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Fast Food Vegetarian Options Increase

Amy's drive thruAmy’s, the all-vegetarian food manufacturer, is opening a fast food drive-thru later this month in Rohnert Park, California, a city north of San Francisco. It’s another first for the vegetarian world. It’s also a sign that more and more people are looking for vegetarian food.

The restaurant will offer vegetarian burgers, burritos, salads, and chili, as well as vegan non-dairy shakes. Each menu item can be ordered vegan and 95% of ingredients are organic. The prices look pretty good too: burgers for $2.99, burritos for $4.69, salads with seasonal produce will start as low as $3.99.

Seeing the growing trend, Wendy’s has just started test marketing veggie burgers. Wendy’s, which formerly offered no vegetarian friendly entrees, has started serving veggie burgers at two locations in Ohio. Burger King added veggie burgers to their menu way back in 2002, while White Castle, a chain popular on the East Coast, got in on the action this past December. Burger King has a special menu in India to cater to the large number of vegetarians there. Now rumor has it that Burger King might begin offering items from the specially-designed menu featured in India around the world.

It’s very encouraging to see more and more restaurants responding to the growing demand for vegetarian meals. We do have a suggestion for Amy’s though: open your next drive-thru in Seattle!

Fast Veg in Texas!

Earth Burger logoMany vegetarians long for a veg fast food restaurant, complete with drive through convenience. Now, a chef’s idea for a completely plant-based, organic fast-food restaurant is becoming a reality in San Antonio. Mike Behrend, co-owner of the Green Vegetarian Cuisine restaurant, has started the soon-to-open Earth Burger, which will offer a healthier take on quick and reasonably-priced cuisine. The diner will be the first of its kind in Texas, Behrend said. “We are entering the fast food market with tastier, fresher and healthier alternatives that also happen to be vegan and vegetarian. Our goal is to provide people with great healthy choices at a great value.”

The restaurant’s menu has burgers and wraps priced at $5, with a combo meal that includes a burger or a wrap, side and a drink for $8, which is about the same as a similar item at the local McDonalds. Kids meals are $5. Both dine-in and drive-through options will be available. Other items on the menu include: Nacho Burger, “Chik-n” and “fish” sandwiches, corn dog, black bean burger, kale salad and Kalamata olive hummus.

Behrend acknowledges that Texas, and in particular, San Antonio, may be a challenge. “San Antonio has a reputation for loving its meat… The good news is that Texas has fully embraced Green [Vegetarian Cuisine restaurant], we’ve grown to three locations in San Antonio and Houston.”

Move over McDonalds. Let’s hope this is the beginning of a trend!

The Heart Attack Grill

Have you heard about the new Las Vegas restaurant, the Heart Attack Grill? The Heart Attack Grill’s menu features high cholesterol and saturated fat meat items such as “Single,” “Double,” “Triple,” and “Quadruple Bypass” burgers as well as “Flatliner Fries” cooked in lard.

Recently, yet another patron of the Heart Attack Grill has reportedly fallen ill, during a meal at the hospital-themed Las Vegas restaurant. CBS reported that a woman is recovering, after collapsing unconscious and suffering a possible heart attack, at the restaurant that serves up high saturated fat and cholesterol fare. If the incident sounds familiar, it is! In February a man suffered a heart attack there, and had to be taken out on a stretcher while eating the restaurant’s “Triple Bypass Burger.”

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New Vegan Burger at Dennys

It’s 2 am you’re still up, you’ve got the munchies, almost no restaurants are still open and you’re a vegan ( or vegetarian). Or, perhaps you’re on the road in a town that has few veg options and you’re looking for a solid vegan burger and something to go with it. Now you can go to any of Denny’s 1500 locations and get one 24/7. The new vegan burger is made by one of our favorite companies and yearly sponsor of Vegfest, Amy’s. Just be sure to ask them to hold the pepper jack cheese if you’re vegan. A perusal of their menu also shows that there are some options to go with it. Possibilities include side dishes as varied as broccoli, corn, green beans and potatoes (but make sure to question staff carefully for very small amounts hidden non-veg ingredients in any dish you order).
Announcing its new offerings, Denny’s says “ Denny’s is excited to partner with Amy’s to offer a delicious, better-for-you veggie burger in over 1,500 restaurants any time of the day,” says Minh Huynh, Denny’s Product Marketing Manager. “We value our strategic partnerships to give consumers what they want and expect from Denny’s: value and choice, in a welcoming environment. Denny’s chose Amy’s because it’s a great-tasting, high quality product attached to a strong brand, and, unlike the restaurant chain’s prior veggie burger, it satisfies vegan requirements.”
We’re excited to see the increase in vegan and vegetarian options in the mainstream shopping and dining world, and given the size and prominence of Denny’s this is a definite step forward. As more and more people turn to healthier, more sustainable and compassionate food we expect this trend to continue. Insomniacs, travellers and local veg-people rejoice. Now we can finally grab a bite at Denny’s!