In this day and age of people choosing to eat vegetarian or vegan for whatever reason*, I am sometimes genuinely surprised when I review restaurant menus. There are still restaurants that do not carry at least one vegetarian menu item. It’s not that hard, steam some vegetables, add some rice, done. It may not be fancy, but it works. I am also surprised when I find a restaurant that has salads on their menu, but every single salad is topped with meat. Since when did a salad become a plate for meat, instead of a bowl of fresh vegetables?
Let me be clear, I am not talking about a BBQ joint or a steak house. I fully expect “meat with a side of meat” at those places. Heck, “meat” is in the name of the restaurant. I’m talking about nice restaurants that the closest thing they have to vegetarian is a salmon dinner (um, yeah, that’s pescetarian) or a salad with bacon (not only is that not vegetarian, it’s not kosher or acceptable to many religions). I’m not necessarily saying it is a bad thing, I’m just surprised that some restaurants that cater to a high-end, diverse crowd might not want to be a little more diverse in their menu as well. I am personally fairly flexible and don’t mind asking for something different or sometimes eating around something I don’t like, but not everyone is as laid back or brave as I am and I sympathize with them.
* This post is not intended to be a slant for or against vegetarianism or veganism, nor does it intend to suggest that vegetarian, vegan, omnivore, pescetarian, carnivore, kosher, raw, gluten free, etc. lifestyles are healthier or better than any other. Everyone chooses to eat how they prefer and the reasons behind it are not necessarily appropriate subject matter here, but I do encourage open-minded in-person discussions with people who are different from you.