Updates: Vegan Food in Chain Restaurants

From The Vegetarian Resource Group


When constructing a vegan meal, Chipotle says that the following of its ingredients are suitable for vegans: flour tortilla, crispy corn tortilla, soft corn tortilla; sofritas; pinto beans, black beans; tortilla chips; white rice, brown rice; fajita vegetables; tomatillo red-chili salsa, tomato salsa, roasted chili-corn salsa, tomatillo green-chili salsa; guacamole; and romaine lettuce. So try tacos, burritos, or a bowl. See: http://chipotle.com/dietary-options


Honeygrow is a chain with clearly marked vegan options on their menu. Locations are in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Washington, DC.

They offer stir-fry bowls including the Red Coconut Curry vegan option, which includes rice noodles, tofu, and veggies. You can easily substitute brown rice for the rice noodles, and alter the veggie choices in your bowl. Honeygrow also has a make-your-own stir-fry option where you can select Sour Cherry BBQ Sauce or Sesame Garlic Sauce, in addition to the Red Coconut Curry option. You then create your bowl with options including tofu, whole wheat noodles, brown rice, and a variety of veggies.

Honeygrow offers a vegan kale salad made with mustard soy vinaigrette, green kale, organic roasted spicy tofu, apples, carrots, roasted beets, red onions, and radishes. There's also a make-your-own salad option, which can easily be prepared vegan. Finally, their Honeybar dessert option can be made vegan. It includes fresh fruit, maple syrup (instead of honey), three fruits, and two toppings. See: http://www.honeygrow.com

Olive Garden

Along with a detailed chart of vegetarian and vegan menu items, there are definitions of "vegetarian" and "vegan" on the Olive Garden website. Their definition of "vegan" is at: http://media.olivegarden.com/images/site/ext/pdfs/olive-garden-veg-vegan_081516.pdf

The menu options designated as "vegan" on Olive Garden's chart are as follows: breadsticks, marinara dipping sauce, minestrone soup, pasta selections, angel hair, cavatappi, fettuccine, gluten-free rotini, rigatoni, small shells, spaghetti, whole wheat linguine, sauce selections, marinara, tomato, and steamed broccoli.

Ruby Tuesday

Ruby Tuesdays rolled out its biggest launch to-date at restaurants across the country — an all-new, significantly upgraded and deliciously expanded Endless Garden Bar. On their website, they list as vegan: Garden Vegetable Soup, Baked Potato, Grilled Zucchini, Green Beans, Grilled Cauliflower, and Steamed Broccoli. See: http://www.rubytuesday.com/

Yard House

Yard House advertises this burger: GARDEIN VEGAN BURGER. Ingredients are: red quinoa, kale, shiitakes, Daiya mozzarella, avocado, tomato, arugula, onion, miso, onion bun, and mixed greens. See: http://www.yardhouse.com/menu-listing/eat