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12 Things That Have Happened to Every Vegan While Dining Out (in GIFs!)

I’ve been vegan for about six years, so I’ve had my fair share of nasty comments and weird looks as I’m quietly eating my plants. I’ve also had my fair share of weird restaurant experiences (not quite as bad as this one, but pretty bad!), especially when I’m out with a large group or people and I don’t know them all well. I love being vegan as a way to be good to myself and the world and heal from years of poor nutrition and disordered eating, but restaurants still make me a bit anxious. Here are some restaurant experiences I’ve had over and over again, and I bet any other plant-based person can attest to!

“Is {menu item} vegan?”

When the vegan menu is like two things, so you barely have a decision to make.

“They totally have vegan food there!”

When there’s no vegan food but you always have snacks on you.

When someone at the table asks if you’re on a diet.

The server tells you about all the gluten-free items on the menu.

Waiting til its your turn to order.

Avoiding the word “vegan” so no one makes fun of you.

When other people try your food like it’s the bravest moment of their lives.

Watching someone else eat all of the only vegan dish when it’s family style.

Someone else at the table is vegan too!

Overwhelmed with choices at a vegan restaurant

Plant-based pals, have any of these happened to you? Any others you would add? Share with me in the comments!

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5 Comments

  1. Kaitlin

    Kaitlin

    August 18, 2017 at 6:55 am

    These are hilarious. I am transitioning and hope to be full vegan by the end of the yea!

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      Alex Edwards

      August 19, 2017 at 6:48 pm

      Awesome! Get ready to experience all of these!

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    Isa

    September 29, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Ha ha, so I’m not a full time vegan, but I do eat a lot of non-dairy food and vegan recipes, because dairy really upsets my stomach. I once went through this week where every group I hung out with just wanted to eat pizza or at restaurants where everything was made with lots of dairy. It was super frustrating, because ordering pizza without cheese is an ordeal in some places in France. I felt like such an oddball, and I’d always worry that the restaurant would forget. Anyway, one time we got pizzas together as a group (they were individual sized, but the cheese eaters were sharing theirs around for variety), and I get one “non-cheese” one, with everyone smiling condescendingly at me like I’m mentally ill and tut-tuting about my dairy intolerance like it’s imaginary. Then these two girls decide to “try” my pizza repeatedly looking at it first like it is nuclear waste. They soon progressed to whole slices at a time while I sit there agreeing grimly that it’s “really not that bad,” while watching it vanish into their stomachs. XD

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      Alex Edwards

      September 29, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      Oh nooo! That’s the worst of both worlds! Vegan pizza IS delicious though 🙂

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        Isa

        October 25, 2017 at 8:54 pm

        Oh yeah, I totally agree. Vegan pizza is great.

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