Fast food has a bad rap, and understandably so. Most of it is diet disaster, artery clogging and send you to an early grave crap. And if you want to want something healthy and vegan at a fast food restaurant – forget it!
But times are changing. Now you can walk into some fast food restaurants and order a Bali Bliss tempeh burger with a side of Steamin’ Kale or a Portobello and “Sausage” Burger (with sausage made in-house from seitan).
I know healthy vegan fast food restaurants aren’t everywhere yet, but just a few years ago they didn’t exist at all. Now, at least where my husband and I live, there’s lots of quick dining options for health-conscious vegans.
And it’s my hope that soon everyone will be able to kick the KFC bucket because vegan fast food will be available far and wide!
Here’s a list of healthy vegan friendly fast food restaurants that I’m aware of, but please share if you know of others.
Healthy Vegan Fast Food Restaurants
Native Foods (California, Colorado, Illinois, Oregon) – I started eating at Native Foods long before I went vegan. Their Chicken Run Ranch Burger and Nuevo Native Nachos will satisfy even a ‘meat-and-potatoes’ palate. My current faves are the Sesame Kale Macro Bowl and Portobello and “Sausage” Burger.
VeggieGrill (California, Oregon, Washington) – I feel fortunate that a VeggieGrill recently opened up near where I live. I’ve only been a few times, but so far I’ve loved everything I’ve ordered. Their Bali Bliss, a tempeh burger, is worthy of its name. I also recommend their Baja Fiesta Salad.
Loving Hut (more than 200 locations spanning multiple countries in Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America) – My husband and I enjoy the Loving Hut near us in Ladera Ranch. They serve a variety of Vietnamese and Chinese dishes. My hubby typically orders the Mongolian, which is fabulously seasoned and seriously tastes like beef. My pick is the Deluxe Vegetables. And we both drool over their Pandan Cake. I don’t know what pandan is, but it makes a sweet, moist, beautifully green cake. One thing I want to mention about the Loving Hut is that each location is different. We went to another Loving Hut while traveling and the menu and the look of the café were different (and not in a good way).
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