Let’s admit it, a lot of us used to love eating at fast food restaurants. Of course, now we know a lot more than we used to. We know that fast food is just not healthy.

Some of us might avoid fast food at any measures, but some of us may still want or need to visit these eateries from time to time. Maybe we’re with friends who won’t be talked out of it, maybe we’re on the road and drive-thrus are our only option. Whatever the reason, the big question is: is it possible to find vegan options at fast food restaurants?


The answer is increasingly “yes.” More and more fast food restaurants are offering vegan options. And it figures as Americans are eating less meat and also looking for more plant-based options. There is even an app called Vegan Xpress that will help you find vegan options at national chains and fast-food restaurants. Perfect for the busy vegan on the go!

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Here are 20 vegan options at fast food chains:


1. Del Taco

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Del Taco is one of the many fast-food chains hopping on the Beyond Meat bandwagon! Starting at their Los Angeles locations and quickly spreading down the coast to San Diego, Del Taco fast-food chains now offer Beyond Tacos, “which offer the same amount of protein and flavor as seasoned beef, but are made with 100 percent plant-based protein.” The menu offers 100 percent vegan Beyond Avocado Tacos and vegetarian Beyond Tacos, but you can also ask for Beyond Meat as a “substitute for any protein in existing Del Taco menu items, such as burritos, nachos, and fries.”

2. Auntie Anne’s Pretzels


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It’s not all about the vegan meat these days at fast-food chains. For instance, long beloved Auntie Anne’s Pretzels now offers veganized options on their menu, you just gotta know the secrets of ordering these vegan delights! Thanks to Peta, here are a few ways to get yourself some vegan-friendly pretzels. First off, go for cinnamon sugar, jalapeño, original, raisin, or sweet almond flavors. Next, the most important part, ask for these without butter. When it comes to dips, Peta recommends the marinara dip or the sweet glaze dip and for beverages opt for the vegan-friendly blue raspberry, cherry, mango, or strawberry.


3. Burger King


Next to McDonald’s, Burger King is one of the most recognized, widely visited, and long-standing fast-food chains in the country. This is why their new vegan menu is super exciting! It’s a true sign of a shift in our culture when a meat-churning institution such as this decides to offer a non-meat option. They didn’t just go for the one meal deal either, Burger King offers a slew of options for all the meals of the day!

First off, Burger King fries are actually vegan! They’re made with 100 percent vegetable oil. What else can vegans find on their menu? Hash browns, dutch apple pie (yep, you read that right!), oatmeal (ask for water instead of milk), and the Whopper Jr. which is easily made vegan-friendly — get the bun (not the croissant or biscuit), ask for no meat, and opt for no mayo. Want a beverage? Go classic with Sprite, Dr. Pepper, lemonade, and ICEE flavors including Fanta Cherry and Coke.

4. Carl’s Jr.

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Even though Carl’s Jr. doesn’t offer an extensive vegan menu, they do offer their meatless population a few options to slake their fast-food lust! First off, try their Beyond Meat creation lovingly named the Beyond Famous Star burger. To make this fully vegan make sure to ask for no mayo and no cheese. You also have side options that are vegan-friendly including “French fries, CrissCut fries, hash rounds, and hash-brown nuggets.”

5. White Castle

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Most of us know this fast-food establishment from the movie, yet there is a deep-rooted almost cultish love of this establishment. For vegans, White Castle has become a friendlier place, offering Impossible Burger-based vegan sliders, a Veggie Slider made from … you guessed it … veggies, vegan french fries, and applesauce. Make sure to order your sliders “plain or with a sweet Thai sauce” to avoid animal-based sauces.

6. Baskin Robbins


Sometimes you just want some good ole ice cream and Baskin-Robbins has long been a go-to staple … except for us vegan eaters.

Luckily, Baskin-Robbins has begun integrating a lovely plant-based menu offering a few fully vegan options. On August 1st of 2019, the chain store launched “two new mouth-watering non-dairy flavors” including “Non-Dairy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Non-Dairy Chocolate Extreme.” These options are not only “non-dairy” but they are also vegan made with “a base blend of coconut oil and almond butter.” Plus, the Non-Dairy Chocolate Extreme is a gluten-conscious option for those vegan eaters who also avoid gluten products!

7. Wendy’s

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Thanks to our friends at Peta, Wendy’s menu has been decoded for vegan ordering!

For your main meal, choose the Asian Cashew Chicken Salad, — ask for no chicken and extra cashews — the Veggie Sandwich, — make sure to say no to the mayonnaise — the Apple Pecan Chicken Salad, — ask for no chicken, blue cheese, or roasted pecans which are made with a milk glaze — or the Frywich — the Veggie Sandwich with some delectable crispy fries inside! For your dressing go with the Light Spicy Asian Chili Vinaigrette, Pomegranate Vinaigrette Dressing, or the Light Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Want a side or two to go with your salad? Go with the Natural-Cut Fries, — cooked with vegan oil — Baked Potato with Chives, — order sans butter, cheese, and sour cream — Apple Slices, — if you’re looking to nix fries — or the Garden Side Salad — make sure to choose one of the vegan dressings and nix the croutons.”

8. BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse


While BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse has a hugely extensive menu, they haven’t jumped aboard a fully vegan menu just yet.

With that said, for those that love this chain (and there are die-hard fans out there!), you can absolutely find a few items on the menu that are easily veganized. Thanks to Peta, we’ve got the inside scoop! To begin, the “pizza crust and marinara sauce at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse are vegan” already, so you’re already halfway there. Next, simply “order a veggie pizza without cheese, and ask for your pizza not to be brushed with butter.” You can also opt for the spaghetti, as long as you ask for the marinara sauce.

9. Buca di Beppo

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Looking for that perfect in-between restaurant that’s not quite fast-food, yet reasonably priced? Buca di Beppo may be that wonderful balanced spot, which also happens to have some sneaky vegan-friendly fare!

To start off your meal, go with the bruschetta —” just hold the cheese.” For an entree, there are a few options including the specially requested (not on the menu) Pasta Puttanesca — “penne pasta with tomatoes, onions, green peppers, black Kalamata olives, green olives, and capers — or choose to create your own pasta combination! Your vegan ingredient options include marinara sauce, garlic olive oil (yes please!), veggies, crushed pepper, and poached garlic. Add a side such as the mixed green salad, — “substitute the Italian dressing for oil and vinegar” — steamed green beans, and broccoli.

10. Taco Bell

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We’ve got to admit that Taco Bell has really stepped up their game in terms of offering vegan and vegetarian options.

First off, Taco Bell now has a fully vegetarian menu, which has a variety of options that are super easy to veganize. Basically, you can veganize any “item on the menu by subbing the meat for beans and using the magic words ‘Fresco style.’” The cashier will instantly know that you would like to “replace the cheese, ranch sauce, and sour cream with fresh pico de gallo,” taking all the work from your end of things.

Use these magic words — “Fresco style” — to veganize the “7-Layer Burrito, Black Beans and Rice, Spicy Tostada, and Power Menu Bowl.” Plus, there are a few already vegan options such as chips, cinnamon twist, and Mexican rice, plus you can get the side of beans, just ask for it without the cheese.

11. The Cheesecake Factory


If there’s one thing uniquely recognized about the Cheesecake Factory, it’s the size of the menu. Pages upon pages of delightful options. Yet, for vegans, we’ve got to be particularly careful. This joint loves to slather their dishes with animal-based products.

So, what is a vegan to do when their friends want to splurge on this not-quite fast-food chain? Simply know your options and stick to the plan!

Vegans have more than a few options with a tweak or two including Soy-Glazed Edamame, Vegan Cobb Salad, Veggie Burger, — opt for sourdough or wheat bread, nix the cheese and mayo, and verify that the patty is vegan — Kale and Quinoa Salad, — hold the parmesan — Evelyn’s Favorite Pasta, — hold the parmesan and opt for olive oil instead of butter on the noodles — or the Falafel Salad, — nix the feta and choose one of the vegan dressings including lemon-blueberry, pomegranate, or shallot.

12. Daily Grill Restaurant and Bar

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With locations spread across California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Texas, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Washington, this is yet another great in-between option if you’re looking for a reasonably priced food joint that isn’t quite fast food.

Once you’re seated at the Daily Grill Restaurant & Bar it’s time to begin deducing the vegan options on the menu! Start with the “gazpacho soup, a trio of hummus, sweet potato fries, and herbed brown rice with almonds.” Move on to the entrées such as “penne pasta primavera, angel hair pasta Pomodoro, and a grilled vegetable plate.” Looking for something light? Opt for the vegan-friendly “house salad with Asian ginger dressing or balsamic vinaigrette.”

13. Denny’s


This popular breakfast food spot has turned an interested eye towards those plant-based eaters who are quickly making up a large part of the consumer population. Denny’s didn’t just think about their plant-based eaters, but they’ve implemented quite a few options on their menu making this establishment a vegan-friendly joint.

What’s a vegan to order?

Direct from the menu, go ahead and order the Veggie Burger with Brioche Bun, one of the Veggie Skillet options, — make sure to go sans eggs and cheese, obviously — the English Muffin — add vegan toppings such as “avocado, peanut butter, or jam” — Oatmeal, or the Vegan-Friendly Hashbrowns. There is also a slew of vegan-friendly sides to round out a hearty breakfast including bagels, grits, applesauce, fresh fruit, seasoned French fries, baked potatoes, and garden salads. Looking for a non-meaty, meaty breakfast? Opt for Amy’s vegan burger!

14. Freebirds World Burritos


Haven’t heard of this one yet? Time to get on board because Freebirds World Burritos is a great place for vegans to get their burrito thirst quenched! Plus, this joint has over “70 locations throughout the U.S.” and they’ve recently “teamed up with Beyond Meat to offer vegan meat burritos, bowls, tacos, and salads.”

With that said, you’ve gotta know how to order as a vegan in order to truly avoid those animal products. Once again, Peta saves the day! They’ve come up with a super easy-to-use guide for vegan ordering.

When creating your own burrito, begin by choosing a vegan “vessel,” — bowl, cayenne tortilla, flour tortilla, spinach tortilla, whole wheat tortilla, or corn tortilla — and then select the Beyond Meat option.

Next, get your fillings sorted out, — black beans, pinto beans, refried beans, Spanish rice, or cilantro-lime rice — choose your vegan toppings — cilantro corn salsa, diced jalapeños, diced tomatoes, fresh greens, fresh salsa, pico de gallo, roasted garlic, sautéed veggies, shredded lettuce, tortilla strips, and/or white onions — and load up on dressings — ancho dressing, creamy jalapeño salsa, death sauce, fresh lime juice, habanero salsa, hot tomatillo sauce, and/or mild tomatillo sauce.

Lastly, opt for a vegan-friendly extra or side such as chips, fresh guacamole, or sliced avocado!

15. Bareburger

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Not as well-known as the big duo McDonald’s and Burger King, Bareburger still holds its own in the states as a popular fast-food joint to get a burger. What’s unique about Bareburger’s plant-based, vegan-friendly options? They not only offer Beyond Burgers, but they also offer the Impossible Burger! No matter which meatless option you lean towards, they’ve got it for you.

What to know when ordering?

The Beyond Burger is already 100 percent vegan, no need to change up the order at all. If you’re an Impossible Burger fan, make it fully vegan by ordering “vegan cheese and a sprout bun instead of the brioche.” Plus, it’s not just about the meatless meat burgers at Bareburger. This fast-food chain also offers “two housemade veggie burgers (the Thai Chia and Guadalupe), Beyond Sausage, Farmstead (a collard green sweet potato wrap), various salads (look for the “V”), Sweet Fries and French Fries, Sweet and Dill Pickles, and Napa Slaw.”

16. Kona Grill


Some of the most non-vegan-friendly restaurants out there are sushi joints. Luckily, the Kona Grill is now offering a full vegan menu for their plant-based eating patrons! With locations spread across the states, this is a great in-between restaurant chain that’s reasonably priced, yet a great sit-down joint.

The vegan menu offers a wide variety of options including starters, — such as edamame — sushi, — cucumber roll, avocado roll, and vegetarian roll — salads and dressings, — seaweed salad, house salad, roasted asparagus salad, and the oriental salad with the onion soy, sweet soy, or oil and vinegar dressing — noodle dishes — pan-Asian noodles or linguine and marinara sauce — and your choice of sides — baby bok choy, seasonal vegetables, and white rice.

17. Papa John’s

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It’s true! Your favorite pre-made, cook-at-home pizza joint now offers varieties of vegan-friendly pizzas. There are actually a few options for vegans when ordering your favorite pizza.

First off, go for a vegan cheese option! The chain has partnered with “Bute Island Foods for its dairy-free Sheese, which is used as a topping on three different vegan pizzas: Vegan Sheese and Tomato, Gardy Party with Vegan Sheese, and Hot Pepper Pasion with Vegan Sheese.”

Second, you can simply nix the cheese altogether. Papa John’s pizzas are all based on vegan-friendly ingredients, which means you can order “any veggie option on the menu but simply ask for it without cheese to make it vegan.”

Papa John’s also has a few side options that are vegan-friendly including an assortment of wedges — Wedges, Vegan Cheese Wedges, and Spicy Vegan Cheese Wedges — Vegan Marmite Scrolls and Vegan Hot Dog Scrolls, — only offered in the UK — Cauli Wings, an assortment of dipping sauces — garlic dipping sauce, special garlic sauce, barbeque, pizza sauce, hot buffalo sauce, and sweet chili sauce.

18. In-N-Out Burger

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When you mention In-N-Out Burger, it’s very likely you’ll stumble across a few die-hard fans within a few yards of the mentioned name. It’s just that beloved. Yet, for vegans, this fast-food chain has been somewhat limiting until recently.

While the fries have always been vegan-friendly — cooked in sunflower oil — other “make-it-vegan” options — such as the grilled cheese without the cheese, basically a “lettuce, tomato, and onion” sandwich — aren’t quite appealing. That’s why you need to know (or ask about) the “Veggie Secret Menu.” Ask the cashier for “one sandwich, no patty, no spread, and no cheese,” then “add the grilled onions.” This will result in a vegan-friendly “lettuce, tomato, and juicy grilled onion” sandwich for only $1.50!

Sometimes it really does pay to be vegan!

One quick note … that special sauce that everyone RAVES about from In-N-Out Burger? That’s NOT vegan, so make sure to steer clear. It’s got a base of mayonnaise, which means eggs.

19. Noodles & Company


Time to get your vegan noodles on! This popular fast-food noodle dispensary is much beloved across the states. Now, Noodles & Company is proud to offer some vegan-friendly culinary fare for those plant-based eaters.

When perusing the menu, opt for “Japanese Pan Noodles, Spaghetti with Marinara (without cheese), or Pasta Fresca without cheese.” These items are already vegan-friendly, but there are a few which can be veganized with a few tweaks. Get the Spicy Chipotle Adobo “without the pork, chicken, and cream,” the Thai Green Curry “without the shrimp”, or the Penne Rosa “without the cream and cheese.”

Looking for something light? Try the Tossed Green Side Salad with balsamic vinaigrette!

20. Chipotle Mexican Grill

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One of the most beloved fast-food joints in the country has vegan options! In fact, this well-loved establishment has a slew of not only vegan and vegetarian options, but also allergen-friendly alternatives all laid out on this super easy to navigate food map.

So, what are the options for us none meat-eaters?

To begin, if you want to create your own meal you can choose from a handful of 100 percent vegan ingredients including black beans, pinto beans, tortilla chips (yep, you read that right!), cilantro-lime brown and white rice, crispy corn tortillas, fajita vegetables, flour tortilla (both burrito and taco varieties), fresh tomato salsa, guacamole, roasted chili-corn salsa, tomato green-chili salsa, tomatillo red-chili salsa, romaine lettuce, and, of course, Sofritas.

If you’re not in the creating mood, try ordering the Plant-Powered Vegan Bowl complete with “Sofritas—an organic tofu-based shredded vegan meat spiced with poblano pepper, cumin, and chipotle chile.”

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The best vegan food options in high street chain restaurants

Spontaneous meals out are not that easy if you’re a vegan, and deciphering the allergens menu can be a pickle.

Read up on the vegan options at these high street favourites to make ordering your dinner a breeze next time you eat out.

Pizza Express

Pizza Express

Enjoying pizza doesn’t have to be exclusively for cheese lovers. And Pizza Express is a great place to grab a slice of Italy – and no, not because of the constant voucher codes; it’s a great place to dine as a vegan.

All their bases vegan friendly (many are made with milk) alongside their tomato sauce, so you can order a veggie option without the cheese, like the Giardiniera,

But they also have a ready-to-order vegan option.

The Pianta pizza consists of spinach, chestnut mushrooms, pine kernels, and artichoke on a cheese-free, spicy tomato sauce base, drizzled with garlic oil – and it’s delicious.

If you’re a fan of vegan cheese, you’re also welcome to bring in your own and they’ll happily prepare your dish with that instead. Not bad, eh?



It’s hard to imagine that a chicken restaurant can cater so well for a vegan, but lo and behold, you can have a tasty, and hassle free, dish here.

If you order the Veggie Pitta with no mayonnaise, it’s completely vegan.

The veggie is a spicy soya and tomato burger seasoned with spring onion, green chilli and cayenne pepper. It makes a nice change from your average bean or mushroom burger.

Fancy something lighter? Try the Quinoa or Mediterranean salad without the feta cheese.



Yes, you can go out for Japanese and avoid fish at all costs. Try Wagamama, as they have some delicious ready-to-order vegan options and simple substitutes.

Order the Itame Yasai – rice noodles in a spicy green coconut and lemon grass soup with tofu and a mix of veg. Yum!

Other options include the Yasai Pad-Thai or Yasai Chan Han Donburi without the egg to make them vegan, or swap any egg noodle dishes for rice noodles.

They have an extensive allergens menu, so just ask your waiter upon arrival. Also, make it known you need your order to be vegan friendly if you’re making swaps, as some recipes will contain fish sauce.

To start, try the Yasai Gyoza – yummy steamed vegetable dumplings.



If you’re tired of trying to make a meal out of mismatched sides orders, then Zizzi does have a few options for you – as long as you remember to order them without the non-vegan addition.

For pasta, order the Spaghetto Pomodor without the buffalo mozzarella, or the Pollo Funghi Strozzapreti without the roasted chicken, and behold a beautiful vegan pasta.

For pizza, order the Skinny Primavera without the goat’s cheese to make it suitable to your taste.

Fancy a dessert? They serve both lemon and strawberry sorbet.

Las Iguanas

Las Iguanas

Mix things up with Latin American food from a restaurant that lays out vegan options clearly – Las Iguanas.

Just ask for the veggie/vegan menu when you arrive, and it outlines both the tweaks to make to vegetarian options as well as the vegan meals.

One to try is the Quinoa Ensalada – ask for the vegan option for a satitfyingly filling meal of quinoa, black beans, sweet potato and sweetcorn in a tortilla wrap with lashings of salsa and guacamole – delightful!


Carluccio’s, Lincoln

Italian chain Carluccio’s also has a special menu especially for vegans printed, which makes life a little easier.

There’s delicious sides and starters to choose from such as bruschetta, and a simple but effective main.

The Spaghetto al Pomodoro e Basilico – spaghetti served with fresh tomato and basil sauce – fits the bill if you’re after a pasta fix.

Toby Carvery

Another surprising one, but this meat-haven actually has three vegan options on the carvery menu – hurrah!

First up is the Lentil Cottage Pie and next is the Butternut Squash Crumble.

New addition to the vegan offering is the Spiced Carrot & Chickpea Wellington – don’t be too overwhelmed by the options!

The potatoes are crisped in rapeseed oil, making them vegan friendly too.

Ghee (a type of clarified butter) is very common in traditional Indian cooking, so be sure to check that the restaurant you are visiting uses vegetable oil instead, vegetable oil is the more affordable option so it is becoming increasingly common in restaurants. Other things to look out for include yoghurt, found in creamy sauces and dips and naan breads, which often include dairy. Fear not though, you can fill up on lots of tasty additions like poppadoms, vegetable pakoras or vegetable samosas. Again, it’s always better to check that these are vegan-friendly rather than assuming, as restaurants will vary.


It can be slightly more difficult to order from an Italian restaurant when dining out. There will often be an array of creamy dishes or plates packed with cheese on the menu. However, businesses are becoming much better at catering for vegans, so you won’t have to forgo this flavour packed cuisine if you know where to look and what to look for.

Most dried pasta is suitable vegans by default, due to being made from durum wheat alone. You will need to be careful when it comes to fresh pasta though, as this is often made with eggs – ask your server or the chef to be sure. If you are in the mood for a steaming bowl of comforting pasta, look for tomato-based sauces like Arrabbiata, ask for it to be made with olive oil rather than butter and check that the sauce doesn’t include anchovies. Bulk up your dish with extra veggies like mushrooms and courgettes for a satisfying dinner.

We couldn’t talk about Italian food without mentioning the crowd-pleaser that is pizza! You may think pizza is synonymous with dairy-based cheese, but vegan cheese pizza is quickly becoming widely available, particularly in chain restaurants. Isn’t it great to live in a time where vegan pizza is so easy to find!


Don’t be fooled by its reputation for being cheese and sour cream heavy, Mexican cuisine can be a great option for vegans.

Most common Mexican dishes (think burritos, quesadillas and tacos) can easily be veganised. Just swap the meat and dairy products for flavoursome beans, vegetables and rice for a scrumptious and substantial meal. Make it as spicy as you can handle by adding some jalapenos!

If you’re looking for a starter, nachos can be a great option. Simply skip the cheese and sour cream and load them up with salsa and guacamole, just check that your guacamole is made the traditional way and that no dairy has been added.

Vegan Society Trademarked items in high street chains

In a pickle for a vegan lunchtime option? Pop into your nearest Caffè Nero and pick up their Sweet Potato Falafel & Houmous Wrap or Sundried Tomato & Pesto Tostati. If you fancy a sweet treat, give their Apple and Blackcurrant Crumble a whirl. Costa also offers a Fruity Crumble that is registered with our Vegan Trademark, as well as seasonal options like their Crimbo Crumble.

Visit Handmade Burger Company and choose from four vegan burger options like the Cajun Vegetable and Bean Burger or the Chickpea and Quinoa Burger as well as tempting sides like Peri Peri or Rosemary Salt Chips. If you’re not too full, you can even wash it all down with their deliciously thick and creamy vegan milkshakes!

JD Wetherspoons is well-known for being one of the most affordable pub chains around, but did you also know that they are quite pioneering when it comes to vegan-friendly options? Choose from Pasta Pomodoro, Sweet Potato, Chickpea & Spinach Curry or Vegan Chilli with Smokey Mexican Rice. They even have a vegan-friendly Apple Crumble on offer for after!

Wagamama has a wide-ranging selection of vegan meal choices, which make it a great option for an evening meal out. Begin your meal with tempting starters like their Wok Fried Greens or Yasai Gyoza or head straight to their mouthwatering mains like the Yasai Pad-Thai or the Yasai Samla Curry.

You can also check out HappyCow for local vegan and vegan-friendly cafes and restaurants in your area.

The Healthiest Vegetarian Options at 11 Fast-Food Chains

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Dining out when you’re a vegetarian is always tricky. Even though many restaurants are adding plant-based items to their menus, it’s easy to take one look at the options, give up, and say, “I’ll just have the fries.” But, not anymore.

We gathered information from some of the top fast food and fast casual restaurants to determine how their vegetarian options stacked up. We broke down some of the options and picked our favorite, so the next time you’re on the road you’ll have a game plan.

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Always be sure to consider your own dietary preferences. Some vegetarians avoid eggs, foods fried in the same space as meat products, seafood, and dairy. Always ask a manager for additional information. Our picks here are for vegetarians who include dairy and eggs in their diet. If cutting out meat isn’t necessary, be sure to consult our guide to the Healthiest Meal Choices at 35 Popular Chain Restaurants.

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Taco Bell

We’ve already mentioned that we’re big fans of Taco Bell’s vegetarian options. But, as per every Mexican-style fiesta, it can be pretty easy to go overboard here. The XXL Grilled Stuft Burrito without beef clocks in at 730 calories, 10g saturated fat, and 1620 mg of sodium. Yikes. In fact, many of the “healthy” choices from the Fresca menu are still pretty high is sodium.

What to order: Two Fresca soft tacos with black beans.

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Burger King

BK has a special place in our hearts as the original fast food chain with veggie burgers. They offer Morning Star Farms veggie burgers for only 350 calories, so as long as you skip the fries (and the 280 additional calories) you’ll be good to go.

What to order: The veggie burger. Want to slash sodium even more? Drop the pickles or mayo.

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There’s not a vegetarian main in sight here, but with a little creativity, you can come up with something. You can typically order any main salad without chicken, but nutritional information isn’t available for that option. The best combo we can find is the 270-calorie baked potato and 250 calorie garden side salad—a duo that doesn’t sound super appetizing.

What to order: The Apple Pecan Chicken Salad without the chicken. It’s hard to give the exact nutritional information on this one, but our dietitian liked it in our taste test.

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This is yet another fast food giant lacking vegetarian main options. You can usually swap out chicken in the salads for a meat-free meal, but they’re lower in protein so they won’t keep you full for very long.

What to order: Southwest Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Salad without chicken. This was a runner-up in our taste test, so snag a bag of apple slices or have an additional snack later to round out the meal.

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There are a handful of healthy lunch options at Starbucks. The vegetarian snack boxes range from 450 to 520 calories and 7 grams to 13 grams of saturated fat. It’s definitely not snack size, but they can be lunch appropriate. Your better bet is the tomato and mozzarella sandwich, which hits around 350 calories. You can also always make your own version of the bistro boxes.

What to order: A protein box or the tomato and mozzarella sandwich.

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Subway’s customization can be good and bad for your health. Though a 6-inch Veggie Delite sandwich is listed on the website as only 230 calories, they’re expecting you to pile a 9-grain roll with low-calorie veggies and skip the sauces and cheese. Be warned that the salt creeps up on you big time, especially if you add those extras, and there’s 900 mg of sodium in just the 6-inch sub.

What to order: 6-inch Veggie Delight on 9-grain wheat bread. Skip the sauces and cheeses, and order it with avocado.

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Dunkin Donuts

Though they’ve recently cut down their menu, Dunkin Donuts has options if you tread carefully. The egg and cheese on an English muffin is in a healthy nutritional range at 340 calories, and it’s really the only option that fits. Here’s where it gets dicey: If you swap the English muffin for a croissant, you’ll reach 500 calories and 13 grams of saturated fat. Also, the innocent-sounding everything bagel with cream cheese has 460 calories and 830 mg of sodium. No thanks.

What to order: Egg and cheese on an English muffin

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This restaurant’s claim to fame is “Eat More Chikin,” so it’s not exactly vegetarian-friendly. Ask for any of the salads without meat for a fairly nutritious meal, but keep in mind they’ll all come in below 350 calories.

What to order: We ranked the Chil-fil-A salad as our favorite in a taste test, so swap out the chicken and snag a fruit cup on the side to keep you full.

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Panera Bread

You would think a restaurant that’s all about clean eating would be at the top of our list, but it actually isn’t all that healthy. Before even considering the side of bread, many of the mains are super high in sodium. The two highest vegetarian options are the large mac n’ cheese at 2450 mg sodium and a bowl of the summer corn chowder hits 1310 mg sodium.

What to order: Use the You Pick Two option to your advantage by pairing a half Mediterranean Veggie sandwich with a salad. You can also check out our picks for the healthiest sandwich choices and healthiest soup choices.

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Ingredients like sour cream, cheese, and guacamole can really pack on saturated fat and calories, so choosing one of the three (or skipping them entirely) may be your best best. Be aware if considering sodium: The vegetarian sofritos pack an extra 560 mg on their own

What to order: Vegetarian burrito bowl with brown rice, black beans, fajita veggies, lettuce, and corn salsa. You can also see our tips for eating healthy at Chipotle.

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White Castle

Two veggie sliders with Thai sweet sauce come out to just 320 calories and 640 mg sodium. The honey mustard and ranch options bump that up significantly, so beware of your toppings. Also, White Castle recently announced the Impossible Burger to join the menu. Two of these sliders are a whopping 600 calories, 20 grams of saturated fat, and 1740 mg of sodium. So, we’ll pass.

What to order: Two veggie sliders

In a world where burgers are king and vegetarian offerings are slim, grabbing a meat-free meal at a fast food restaurant is touch-and-go to say the least. Granted, the fries are technically plant-based, but humans can’t exist on French fries alone — at least not healthfully. And while salads may be offered, vegetarian options might lack protein, which you need steadily throughout the day. Whether you’re a full-time vegetarian or just like to mix in some meatless meals, here are some grab-and-go options to fill you up on a hectic day.

How to find healthy vegetarian options:

  • Look for whole grains. Foods, like brown rice, quinoa, and whole grain bread, are much healthier than overly processed (another way of saying ‘white’) grains and French fries that are typical in fast food joints.
  • Be choosy about protein. Veggie burgers are convenient and ok in a pinch, but many contain ultra-processed forms of soy and over-the-top sodium levels. Better options include beans, whole forms of soy (such as tofu or edamame), and eggs (for lacto-ovo vegetarians).
  • Scope out the produce. Vegetarian doesn’t equal healthy. Case in point: French fries, white bread buns, and soda. Make sure your meat-free fast food meals are loaded with plants. Fruits and veggies supply the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants your body needs to thrive.
  • Find healthier fats. A slice or sprinkle of cheese can add flavor and staying power to meals (assuming you eat dairy), but healthier fats are found in avocados, olives, nuts and seeds.

Brown Rice Burrito Bowl or Salad Bowl

Chipotle is arguably one of the easiest spots to fill up on vegetarian fare. Bonus: Their beans — both black and pinto — are vegan. There are two great options here: a brown rice burrito bowl or a salad bowl. (The flour tortilla burrito shell is made with refined, white flour, which makes it a less healthful option.) Top your bowl with beans, salsa, fajita veggies, and guacamole, and you’ll get a meal that packs 15 grams of protein and around 18 grams of fiber. Don’t forget that you can customize your meal beyond the usual add-ins. For example, you can ask for a small scoop of brown rice atop a salad base instead of a full base of brown rice. This will lighten up your meal considerably, but still keep it satisfying. If you’re a dairy-eating vegetarian, you could also add a sprinkle of cheese.


Lentil Quinoa Broth Bowl with Cage Free Egg or Vegan Lentil Quinoa Broth Bowl

If you eat dairy and eggs, you’ll find a lot of vegetarian food at this top chain, but some of it is healthier than others. You won’t be surprised that the Baja Mac & Cheese isn’t the best choice: A large bowl has as much sodium as you need in a day, along with about a half to two-thirds of many people’s calorie needs. Instead, go for the Lentil Quinoa Broth Bowl with Cage Free Egg, which features several sources of gut-nourishing ingredients, including both lentils and quinoa, as well as miso-based broth. Vegans can go for the egg-free version. Like many restaurant meals, both still set you back in sodium, supplying about 40 percent of your daily limit, but it’s a better pick than the mac and cheese.

Lentils & Vegetable Protein Bowl with Brown Rice or Eggs & Cheese Protein Box

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Starbucks has a few protein-rich options for vegetarians looking to grab a meal to-go. The Lentils & Vegetable Protein Bowl with Brown Rice is a vegan option that has it all: 21 grams of fiber and 23 grams of protein, plus plenty of colors (from beets and butternut squash, to name a couple) and crunch (thanks to sunflower seeds, which supply the healthy fats). It’s feast for your eyes and belly, with plenty of health-promoting plant compounds to fuel your body well.

If you’re a plant-based eater who includes eggs and cheese, this boxed meal is another filling option. It’s not perfect — the bread is a mix of whole and refined grains, and it skimps out on veggies (though it contains some fruit) — but boiled eggs are a nutritious protein choice that help nourish your body and your mind.

Power Menu Bowl-Veggie

Though Taco Bell’s ingredients contain more additives than I’d like, you can get several vegetarian meals at this fast food joint. A top choice is this Power Bowl, which you can customize to make better. Skipping the seasoned rice will save you carbs, sodium, and calories — not to mention unnecessary refined grains. Instead, double up on the lettuce and add tomatoes and salsa. Meals, like salads, that take longer to chew promote feelings of fullness so you won’t miss the rice. And go for the guacamole over the sour cream and avocado ranch sauce. The difference here is in the type of fat each provides — monounsaturated in the former, saturated in the latter.

Veggie Delite

The six-inch sub on 9-grain wheat packs two servings of veggies, including cucumbers, green peppers, lettuce, spinach, and tomatoes. That’s something to celebrate! This meal is ultra-light, with just 210 calories, so I’d suggest adding some avocado to give it more staying power. If you eat cheese, you could also add a slice, which will take the protein up a bit. Use a drizzle of oil and vinegar if you want to punch up the flavor.

Au Bon Pain

Egg Whites, Cheddar & Avocado on Skinny Wheat Bagel and 12 Veggie Soup

This chain has a handful of picks for meat-free eaters. One good option is the Egg White, Cheddar & Avocado on Skinny Wheat Bagel from the All Day Breakfast Menu; it has 9 grams of fiber, 19 grams of protein, and a very reasonable 590 mg of sodium. But since it lacks sufficient produce, pair it with the 12 Veggie Soup. This pairing will drive up the sodium significantly, so grab a water with your meal.

Smoothie King

Vegan-Pineapple Spinach Smoothie and Mixed Nuts

Another chain with plenty of protein-rich vegetarian and vegan options, you have a wide selection at this smoothie shop. One top pick: The Vegan-Pineapple Spinach Smoothie. You’ll get important antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals from the spinach and carrots whirled with the pineapple and bananas, along with 11 grams of protein from the pea-protein-based protein powder. If you’re ordering off the menu, make sure to read the nutrition information, which is based on the smaller 20 oz. serving size. You can always customize your order, say, by skipping the juice or other add-ins or boosting the protein powder. To get more nutrition and crunch, pick up a package of mixed nuts by the register to enjoy with your smoothie.


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Ranked: Fast Food Options for Vegetarians

It’s easy to rag on fast food restaurants, but we have to give credit where credit’s due: they offer cheap, predictable food. And when you’re a vegetarian, predictable can be a good thing. I asked our contributors and other vegetarians I know for their fast food picks and combined them with my own to come up with this super-scientific (okay, totally not scientific) ranking. Although there are a lot of veg-friendly fast food options at smaller chains like Qdoba and Pei Wei, I only included larger chains that have restaurants in most areas.

Also, a note: some restaurants seem to be pretty evasive about whether or not their menu items are vegetarian or not. I’ve done the best I can to make sure anything recommended below is meatless, but I’ve erred on the side of caution when it comes to including items I’m not sure about. Remember, too, that with any restaurant, there’s the issue of shared equipment—if you’re a strict vegetarian and don’t feel comfortable with your food being cooked on a surface where meat has been cooked, make sure you ask about it before you order.

1. Taco Bell (Pictured Above)

Taco Bell! Who knew, right? Taco Bell has 13 menu items that are already vegetarian (see them all by going to ta.co, clicking on Food, then searching for the word “vegetarian”), but you can also customize other menu items to make those meatless too. The most expensive item on the menu is $2.69, so it’s great for those of us who are on a tight budget. While most fast food restaurants have one or two vegetarian entree options at best, Taco Bell stands out for sheer number alone. We also like that most of the vegetarian options include beans, so there’s some nutritional value involved too. If you’re vegan, ordering items “fresco style” will sub in pico de gallo for the cheese. Taco Bell gets props for being one of the restaurants that’s most transparent about their vegetarian menu options.

2. Pizza Hut

Pizza is always a good option for vegetarians because it’s easy to customize. You can create your own pizza without getting eye rolls and frustrated sighs while placing your order. If you order your pizza online, Pizza Hut lets you build it with their handy little Create Your Own Pizza app. It includes standard options like type of crust and vegetable toppings, but things get interesting when you click on the sauces. Honey Sriracha on my pizza? YES PLEASE. You can also get flavors on your crust, like Ranch and Toasted Cheddar. Options like this can perk up any veggie pizza.

Burger King gets points for having a veggie burger on its menu. Asking around, I found that people either love it or hate it—it’s made with a MorningStar Farms patty, so your feelings about those will probably determine your feelings about the Burger King veggie burger. (Personally, I’m not a fan, but I do appreciate that the option exists.) For breakfast, you have a few more options, like oatmeal, French toast, and the Egg & Cheese Croissan’wich. Although there’s conflicting information online, it seems that fries and other sides are vegetarian too.

4. Wendy’s

Confession: when I was pregnant, one of the foods I ate over and over again was the Wendy’s baked potato. Their fries are also vegetarian and they have a veggie sandwich option that’s not on the menu—it’s basically a burger without the patty. The Garden Side Salad is also made without meat—it’s a side salad, but combined with a baked potato, it could be a decent meal. Not terribly impressive, but here’s the good news: Wendy’s is testing a black bean burger in some markets and it’s supposed to be really tasty. Please make it available nationwide, Wendy’s!

5. McDonald’s

McDonald’s doesn’t have much for vegetarians. Their fries are not vegetarian, they don’t have veggie burgers—it’s not even slim pickings, it’s no pickings. They do mention on their website that items can be ordered without meat, so at least there’s that. For breakfast, the Fruit & Maple Oatmeal is vegetarian, but the Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfait, which you’d assume is vegetarian too, is made with gelatin.

Bonus! Favorite Fast Casual Restaurants

They aren’t exactly fast food and aren’t quite as ubiquitous as McDonald’s, but fast casual restaurants offer a lot more options for vegetarians, even if they come with a slightly steeper price (and longer wait). Here are some of our favorites.

1. Chipotle

Chipotle was always a favorite because of its build-your-own concept, but then they went and made us love them even more when they introduced Sofritas, spicy shredded tofu that can be added to your burritos and tacos. In fact, nearly everything Chipotle offers is vegetarian except the meat.

2. Noodles & Company

We love Noodles & Company because they mark every vegetarian item with a handy little V on their menu. Convenient! And looking at their menu, you’ll notice that nearly everything is vegetarian and even some of the non-vegetarian items can be easily made vegetarian if you ask (my favorite is the Chinese Chicken Chop Salad with tofu substituted for the chicken). Organic Tofu is offered as one of their protein options—it’s especially good in the Japanese Pan Noodles and Bangkok Curry.

3. Starbucks

I’ll never turn down the opportunity to get a Chai Tea Latte, but Starbucks has some decent vegetarian meal options too! Although she isn’t vegetarian, Julie from The Little Kitchen recommends their Roasted Tomato & Mozzarella Panini. For breakfast, yogurt parfaits, oatmeal, and Spinach & Feta Breakfast Wraps are vegetarian; for lunch and dinner, try the Egg Salad Sandwich, Edamame Hummus Wrap, or Hearty Veggie & Brown Rice Salad Bowl.

4. Panera

When I asked around for friends’ favorite vegetarian options from fast food restaurants, Panera came up more than any other restaurant. So why am I ranking it so low? Well, first they took away the Portobello and Mozzarella Panini which I ordered every single time I went there, then they discontinued Tomato & Mozzarella Panini this year. Why, why, why?! There’s a Tomato Mozzarella Flatbread in its place, but it’s a mess to eat and just not as good as the other options, in my humble opinion. I just wish Panera offered more vegetarian sandwiches! On a positive note, our social media guru Kate recommends their Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich and Kare from Kitchen Treaty notes that it can be ordered without feta if you’re vegan. Courtney from Know Your Produce likes the Garden Vegetable Soup. When I go to Panera, I usually order the Creamy Tomato Soup or the Soba Noodle Bowl with Edamame, which is delicious and different from a lot of other restaurants’ vegetarian options.

In an ideal vegan world, you would have your hemp seed-sprinkled avocado toast each morning and Mason jar salad packed for lunch on the regular. But LBR: Meal prep is a huge time suck. (And also just…sucks.)

But while other people can just order takeout or fast food and call it a day, that’s not the easiest option if you’re on a plant-based diet. It can be done, says Leslie P. Schilling, RDN, a registered dietitian and co-author of Born to Eat, if you follow these key steps:

Here are 15 fast-food and fast-casual restaurants that offer vegan options (some more exciting than others). Use ’em when you’re in a pinch and need something pronto. And if you’re skeptical about how they taste…let Jenna Dewan in the video above be your vegan fast-food guinea pig.

1. Wendy’s Plain Baked Potato


Wendy’s has a couple of salads that can be made vegan by ordering them without meat and cheese—like the berry burst chicken salad. But in an effort to keep things simple, you might want to just choose a plain baked potato that you can top with all of your favorite vegan toppings once you get home.

Per potato: 270 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated), 61 g carbs, 3 g sugar, 40 mg sodium, 7 g fiber, 7 g protein

2. Burger King French Toast Sticks

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While you can safely opt for the (yawn) garden side salad at this popular chain, you might want to skip it and hit the drive-thru for breakfast instead. While French toast is normally made with eggs and milk, the Burger King version is actually vegan!

Per 3-stick serving: 230 calories, 11 g fat (2 g saturated), 29 g carbs, 8 g sugar, 260 mg sodium, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein

3. Burger King Impossible Whopper

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If you’re in more of a savory mood than sweet, great news: Burger King now offers a vegan version of their classic Whopper burger. They first debuted their plant-based creation—made with an Impossible Burger patty—in 59 stores in St. Louis. And it was such a hit, they decided to roll it out nationwide to 7,000+ locations by the end of 2019. So keep an eye out for this delicious vegan burger in your local Burger King very soon. (Just be sure to opt for no mayo to make it truly vegan-friendly.)

4. Chipotle Sofritas

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Chipotle offers sofritas—an organic tofu braised with roasted peppers and spices—that works as a fab meat alternative for tacos, burritos, salads, or burrito bowls. Place an order for the Sofritas burrito bowl with brown rice, black beans, fresh tomato salsa, and romaine lettuce, and you won’t be disappointed.

5. Chick-fil-A Superfood Side Salad


Sure, you can grab a fruit salad or Waffle Potato Fries to keep things vegan when visiting Chick-fil-A. But it’s the superfood side salad’s broccoli, kale and roasted nut blend that will deliver the dose of healthy nutrients you’re seeking.

Per serving: 150 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated), 17 g carbs, 11 g sugar, 170 mg sodium, 3 g fiber, 4 g protein

6. McDonald’s Fruit & Maple Oatmeal


The Golden Arches are reportedly experimenting with vegan burgers, but until then you might want to plan on heading to the restaurant for breakfast (because the lunch choices leave something for vegans to desire). That means the fruit and maple oatmeal minus the cream will be your BFF.

Per serving: 290 calories, 2 g fat (0 g saturated), 61 g carbs, 32 g sugar, 130 mg sodium, 5 g fiber, 5 g protein

7. Subway Veggie Delite 6” on Italian Bread with Subway Vinaigrette

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It’s true that select locations carry two completely vegan subs (the Malibu Garden and Black Bean subs). But in the name of ease, you can opt for an old classic, the veggie delite, minus the usual cheese and mayo. Opt for the Subway Vinaigrette instead.

8. Denny’s Build-Your-Own Burger With Veggie Patty

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Even Denny’s is getting into the veggie-burger game. If you build your own using the veggie patty (which is an Amy’s Kitchen veggie burger patty), wheat bun, and all of your favorite veggies, you’ve got yourself one filling meal.

9. Taco Bell Black Beans and Rice

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While the cinnamon twists and chips and guacamole are certainly tempting (and vegan), the black beans and rice dish is the R.D.-preferred choice. Top with pico de gallo (add 5 calories), lettuce, and guacamole (add 35 calories), and you’ll have a solid vegan lunch to enjoy.

Per serving (without add-ons): 190 calories, 4 g fat (0 g saturated), 35 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 390 mg sodium, 6 g fiber, 5 g protein

10. White Castle Veggie Slider With Sweet Thai Sauce

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Had Harold and Kumar been vegans, they might have hit up White Castle for their veggie sliders, a popular menu item amongst the chain’s vegan customers. You can go with the plain version, but the veggie slider with Sweet Thai Sauce offers a yummy kick that you won’t want to pass up. Note: the chain also currently offers Impossible Burger sliders, but to ensure those are truly vegan, ask for them with no cheese.

Per veggie slider: 160 calories, 5 g fat (0 g saturated), 23 g carbs, 4 g sugar, 420 mg sodium, 3 g fiber, 6 g protein.

11. Carl’s Jr. “Veg It” Famous Star Burger (With Fried Zucchini)

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Carl’s Jr. is another meat-heavy fast-food chain, but their “secret menu” actually provides a vegan option. An easy hack: Order any burger and say “veg it,” and the meat patty will be removed. Then, stuff in a side of fried zucchini, and you have one helluva delicious burger. Just don’t forget to hold the cheese, mayo, and special sauce, too.

Per sandwich (estimated): 650 calories, 26 g fat (7 g saturated), 88 g carbs, 16 g sugar, 1490 mg sodium, 5 g fiber, 17 g protein

12. Carl’s Jr. Beyond Famous Star

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Alternatively, if you’re craving something that tastes more like an actual burger, Carl’s Jr. now offers a charbroiled Beyond Famous Star, which features a patty made of Beyond Meat. The burger is topped with pickles, lettuce, tomato, onions, and special sauce—so you can have satisfy that Famous Star craving, sans-meat.

Per burger: 700 calories, 39 g fat (0 g saturated), 61 g carbs, 12 g sugar, 1540 mg sodium, 5 g fiber, 30 g protein

13. Domino’s Pizza Thin Crust Pacific Veggie Pizza (No Cheese)


Pizza is tough if you’re vegan—there’s so much cheese involved! But if you order the pacific veggie pizza from Domino’s sans cheese on a thin crust, you’ll get lots of filling protein and fiber.

Per 1/8 of medium pizza*: 230 calories, 8 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 27 g carbs, 2 g sugar, 490 mg sodium, 2 g fiber, 10 g protein.

*For the vegetarian, hand-tossed crust. Nutritional data for the vegan option of this pizza was not readily available.

14. Panera Vegan Lentil Quinoa Broth Bowl


Sometimes vegan fast food options get a bad rap for being less filling than their meaty counterparts. But this vegan bowl from Panera is so hardy, even people with the biggest appetites will be satisfied. It includes a base of organic quinoa and brown rice, topped with lentils, tomato sofrito, kale, spinach, and a bit of lemon—all immersed in an umami soy-miso broth.

Per whole bowl: 270 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 890 g sodium, 43 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 22 g protein

15. Starbucks Sprouted Grain Bagel

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There aren’t too many vegan food options at Starbucks, but any of their bagels are a safe bet. This sprouted wheat bagel boasts some more nutrients than its plain and cinnamon raisin counterparts, thanks to sprouted wheat and rye, along with flaxseeds, oats, and sunflower seeds. Toast it, top with peanut butter, then pair it with an almond milk cold brew.

Per serving: 330 calories, 6 g fat (0.5 g saturated), 57 g carbs, 4 g sugar, 490 mg sodium, 7 g fiber, 12 g protein

16. Del Taco Beyond Avocado Taco

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Del Taco has an impressive number of vegan and vegetarian options on their menu, but the Beyond Avocado taco is a standout. It involves a crunchy taco shell, filled with seasoned Beyond Meat, lettuce, and tomatoes. Then the whole thing is topped off with avocado. Um, yum!

Per taco: 260 calories, 14 g fat (6 g saturated), 22 g carbs, 2 g sugar, 390 mg sodium, 4 g fiber, 12 g protein

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Take a bite of vegan fast food options at these Central Florida spots

ORLANDO, Fla. – Fast food can be an easy option if you are on the go or pressed for time. However, vegans and vegetarians have limited choices.

In 2019, fast-food chains are growing their vegan menus, aiming to be more inclusive to those with dietary preferences. Here are some locations and menu options here in Central Florida.

Del Taco

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This fast-food chain doesn’t just provide modifications but offers special vegan tacos. Their Beyond Avocado Taco is made from Beyond-meat and has slices of avocado instead of cheese. Their Beyond Tacos can be made vegan if ordered without cheese. Other vegan options include their Avocado Veggie Bowl, Hashbrown Sticks and fries.

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This sandwich spot has many options if you’re vegan or in the mood for a meatless lunch. They offer a Beyond Meatball Marinara sub, which can be ordered without cheese. Those craving a meatless alternative can also order a Veggie Delite and also ditch the cheese. Veggie patties are an option but not available at every location.

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Chipotle changed the bowl and burrito culture in 2014, by adding sofritas. Sofritas is drained shredded tofu with chipotle chili and chili peppers. Before this, the only vegan option was beans. Now, vegans and vegetarians can customize their bowl, burrito, taco or salads with this meatless option. If you’re not a fan of the sofritas, you can order the vegetarian option. The perk is there is no additional charge for guacamole.

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Burger King

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Whether you are craving meatless fast food for breakfast, lunch or dinner Burger King has options. The french toast sticks are vegan, and the new Impossible Whopper is good for lunch or dinner. Burger King’s Impossible Whopper is completely vegan when you opt-out of the mayo and cheese. Burger King’s garden salad without cheese and a dairy dressing is another good meatless option. Other choices include hashbrowns, french fries and even the apple pie.

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Taco Bell

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Craving meat-free tacos? Taco Bell has you covered. This fast-food chain offers a vegetarian menu and allows you to modify nearly all of the options by simply saying “fresco style,” which replaces cheese and dairy with pico de gallo. The vegetarian menu includes options like the Black Bean Crunchwrap, fresco style, the fresco style Black Bean Quesarito, 7-Layer Burrito without the cheese and sour cream, cheese-free Bean Burrito and even the cinnamon twists are vegan. A little bonus, the guac is also vegan-friendly.

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Surprisingly, a fast-food chain with the word chick in it does offer several meatless alternatives. Chick-fil-A’s hashbrowns, waffle fries, and sunflower bagel are all vegan friendly. Costumers have the option of ordering the spicy southwest salad, grilled market salad and the grilled chicken cool wrap all without chicken and cheese.

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Blaze Pizza

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Pizza can be for vegans and vegetarians too. This pizza chain has its famed Life Mode pizza which is a vegetarian and vegan style pizza with vegan cheese and spicy vegan chorizo.

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Panera Bread

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This fast-food chain does offer vegan and meatless alternatives, but there aren’t any meat substitutions. You can order a variety of salads without cheese or chicken. However, Panera’s Seasonal Greens salad does have vegan customization like quinoa. Customers can also choose from the Ten Vegetable Soup, Mediterranean Veggie without feta or the Soba Noodle Broth Bowl with edamame blend.

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Craving some coffee, but you don’t want to drink it black? Dunkin’ Donuts offers almond milk and other milk substitutions. As for food, the bagels, English muffins, hash browns and oatmeal are all vegan, but now you can order the Beyond Sausage Breakfast Sandwich without the egg and cheese.

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Although fast-food restaurants are aiming to be more accommodating, not all physicians believe vegan and vegetarian fast food alternatives are necessarily healthier. Michelle Parlo, a physician assistant and clinic director at the U.S. Stem Cell Clinic, said these vegan options still contain chemicals and additives.

“They are no healthier than the chicken or the burgers that are offered in fast food restaurants now,” Parlo said. “But people aren’t going to fast food for healthy options, they are going for cheap and easy quick. If you want healthy fast-food, you could go into a grocery store.”

Although Parlo believes vegan burgers aren’t the healthiest, she still acknowledges it does provide more options.

“I think you should have options,” she said. “I think the con is it’s being sold as healthy.”

Remember, vegan and vegetarian options can be for everyone, but not everyone may like them. Give us your opinion in our poll below.

Forget food storage boxes with leftover nut roast and bean curries, the quarter of a million Britons set to ditch animal products for Veganuary this month are unlikely to be stuck for on-the-go options.

On the first working day of 2020 several food retailers started selling new meat-free options, including KFC, which launched its first vegan burger nationwide. Greggs, the UK’s largest bakery chain, also launched a meat-free version of its popular steakbake following the exceptional success of its meatless sausage roll last year.

McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Subway and Costa similarly unveiled new meat-substitute items on their menus, while supermarkets including Aldi and M&S ramped up their takeaway vegan efforts with everything from fishless “Tuno” sandwiches to fake smoked chicken wraps.

Among the consumers eager to sample some of the latest meat-free fast offerings on Thursday lunchtime were Liadhan O’Ryan, 28, and James Chambers, 29, who had headed to the Deansgate branch of KFC in Manchester specifically to grab a couple of its new quorn-fillet burgers.

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Chambers, a musician and lecturer who has been vegetarian for five years, admitted the £3.99 burger, with an original-recipe KFC coating and vegan mayo, was unlikely to fool diehard meat-eaters. “You can tell it’s vegetarian, but it is nice,” he said.

O’Ryan, a postgraduate student who was raised vegetarian, was more conflicted. “You’re still supporting that’s making money from killing animals,” she said. But she added that cheap meat-free options at fast-food outlets made veganism more accessible.

“Sustainability, veganism and that sort of thing is often seen as quite a middle-class problem, and that’s something I’m aware of,” said O’Ryan.

Charlotte Luff, 26, who was picking up her first Veganuary lunch after popping out from the travel agents where she works around the corner, agreed with O’Ryan. “A lot of people are under the impression that vegan options are expensive in general, so that’s why stuff like KFC and Greggs options are so popular,” she said.

Other diners were unsure about the burger’s taste. “It’s reasonably harmless, but the flavouring’s not as prominent as the chicken would be,” said Alex White, 49, as he tucked in.

After his 15-year-old son decided to become vegetarian as a new year resolution because of the climate crisis, White’s family had decided to reduce their overall meat intake.

Although the manager at the store said the new addition was “flying”, White doubted he’d be back for more – “I’d prefer a bean burger like the one at McDonald’s,” he said.

A few doors down on Deansgate, customers at Greggs seemed to be more sold on the new £1.55 vegan steakbake – with the store’s batch of 48 all snapped up shortly after 1pm.

Laura Cobham, a 20-year-old fashion student at the University of Salford, was delighted with the latest offering, having turned vegan four years ago for both ethical and dietary reasons.

“I went to three Greggs stores when the vegan sausage roll came out just to get one – they were so good, this is good too,” she said between mouthfuls of the bake, made from quorn, onions and meat-free gravy. “Two years ago, it was difficult to find places to eat, but now there’s so many cheap options.”

Her boyfriend, Joe Swain, 21, a graphic design student also studying at Salford, eats meat but gave the steakbake the thumbs up. “I’d definitely buy that one over the meat one,” he said.

Seated nearby, Sarah Taylor and Peter Milne, both 63, were eating tried-and-tested beef steakbakes, having ordered out of habit. “I’ve just been looking at the vegan ones though, and they do look lovely,” said Taylor.

According to a recent study from the supermarket chain Waitrose, one in eight Britons are now vegetarian or vegan, with food choices assuming an increasingly important role in countering the climate crisis. But not everyone snapping up the pastry snacks was making a concerted effort to switch to a completely meat-free diet.

Customer Anthony Dent says ‘I’ve been influenced by the younger generation to eat less meat.’ Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian

Anthony Dent, 51, eating at the nearby store on King Street, is one of the UK’s estimated 22 million “flexitarians”, who enjoy meat but want to reduce their intake.

His first taste of the vegan steakbake had in fact been influenced by his daughters Olivia, 13, and Heather, 10, who is vegetarian. “They do taste nice, but I eat meat. I’m just being influenced by the younger generation to eat less,” he said.

Rachel said she had to cut down on Greggs’ previous vegan offering, the sausage roll Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian

Tearing into a bake on her way to the office, fellow flexitarian and civil servant Rachel, 31, said she would be trying to exercise more self-control when it came to vegan fast food this year.

“When the vegan sausage rolls came out I had one for breakfast every day for about two months and had to stop because I was getting a bit fat. I could definitely have this for breakfast though,” she said.

Yes, Vegan Options Exist at Your Favorite Fast-Food Chains

If you’re new to vegan eating, finding things to eat when you’re on the road or short on time can sometimes be overwhelming. While far from the healthiest choice, fast food is sometimes your only option.

Luckily, several popular chains have vegan offerings that are perfect when you’re in a pinch. In honor of National Fast Food Day, here are some of our favorite vegan options you can get at a fast-food restaurant near you:

Burger King

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Burger King is perfect for breakfast! Try the French toast sticks and hash browns, or the Quaker maple and brown sugar oatmeal (just ask them to make it with water).

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Try the seven-layer burrito (sans cheese and sour cream), a spicy-potato soft taco fresco-style, or the black beans and rice. BONUS: The cinnamon twists are 100 percent plant-based!

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White Castle offers a vegan veggie slider chock-full of veggies like zucchini, carrots, and broccoli! Grab a few and choose from the sweet Thai sauce or horseradish mustard.

Dunkin’ Donuts

Get a fresh-baked bagel, toasted English muffin, or oatmeal for a quick breakfast with your almond milk latte. Craving something savory? Grab some hash browns!


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Make a veggie sub piled sky-high with all the veggies and topped with spicy mustard dressing. And don’t forget to add some avocado! BONUS: The minestrone soup is vegan!

Wendy’s does not have the most exciting vegan options, but if you’re in a jam, you can order the garden side salad with Italian dressing and a plain baked potato or french fries.

El Pollo Loco

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Order the BRC burrito sans cheese, with a side of broccoli or corn on the cob! And don’t forget the chips and guacamole if you’re looking for a salty snack.

Kentucky Fried Chicken

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Many of the sides at KFC are totally plant-based, including the BBQ baked beans, corn on the cob, green beans, and potato wedges.

*Since menu items may vary by location, be sure to let your server know that you’re vegan to ensure no animal products are used!

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Vegan fast food: The best plant-based dishes in McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut and more

It’s no secret that “vegan” doesn’t always have to mean “healthy”.

While once plant-based diets were synonymous with wellness and detoxing, they can be just as gloriously calorific and indulgent as any other — especially when it comes to fast food.

From artisan restaurants to quirky street food vendors, London is full of fantastic meat and dairy-free junk food options — but if you’re out with friends, in a rush, or looking for somewhere to go in the early hours of the morning, these aren’t always an option.

That’s where fast food chains comes in. While the likes of KFC and Burger King are hardly blessed with vegan options, places like McDonald’s and Pizza Hut have have upped their game over recent years, offering a bigger range of plant-based dishes than might be expected.

They won’t always be your first choice, but these are the best ways to go vegan in the UK’s biggest fast food chains — don’t forget to read our guide to fast food menu hacks, too.


McDonald’s vegan nuggets have launched

McDonald’s has been teasing British diners by launching all new vegan dishes in Europe — the McVegan burger is currently only available in Sweden and Finland, while the new vegan McNuggets arrived earlier this year, exclusive to Norway. Thankfully, there are still a number of vegan options to enjoy in the UK, including the french fries, which are cooked in vegetable oil. While some chains in north America add “natural beef flavouring” to their fries, that’s not the case over here.

Shaker Side salads, fruit bags and carrot sticks are vegan – just as you’d expect – while McDonald’s hash browns are also entirely free of meat and dairy products. Those looking for breakfast can go for the Oatso simple porridge, though be sure to ask for it to be made with water rather than milk.

There are also a few dishes that might be considered borderline vegan – super-strict vegans may wish to steer clear of them, but for many, they should be absolutely fine. Take the apple pie: none of the ingredients come from animals, but the small print on the menu advises that it may contain traces of milk. Bizarrely, because of the oil filtration system McDonald’s use, there’s also a chance some pies come into contact with the oil used to cook the chicken and fish dishes.

Elsewhere, the vegetable deluxe burger — one of the best meat-free burgers on the high street, with two bean goujons — can be made vegan by asking staff to hold the mayonnaise. Bear in mind that the buns are toasted in the same appliances used for brioche buns, so there’s a tiny risk of cross-contamination — brioche is made with eggs, after all.

In January, McDonald’s kept veggies happy with their new Happy Meal. The new red pesto goujon tortilla wrap features vegan ingredients, but, like the veggie burgers, the tortilla is cooked in the same toaster used for non-vegan burger buns.

Still some work to do: Burger King is falling behind its rivals when it comes to vegan eating (AFP/Getty Images)

Burger King boasts fewer choices for vegan diners than McDonald’s.

The fries and shaker fries are both suitable, as they’re cooked in vegetable oil separately from other dishes. The chain’s apple pie sticks, though, are cooked in a similar way to the McDonald’s variety, meaning that there’s a risk of cross contamination with oil used to prepare chicken and fish dishes.

The veggie bean burger can also be ordered without mayo and cheese, but the buns used may contain traces of milk products.

The best vegan pizzas in London

5 show all Pizza Express has been a go-to choice on the high street for decades, and its made great steps to accommodate vegan diners recently. The chain introduced the delicious Vegan Puttanesca for Veganuary, made with jackfruit and a mozzarella alternative. It proved so popular the chain decided to add it to the menu permanently. The Leggera Penne Peperonata and Vegan Giardiniera are solid choices, while vegan options are also available on the padana, ,argherita and veneziana pizza too. It’s impressive stuff from one of the most dependable major chains out there. Various locations

2/5 ICCO Pizza

Where other vegan dishes on London pizzeria menus can feel a little tokenistic, or perfunctory, ICCO’s Vegan Veggie pizza is anything but an afterthought. The dish features caramelised onions, roasted aubergines, courgettes and peppers, vegan cheese and tomato sauce, coming in at a reasonable £7.20. Failing that, vegan diners can simply go for the mariana, which is dependably good too. It’s one of the best places for vegans to check out in Fitzrovia. 46 Goodge Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 4LU

3/5 Pizza Hut

Thankfully, Pizza Hut’s vegan offering is very good. While the chain has offered vegan cheese since 2017, Pizza Hut introduced a new fully vegan, three-course menu this year. There’s a choice of Vegan Hot ‘N’ Spicy Veg, Vegan Veggie and Vegan Margherita, as well as Vegan BBQ Jack ‘N’ Cheese and Vegan Virtuous Veg Flatbread Pizza. The vegan Violife cheese alternative used here is made with coconut, but tastes like cheddar, and does a good job in replicating the stringy texture of the real thing. The chain sold over 25,000 vegan pizzas in January alone, showing just vegans love their ‘za just as much as everyone else. Various locations Pizza Hut

4/5 50 Kalò di Ciro Salvo

When the humble mariana — simply made with dough, tomato, garlic and oregano — is as good as it is at 50 Kalò, it makes you wonder why anyone would bother with vegan cheese alternatives at all. The Trafalgar Square restaurant is the only London branch run by Ciro Salvo, whose 50 Kaló pizzeria in Naples is one of the six pizzerias to have been included in Italy’s Michelin Guide. The mariana is simple, but ludicrously good — the Standard called it London’s best pizza in our review last year, and we’ve yet to be persuaded otherwise. 7 Northumberland Ave, Westminster, WC2N 5BY Luciano Furia

5/5 Yard Sale

Pizza lovers in east and north London have been hitting up Yard Sale for years. The Leytonstone, Walthamstow and Clapton branches are all top-notch, while the shop in Finsbury Park is up there with Pizza Pappagone as the best pizzeria in the area. As well as serving up excellent, affordable ‘za, the mini-chain is hot on their vegan initiatives, having teamed up with the Vurger Co for an one-off auberizza pizza back in Veganuary. Sadly, it’s not still available, but vegan dough is available at all four branches, while vegan cheese can be swapped in on any pizza, making it a flexible option. Vegan special The Potater, made with roasted potato, shallots and cherry tomatoes, as well as spicy vegan Holy F*ck mayo is well worth seeking out too. Various locations Pizza lovers in east and north London have been hitting up Yard Sale for years. The Leytonstone, Walthamstow and Clapton branches are all top-notch, while the shop in Finsbury Park is up there with Pizza Pappagone as the best pizzeria in the area. As well as serving up excellent, affordable ‘za, the mini-chain is hot on their vegan initiatives, having teamed up with the Vurger Co for an one-off auberizza pizza back in Veganuary. Sadly, it’s not still available, but vegan dough is available at all four branches, while vegan cheese can be swapped in on any pizza, making it a flexible option. Vegan special The Potater, made with roasted potato, shallots and cherry tomatoes, as well as spicy vegan Holy F*ck mayo is well worth seeking out too. Various locations

Vegan pizza is no new thing — plenty of places have put in on their menus in recent years, with fantastic plant-based takes found all over the city.

Still, Pizza Hut’s decision to introduce a new vegan menu earlier this year felt like a major moment for the high street.

While Dominos trialled a plant-based pizza for Veganuary before withdrawing it, Pizza Hut decided to add it to the menu on a permanent basis — and we’re glad it did.

The vegan hot ‘n’ spicy veg, vegan veggie and vegan margherita, as well as vegan bbq jack ‘n’ cheese and vegan virtuous veg flatbread pizza are all new to the menu, and all worth seeking out.

The meat and dairy alternatives see traditional mozzarella replaced with Violife cheese, made with coconut, while jackfruit is used to replicate meat-life textures.

The new menu is proving popular too — the chain sold more than 25,000 vegan pizzas in January.


Eyes on the fries: Chips are one of the few vegan options on the KFC menu (KFC)

There were interesting reports of KFC introducing vegetarian options in the UK last year, but permanent dishes have yet to materialise. There is, however, a new ‘veggie chicken’ burger newly available in Canada, should vegans fancy making the trip to North America.

Over here, meanwhile, KFC fries are suitable for vegans, much like at McDonald’s and Burger King. The green beans and corn on the cob are both also fine, when ordered without butter. Finally, the house salad, made with golden Italian light dressing, also gets a pass. That, however, is as far as plant-based dining goes at the chain. Vegans aren’t exactly high on the list of the Colonel’s priorities, it seems.

Nothing sub standard: The veggie delite sub at Subway (Ceasar Oleksy/Pexels)

The hearty Italian, Italian and nine-grain wheat bread varieties at Subway are all vegan, so diners on a plant-based diet have a large scope when it comes to eating at the chain.

The veggie delite sub is a favourite among vegans — it’s a way for diners to load up on as many veg options as they like, including red onions, jalapenos, black olives, cucumbers, green bell peppers, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, banana peppers and pickles.

The chain’s yellow mustard, brown mustard, BBQ sauce, tomato sauce, hot chilli sauce, sweet chilli sauce and HP sauce are all vegan too.

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom Guide

Capstan is located to the south of Goldpaw and is actually a vassal of the city, so things should hopefully go smooth in procuring a boat to reach Hydropolis. You’ll begin in Evermore and if you’ve done all other sidequests in the previous chapter, then there should only be two available when you head out into the town. Both of these are skirmishes, high level ones to be exact, so you might want to put them off for now. However, there is a little trick you can use to help bolster your forces some. You can start the skirmish and try to defeat a few units to level up your own, then abandon it. While you’ll see a game over screen, your units will still retain their experience from the previous encounter, so your army will get a nice boost in levels. Using the above trick, you should have no trouble completing both skirmishes from the sidequests, should you wish.

– 031 Bandits at the Border
– 034 Going at it with Goldpaw

There are plenty of other sidequests available in the world, so let’s take a trip. First, visit Auntie Martha’s Cottage and go inside, where you’ll find a young girl by the name of Alice, who happens to have a sidequest. She thinks you’re a stranger and in order to convince her you’re not, she asks you what Martha’s favorite food is. Teleport to Evermore and speak with Auntie Martha in the town to learn it’s Country Corn Soup. In order to make this, Floyd’s cooking level needs to be level 2, so make some other dishes if it’s not. Once you have it at level 2, make Country Corn Soup (1 Loonycorn and 2 Fresh Milk) and show it to Alice back at the cottage to finish the sidequest. Note that you should have Loonycorn from finishing Sidequest 020.

Objective Reward
Convinced Alice you’re not a stranger 810 Exp, 620G, Angel’s Tear (x2), Alice as Citizen

Recruiting Alice will make two new sidequests appear in Evermore, one from Alice and another from Martha, who are both by the Higglery (or should be, since they will likely be stationed there). Also, Alice should be citizen number 25, which means you will be able to level up your kingdom. This costs a total of 5000KG and will not only open up a bunch of new facilities to build, but it will allow you to upgrade some of your existing buildings. You will also be able to expand your coffers, meaning they can hold more KG before they will be full. In fact, you can expand your coffers to level 4, although that requires a lot of influence and KG.

– 032 Baby Higgledy’s Big Adventure
– 033 Higgledy Hide-and-Seek

Miss Henny’s Misfortune

Head on over to Goldpaw next to find more sidequests, with there being a total of six here. You’re going to be concentrating on 024 Miss Henny’s Misfortune for right now, as it leads to another sidequest in Evermore, plus you’ll be visiting the Forest of Niall, where you can pick up yet another. So, Evan’s old tutor, Miss Henny seems to be in trouble, as she went to a place where wolves are on the prowl. Teleport to Greenling Grove in the Forest of Niall and first speak to the Brusque Greenling right outside of the Sunnypatch Pond entrance to pick up a sidequest.

Directly east of there will be a dead end on your map, which is where you’ll find Miss Henny. She’ll be surrounded by some whamsters and hedgehounds, and as you approach, you will have to fight them off. They are all around level 27, so they shouldn’t be too much trouble. When they’ve been defeated, Henny will be safe and will actually head to your kingdom, finishing the quest. Travel back to Evermore to find Henny is there, with another sidequest. This one is a bit more involved and you likely won’t be able to finish it at this point, but it’s always nice to have.

Objective Reward
Found and rescued Miss Henny 1230 Exp, 460G, Dark Hag’s Finger, Henny as Citizen


You’ve already picked up Muuurielll! from the Greenling in the Forest of Niall, which will direct you to some place called the Jumblewoods. If you’ve been following the walkthrough, then you’ve already been here and there was even a trip door. If not, then it is a mini-dungeon located southwest of the Heartlands. As soon as you enter, Muriel will be right there, but she won’t leave until she finds her llapaca. Depending on your levels, the enemies here are blue in color, meaning they won’t bother you unless you run into them, so you can safely ignore them all. Paco will be in the first big area to the southeast, in the southwest corner. As soon as you find it, you’ll automatically return to Muriel and the quest will be over.

Objective Reward
Found Muriel and her llapaca 1110 Exp, 400G, Greenglade Cotton (x5), Muriel as Citizen

Return to Evermore to find Muriel there, with another sidequest for you. This time, she wants five fine-grained lumber. You won’t be able to get this from sparkles yet, but if you level either the Branching or Spreading Lumberyard to two, then it is possible to get the fine-grained lumber from those (after you assigned people to them). If you feel like waiting for a chance at those, go ahead, but this guide will be moving on right now.

Exit Evermore and go onto the world map, where you’ll want to head west and across the bridge just to the northwest. There will be a Tainted Monster just across the bridge; its name is Clangston and is a level 23 whamster. This monster is very simple to fight, as it seems to only charge straight at you rarely, typically after raising its shield. After defeating it, head northeast to find Spineshiver Grover. Enter it to find another sidequest waiting for you, from a grimalkin named Moggie May. Feel free to do it if you want, but the story will be continued after a brief spiel about building up your kingdom.

– 022 Long Mein, Ardent Guardsman
– 023 Hau Ling’s Fall from Grace
– 024 Miss Henny’s Misfortune
– 025 Alice, AKA Mini Martha!
– 026 Muuurielll!
– 027 The Hard-Nosed Huntress
– 028 Tales of Derring-Do
– 029 High-Speed Hot Streaks!
– 030 The Seeds of Righteousness
– 035 Fun with Fungi
– 036 Against the Grain

Building Up Your Kingdom

With your kingdom at level 2, you have a lot of choices in regards to facilities and research. You can upgrade the Outfitters and Weapon Workshop facilities, which allow you to research more powerful equipment options. One thing you should concentrate on is leveling Evermore Spellworks to three, which unlocks a very important non-battle spell, Spring Lock (Spirit Medium will also help later on). This lets you open up those blue chests you’ve been seeing across the world, and it really shouldn’t take too long to get to the point where that research unlocks.

Other than that, you probably want to upgrade the Explorer’s Guild, as there is another Store More Stuff research, upping the stores to 150 items. This will come in handy, as there are plenty of new resource gathering facilities, two more for each type. You might want to level up and restrict your citizens to these new resource facilities, due to the new items from them. One facility that the level 2 kingdom does allow you to build is the Basic Training Ground, which helps improve the amount of experience you earn overall, across four different types (normal battles, skirmishes, citizens and reserve). Aranella Square allows you to make the Institute of Innovation, which lets you research some upgrades that help with kingdom mode. Lastly, the Dimensional Lab will help later on in the game, once you start doing the Dreamer’s Mazes.

Author’s Note: The guide will continue on as if you unlocked Spring Lock, meaning the contents of the blue chests will be written.

Favorite Foods

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      • Chiles Rellenos
      • Sangria
      • Fresh Srawberry Jam
      • Peach Margaritas
      • Cinnamon Oatmeal Pancakes
      • Granola
      • Ginger Sparkler
      • Superfood Smoothie
      • Whisky Sours
      • Eggnog
      • Almond Crusted Cinnamon-Raisin Toast
      • Sour Cream Banana Bread
      • Cinnamon Rolls
      • Morning Parfait
      • Almond Iced Tea
      • Strawberry Lemonade (Kim Essenberg)
      • Whole Wheat Bread (Auntie Martha)
      • Auntie Linda’s Pizza Crust
      • French Toast Bake
      • Chocolate Pudding
      • Pumpkin Rice Pudding
      • Lemon Cupcakes
      • Rhubarb Shortcake
      • Glazed Lemon Cookies
      • Berry Cobbler (Julie Adrionopoli)
      • Chocolate Pistachio Torte
      • Aunt Jacquie’s Aunt Mildred’s Pumpkin Pie
      • Apple Danish
      • White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
      • Peach Cobbler
      • Frozen Mocha Cheesecake (Mama)
      • Gingersnaps
      • “Secret” Chocolate Chip Cookies (Ruth Hekman)
      • Christmas in a Bowl (Melissa Coleman)
      • Vanilla Tart with Nutmeg Crust
      • Vanilla Sparkling Wine Pound Cake
      • Fruit Pizza (Aunt Mary)
      • Carrot Cake
      • Almond Roca (Aunt Mary)
      • Sour Cream Coffee Cake
      • Kringle (Auntie Martha)
      • Hot Crossed Buns
      • Banana Apricot Bread
      • Frozen Strawberry Salad (Grandmama)
      • Almond Butter Cookies (Auntie Linda)
      • Streusel Coffee Cake (Auntie Martha)
      • Tea cakes
      • Frozen Mint Pie
      • Earthquake Cake (Jack Smith)
      • Coconut Cake (Auntie Martha)
      • Amaretto Bread Pudding
      • Strawberry Pie (Michele Postema)
      • Spinach Casserole
      • Sweet Potato Souffle (Kaye Aoki)
      • Israeli Couscous (Julie Adrianopoli)
      • Zucchini and Yellow Squash Gratin
      • Corn Pudding (Grandmama)
      • Harvest Potato Bake
      • Orzo Stuffed Peppers
      • Baked Onion Rings
      • Balsamic Pearl Onions
      • Warm Green Bean and Potato Salad
      • Egg Casserole (Linda Rudd)
      • Borcht
      • Baked Oatmeal
      • BBQ Chicken (Joan Johnston)
      • Chicken Cordon Bleu
      • Tortilla Black Bean Pie
      • Shrimp with Green Curry Sauce
      • Moroccan Chicken and Couscous
      • Yummy Pasta (Lis Johnston)
      • Creamy Pesto Pasta
      • Chicken and Herbs (slow cooker)
      • Salmon Marinade
      • Salmon Alfredo
      • Gerson’s Meatloaf
      • Liberian Pumpkin
      • Spaghetti Bolognese
      • Swedish Meatballs
      • Indian Stew
      • Orange Chicken (Mama)
      • Espresso-Rubbed Steak with Chili Pesto
      • Erika’s Chicken Chili
      • Shrimp and Peppery Citrus
      • Cashew Chicken
      • Sour Cream Chicken (Mama)
      • Albondigas
      • Butter Chicken Curry ***** (Gina Abraham)
      • Yogurt Sauce (goes well with spicy chicken)
      • Spicy Roast Chicken (Gina Abraham)
      • Dutch Babies
      • Au Gratin Potatoes
      • Spinach Salad
      • Broccoli Salad
      • Raspberry Vinegarette
      • Thai Beef Salad
      • Potato Salad (Grandmama)
      • Carrot/Craisin Salad
      • Chicken Salad with Fruit
      • Curry Chicken Salad

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