Everything Vegan at Texas Roadhouse
I grew up in Texas and lived there most of my life and I must say Texas Roadhouse perfectly displays how hard it used to be to eat vegan at restaurants in Texas even as little as 5-10 years ago.
While the situation in Texas has improved and most places have at least a single vegan option, especially in big cities, Texas Roadhouse has unfortunately held true to the old Texan tradition of ruining every single normally vegan item and making it non-vegan.
Okay, maybe not every single item but dang-near close to it. Even the baked potatoes, plain ones mind you, with nothing on them, are not even vegetarian because apparently coating them in bacon grease is what their customers want.
If you have the misfortune of finding yourself at a Texas Roadhouse as a Vegan I hope I can help, but if you aren’t there do anything in your power to not go there. I’m not exaggerating when I say every other chain restaurant you can think of likely has more vegan options.
Your Wonderful Selection
You may be wondering, but hey, don’t they have sides?
They sure do, and they even have a “vegetable” option on their menu where you get like 4 sides as a meal. But you won’t want to get that as nearly all their sides contain animal products and are generally not even vegetarian.
Here’s their vegan sides:
- Apple Sauce
- Salad without cheese, croutons, dressing, or eggs (essentially lettuce)
- Sometimes the “Mixed vegetables” (if steamed) if you order without butter
Aaaaand that’s all folks!
To be clear about it, the mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, rice, green beans, corn and sauteed vegetables are generally cooked in animal-broth and/or contain milk/eggs and cannot be reasonably veganized due to their preparation and the time it’d take to prepare a vegan version if they were actually willing to.
Texas Roadhouse’s fries aren’t vegan as they’re typically fried in animal fat and are often otherwise “contaminated” regardless.
Contrary to what many have said online, according to someone I know that works there, their dinner rolls cannot be made vegan by removing the butter topping as they allegedly contain eggs.
Is there anything else?
Other than their drinks (soda, margarita, beer, etc) the only other thing you can get that’s reliably vegan there is some oil poured on your totally not just lettuce salad.
Aside from the peanuts which are like a free appetizer they give out none of the other vegan items are worth the money nor the bother and aren’t going to be satisfying. I’d say just eat afterwards or before and let whoever dragged you there feel slightly guilty about not caring at all if you had anything to eat.
Personally I’d rather have nothing or simply abstain from the family meal and take a walk if they chose to eat here, part out of spite, part because I wouldn’t want to support a business such as Texas Roadhouse. Every chain restaurant like them has a vegan veggie burger or at least some starchy sides to make a botched meal out of. If they don’t care to provide a vegan meal, or at least not ruin every side dish that’d make up a botched vegan meal by adding animal products to it, then screw them. I’d rather starve.