The 10 Best Chain Restaurants for Vegetarians
A longtime vegetarian serves up her best restaurant picks.
What are the best restaurants for vegetarians?
Going out to eat should be a stress-free experience. But when you don’t eat meat, it can be challenging to find a restaurant that you (and your dining partners) can agree on. That’s why we rounded up the best chain restaurants for vegetarians. Our choices—handpicked by a vegetarian of over a decade—promise plenty of options for veggies and carnivores alike. Thinking about going vegetarian? Here are 6 easy ways to get you there without feeling like you’re giving something up.
For a quick bite on-the-go, you can’t beat Panera. This fast-casual chain has plenty of meatless options, including soups, salads, sandwiches, and pasta. My personal favorite? The Mediterranean Veggie sandwich. Are you surprised by how many meatless options you found on the Panera menu? You might also be surprised by these 10 secrets you may not know about Panera Bread
The Cheesecake Factory
It’s no secret that The Cheesecake Factory has an endless menu—so it’s the perfect choice for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. Keep your eye out for salads, veggie burgers, and pasta. And don’t forget the cheesecake! Before you dig into the cheesecake, however, you may want to read these 13 facts about Cheesecake Factory’s cheesecake.
California Pizza Kitchen
Meat-free eating is easy at CPK since they denote all of their vegetarian menu items with a little green leaf. You’ll find small plates, apps, soups, salads and—of course—pizza. Whenever I go, I opt for the Asparagus + Arugula Salad and a Margherita Pizza. Yum! These chain restaurants are always open on Thanksgiving.
Need to refuel? Try Chipotle. This Mexican chain features a bunch of veg-friendly options, including burritos, bowls, salads, and tacos. Each order is customizable and, if you order a veggie-based item, guac isn’t extra! Decide you’d rather stay in? Make your own guac or one of these 23 other copycat recipes inspired by your favorite chains!
Don’t worry about having limited options at Jason’s Deli. They have an entire vegetarian menu featuring everything from soups to pasta and baked potatoes. Plus, each deli has a Garden Bar filled with fresh salad fixins’. Yes!
Noodles & Company
After a long day, nothing sounds better than a big bowl of pasta—and Noodles & Company is happy to oblige. They feature a number of vegetarian pasta dishes, including one made with zucchini noodles! My fave? Japanese Pan Noodles with Tofu. If you’re more of a DIYer, don’t miss our favorite Noodles & Company copycat recipes
It sounds surprising, but Taco Bell has quite a few vegetarian options. When you need a quick drive-through fix, reach for the burritos, tostadas, and quesadillas that feature cheese and/or beans. Believe it or not, it’s also one of the healthiest fast-food chains. Here’s why.
Chinese food is usually a safe bet for vegetarians—just keep an eye out for animal byproducts like fish sauce. At P.F. Chang’s, you’ll find vegetable spring rolls, edamame and a handful of meat-free entrees. Looking for more cultural foods you can try as a vegetarian? Look no further. We’ve gathered 20 world-famous dishes you can finally eat as a vegetarian.
It can be awkward going out for pizza as a vegetarian—especially if you’re splitting a pie. That’s why we love Blaze so much. This build-your-own chain lets you put as many veggies on your pizza as you want. And, their personal-size pizzas mean you don’t have to share.
When you’re craving a cheesy meal that only true fast food can satisfy, turn to Shake Shack. This chain features a ‘Shroom Burger made from a portobello cap. (I can also personally attest that their fries and a shake make for a satisfying meal.) Just be sure that after all that deliciousness, you take note of the nutrients you’re missing if you’re a vegetarian or vegan.