Part of the fun of traveling is getting to try new restaurants, new cuisines, new takes on old favorites. But for our family, eating out is often a tricky proposition: one child is a carnivore, one is a vegan. And then there’s me, mostly vegetarian but still sneaking some fish or turkey bacon every so often. We’re committed to eating healthy when we’re at home, but when we’re traveling, it’s definitely a challenge.
Luckily, vegan food is going more mainstream. With the proliferation of juice and smoothie bars, and major chains like Panera and Chipotle offering healthy choices for everyone, it’s getting much easier to eat well on the road.
London is a very vegan friendly city (thank you, Linda McCartney). Many restaurants offered vegan options on their menu, like Chino Latino. Minutes away from the Vauxhall tube station and the London Eye, the Pan-Asian fusion bar offers live music on the Southbank. The bar and restaurant have floor to ceiling windows that allowed us to watch people walking along the Thames as we feasted on edamame, sandwiches on ciabatta, and cassava chips.
But you don’t have to be in a cosmpotlitan center to get your healthy food fix. Even driving through Butte, Montana we managed to find the amazing Hummingbird Café. Their menu includes vegan pancakes, tofu scramble, and BLTs made with local vegan bacon. And who can resist a place that serves breakfast all day?
Speaking of breakfast all day, Georgie’s Diner in Westhaven, Connecticut was another incredible restaurant. They had all the regular egg and bacon dishes. But they also made the most amazing vegan berries and cream French toast that would convert even the most hard core doubter. It was that good. And the vegan breakfast burritos were delicious, too. Mmmm…now I’m hungry…!
So how do we find restaurants with food to please all our picky palates? Google is a great place to start. Websites like Happy Cow, Veg Guide and Urban Tastebud are also great resources. Word of mouth and recommendations from foodie bloggers help as well. And when all else fails, we stop at a grocery store to load up on fresh fruit, veggies, hummus, bread – any food that is nourishing and easy to tote along.
What’s your biggest challenge when eating out? How do you find great food while traveling?