Vegan Fast Food: A Meatless Guide to Chipotle, Taco Bell, Subway, and Others

When it comes to eating on the go, vegans might think they're up a creek without a paddle. Faced with menus packed with burgers, chicken nuggets, and cheesy burritos, they can feel hopeless to score anything quick and easy.

But surprisingly, there are meatless options at even the most meat-heavy chains. We spoke with PETA rep Ashley Byrne for some helpful suggestions. Check out what she had to say after the jump.

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Tropical Smoothie Café

"That's a great spot for vegans to grab a quick, fast, good lunch," Byrne says. "They offer an option now where you can request Beyond Meat, which is a vegan chicken substitute, in any of their wraps or sandwiches."


"I know that Miami also has Chipotle, which is always a great option for vegans because you can get a veggie burrito without cheese."

The chain has also begun experimenting with a tofu sofrita option. Unfortunately, it's not available in Florida yet, but let's keep our fingers crossed for the near future.

Pizza Fusion

"Pizza Fusion has great options for vegans. They have two different kinds of vegan cheese.

They even have a vegan brownie you can order for dessert. It's delicious."

Taco Bell

"I know that Taco Bell is often a good option for vegans because if you just take the cheese and meat and sour cream out of a lot of their different options, their dishes can be vegan. The beans are vegan -- you can get vegan burritos or vegan crunch wraps or vegan tacos. It sometimes requires a bit of tweaking when you order, but again it's definitely a quick, easy, tasty option for vegans especially if you're traveling or in a hurry," Byrne says.


"Subway actually is an option for vegans anywhere because you can just get a Veggie Delite with no cheese," Byrne says.

The chain has also tested vegan options such as a black bean patty, a sweet riblet, and the "Malibu Greek" but has yet to roll them out permanently.

Some other options include Maoz Vegetarian, Wendy's ("They have a baked potato that can be made vegan if you get it plain"), and Moe's Southwest Grill, which offers a tofu option.

And if you're looking for other spots, PETA has a handy page on its website devoted to identifying vegan options at chain restaurants.

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