Vegetarian Takeout Guide

Thankfully, tasty vegetarian food is easier to find than ever before. You can place an order for takeout or delivery from a variety of places and have your food within the hour. Of course, you may live in a place with limited selections or be part of a group ordering out (a group that has meat-eaters). Here’s a look at some mainstream-type restaurants that offer a decent or robust selection of vegetarian fare. Here’s the first hint: taco pizza delivery.

Pizza

Search, “pizza specials near me tonight,” if you’re on a budget. Otherwise, explore options such as taco pizza, cheese pizza, gluten-free pizza, garden-fresh pizza, or create your own. For instance, many taco pizza varieties come with beef included. Choose the “create your own” option to customize your food exactly the way you’d like. Alternatively, when you put in an order, specify that the pizza should not have beef.

One more thing: Many restaurants let you use “track my pizza” so you can see the progress of your order and be ready for the delivery person.

Chinese

Chinese food is a delight for many vegetarians. The possibilities include sesame noodles, vegetable fried rice, tofu fried rice, steamed vegetables, spicy green beans, and vegetable dumplings with sweet and sour sauce. Of course, some foods are cooked in lard. Don’t be afraid to ask the restaurant staffers how the food is prepared, for example, what broths or stocks the food is made from. Likewise, you may want to ask if the egg rolls are prepared in the same oil that meat-based dishes are.

Japanese and Thai are good Asian-food vegetarian alternatives if you are not in the mood for Chinese.

Mexican

Tacos don’t need meat to taste good. Common vegetarian items at Mexican restaurants include tacos, chili, taco salad, tortilla soup, black bean soup, corn salad, rice bowls, and quesadilla pancakes. Black beans and other types of beans substitute so easily for beef and other meat-based items. Plus, much of what goes in a taco or burrito is already vegetable-based.

Italian

Italian cuisine teems with vegetarian goodies such as pasta bowls, spaghetti, lasagna, gnocchi, and bean stew. Takeout isn’t always the easiest to arrange at some Italian places, but many have become more carryout-friendly.

Indian

Check out dishes such as veggie balls in a thick sauce (Malai kofta), red kidney bean curry with plain rice (rajma) and chickpea curry (chole). Vegetarian kebabs can also be really satisfying.

Sandwich and Sub Places

Subs don’t need turkey, roast beef, ham or chicken to shine. Delis along with sandwich and sub places make it fun to enjoy fares such as grilled cheese sandwiches, egg salad sandwiches, garlic-roasted vegetable sandwiches, and vegan burgers. You may even be able to try out peanut butter and jelly sushi.

Fast Food

More fast food places sell items such as vegetarian burgers, and some actually taste pretty good. Burger King, Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, Subway and Del Taco are among your best options. Other fast food places do OK, but you may have to rely more on side dishes.

This vegetarian takeout guide should serve you well in the months to come. The good news is that many delicious cuisines weren’t even touched on here. There’s a lot to discover out there.