I'm in the thick of the end-of-the-term madness and have little time right now to write a proper post. But I thought I'd share my experience this evening eating out with my kids and my sister, her husband, and their three kids.
We went to Applebee's. Family friendly. Relatively affordable. Relatively large menu. We knew each of the kids (each picky in a different way) would actually eat something there.
We discovered nearly immediately that the menu offers NOTHING vegan; not even anything vegetarian. Unless you want a plain baked potato or just an order of fries, this restaurant caters exclusively to the meat-and-dairy-eating crowd. Not a huge surprise, of course, but *most* restaurants these days have at least a pasta and vegetable option or a garden burger. Not Applebees.
I sat there mulling my options: cheat and eat something with dairy (as in a ceasar salad or a bowl of French onion soup) or just have a beverage and be REALLY hungry on the two-hour-long ride home.
Then I noticed the menu had a dijon chicken and portobello mushroom item that came with steamed veggies and potatoes. Could, I wondered, they make that with more mushrooms and leave out the chicken?
I asked for that. The cooks did a very good job and the presentation was, frankly, very attractive. My sister, a committed omnivore eating a spinach and shrimp salad, looked over and said, "THAT looks good. Next time I'm here, I'm ordering that, that way."
A little vegan victory for this almost vegan. :)
- My interests include veganism and vegetarianism, health, ethics, politics and culture, media, and the environment. I have three kids; I teach college part-time, study piano and attempt to garden. I knit. I blog on just about anything, but many posts are related to my somewhat pathetic quest to eat better, be more mindful of the environment, and be a more responsible news consumer. Sometimes I write about parenting, but, like so many Mommy bloggers, my kids have recently told me not to. :) Thanks for reading.