandos?

    edit: I must say I very rarely go out to restaurants cause I know they don't really cater for me.
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    (Original post by Pectorac)
    Vegetarianism is not the norm; of course popular restaurant chains are not going to go out of their way to cater for your needs, as it's not economically viable for them. Either stop being a vegetarian, cook at home or go somewhere vegetarian specific, and stop moaning about it.
    Actually most veggie meals are just about the cheapest meals to make. And you can argue economic viability, but that goes by the notion that people go to restaurants to eat meat, and that no dish is worth eating unless it has meat. There are plenty of restaurants that do very well and have plenty of vegetarian options. And it's because not everyone goes to restaurants to order meat, and therefore order the vegetarian dishes even when they aren't vegetarian.

    But the OP is right, there are too many restaurants that have an excessive amount of meat dishes on their menus, when there is simply no need. It's not that hard to put veggie dishes on your menu and make them appealing to everyone (not just the vegetarians), and therefore economically viable. Some places are very good about it, but most restaurants (both chain and not) aren't.
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    My boyfriend took me to The Gate in London. It's all vegetarian and he, a self-proclaimed carnivore, liked it. There is a vegan one in Covent Garden also called Wild Food Cafe (just stay away from the smoothies and you should be fine).
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    Totally agree with this, although some cater much much better than others! I once ordered a 'bread selection' and a side salad in a pub once as someone who is very indecisive, it makes it a lot easier to order though - usually there are only two or three veggie dishes, and at least one will contain mushrooms (i hate mushrooms! why does everyone think vegetarians love mushrooms?!)... vegetarian/vegan restaurants pose so many problems - too much choice!
    There are some amazing vegetarian and vegan restaurants and cafes out there though! I often find that independent cafes and restaurants have the most amazing vegetarian food!
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    Yeah I can't imagine the struggle of a vegan - but in that respect they have a very healthy diet and stay away from most fast foods...can't really comment though as I am not one

    One example is: I was at a festival and we went to the Mexican food stall, my friend had this juicy burrito filled with everything colourful and she had so much of a choice (key point) but I had to buy a tray of chips
    Maybe it's just Mexican cuisine but I felt left out

    My point is I think companies should try and focus on the vegetarian option a little more - it's also healthy and many non meat eaters enjoy it. So the point on it being economically viable is arguable I guess


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    I'm actually ok with the vegetarian options at restaurants, they're not the greatest selections granted but at least they cater for veges'. I reckon it would be much worse for vegans or people who eat gluten free.

    My concern lies more with the possibility of cross contamination with meat products and what's steps they have actually taken to prevent that happening, esp in busy restaurants/fast food joints where the chefs have to work within a small time frame.
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    my best friend can't eat wheat so she'd sometimes have trouble finding a meal in a restaurant that didn't contain wheat, but then she became a vegan a few months later so she can't even eat vegan options that contain pasta or bread.

    sometimes i think she's just doing it to be awkward


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    Some restaurants are still really poor at this, but if you look around, there are some with excellent choices.

    My biggest gripe though, is restaurants that claim a dish is vegetarian, but it has Parmesan in it, when of course Parmesan is not suitable for vegetarians (due to the use of animal rennet).
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    Popular doesn't mean good. Go to a better restaurant.
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    (Original post by Pop_tart)
    I'm vegan and to me it seems there are always lots of vegetarian options that I cannot have, maybe you are going to the wrong places?

    Have you been to pizza express or nandos?

    edit: I must say I very rarely go out to restaurants cause I know they don't really cater for me.

    Hi,

    May I ask what kind of things do you eat as a main meal that is filling?
 
 
 
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