I swear, going out to eat can be/has been one of the biggest and most asinine arguments I’ve ever gotten in with a significant other. But let’s face it, it can be difficult and frustrating to go out to eat as a vegetarian! Even in Los Angeles, where (thankfully) my veggie lifestyle is not only more common, but celebrated, it can feel easier to stick to the same few spots.
When I decided to start this blog, I chose to come up with a “Recommendation” section so that I could venture out of MY comfort zone and practice what I preach: TRY SOMETHING NEW. Allow me to preface my first “Restaurant Recommendation” with this: I am not a food or restaurant critic, but I do love food and restaurants. Therefore, my humble opinion is just as important as any patron or yelper.
I love to cook but let’s be real… we can’t cook every meal, every single night. There are dinner parties, lunch meetings, date nights, birthday celebrations to attend or SOMETIMES you just want to get out and socialize! I live for hosting get-togethers but it’s also a dream to be catered to.
You do NOT have to Postmate from a separate place than your friends or force your meat-eating partner to dine at a vegan restaurant. Trust me, there are some restaurants (especially in the Midwest) that really chap my ass with their boring-basic-bitch excuse for a menu. But 90% of the time, you have options! Sometimes, you just have to do a little homework and get creative. (Example: Many restaurants have an excellent “Side Order” section where you can create a veggie platter.)
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and don’t feel rude requesting substitutions. It’s not your fault they didn’t have more to offer you. We are not aliens. BE POSITIVE!
From here on out, my wish for you is this: May you never get in a hangry squabble again over the anxiety-ridden fear that lettuce is all that will be offered on date night.
*”I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.” -Maya Angelou*