Listen up, vegans, ‘cos this whole thang is dedicated to you legends. Why should you guys miss out on all the trendy foodie fun? We hear you, you definitely shouldn’t. Thank us later.
Ordering fast-food is a rite of passage (for all those times when you just ceebs and then all those many, many, manyyyyyy times future you drinks a little too much). And let’s be real, it can be a touch hard navigating the fast-food world when ya vegan so we thought we’d give you the ultimate list of vegan-friendly feeds that are actually good. Like really, friggin’ delicious.
Here are the best vegan-friendly foods at fast-food joints.
If food fashion isn’t a thing, it is now. Fishbowl is the epitome of fashionable food and has reinvented the poke bowl on a whole, new, level. With the wave of emerging salad bars, Fishbowl has differentiated itself with its hip personality and good vibes. So, vegans, get up in here and build your own vegan bowl. Choose a base (brown rice, cabbage, sushi rice or glass noodles) and start from there or do what we’d do and grab the tofu boys (tofu, cucumber, radish, shallots, edamame, kale with miso tahini and tamari almonds). Can confirm salad heaven is a real place.
Loaded By BL
The foodie geniuses behind Bar Luca bring you Loaded By BL, our fave place to build our own vegan loaded burgers. You can stack up on a chickpea, sweet potato patty, smashed avo, caramelised onion, tomato, lettuce and then top it all off with toasted sesame seeds. Yes, please.
You’ll never believe it but Maccas has launched a vegan burger and guess what it’s called… McVegan burger! Shock. We may have jumped the gun there because it’s only been released in Sweden and Finland so far but keep your hungry eyes peeled Syd. In the meantime, you can order up their iconic fries, loaded fries with guacamole and salsa, hash browns, English muffins and a box of cookies for your vegan-hungry soul.
With a brand-spankin' new vegan range, Domino’s have brought out three major nom pizzas. The trifecta includes the avocado veg, spicy veg trio and the classic Margherita. And what’s more? There are literally twenty-four stores in Sydney so you’re bound to be close to one.
What happens when you put a burger and bowl together? It leaves the bun behind and becomes any burger you want, in a bowl. The Burger Project is offering the magic mushroom burger in a Bowl so expect a stack of confit mushroom, onion, pickles, tomato, lettuce and secret sauce (just make sure you ask for no cheese or crumb).
Lord of the Fries
If you haven’t already heard of it, Lord of the Fries marked the beginning of a vegan fast food revolution and we love them for it. For our veegs, you can treat yourself to the phish burger (lightly battered deep fried vegan fish with cheese, lettuce, onion, pickle, aioli, pickle relish), the original burger (a mock beef patty topped with cheese, lettuce, sliced onion, tangy pickle and smothered in Belgian mayo, mustard and ketchup) and the Chicago hotdog (vegan sausage piled high with fixings like crunchy pickle, relish, peppers, a generous drizzle of mustard and a dusting of celery salt).
Oporto’s veggie burger turns vegan in a second if you just ask for “no cheese, please”. It’s packed with a veggie patty, fresh lettuce, tomato and drizzled with lemon. For sides, you can order a garden salad, seasoned avo, grilled corn, pita, spicy rice and chippies. You go, Oporto.
Pizza Hut’s vegetarian pizzas are also secretly vegan if you ask for the sneaky change to add BBQ sauce instead of tomato and leave out the cheese/aioli (obvs). You can nibble on the veggie supreme, veggie sensation, hot & spicy veggie, garlic bread and chips (with no chicken salt). Plus, if you haven’t been chillin’ under a rock, you’d know these guys are also churning out a vegan cheesy garlic bread too good to be true.
We know you already know about the vegan mecca known as Soul Burger but you can’t blame us for keeping this in the top picks. This joint has ditched all we know about animal products and even the meat-lovers out there are rocking up on the reg. The epic sumo burger boasts plant-based beef and spicy sausage, field mushroom, cheese, roasted peppers, lettuce, tomato, herbed mayo and tomato relish.
Guzman Y Gomez
Guzman Y Gomez is our go-to for quick and delish Mex feed and now it can be yours too! All of these, minus Jack cheese and your choice of veggies will settle your hangry cravings so order up the classic burrito, soft shell taco, nachos, quesadillas and salads.
Providing the goods as always, the Grill’d vegan burger is called the veggie vitality burger for a really, really good reason. It has a beetroot, spinach and a quinoa patty (it’s pink and aaaamazing), golden pineapple, avo and a sugar-free artisan bun (and chippies on the side). And just so you know, it looks just as good as it sounds. Droooool.
Hungry vegans can find the veggie whopper burger (just without cheese and mayo) to tickle their vegan fancy. Purely a veggie patty, ripe hand-cut tomato, fresh lettuce, onion and tomato sauce on a sesame seed bun. You can also treat yo’self to fries, hash browns and onion rings at any Hungry Jacks joint.
Self-serve froyo? Don’t mind if we do. Yogurtland’s array of flavours include ‘no sugar added’, to vegan and dairy free options also added into the mix. Which means you can keep that shiz on tap for as long as you like, we won’t judge you.
At Mad Mex, the naked burrito is always a good idea. Pile a bowl with brown rice, black beans, fresh pico de gallo and crisp shredded lettuce (no cheese and sour cream). If you want something a little diff, grab the white corn taco or perhaps the Ensalada Fresca which has fresh greens, black beans, pico de gallo, corn, pineapple salsa, coriander and onion and sautéed veggies.
And just so you're up-to-date, here's a couple of vegan newbies around Sydney.
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