What is better than spending a night in either by yourself or with your friends/partner and ordering takeout? If you ask anyone who knows me, it’s just about my favorite pastime. Ordering takeout and having the food delivered right to your door is even better than just merely getting the food because you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own house! With all the advancements in technology, ordering takeout is as easy as downloading an app and selecting what you want or ordering online – you don’t even have to talk to a real person to get food (at a point, this was awesome for someone like me who used to have phone anxiety).
There are so many food options out there through a number of restaurants, but if you are someone who does not eat meat, you may find that your options are greatly limited which takes away from the overall fun experience of ordering out. If you are a vegetarian and are discouraged by food choices, worry not, there are so many cheap and delicious fast food items that align with being vegetarian, just check out these top five best choices below!
Listen, when it comes to potatoes I don’t discriminate; I will eat them in all forms – mashed, baked, fried, you name it. Though I wouldn’t suggest having French fries as a complete meal, they are a great side dish/appetizer to have alongside something else, and you can eat all the fries you want. Who can resist the delicious, crunchy exterior with a nice, fluffy inside? Of course, there are plenty of fast-food places that offer French Fries on the menu like McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, etc., so this just depends on your personal preference. For me, I love Chick-Fil-A’s waffle fries, they are just perfection in taste and inexpensive!
Chipotle is not just a Mexican food-chain, it is a way of life. When you go to Chipotle, you know you’re in good hands, it’s just that good. People often think that because Mexican dishes are usually meat-based that it’s hard to find vegetarian-friendly options but not with Chipotle. You can add sofritas or Chipotle’s marinated organic tofu, to just about anything you want: tacos, burritos/burrito bowls, etc. On top of this option, if you just aren’t a fan of tofu, you can still get all the fun fill-ins like cilantro-lime rice, beans, corn, salsa, guacamole, etc., which are all amazing by themselves.
If you know me, you know that at 23 years old I haven’t necessarily grown out of the “pizza is the only food group I need” phase. How can anyone not love ooey-gooey cheese on a soft yet crispy crust with delicious marinara sauce? Though the standard pizza is vegetarian, sometimes you want more than just the norm. Chains like Papa John’s, Domino’s and Pizza Hut all offer vegetarian pizzas and in particular, yummy ones that are loaded with roasted vegetables. Another great thing about ordering pizza now is that you can just about customize it any way you want to, so get creative and get your pizza on!
Chinese / Japanese Food
Every time I get Chinese takeout, all that fills my head is, “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” by James Taylor, just because I love Chinese food that much. Though Chinese/Japanese food does have a lot of meat-based dishes, there are still plenty of vegetarian options and in most Chinese restaurants I’ve been to, vegetarian dishes are even labeled on the menu to help you decide. There are so many options, like Veggie Lo Mein, egg rolls, tofu, sushi, soups, etc. that you’ll have no trouble picking the perfect dish for you.
Veggie Burgers / Sandwiches
Another great meat-free takeout option is a veggie burger or sandwich. There are a bunch of chains that have vegetarian-friendly burgers and sandwiches. For instance, Red Robin has a “garden burger” that is a vegan burger patty and topped with yummy burger toppings. Subway, on the other hand, has a popular sandwich called “the veggie delite” which consists of any vegetables and sauces of your choice, giving you total control of what you want to have on your sandwich. Even better, more chains have the “impossible burger” as an option, like Burger King, which is a meatless patty that tastes exactly like a burger!
I only listed a few easy and popular foods to eat out as a vegetarian, but I encourage you to go out and explore what else is out there. Whether its a local, family-owned eatery or a fancy restaurant, you are bound to find something that can work for you!