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10 Vegan-Friendly Fast Food Restaurants

Sometimes you’re in a pinch and you need a quick bite to eat. That’s where fast food comes in. But what if you’re vegan? What can you even get? Well thankfully, there are actually some great vegan options out there, if you choose the right places to go. While this list isn’t exhaustive, hopefully this article will inform you of some of the great places to stop in at for some vegan options.

Baja Fresh

Stop by your closest Baja Fresh to try vegan options like their Roasted Veggies Burrito, which comes with grilled peppers, black or pinto beans, lettuce, and pico de gallo all wrapped up in a flour tortilla. Just be sure to ask for no cheese or sour cream.

Blaze Pizza

At Blaze, you can order a build your own vegan pizza with either their traditional, high rise, or gluten-free dough. Their red sauce is also vegan, they have vegan cheese, and then you can add on all the veggies you’d like. They’ve even got vegan-friendly finishes, such as buffalo sauce, olive oil drizzle, or bbq sauce to put on top of it all. FYI: The pesto drizzle contains dairy.

Del Taco

If you head to Del Taco’s Santa Monica, Culver City, Lake Forest, Loma Linda, Menifee, or select San Diego locations, you’ll be extra lucky because they’re currently testing out Beyond Meat tacos at 2 locations in LA for now. But no matter what location you’re at, you can get their value taco vegan by substituting beans for beef and asking for no cheese. Then feel free to add pico de gallo, green salsa, or any of their hot sauces. Their 1/2 lb. Bean & Cheese Burrito is easy to veganize too, whether you want it with red or green sauce — just ask for no cheese. Their fries and hash browns are vegan as well!

Flame Broiler

If you’re in the mood for something pretty simple, check out Flame Broiler for a rice bowl. Get it with organic tofu, and then choose from either white or brown rice.

Panera Bread

Panera’s got a pretty good variety of vegan-friendly options. For breakfast, you can order their Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apple Chips, Pecans and Cinnamon Crunch Topping, or one of their vegan bagels (Plain, Blueberry, Cranberry Walnut, Poppyseed & Sesame). For lunch and dinner, try their Vegan Lentil Quinoa Bowl, or order one of their sandwiches and salads, which can easily be slightly modified to be vegan. For example, their Modern Greek Salad is vegan without feta cheese. To drink, try the Peach & Blueberry Smoothie with Almond Milk — it’s vegan as-is.

Papa John’s

For eating vegan at Papa John’s, order their hand-tossed pizza crust with red sauce, which is completely vegan. Then top it with any or all their veggies. While they don’t have have any vegan cheese, their Garlic Dipping Sauce is, in fact, vegan, and pretty much makes up for the lack of cheese.


Another great build-your-own pizza spot is Pieology. For a vegan pizza, request a gluten-free crust and have it topped with red sauce. They’ve got vegan cheese also, if you want some of that, and then you can pick out your choice of veggies to have on top.

Pita Pit

Craving falafel? Then stop in at Pita pit, where their falafel is vegan, as well as all their pita breads. Just ask to leave off the tzatziki sauce and sour cream. Their hummus, bbq sauce, buffalo sauce, balsamic vinaigrette, and sriracha are all vegan-friendly too though.


Subway is a trusty option if you’re in the mood for a sandwich. Their Hearty Italian and Italian breads are both vegan. While the veggie patty is not vegan, you can make a Veggie Delite Sub with all the veggies your heart desires. For sauces and condiments, the Sweet Onion Sauce is vegan, along with their mustard, oil, vinegar, and buffalo sauce. And feel free to grab some vegan chips, like their Lay’s Classic potato chips, Oven Baked Lay’s, or SunChips Original to have on the side, or to add inside your sub for some more pizzazz.

Which Wich

Grab the ‘Vegetarian’ Bag and fill in the bubbles with whichever bread you’d like. Their white bread and spinach wrap are vegan as well as their lettucewich. The best part is their Black Bean Patty as your protein option. They have many sauces and spreads to choose from, such as mustard, dijon mustard, buffalo sauce, hummus, bbq sauce, oil, and vinegar.

Honeiah Karimi


Honeiah is a graduate student studying linguistics. In her free time, she enjoys showing people how delicious vegan food can be. She’s also a Kombucha fiend.

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