Saturday, November 30, 2013

Cacik- Turkish Yogurt and Cucumber “Soup”

Cacik (Personal Photo)

I first encountered cacik in the small Turkish restaurants outside the base at Incirlik, Turkey.  It was very popular as a thick, creamy cucumber spread similar to Greek tzatziki.  It was made with thickest yogurt, “without the water”.  We slathered it on fresh, hot pita bread. 

Later I learned that most Turks make cacik more like a cold soup, with regular yogurt.  They dice the cucumbers very small, but I use a box grater. 

Cacik Ingredients

1 large pickling cucumber
3 cups yogurt
2-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried mint
½ tsp salt

1.  Grate cucumber on box grater.  Place on 6-8 layers of paper towel.  Press with another 4-6 layers of paper towel on top, to absorb most of the water. 

2.  Combine cucumber with yogurt, garlic, mint and salt. 

3.  Refrigerate 1 hour. 

Grated Cucumber draining on paper towel
Personal Photo

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Where Can I Get a Veggie Burger? Red Robin, Burger King, Hard Rock Cafe and More

Many restaurants feature burgers topped with fried egg

If you’re a former meat lover, or just trying to cut back on meat, there are some foods that you may find yourself missing.  What’s not to love about a great classic burger?  Can you really satisfy your craving with a meatless “burger”?  A lot of restaurants claim to have a great veggie burger that even meat eaters love.  Some of these restaurants are local establishments, but I have researched restaurant chains.  I have listed restaurants that offer vegetarian burgers, as well as famous chains that don’t.  Both lists are alphabetical. 

This information is subject to change.  If you have found a great vegetarian burger, please share in the comments below.  If you found a veggie burger at a restaurant that previously didn’t offer them, share that too. 

Burger King Veggie Burger
Personal Photo

Burger King offers a version of their Whopper made with a MorningStar Farms® Garden Veggie patty, with all the usual toppings- lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, pickles, mayo and ketchup on a sesame seed bun.  This is actually a pretty good sandwich, tasting very much like a BK classic burger. 

Carl’s Jr pitches Carl’s Jr- Veg It® sandwich, which is their Guacamole Six Dollar Burger®, served without the beef patty.  In addition to the guacamole, this sandwich features Pepper Jack cheese, as well as lettuce, tomatoes, and onion.  I reluctantly list this one.  How hard would it be to offer a vegetarian or vegan patty?! 

Cheesecake Factory boasts a veggie burger with a patty made of brown rice, faro, black beans, beets, and onion.  The patty is topped with Fontina cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and mayo on a toasted bun. 

Dave & Buster’s menu lists a “specially seasoned” char-grilled Gardenburger. 

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers features a vegetarian burger made with a black bean patty, and topped with cheese, Freddy’s sauce, onion, lettuce and tomato.  Other burger toppings and condiments on the menu include grilled onion, sauerkraut, relish, and Jalapenos. 

Fuddrucker’s menu lists a veggie burger.  Sorry, no details. 

Hardee’s pitches a Veg It ® sandwich, which is their Thickburger®, minus the hamburger patty.  I reluctantly list this one also.  They need to feature a veggie patty.  I suppose they’d be glad to serve up any of their toppings without the patty.  In addition to the “usual suspects”, they feature mushrooms, Swiss cheese, Buffalo blue cheese, and guacamole. 

Hard Rock Café boasts a veggie burger with their grilled Veggie Leggie patty, which they top with a grilled Portabello mushroom, zucchini, yellow squash and red pepper.  Burger is also topped with lettuce, tomatoes, grilled onions, and lemon mayo.  This one is definitely on my list to try. 

Houlihan’s offers a veggie mini burger on their appetizer menu.  It is a black bean and chickpea patty, topped with aged cheddar cheese and ranch greens. 

Johnny Rocket veggie burger

Johnny Rocket’s calls their veggie burger the Streamliner.  They use a soy Boca® Burger patty, and top it with grilled onions, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and mustard. 

Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon offers no details, but their menu states “vegetarian garden burger available on request”. 

Planet Hollywood features a grilled vegetarian patty Mushroom, Onion, & Swiss burger at some of their locations.  Other locations offer the Veggie Garden burger, which they describe as mushrooms, water chestnuts, peppers, and black olives “rolled into a patty”, with Swiss cheese. 

Rainforest Café  touts their Rainforest Natural Burger.  The patty is made of garbanzo beans, vegetables, sesame seeds and spices.  It is served with lettuce, tomatoes, and guacamole.  Who doesn’t like guacamole? 

Red Robin Bruschetta Veggie Burger
Personal Photo

Red Robin is my personal pick.  While many restaurants would probably put any of their available burger toppings on your veggie patty (assuming they have a veggie patty), Red Robin proudly offers to substitute a Gargenburger® vegetarian patty, or Boca® vegan patty on any sandwich on the menu.  Offerings vary by location, but there are about 10 to 12 burger selections that lend well to a vegetarian version.  

Additionally, they offer a build your own burger.  Choose your burger, then choose your bun, cheese, and toppings from a plethora of offerings.  Buns include onion roll, ciabatta, and jalapeño cornmeal Kaiser roll.  Cheeses include Cheddar, American, Swiss, Bleu, Provolone, and Pepper Jack.  Of course they have the usual toppers- mustard, mayo, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, and onion. 

Try one of their specialty sauces like Whiskey River BBQ sauce, A1 peppercorn sauce, Tabasco sauce, country Dijon sauce, pesto aioli, balsamic cream, salsa, and chipotle mayo.  They also have crazy good toppings like crispy fried onion straws, sautéed mushrooms, grilled pineapple, guacamole, fried egg, and fried jalapeno coins. 

Red Robin Bleu Ribbon Veggie Burger with bleu cheese 
and crispy onion straws

Smashburger features a Spicy Veggie Black Bean burger, which is topped with fresh jalapenos, Pepper Jack cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, onion, and chipotle mayo.  It is served on a spicy chipotle bun.  They did say “spicy”! 

TGI Friday’s advertises a Sedona Black Bean Burger, which is topped with Monterey Jack and cheddar, glazed balsamic onions, sliced avocado, and chipotle mayo.  This one goes on my list too. 

Tilted Kilt offers a black bean patty.  They offer a variety of cheeses:  American, Cheddar, Swiss, Bleu cheese, provolone, and pepper Jack.  Other burger toppings include fried shoestring onions, Guinness BBQ sauce, sautéed mushrooms and onions, jalapeno peppers, guacamole, and fried egg. 

No Vegetarian Burgers Listed at These Restaurants: 

Babe’s Burgers
Big Boy
Bob Evans
Roy Rogers
Ruby Tuesdays
Waffle House

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Vegetarian Food at Steakhouse Restaurants- Logan's, Longhorn, Outback & More

Most Steakhouses offer multiple selections of fresh vegetables

So your friends want to go to a steakhouse for dinner.  What the heck are you supposed to eat, if you’re hoping to eat vegetarian?!  Well prepare to be pleasantly surprised!  Most steakhouse chains now have an impressive selection of side dishes, vegetarian appetizer options, and a nice variety of salads.  You might say potatoes and salads constitute “the usual suspects”.  Many steak restaurants not only have fries, mashed potatoes, and baked potatoes, but now have baked sweet potatoes and sweet potato fries.  Also look for lots of fresh vegetables like green beans, steamed broccoli, and asparagus.  If all else fails, rationalize yourself a great dessert. 

Preview your vegetarian food options below for Logan’s Roadhouse, Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon, Longhorn Steakhouse, Outback Steakhouse, Salt Grass Steakhouse, Texas Land & Cattle, and Texas Roadhouse.  Please note that selections may vary by season and location. 

Logan’s Roadhouse

Logan’s is one of several restaurants that bring “parched” or dry roasted peanuts in the shell to your table at no charge, and invite you to throw the shells on the floor.  You can also expect fresh baked yeast rolls brought to your table. 

Mozzarella Cheese Sticks from Logan's Steakhouse (Personal Photo)

Roadhouse ‘Shrooms- Battered and fried mushrooms, served with horseradish sauce. 
Enormous Nachos- Ask to hold the chili, and enjoy corn tortilla chips smothered in melted cheese and topped with tomatoes, sour cream and jalapeno peppers. 

Fried Mozzarella Cheese Sticks- Served with marinara sauce. 
Loaded Potato Skins- Ask to hold the bacon, and enjoy potatoes with shredded cheese.  Ask for other toppings like sour cream and salsa. 

Rockin’ Onion Petals- Fried onion petals served in a bucket with Texan petal sauce. 
Loaded Baked Potato Soup- Ask to hold the bacon, and enjoy potato soup topped with cheese. 


Kickin’ Logan’s [Chickin’] Salad- Ask to hold the chicken and enjoy a romaine lettuce salad with tomatoes, roasted corn, shredded cheese, and black bean salsa.  Served with spicy ranch dressing and topped with crispy tortilla strips. 
Mesquite Wood-Grilled [Chicken] Salad- Ask to hold the chicken and bacon.  Salad is made with romaine and iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese, and hard-boiled egg. 

Anything & Everything Salad- Ask to hold the chicken.  This salad is made with romaine lettuce, hard-boiled eggs, bleu cheese crumbles, tomatoes, dried cranberries, and toasted walnuts.  Served with balsamic vinaigrette. 
Caesar Salad- Romaine, croutons, parmesan, and Caesar dressing. 

Sides:  Baked sweet potato, loaded sweet potato (caramel sauce and marshmallows), baked potato, loaded baked potato (butter, sour cream and shredded cheese), mashed potatoes, overloaded mashed potatoes (with shredded cheese), French fries, home-style potato chips, sweet potato fries, rice pilaf, brewski onions (braised in Michelob AmberBock), sautéed mushrooms, rockin onion petals, cinnamon apples, coleslaw, seasonal vegetables, macaroni & cheese, grilled vegetable skewer, grilled mushroom skewer, house salad, Caesar salad. 

 Mashed redskin potatoes with gravy, and grilled vegetable skewer from Logan's. 
Very good! (Personal Photo)

Desserts:  Big & Chewy Hot Fudge Brownie, Chocolate Brownie, New York Style Cheesecake, Strawberry Cheesecake, and Nutter Butter Fudgeslide. 

 Hot, fresh baked bread is complimentary at most all steakhouse restaurants

Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon
Lone Star restaurants are Texas-themed steakhouses, with 152 locations, ironically with none in Texas! 

Steakhouse Cheese Fries- Steak fries topped with cheddar and Monterrey Jack cheese and green onion (hold the bacon).  Served with Texas Ranch dressing. 
Spinach & Artichoke Dip- With a Texas twist, this dip has sliced jalapeno peppers and pico de gallo.  Served with fresh tortilla chips.  

Texas Rose- This is their version of blooming onion.  Onion is separated into onion bloom, battered and fried, and served with Texas Rose sauce. 
Lone Star Skins- Potato wedges with cheddar and Jack cheese, sour cream, and green onion (hold bacon). 

Fried Green Beans- Green beans breaded and fried, served with Texas Ranch sauce. 

Soup & Salads: 
Wedge Salad- Lettuce wedge, crumbled bleu cheese, tomato, red onion, and blue cheese dressing (hold the bacon). 

Tostada Salad- Fresh greens, avocado, pico de gallo, cilantro, mixed cheese, and tortilla strips. 
Caesar Salad- Romaine lettuce, croutons, Parmesan cheese, and Caesar dressing. 

Steakhouse Salad- Fresh greens, crumbled bleu cheese, tomato, crispy onion strings, and bleu cheese dressing (hold the beef). 
French Onion Soup- Onion soup topped with garlic toast and Swiss cheese, with green onion and parsley garnish. 

Loaded Baked Potato Soup- Potato soup topped with cheddar cheese and green onion (hold the bacon). 

Sides:  Garlic mashed potatoes, baked potato, steak fries, baked sweet potato, Texas rice, green beans, steamed broccoli, steamed spinach, garden salad, wedge salad, side Caesar salad, sautéed onions, sautéed mushrooms, and sautéed mushrooms & onions. 

Burgers:  Lone Star offers a vegetarian gardenburger patty!  Add on the usual suspects- lettuce, tomato, pickle, and onion.  I’d guess you could ask for any additional fixins on the menu, such as cheddar, Jack or Swiss cheese, BBQ sauce, avocado, pico de gallo, sautéed onions, or sautéed mushrooms.  Served with steak fries. 

Desserts:  Triple Chocolate Miracle Cake, New York-Style Cheesecake, Big Brownie Blast, and Peach Bread Pudding. 

 Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip is a steakhouse favorite

Longhorn Steakhouse

The first Longhorn restaurant opened in Atlanta, Georgia in 1981.  There are now over 400 locations. 

Western Cheese Fries- Hold the chili and bacon.  Fries topped with melted Monterrey Jack and cheddar cheese and jalapenos. 

Spinach Dip- Cheesy dip served with fresh warm tortillas. 
Parmesan Crusted Asparagus- Crisp battered and fried asparagus spears served with red chili ranch sauce. 

Homemade Chips & Dip- Fresh, hot chips seasoned with sea salt and black pepper, served with creamy BBQ sauce. 
Grilled White Cheddar Stuffed Mushrooms- Grilled mushroom caps stuffed with cheddar cheese and herbs, over a creamy four-cheese blend. 

Texas Tonion- Fried onion petals topped with sour cream drizzle, and served with zesty dipping sauce. 

Salads & Soups: 

Salad with Strawberries- (Hold the grilled chicken) Mixed field greens, strawberries, grapes, mandarin oranges, candied pecans, red onion, feta cheese, and raspberry vinaigrette dressing. 
Caesar Salad- Romaine with croutons, parmesan and Caesar dressing. 

Loaded Baked Potato Soup- Hold the bacon. 
Roasted Tomato Basil Soup- Served with cheddar cheese and croutons. 

Loaded Baked Potato (no bacon), Fire Grilled Corn on the Cob, 

Steamed Broccoli, and Homestyle Mashed Potatoes 

Sides:  Loaded baked potato, mashed potatoes, sweet potato with cinnamon & butter, fresh vegetable medley, seasoned fries, green beans, rice pilaf, fire-grilled corn on the cob, steamed asparagus, mac & cheese, mixed green salad, Caesar salad, strawberry & pecan salad, ranch house cobb salad (hold the bacon), roasted merlot mushrooms, grilled onions, and sautéed sliced mushrooms & onions. 

Desserts:  Chocolate Stampede, Bananas Foster Cheesecake, Caramel Apple Goldrush, Key Lime Pie, Very Berry Grilled Pound Cake, Molten Lava Cake, Mountain Top Cheesecake, Ultimate Brownie Sundae, and LongHorn Dessert Sampler. 

 Longhorn's Caramel Apple Goldrush dessert

Outback Steakhouse
Outback Steakhouses are Australian-themed steakhouses.  Founded in Florida in 1988, restaurants now number almost 1000. 

Bloomin’ Onion- Hand cut onion, fried until golden.  Enjoy with spicy bloom sauce. 
Aussie Cheese Fries- Topped with melted cheddar and Monterrey Jack cheeses (hold the bacon).  Served with spicy ranch dressing. 

Spinach Artichoke Dip- Served with white corn tortilla chips. 

Outback's Bloomin Onion.  Most steakhouse have some variation of this.   
Soups & Salad: 

French Onion Soup- Topped with melted Provolone cheese. 
Aussie [Chicken] Cobb Salad- Hold the chicken and bacon.  Mixed greens, hardboiled eggs, tomatoes, shredded cheddar, shredded Monterey Jack, and fresh made croutons. 

California [Chicken] Salad- Hold the chicken.  Mixed greens, feta, baby spinach, roasted walnuts, diced green apples, and vinaigrette dressing.  
Steakhouse Salad- Hold the steak.  Mixed greens, tomatoes, red onions, Aussie Crunch, cinnamon pecans, and Danish blue cheese vinaigrette. 

Caesar Salad- Romaine, fresh croutons, and Caesar dressing. 

Sides:  Garlic mashed potatoes, Aussie fries, baked potato, sweet potato with honey butter & brown sugar, sweet potato fries, steamed broccoli, green beans, seasonal mixed vegetables, seasoned rice, grilled asparagus, house salad, Caesar salad, wedge salad, and blue cheese pecan chopped salad. 

Desserts:  Classic Cheesecake, Carrot Cake, Sydney’s Sinful Sundae, Chocolate Thunder from Down Under, and Sweet Adventure Sampler Trio. 

Chocolate Thunder from Down Under

Salt Grass Steak House

The first Saltgrass Steakhouse opened in 1952 in Houston, Texas.  There are now over 30 restaurants in Texas, and several which have opened in neighboring states. 

French Fried Onions- Thinly sliced fried onion with border sauce. 

Fried Mushrooms- Served with ranch dressing or border sauce. 
Artichoke & Spinach Dip- Cheesy dip serve with tostada chips and salsa. 

Chuck Wagon Cheese Fries- Hold the bacon.  Fries with melted cheddar, melted Jack cheese, sour cream, and chives. 
Lemon Pepper Zucchini- Zucchini spears marinated in buttermilk, seasoned with lemon pepper, and fried.  Served with ranch dressing. 

Soups & Salads: 

Baked Potato Soup- Hold the bacon. 
Hill Country Salad- Hold the chicken and bacon.  Salad greens, eggs, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, and croutons. 

Caesar Salad- Romaine lettuce, croutons, and Caesar dressing. 
[Tenderloin] Cobb Salad- Hold the beef and bacon.  Salad greens, chopped eggs, bleu cheese crumbles, diced tomatoes, black olives, and sliced avocados. 

Steak Salad- Hold the steak.  Salad greens, red potatoes, green beans, black olives, onions, tomatoes, bleu cheese crumbles, and balsamic vinaigrette. 

 Caesar Salad and French Onion Soup

Sides:  French fries, steak fries, garlic mashed potatoes, baked potato, sweet potato fries, baked sweet potatoes, French fried onions, scampi rice, seasonal vegetables, macaroni & cheese, asparagus, side salad, spinach salad, and wedge salad.  Or try a baked potato with one of Salt Grass’ steak toppings, such as Smothered Topping (herbed butter, sautéed mushrooms & caramelized onions).  Enjoy also complimentary Shiner Bock Beer bread. 

Most Steakhouses now offer baked sweet potatoes and sweet potato fries

Texas Land & Cattle
There are over 30 Texas Land & Cattle restaurants, located mostly in Texas. 


Spinach & Artichoke Dip- With a hint of jalapeno, topped with cheese, and served with tortilla chips. 
Nachos- Smoked Sirloin Nachos, hold the sirloin.  Refried beans, jalapeno, pico de gallo, melted cheddar, melted Monterrey Jack cheese, and sour cream. 

Fried Pickles- Six breaded and fried pickle spears, served with white BBQ sauce. 
Crispy Onion Strings- Battered and fried onions, served with white BBQ sauce. 

Soups & Salads: 

Classic French Onion Soup- Onion soup with garlic toast, and melted Swiss cheese. 

[Chicken] Tostada Salad- Salad greens, avocado, pico de gallo, cilantro, shredded cheese, tortilla strips. 
House Salad

Classic or Spicy Caesar Salad
Signature Lettuce Wedge- Iceberg lettuce wedge with crumbled blue cheese, grape tomatoes, red onion, and bleu cheese dressing.  Served with crouton toast.  Hold the bacon. 

Steakhouse Salad- Mixed greens, grape tomatoes, red onion, crumbled bleu cheese, and tortilla strips.  Hold the beef. 
Classic Cobb Salad- Mixed greens, crumbled bleu cheese, boiled egg, grape tomatoes, and avocado.  Hold the chicken. 

Sides:  Crispy shoestring fries, steak fries, loaded baked potato, garlic mashed potatoes, Southwest rice, sautéed onions & mushrooms, sautéed onions, sautéed mushrooms, steamed spinach, steamed broccoli, fresh asparagus, baked sweet potato with cinnamon butter, onion strings. 

Desserts:  Triple Chocolate Miracle Cake, Chisholm Trail Cheesecake, Seasonal Bread Pudding, Chocolate Chunk Brownie, Bourbon Pecan Pie. 

 Texas Land & Cattle Strawberry Cheesecake

Texas Roadhouse
The first Texas Roadhouse opened in 1991.  There are now over 300 restaurants in 46 states.  Enjoy a complimentary bucket of roasted in the shell peanuts at your table. 

Fried Pickles- Battered and fried pickle chips, served with ranch or Cajun horseradish sauce. 

Cactus Blossom- Golden fried onion blossom, with Cajun horseradish sauce. 
Rattlesnake Bites- Diced jalapeno peppers and Monterrey Jack cheese, battered and fried, served with Cajun horseradish sauce. 

Tater Skins- Topped with cheddar cheese and sour cream.  Hold the bacon. 
Cheese Fries- Steak fries topped with melted cheddar cheese.  Hold the bacon and chili. 

Texas Roadhouse Fried Pickles 

House Salad- Salad greens, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, boiled eggs, and homemade croutons. 

Caesar Salad- Romaine lettuce, homemade croutons, parmesan cheese, and Caesar dressing. 

Sides:  Buttered corn, seasoned rice, green beans, fresh vegetables, steak fries, mashed potatoes, baked potato, sweet potato, house salad, Caesar salad, and apple sauce. 

Desserts:  Granny’s Apple Classic, Strawberry Cheesecake, Big Ol’ Brownie. 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Finding Vegetarian Food at Fast Food Restaurants & Drive-Thrus

These side dishes are commonly available at
fast food restaurants, particularly those that sell fried chicken. 

When you think of fast food chains, the kind of places that usually have drive-thrus, “vegetarian friendly” does not typically come to mind.  Some restaurants have a respectable selection of meat-free side dishes, while others offer scarcely more than fries and a house salad.  Some have specialty salads that you could order without the meat.  A few fast food restaurants have some kind of vegetarian entrée selection. 

Sometimes I avoid meat in my diet for months at a time.  The first time I did this, I was providing therapy for clients in the home health setting.  This is a job that often requires eating on the run, and I admit I hit a lot of fast food restaurants and drive thrus, which is really unusual for me.  I ate a lot of fries, and got really tired of them.  Salads were not very appealing to me, especially “on the run”. 

I discovered sides from some of the chicken restaurants, and found those to be pretty satisfying, and worth carving out a few more minutes and going inside to eat.  If you’re a strict vegetarian, you have to be careful of these sides.  Some may flavor vegetables or gravies with meat or meat grease.  Same is true for refried beans, especially at Mexican restaurants (at least in Texas).  Refried beans often are seasoned with pork lard. 

As time has gone on, I’ve found more and more vegetarian food choices at fast food restaurants, including some veggie burgers, sandwiches, burritos, and such.  I’m sharing with you an alphabetical listing of fast food restaurants, and the vegetarian food choices offered at each.  Selections may vary by location.  With little exception, I do not list pies, ice cream, shakes, etc. 


A few sides:  Seasoned curly fries (very good), homestyle fries, loaded potato bites, potato cakes, mozzarella sticks, jalapeño bites, steakhouse onion rings, chopped side salad. 

In one of only a few mention of desserts and such, I have to endorse their Jamocha shake. 

 Arby's Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

Not much here:  Onion rings, cheese curds, fries, cheese fries, chipotle dipping sauce. 

Bill Miller Bar-B-Q

(For my fellow Texans) Garden fresh salad, baked potato, fresh fruit, potato salad, hash browns, fries (really good Texas fries), mashed potatoes, slaw, Spanish rice.  Unfortunately their pinto beans and green beans are flavored with meat or meat drippings.  I don’t usually address desserts, but I’ll make a mention and say Bill Miller’s is famous for their pies and other desserts. 

Very respectable selection of sides:  Bo-tato rounds, Cajun pintos, dirty rice, green beans, mac & cheese, mashed potatoes & gravy, seasoned fries, garden salad, biscuits.  Bojangles posts nutritional info but not ingredients.  Since they list 0 for saturated fats and cholesterol on green beans and pintos, it should be safe to say they have no animal products.   I think the dirty rice has meat. 

 Bojangles Mac & Cheese

Not much in the way of sides here:  Fries, onion rings, apple slices, garden side salad. 

Salad Entrées:  There are several salads with chicken that you could have without.  The (Chicken,) Apple & Cranberry salad features 7-lettuce blend, fresh apple, dried cranberries, blue cheese, and Ken’s Apple Cider Vinaigrette.  The (Chicken) Caesar salad features romaine, tomatoes, Parmesan, and Ken’s Citrus Caesar Vinaigrette.  The (Chicken) BLT salad features 7-lettuce blend, tomatoes, red onions, 3-cheese medley, and Ken’s Avocado Ranch Dressing. 

Wraps:  There are 4 chicken wraps you could have without the chicken.  The ingredients are the same as the salads above:  (Chicken) Apple & Cranberry wrap, (Chicken) Caesar wrap, and (Chicken) BLT wrap.  There is also a Chipotle (Chicken) Wrap features chipotle mayo, caramelized onions, pepper jack cheese, tomatoes, lettuce (hold the bacon). 
MorningStar Veggie Burger:  MorningStar Farms Veggie Patty, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, mayo, ketchup on a toasted sesame seed bun.  This is a good sandwich, and quite reminiscent of the Whopper. 

They also have fruit smoothies. 

 My BK Veggie Burger

Very respectable selection of sides:  Coleslaw, fries, side salad, green beans, mac & cheese, okra, broccoli, baked potato, corn, mozzarella sticks.  My brother is a fan of the mozzarella sticks. 

 Captain D's Corn on the Cob


A few sides:  Natural cut fries, crosscut fries (like waffle cut), sweet potato fries, Jack and cheddar cheese fries, onion rings, fried zucchini, garden side salad, pinto beans, chips and guacamole.  The zucchini is very good.  Carl’s posts a link to nutritional info and ingredients.  Corn oil is listed for beans, but no lard or meat products. 

Vet It Guacamole Six Dollar Burger:  Everything but the meat (not sure if it still costs $6)- guacamole, pepper Jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onions. 

Bean and Cheese Burrito:  No lard or other animal protein listed in ingredients. 
Taco Salad, hold the meat:  Pinto beans, Jack & cheddar cheese, lettuce, fresh salsa, hot sauce, sour cream in a crispy tortilla bowl. 

Super Nachos, hold the meat:  Fresh tortilla chips, pinto beans, cheddar cheese sauce, guacamole, sour cream, fresh salsa. 
Cheese Quesadilla

Very respectable selection of sides:  Fried pickle slices, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes & gravy, fried okra, cheese sticks, coleslaw, fries, corn nuggets, mini poppers. 

 Chicken Express Fried Okra


Not many sides:  Waffle fries, side salad, fresh fruit cup, coleslaw. 
Asian Salad (hold the chicken):  Romaine, baby greens, red & green cabbage, carrots, mandarin oranges, Honey Thai almonds, garlic & ginger wontons, honey sesame dressing. 

Cobb Salad (hold the chicken & bacon):  Romaine, baby greens, red cabbage, carrots, roasted corn, Monterey Jack cheese, cheddar cheese, diced eggs, grape tomatoes, charred tomato, crispy red bell peppers, avocado lime ranch dressing. 
Grilled Market Salad (hold the chicken):  Romaine, baby greens, red cabbage, carrots, blue cheese, red and green apples, strawberries, blueberries, harvest nut granola, roasted nut blend, zesty apple cider vinaigrette. 

Chicken Strip Salad (hold the chicken):  Lettuce, grape tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, cheese, sunflower seeds, croutons, choice of dressing. 
They also have really good tea and lemonade. 

 Chick-Fil-A Fruit Cup

Church’s Chicken

Decent selection of sides:  Fries, corn on the cob, fried okra, mashed potatoes & gravy, jalapeño cheese bombers, coleslaw, honey butter biscuits

 Church's Jalepeno Cheese Bombers


A fair few sides:  Crinkle cut fries, onion rings, mashed potatoes & gravy, coleslaw, green beans, cheddar fries, dinner roll, Wisconsin cheese curds, side salad. 
Soup of the Day:  It’s luck of the draw on any given day, but their website lists a dozen vegetarian soups.  

Garden Fresco Salad:  12-variety mixed salad greens, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, Wisconsin cheddar, zesty croutons. 
Grilled Chicken Cashew Salad:  (Hold the chicken)  Mixed lettuce and mixed spring mix, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, cheddar cheese, roasted cashew topping. 

Cranberry Bacon Bleu Salad (with Grilled Chicken):  (Hold chicken and bacon)  Mixed lettuce and mixed spring mix, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, blue cheese, dried cranberries. 
Strawberry Fields Salad:  (Hold the chicken)  Mixed lettuce and mixed spring mix, grape tomatoes, blue cheese, strawberries, roasted pecans. 

They also have fruit smoothies and coolers. 

Culver's Wisconsin Cheese Curds

Not much here:  Fries, side salad, onion rings, applesauce, banana. 

Iron Grilled Cheese
Iron Grilled Supreme BLT (hold the bacon)

Veggie Quesadilla Basket:  Vegetables with melted cheese in flour tortilla, served with salsa, sour cream, and onion rings.  
Try an Orange Julius fruit smoothie or a fruit chiller.  I don’t usually include sweets and desserts, but here I make another exception.  If nothing else appeals to you, spring for a Banana Split Blizzard!

A few sides:  Bean and cheese cup, nachos and cheese, mini cheese quesadilla, crinkle-cut fries, cheese fries.  I hope the beans are vegetarian, since they pitch the “veggie” burrito, which has beans. 

Deluxe Taco Salad (hold the meat):  Beans, lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar, sour cream, guacamole, taco sauce, crunchy tortilla bowl
Bean Tostada:  Beans, lettuce, and cheese on a crispy corn tortilla

Cheese Quesadilla:  Spicy Jack or cheddar cheese
Macho Nachos:  (hold the meat):  beans, nacho cheese, tomatoes, jalapenos, sour cream, fresh made chips

8 Layer Veggie Burrito:  beans, Fresca lime rice, guacamole, tomatoes, lettuce, cheddar cheese, red sauce, sour cream, flour tortilla
Jacked Up Value Bean, Rice & Cheese Burrito:  Beans, Fresca lime rice, spicy Jack cheese, tangy green sauce, flour tortilla

Value Bean & Cheese Burrito
½ lb Bean & Cheese Burrito

 Del Taco 8-Layer Veggie Burrito

Very respectable selection of sides:  Flame grilled corn, sweet corn cake, sweet potato fries, BBQ black beans, fresh vegetables, Mexican rice, pinto beans, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, slaw, side salad, fries, mac & cheese.  Judging by the cholesterol stats (low numbers for items with dairy, none for other sides), all sides are free of meat protein or drippings. 
From the Baja Shrimp menu:  Ask for tacos, stuffed quesadilla, or tostada salad without the shrimp. 

Pollo Bowl (hold the chicken):  beans, rice, salsa, etc. 
El Tradicional Burrito:  Zero cholesterol, therefore meat free.  Looks to have pintos, rice, guacamole. 

Pinto Beans

A couple sides:  Fries, cheese fries, onion rings

Veggie Burger:  Black bean patty, Freddy’s Sauce, cheese, onion, lettuce, tomato. 

 Freddy's Black Bean Veggie Burger

Nice selection of sides:  Battered fries, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn on the cob, fried okra, dirty rice, mac & cheese, coleslaw, fruit salad, potato salad, side salad, garden salad, jalapeno poppers, corn nuggets, yeast rolls.  


A few sides:  Natural cut fries, beer battered onion rings, side salad, refried beans in tortilla bowl, tortilla chips, fresh salsa.  Hardee’s posts a link to nutritional info and ingredients.  Vegetable or tropical oils are listed for beans, but no lard or meat products. 
Vet It Thickburger:  No patty.  American cheese, tomato, lettuce, red onion, mayo, ketchup, mustard, mustard, dill pickles on a sesame seed bun. 

Bean and Cheese Burrito:  Refried beans, cheese, hot sauce, flour tortilla
Taco Salad, hold the meat:  Cheddar cheese, lettuce, fresh salsa, sour cream in a crispy tortilla bowl. 

Super Nachos, hold the meat:  Fresh tortilla chips, refried beans, cheddar cheese sauce, guacamole, sour cream, fresh salsa, diced tomatoes, onions. 
Cheese Quesadilla:  flour tortillas filled with cheese, served with salsa, sour cream and lettuce

Jack in the Box

A respectable number of sides:  French fries, seasoned curly fries, potato wedges with cheese, onion rings, stuffed jalapenos, mozzarella cheese sticks, apple bites
Grilled Chicken Salad:  (Hold the chicken)  Iceberg, romaine & spring mix greens; cheddar cheese, grape tomatoes, red onions, cucumbers, carrots, croutons, balsamic dressing

Southwest Chicken Salad:  (Hold the chicken)  Iceberg, romaine & spring mix greens, pepper Jack cheese, black beans, red onions, grape tomatoes, roasted corn, spicy corn sticks, creamy Southwest dressing
Breakfast:  My JitB serves breakfast menu all day.  They’ve made me potato, egg, and cheese burritos, which is not on the menu.  Be warned that these are large. 

They also have a pina colada smoothie. 

 Jack in the Box Curly Fries


Very respectable selection of sides:  Coleslaw, potato wedges, green beans, mac & cheese, mashed potatoes & gravy, corn, corn on the cob, biscuits.  I’ usually get their potatoes and gravy and their slaw, and maybe some green beans. 

KFC Side Dishes- Fries, Potatoes & Gravy, Slaw


A few sides:  Fries, cheese fries, ranch cheese fries, side salad

Long John Silver’s

Enjoy a selection of side dishes at LJS:  Natural cut fries, corn on the cob, coleslaw, green beans, seasoned rice, hush puppies

Long John Silver Sides


A few sides:  Fries (truly some of the best), side salad, apple slices, fruit ‘n yogurt parfait

Premium Bacon Ranch Salad with Grilled Chicken (hold chicken and bacon):  Mixed greens, grape tomatoes, carrots, Jack cheese, cheddar cheese, Newman’s Own Ranch Dressing
Premium Caesar Salad (hold the chicken):  Mixed greens, grape tomatoes, carrots, parmesan cheese, Newman’s Own Caesar Dressing

Premium Southwest Salad (hold the chicken):  Mixed greens, fire roasted corn, black beans, roasted tomatoes, poblano peppers, cheddar cheese, Jack cheese, chili-lime tortilla chips, Newman’s Own Southwest Dressing
Fruit Smoothies

 McDonald's Premium Southwest Salad

Mrs. Winner’s Chicken

Decent selection of sides:  Mashed potatoes & gravy, coleslaw, green beans, baked beans, Cajun rice, potato wedges
Vegetable Plate:  3 sides and a biscuit


Very respectable selection of sides:  Coleslaw, Cajun fries, mashed potatoes & gravy, red beans & rice, green beans, Cajun rice, applesauce, biscuits.  Seems to me they usually have corn on the cob as well.  I’m a fan of their potatoes and gravy and their slaw.  My brother really likes their fries. 
I could not find ingredients listing for sides, but most of them reported cholesterol, which suggests animal products.  I think the gravy and red beans probably have some meat or meat drippings to flavor them. 

 Popeye's Sides- Red Beans & Rice, Slaw, Potatoes & Gravy

Not much for you here:  Fries, coleslaw, Texas toast


A respectable number of sides:  Fries, cheese fries, tater tots, cheese tots, onion rings, sweet potato tots, apple slices and caramel sauce, mozzarella sticks, ched ‘r’ peppers
Grilled cheese sandwich

Sonic Apple Slices with Carmel


Very respectable selection of sides:  Thin and crispy fries, cheese fries, Parmesan cheese ‘n herbs fries, salt and vinegar fries, sea salt and cracked pepper fries, coleslaw, onion rings, baked beans, garden salad, soup of the day, applesauce, apples and caramel, cottage cheese

Taco Salad (hold the meat):  lettuce, tomato, shredded cheese, crispy tortilla strips, ranch dressing
Grilled Chicken Salad (hold the chicken):  lettuce blend, carrots, red cabbage, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, Jack cheese, croutons, guacamole extra

Apple Pecan Grilled Chicken Salad (hold the chicken):  Lettuce, gala apples, dried cranberries, mandarin oranges, candied pecans, berry balsamic vinaigrette
Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad (hold the chicken):  Lettuce, pico de gallo, corn, black beans, crispy tortilla strips, cheddar cheese, Jack cheese, ranch dressing, guacamole extra

Veggie Melt:  Portobello mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, red onion, guacamole, pepper Jack cheese, on grilled sourdough
Grilled Cheese:  American cheese on Texas toast

BLT sandwich (hold the bacon)

 Steak N Shake Veggie Melt

A few sides:  Tortilla chips with guacamole, pico d gallo, or corn salsa; black beans and rice, cheesy fiesta potatoes, pintos & cheese, cheesy nachos.  Taco Bell posts a link to product ingredients.  Beans list soy oil, and no lard or other animal-based products. 

Nacho Platter (hold the beef):  3 variations, with toppings of beans, nacho cheese sauce, sour cream, tomatoes, jalapenos

Taco Salad (hold the meat):  Beans, cheddar, Latin rice, lettuce, tomatoes, red tortilla strips, sour cream, salsa.  I’d ask for some guacamole too! 
Veggie Cantina Burrito:  Latin rice, black beans, romaine lettuce, guacamole, pico de gallo, roasted corn & pepper salsa, creamy cilantro dressing, flour tortilla

7-Layer Burrito:  Rice, beans, 3-cheese blend, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, guacamole, flour tortilla
Loaded Potato Griller (hold the bacon):  Crispy potato bites, nacho cheese sauce, sour cream, flour tortilla

Tacos & Gorditas:  Ask for a taco or gordita with vegetarian ingredients, such as beans and rice instead of meat. 
They also have fruit sparklers and freezes. 


Taco Bell Corn Salsa & Chips and Black Beans & Rice

Taco Cabana (For my fellow Texans)

Sides:  Rice, black beans, chips & queso, chips & guacamole
Build your own Cabana Bowl (taco salad), burrito, or salad.  Choose from these ingredients:  black beans, rice, romaine lettuce, cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo, guacamole, salsa (Taco Cabana always has a condiments bar with salsa, cilantro, onions, etc.) 

Enchilada Plate:  Cheese enchilada, rice, black beans, 2 flour tortillas
Cheese quesadilla

Taco Combo:  2 tacos (black bean, or bean and cheese), one side, soda
Taco Plate:  2 tacos (black bean or bean and cheese), rice, beans, 2 flour tortillas

A few sides:  Fries, cheese fries, sour cream and chives baked potato, broccoli and cheese baked potato, cheese potato, garden side salad, Caesar side salad, apple slices

Apple Pecan Chicken Salad (hold the chicken):  Red and green apples, blue cheese, cranberries, roasted pecans, lettuce
Chicken BLT Cobb Salad (hold the chicken and bacon):  Blue cheese, hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, lettuce, avocado ranch dressing

Baja Chili Salad (hold the chili):  Lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole, red jalapeno dressing
Spicy Chicken Caesar Salad (hold the chicken):  Romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, shaved Asiago, French bread croutons, Caesar dressing

Wendy's Broccoli & Cheese Baked Potato

Whataburger (for fellow Texans)
Not much here: Apple slices, fries, onion rings, garden salad, apple & cranberry salad (hold the chicken)

Whataburger Garden Salad
White Castle

Not much for you here:  Crinkle-cut fries