/ Friday, April 12th, 2013

Fast Food in America is pretty heavy on the meat and dairy, so what is there to do for a vegan diet? There is actually a surprising amount of food you can find at popular fast food chains and sometimes those are your only options when you are on the road traveling to WDW. As of recently (and hopefully these things don’t change any time soon), some of those choices include:

Chipotle:

  • tacos (soft or hard shell)
  • burrito
  • burrito bowl
  • salads
  • Get EVERYTHING on any of these options at Chipotle except the meat, cheese, sour cream, and pinto beans and you are all set!

Burger King:

  • Oatmeal: original and maple- get with water instead of milk
  • Whopper buns (sesame seed buns), tortillas- make a veggie sandwich with lettuce, onion, pickles, ketchup and tomato or steak sauce. Not very exciting, but it helps in a pinch!
  • French fries
  • apple fries

McDonalds:

 

  • McDonaldland cookies
  • Side salad with with low fat vinaigrette or cilantro lime
  • Oatmeal without cream
  • Bagel (I’m not 100% sure on this one) and jam
  • English muffin and jam
  • Big Mac Bun, regular buns, tortillas, McRib Bun, Premium Bun – Make your own sandwich with lettuce, onion, fried onion, pickles, ketchup, BBQ sauce, McRib sauce etc!

Subway:

  • Light Wheat English Muffin (breakfast)
  • Baked Lays and Chips
  • Breads: Ciabatta, Hearty Italian, Roasted Garlic, Sourdough, wrap
  • All veggie toppings
  • Condiments: Brown and yellow Mustard, fat free sweet onion, red wine vinegar, oil

Taco Bell:

  • Chips and Salsa or Guacamole
  • Cinnamon twists
  • Burritos: bean, fresco bean, seven layer, veggie cantina- get them all without cheese and sour cream
  • Sauces: Hot, Green chili, green tomatillo, mild, pizza sauce, red sauce,
  • Taco Shells, Tostada Shells, Flour tortillas- get rice, beans, onions, jalapeños, lettuce, salsa, and tomatoes in any of these!
  • Salsas: fresca and citrus

D’angelos:

  • Chips
  • Salad with all the veggies and balsamic vinaigrette
  • Classic vegetable pocket with no cheese

Denny’s:

  • Oatmeal
  • English muffins
  • Bagels
  • Grits
  • Applesauce
  • Fresh fruit
  • Vegetable plates
  • Seasoned French fries
  • Baked potatoes with several vegetable toppings
  • Garden salads with light Italian or oil-and-vinegar dressing
  • Veggie sandwiches

Arby’s: 

  • Baked potato without butter and sour cream
  • Garden salad or side salad with Italian dressing
  • Apple or cherry turnover.

 

 

Cheeburger Cheeburger: 

  • Grilled portobello mushroom sandwich/wrap
  • Grilled porobello platter
  • Boca burger
  • Cheeburger salad, salad lovers salad, grilled portabella salad-with the vinaigrette or balsamic dressings

 

 

Johnny Rockets

  • Streamliner, a vegan Boca burger with grilled onions, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and mustard.
  • Salad with oil and vinegar
  • Bagel (breakfast)

 

At most restaurants, French fries are usually a safe choice, but if you are worried about cross-contamination with them being fried in the same oil as meatier products, just ask how each individual restaurant cooks them! Stay clear of McDonald’s fries though, they are seasoned with beef flavoring, whatever THAT is!

sources: http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/chain-restaurants.aspx

http://www.veganeatingout.com/

and thanks toJosh Taylor for his helpful suggestions!

Disclaimer: This blog post, and all past and future Fish Are Friends, Not Food blog posts, are written with my most recent knowledge of the food in WDW parks. Please note that things are constantly changing, so this information might not always be up to date. Also note that I do not take into consideration refined sugar, cross contamination, or impure food items. With that said, always ask a chef before ordering if you are unsure about something, because the recipe may have changed or you may have a different way of defining your vegan lifestyle. 

Angie has been a WDW addict since her first visit at age 8, and since then her life has never been the same! She lives in southeastern MA with her boyfriend, Kevin (fellow Disney lover), and their 3 dogs, Flip, Josie, and Hildy, where she is currently training to become a professional dog trainer.  Please join Angie every week in “Fish Are Friends, Not Food: Eating Vegan in WDW!” Angie believes that WDW is the most magical place for people with special diets, so, should you have any special diet questions (especially about vegan and gluten-free dining) she’d be happy to help! Angie is also an artist, and you can see her work at www.angiecarreiro.com!

 

5 Responses to "Fish Are Friends, Not Food: Traveling By Car to WDW, Vegan Fast Food"

  1. Terry Garvey says:

    Very helpful, thank you.
    Red Robbin has vegan Boca burgers and most of there buns are vegan as well.

  2. I didn’t even think of Red Robbin! Let me see if I can edit that in! Thank you so much!

  3. Glad I could help you out Angie. I love eating you know.

  4. We drive from Canada to WDW, and what we usually do is stop at a grocery store rather than a fast food place. Many of them now have salad bars with toppings such as chickpeas that will give us a healthy meal. Some will sell you cooked foods like falafel, french fries, or grilled vegetable sandwiches. We might also buy hummus and some multi-grain crackers, fruit, and easy snacking foods like cherry tomatoes,baby carrots, etc. It’s usually cheaper than eating in a restaurant, we all enjoy walking around and getting a chance to stretch our legs, too.

  5. such a great idea, Teresa! I will have to save that idea and the Red Robin one for my next edition of this blog post!!

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