Eating Out as a Vegan: The Longhorn’s Edition

When life throws you lemons, you pour some warm water over it and drink it first thing in the morning. When your parents invite you to a (free) lunch, you go to Longhorn’s. Here is one thing I’ve learned since going vegan: I really can eat anywhere. A few of my friends have been awesome enough to want to eat at a veggie place with me (shout out to Ni and Beevy!). One may think that being a vegan would limit your choices, and to some extent it does. It’s almost turned into a game, where I look up the restaurant’s allergen menu and see what I can eat and what I can’t. Once I’m armed with how many awesome foods I can still enjoy, the pressure of the dining experience falls away. I have totally turned into “that person” who says to the server, “I’m going to order slightly crazy, and I apologize”. Once you can get over your initial fears of being judged or being thought of as “high maintenance”, then start eating your delicious food!

Yes, I brought my own butter.

Yes, I brought my own butter.

Today, life took me to Longhorn’s to have lunch with my amazing parents. Because I had printed off Longhorn’s allergen menu (and I just may have also highlighted portions…NERD ALERT), I knew what I wanted. The bread at Longhorn’s is vegan (yay, cause it’s delicious!) so I brought my own butter along for the journey. Call me crazy (or maybe?) but what is warm bread without butter? Exactly. Not something I want in my life. My parents enjoyed the tonion which looked delicious but is not vegan. I steered clear.

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We all got a salad, and like a total newbie I forgot to say no cheese and no croutons for mine. So I basically had to take off the top layer of the salad and set it aside. A small price to pay for a yummy salad. For my lunch, I ordered steamed broccoli and a plain baked potato. Thanks to the server’s help, I avoided the grilled asparagus (cooked with butter) and the green beans (also cooked with butter). I added some of my butter to the potato and went at it. My parents each had a filet and a baked potato with sour cream and butter, and they both got the new pumpkin cheesecake to go.

As much as their lunches look fine and everything, I have been realizing lately that in no way, shape, or form do I miss meat or dairy or seafood. I’ve been a veggie for 11.5 years, so I haven’t had any meat since then. Most people say “I could never give up cheese”, and I can understand that. It’s hard to change something you’ve been doing for your entire life. But there is something so pure and lovely and wonderful about eating a delicious and healthy lunch that caused no harm to anyone or anything. I feel like I cannot “unknow” what I now know.

Momma and Poppa Veg-Head.

Momma and Poppa Veg-Head.

So Longhorn’s? Don’t be afraid of that steak-slinging place. Shimmy your hiney in there and boldly order to your heart’s content. And tip your servers.

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2 thoughts on “Eating Out as a Vegan: The Longhorn’s Edition

  1. I’ve actually had a decent meal at Ruth’s Chris. Go figure. If you find yourself somewhere like that without your own EB, they’ll usually bring you some olive oil which will do in a pinch.

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