I received a $100 certifcate for The Keg recently, so my wife (vegetarian) and I are going there soon.
The Keg is known for its steaks, and vegetarians are usually limited to salads or pasta at similar places – sometimes not even that since they often include chicken.
I emailed the Corporate office of The Keg recently asking about vegetarian options:
We received a gift certificate for The Keg recently but my wife is vegetarian. Does your restaurant accommodate vegetarians? I didn’t see any obvious dinners on the online menu for her except for salads.
They replied that same day:
Thank you for your recent note regarding The Keg’s choices of vegetarian dishes. We do have a couple of “off menu” items for you to consider. Your server should be able to provide you the details of either the Portabella Mushroom Fajita or the Thai vegetable Salad.
We did have one of these on the menu in the past, but due a very low sales mix we took them off the printed menu, however every Keg has the recipes for these items.
As far as other options, you will see that all of our salads are vegetarian friendly (not vegan friendly) as well as we have many side vegetable options that can be put together to make up a vegetarian dish. Your server can certainly help you with a vegetarian plate.
Thank you again for your comments and feedback and we hope to see you again soon!
Sometimes a meat-oriented restaurant will make a vegetarian dish if they’re given notice about it, so I replied:
Should we call the restaurant ahead of time to arrange a vegetarian
dish? Maybe the chef would enjoy creating something new. :)
I never received a reply to my last email but maybe I was asking too much.
Me, I can’t usually eat ’em ’cause my girlfriend’s a vegetarian, which more or less makes me a vegetarian; but I sure love the taste of a good burger.
– Pulp Fiction
My wife’s a vegetarian, so I’m in the same boat as Jules. As a result, we’re limited to restaurants that serve meatless dishes, which isn’t easy. Most places offer salads or stir-fries, but they get boring. Here are brief reviews of common places to eat with vegetarians in mind:
- Tim Hortons: they’re EVERYWHERE in Canada, known for their coffee and associated lingo: single-single, double-double, etc. You don’t even have to say “coffee” when you order it, just “A medium single-single” or “A medium one-and-one” will do. They started offering soups and sandwiches a few years ago, but only recently offered a vegetarian sandwich. I don’t like their bread; it smushes together when you bite into it, squeezing the contents out the side. I hate that. They have donuts, of course; nice, lard-laden donuts.
- Subway: a favorite of my wife’s because you know you can get a custom made submarine sandwich. Always a safe bet, although they could use more vegetable variety.
- Pizza: these vary widely, with some serving the standard fare: onions, green peppers, mushrooms… Then there are those with an excellent variety: pesto, Portobello mushrooms, asparagus, broccoli, etc. When we find one of those pizza joints, they become a favorite.
- Chinese food: many places substitute meats for tofu, which we were surprised to discover.
- Chicken and Ribs chains: Swiss Chalet, Don Cherry’s… these are chains that server mainly meat dishes like roast chicken and ribs. They sometimes offer pasta or Mexican dishes that are meatless, but not often. Don Cherry’s has a good vegetarian selection, Swiss Chalet doesn’t.
We rarely go the other popular fast food restaurants.
Fast Food Restaurants Vegetarian & Vegan Dishes provides a good overview of vegetarian options at many restaurants.