Vegetarian Living

Vegetarian Dining Tips

Chinese vegetarian restaurantThese days, it’s getting easier and easier to eat wholesome vegetarian food in restaurants. Vegetarian restaurants obviously offer the most choices, but you’ll also find plenty of good vegetarian food at ethnic restaurants, such as Mexican, Italian, Indian, Chinese, and Thai restaurants, since many of their dishes are focused on vegetables, with beans, lentils, or tofu being the main protein source. Most other restaurants have something available for vegetarians, and even many standard American restaurants offer a veggie burger alternative to the ubiquitous hamburger these days.

Be bold! If nothing on the menu appears to be vegetarian, feel free to ask if something special could be made for you, using ingredients you can see they would have on hand. Many vegetarians have tried this with great success, and very often the chef has appreciated the challenge and the chance to be more creative.

Do your part for the next guy. The more people ask for vegetarian dishes, the more restaurants will recognize the need to offer them. For too long, many vegetarians have been timid in this regard, but the restaurant owners we know tell us they actually like receiving these requests because it gives them a better idea of what people really want.

This is an extract from our book, Say No to Meat: The 411 on Ditching Meat and Going Veg, by Amanda Strombom and Stewart Rose.


About Vegetarians of Washington

Vegetarians of Washington is a large non-profit vegetarian society based in Seattle, WA. We encourage people to discover the advantages and experience the pleasures of vegetarian food. We welcome everyone, whether you're an experienced vegetarian, a beginner or just curious. You don't have to be a vegetarian to join our organization, or to follow our blog! We run the largest vegetarian food festival in the country, Seattle's Vegfest, held in the Seattle Center in March each year. We also host monthly dining events and give free nutrition and cooking classes. We've written several nationally published books, including our latest book "In Pursuit of Great Food: A Plant-based shopping guide", which provides valuable information on what to buy and how to choose great food. Our other books include "Say No to Meat" which gives the information and real-world advice that new vegetarians need the most, in an easy question-and-answer style, the fact-filled "The Vegetarian Solution", and a wide range of delicious recipes in "The Veg-Feasting Cookbook". All our books are available in local bookstores, and via our website or


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