You’re traveling. You don’t have time to search HappyCow for vegan-friendly restaurants near you. You don’t have any vegan apps installed on your smart phone. Or maybe you just want to order room service and stay in bed for a while.
What’s the vegan breakfast you can find at just about any American restaurant or hotel room service?
Why, it’s simple! The most commonly available vegan breakfast across the US is:
- hashbrowns/ home fries
- coffee, tea, water, or juice
Shown here: a vegan breakfast for two from hotel room service.
Oatmeal in the US usually comes with some mix-ins: brown sugar, raisins, milk, maple syrup, butter, honey… To get it vegan, simply omit the animal products (milk, butter, honey). And ask for non-dairy milk because more and more restaurants offer soy milk these days.
Virtually every restaurant carries some kind of fruit. There is usually a “fruit plate” that combines various seasonal fruits onto a platter. For fruit plates, there is one worry for vegans: yogurt of cottage cheese. Often a “fruit plate” will come with some form of dairy product. When you order, just mention that you’re vegan and you want only fruit. Even when there’s not a fruit plate, there’s still often some sort of fruit available, just ask.
Potatoes are so cheap that restaurants would be insane not to carry potato dishes. Fries and hashbrowns are the most common, but you can also find baked potatoes at many places. All three of these options are great for any meal of the day, breakfast, lunch or dinner. When you order, just ask for the potatoes to be prepared in vegetable oil, not butter or lard. And ask for them “plain” because some restaurants will add butter, cheese, sour cream, or other nonvegan products on top of an otherwise healthy vegan option like potatoes.
So there you go, a vegan meal you can find virtually anywhere in the US. All you have to do is ask for it.