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Eating out with non-vegans

Eating out with non-vegans

The Short Version:

1.       Do your research

2.       Inquire with the chef

3.       Choose appetizers/sides

4.       Don’t split the bill evenly

5.       Eat Before

The Long Version:

1.       Do your research

a.       If you are involved in the planning of the restaurant outing, take the initiative to find the place yourself, so you can suggest an omni place with at least 2 vegan options.  The existence of 2 options allows for some flexibility in case one option is not available on the day of your outing.  Call ahead to ensure the online menu is up to date. If the restaurant has already been chosen, look up the menu online and try to have an idea of what you will be able to order.

2.       Inquire with the chef

a.       Inform the server of your dietary restrictions and ask what s/he recommends.  Most of the time the server will inquire with the chef, and most places will be able to adapt one of their meat-based meals to suit your needs.  The downside of this option is that if you make several substitutions to a meal that was originally full of meat and dairy, you will pay the same price for a plate of food that is worth much less than the price on the menu

3.       Choose appetizers/sides

a.       Restaurants that don’t have a vegan entrée will often have non-dairy and non-meat appetizers and sides that can be amalgamated into a respectable meal.  Just make sure to ask the server to bring your app/sides mish-mash out at the same time as the other entrees so your group can all eat together.

4.       Don’t split the bill evenly

a.       Always get a separate bill.  As a vegan your meals will invariably cost less than your meat-eating peers, so if you choose to split the bill evenly with a large group, just know that you will be paying more than what your meal is worth.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve attended group dinners at restaurants that do not cater to the vegan diet, crunching on a sad plate of iceberg lettuce while my friends delight on their T-bone steaks.  When it comes time to pay the bill the suggestion is always to split everything evenly.   These two photos depict my cool outer demeanor vs. my inner seething teapot over paying $100 for a few sprigs of lettuce.

 

If paying more than your fair share will result in you adopting the above Kanye face, RESIST the urge to go with the flow, save your money and get a separate bill.  To be fair, I will break this rule on certain occasions – group birthday celebrations are a notable example.

5.       Eat before

a.       Pre-eating is the best solution if you’re certain that the restaurant cannot accommodate your wishes, or if you don’t feel like taking any of the above steps.  Eat ahead of time so you can avoid staring longingly at your dinner-mates’ meal, wishing it was chik’n instead of chicken on that plate.  Beware, this option disrupts the normal dinner etiquette and may offend some of your dinner-mates, even if they’re told in advance.

At the end of the day even if all these tips fail to ensure your belly is full, make sure your dinner mates make up for the lack of vegan options.  

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