11 Chain Restaurants That Offer Great Vegan Options

11 Mouthwatering, Realistic Vegan Meals At Your Favorite Chain Restaurants

You don't have to give up your vegan lifestyle in order to eat out!


Sometimes it's even greater to find a restaurant that is both vegan and meat-friendly than it is to find a vegan restaurant. It can be so tough to find a place that will have options for everyone. This is why I decided to make an easy guide of eleven different restaurants that anyone can order vegan.

1. Veggie skillet at Denny's

If you're opting for a healthier option, try any of the breakfast skillets at Denny's without the eggs and cheese. You'll have a blend of sautéed vegetables and seasoned red-skinned potatoes. Delicious and healthy? What a win!

2. So much vegan food at Taco Bell

Taco Bell has so many great options for vegans — like, literally. This fast-food chain has a variety of sides that are vegan—including the cinnamon twists, chips and guacamole, cilantro rice, black or refried beans, and potatoes. My personal favorite is the Bean Burrito "fresco style." Several of Taco Bell's other dishes can be veganized simply by omitting a few ingredients or asking for it "fresco style."

3. Plant-based bowl, burrito, or tacos at Chipotle

As someone who has worked at Chipotle for almost a year now, I can tell you that this is my favorite vegan fast food without a doubt. Chipotle offers Sofritas — organic tofu braised with peppers and spices — which you can order in a bowl, burrito, taco, or salad. You have the option of black or pinto beans and brown or white rice. Plus, the restaurant has a great selection of vegan toppings, including mixed fajita veggies, salsas, lettuce, and guacamole.

4. Zucchini Spicy Peanut Saute with Tofu at Noodles & Company

The tofu is crispy (not squishy), while the sauce is a mixture of sweet and spicy without being too much of either. I order the small serving and its still a very generous serving. Also, add Sriracha on top for extra spice.

5. Pizza at Papa Johns

The sauce and original hand-tossed dough are vegan, so go ahead and order your veggie pizza as usual — but without cheese. Go to town on the veggie toppings, and get extra garlic dipping sauce which is also vegan.

BONUS: For Illinois State University students, make sure to apply 'ISU40' to your order to save money!

6. Veggie wrap at Subway

Subway's veggie wrap without cheese and mayo is delicious.

Pro tip: Take your Subway game to the next level by adding your own vegan toppings — Tofurky, vegan mayo, and Daiya cheese.

7. Bagels at Einstein Bros. Bagels

Now with vegan cream cheese — and seventy percent of the menu containing dairy-free bagel options — this is a great breakfast option. On the side, you can get a fruit cup and kettle chips.

8. Lentil quinoa bowl at Panera

This plant-based bowl has quinoa, lentils, brown rice, and kale in a soy broth. Top it off with a Green Passion or Blueberry Pomegranate Power Smoothie and you can make a protein-packed meal.

9. Bread sticks and pasta at Olive Garden

The best things in life are free and vegan. Case in point: OLIVE GARDEN'S BREADSTICKS. The "butter" on the breadsticks isn't actually butter — it's soy. Get breadsticks with the many different pasta options available, such as whole wheat linguine with marinara sauce and broccoli. This also comes with free unlimited salad or minestrone soup. The best part about being vegan here is choosing which type of pasta to order.

10.  Vegan pizza at Blaze

Unlike Pizza Hut, Little Caesars, and Papa Johns — which all offers vegan dough and sauce — Blaze offers vegan cheese! All the crusts here are vegan, and there is a huge variety of vegetables. You can also get a BBQ drizzle on top.

11.  Protein packed smoothie at Smoothie King

This is a great light meal replacement offering a better-for-you alternative for vegans who want to avoid other chain restaurants. The mango kale, pineapple spinach, dark chocolate banana, and nutty super grain are all vegan, calorie packed, and refreshing.

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How To Play 'New Girl's' True American Drinking Game

"It's 75% drinking, 20% Candy Land, and the floor is molten lava."

I think it's fair to say that anyone who watches "New Girl" knows about True American. This crazy, nonsense drinking game which pops up every so often throughout the seasons and first introduced in season one, episode 20.

The game, as described by "New Girl" character and fan-favorite Schmidt, is 75% drinking game and 20% Candy Land with a floor of molten lava.

The point of the game is for players to navigate through the Candy Land-like spaces to the "castle," which is a table in the center of the room that holds beer "pawns" and the "king" bottle. The first person to reach and sip from the bottle wins.

SEE ALSO: 15 Things "New Girl" Fans Know to Be True

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Here's how to play:

Step #1: Prepare the "castle"

First, set up your "castle." The castle is made up of beer "pawns" and the "king," a bottle filled with the alcohol of your choice.

The bottle should be in the middle of the table, surrounded by four lines of beer pawns. There is no exact number of beers necessary for each line of beer pawns. Choose any amount of beers that seems appropriate for the amount of players.

Step #2: Set up spaces

Set up spaces using pillows, chairs or any other objects players will be able to stand on. Place an equal amount of spaces around the table. You'll want about 5-8 spaces on each side, depending on the size of the room you're playing in.

Only four of these spaces should reach the castle, lining up with the parade of beer "pawns" and allowing players to take a beer pawn from the castle. For example, in the photo above, each of the chairs touch a corner of the table at the end of the line of beer pawns. Therefore, these are two of the four special spaces that allow players to take a beer. Unlike the pillows pictured, which are just regular spaces that the players can use to move around.

Step #3: Pick teams

Teams are optional. To pick teams, all of the players will place a certain number (1 to 5) of fingers against their forehead on the count of three.

Any players who hold up the same number are a team. Unmatched players can team up as needed or simply pair up with the person standing closest to them.

Step #4: Begin

Begin with a shotgun "tip-off" to determine which player goes first.

The winner of this shotgunning contest will yell, "One, two, three...JFK!" to announce the official beginning of the game. All players will enthusiastically respond, "FDR!" then quickly grab a beer pawn from the castle and run to any space they wish to start at, excluding for the four special spaces that reach the castle.

Step #5: Make moves

The winner of the shotgunning contest has earned the first turn. From then on, the order of turns will move in a clockwise rotation. During each turn, the player will move one space toward the castle and choose to play one of the following mini-games.

Mini-game No. 1: The player whose turn it is will count to three then all players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers on their forehead. Any player who selects a number no one else selected can move ONE space.

Mini-game No. 2: The player whose turn it is will recite the beginning of a famous American quote. The first player to complete the quote can move TWO spaces.

Mini-game No. 3: The player whose turn it is will name two famous American people, places, or things. The first player to identify what the two have in common can move THREE spaces.

For example, say it's your turn. You will move one space then choose one of the three mini-games. You and all of the players will participate in that game, and the winner will move accordingly. After this, your turn is over and it's the next player's turn (in the original clockwise rotation).

Step #6: "Play on, playa."

Continue playing by these rules until one lucky winner reaches the bottle and sips from its royal glass.

The bottle cannot be opened until every last pawn is removed from the castle. Any players who fail to keep at least one beer in hand, who accidentally end up with more than three beers in hand, or who touch the lava are immediately disqualified. Disqualified players can rejoin the game by shotgunning a beer.


You are now able to impress all of your "New Girl"-loving friends with knowledge of the workings of the epic True American drinking game. Know your limits, drink responsibly, and enjoy!

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'Oh, You're A Vegan?'

When I tell people I'm vegan, people give me that exasperated look.


When I first decided to try and become vegan, I got a lot of mixed results. Some people were extremely for it, while other people looked at me like I had gone off the deep end. After a while and even now, I like to play a game of guessing what reaction I will get from people when I tell them about my dietary habits. Unlike a lot of other people who decided to go vegan for the ethical reasons, I kind of fell into it based on me realizing that half the stuff I was putting into my body was making me want to curl up in a ball and only come out for dollars on Wednesday nights at Taylor's. Through the last year and a half, I have learned a lot, from tips and tricks to making food taste good, to some added benefits of being on a plant free lifestyle. So for all the haters, vegan enthusiasts and people looking into making the leap, enjoy!

1. Trust me, its not all just vegetables.....there's other stuff too.

One of the biggest mistakes or misconceptions about being vegan is that all we eat are plants or vegetables. I will be the first to assure you that that piece of information is not true. There are tons of things we can eat if you are creative. Learning what you like and what you can eat will all come with practice. You might have to experiment a little before you find your groove, but it will happen. I would also put money on the fact that you might find yourself having that moment halfway through a bowl of Cornbread Cafes vegan Mac and cheese. Just saying.

2. No allergies in Eugene, too good to be true!

One of the best things that I noticed about becoming vegan didn't become obvious until a few months later. For anyone who has lived in Eugene, OR through the springtime, you know what I am referring too. Allergies are monstrously bad here as we are in the middle of a basin and many people have to shut in themselves to not like, die. I was always one of those people, but last spring and this one so far as well I have noticed a crazy change. While I still get itchy eyes and sneeze occasionally, I no longer want to live in my bed where the pollen can't reach me! The vegan diet has been proven to reduce the levels of allergy issues that people have faced so basically if you're driving people crazy with your sneezing, maybe cut out the glass of milk in the morning.

3. Happy skin, happy day! 

Another benefit to being vegan is clear skin. A lot of people who are vegan tend to have clear skin that is acne free. That is not always the case, but there is 1 key reason why shiny skin comes from veganism. Dairy and meat products are not the skins best friend according to dermatologists. Both are chock full of hormones that aren't good for our bodies. Dermatologist William Danby even calls cow's milk "nature's perfect food for the creation of acne." So you might want to kiss that ice cream goodbye.

4.  There are lots of Vegan options, you just have to look!

Like I said above, there is a gross misconception that the only things Vegans eat are vegetables. There are so many different things that are incredibly good and don't have any animal products in them. Also, vegan restaurants are popping up all over the place now so you will able to eat out in peace and rest easy knowing your environmental footprint will be smaller. Some of my personal Eugene favorites are Cornbread Cafe, Morning Glory, the Veg and surprisingly Tacovore. Their tofu tacos are to die for! If you're more of a homebody though there are a lot of different well-known brands such as Ben and Jerrys and Carls Junior that are coming out with vegan alternatives!

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