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.
provides a good overview of vegetarian options at many restaurants.