On Eating Out as a Vegan & the Shortcomings of This List
Any restaurant that is not entirely Vegan or does not offer a designated cooking space for their Vegan options, “cross contamination” can occur since fryers/grills may be shared with animal products. You can choose what your level of comfort is with these potential issues.
It is possible to eat at most, if not all, places that offer food, IF you are willing to ask for modifications (most notably no cheese and no sauces) or are satisfied eating only a side dish (usually some format of potato), but I believe that these don’t count as “options.” Rather, they feel like punishments for simply refusing to not eat innocent animals.
Unfortunately, this means a handful of eateries that could’ve been on this list simply weren’t because they didn’t make a Vegetarian dish into a Vegan one. All of these eateries can be found emblazoned with a 1 star review in my current Google Maps Contributor Profile.
I would also exercise caution eating at a lot of the “East Asian” eateries: on their menu, most of the dishes I claim are “ Vegan option(s)” are usually labeled Vegetarian, but are actually accidentally Vegan given that they do not have fish sauce/flakes or animal broth or eggs or dairy in the breading (usually unclear). This goes for other cuisines as well.
Therefore, please do not take this as the definitive list for eating out as a Vegan in Tallahassee, and I still recommend confirming ingredients (especially wines) with the staff either when you’re there or through a phone call depending on how much caution you want to exercise.
Nonetheless, I can say with confidence that this list is at least better than the Happy Cow app which you must pay for.
Finally, it is important to consider your financial impact eating at some of these places may have. For example, it’s likely the case that eating hashbrowns from Burger King (which I do) isn’t signaling to BK executives that they should sell more Vegan food products (even though they’re Vegan) like it would be if you were buying an Impossible Whopper [no mayo, no cheese], but rather signals that you just like having their hashbrowns (since they’re not advertised as Vegan). This means that your money may be used to continue exploiting animals. So just like with “cross-contamination,” you can choose your level of comfort with these potential issues.
On Reviews & Ratings
I am no longer proud of most reviews I’ve written before 2022. Because of this, I am currently in the process of rewriting many reviews and changing their ratings to support this small-form animal-rights activism. Here’s how:
There are no hard feelings, just progress or no progress.