Texas Roadhouse is a chain of restaurants in the United States that has a running theme of western aesthetics throughout each location. There are over 560 Texas Roadhouse restaurants dotted all over the world, with the majority of them being in America.
One thing that keeps people coming back to Texas Roadhouse is the free buckets of peanuts that workers place on each table for the diners to enjoy. The rolls are also a fan favorite at Texas Roadhouse.
Now, Texas Roadhouse is a restaurant that specializes in steak. With that knowledge, it doesn’t sound like the best place for a vegan to enjoy a meal. However, today we are going to be looking into the vegan options available at Texas Roadhouse so that everyone can enjoy them.
Unfortunately, Texas Roadhouse did not provide an in-depth allergen guide on their website. However, someone reached out to a Texas Roadhouse Guest Relations Coordinator to clear up which items on the menu were vegan-friendly.
The response they got is down below so that you can read it for yourself:
‘Thank you for reaching out! I am so sorry to bear the bad news, but unfortunately, we really have no vegan options. We could provide a salad with oil and vinegar with add ons like tomatoes or onions, corn with no butter, veggies no butter, and I am sure the manager can help with anything else. We do have a veggie plate option where you can pick 4 side items. I wish I had more good news! But our salads are delicious! Thank you for being a legendary guest!’
The ‘veggie plate option’ the coordinator speaks of is an option in which you can choose four side options and get a discounted price than if you were to purchase them separately. We’re going to be looking at the vegan options at Texas Roadhouse, but spoiler alert, they’re almost all sides.
So, using the veggie plate option could be a good idea instead of having to pay full price for multiple different sides. This will give you the illusion of eating a main meal rather than just snacking on side dishes.
Vegan Options At Texas Roadhouse
Without further ado, let’s look into the vegan options at Texas Roadhouse, no matter how sparse the variety is.
You might be happy to hear that you can snack on the table’s peanuts while waiting for your dishes to come out of the kitchen. As the peanuts are not tampered with or cooked, you can eat them as they are vegan-friendly.
You can never go wrong with a salad, and the House Salad offered at Texas Roadhouse is as good as the rest of them. Included is the below veggies:
- Fresh greens
- Cheddar cheese
Of course, to make this vegan you will need to ask for some of the components to be removed. This is the egg, croutons, and cheddar cheese. The only vegan-friendly dressings that you can ask for at Texas Roadhouse are oil and vinegar.
Fresh Vegetables are simply steamed broccoli and baby carrots. A Texas Roadhouse representative has recently come out and said that the vegetables offered at Texas Roadhouse are all made with butter, so you will need to ask for yours to be prepared without butter.
You can also eat the side dish of Buttered Corn as long as the butter is not used in the preparation of your food. Make sure that you ask a member of staff to ensure that no butter touches your corn before it comes out of the kitchen.
The Plain Baked Potato and Plain Sweet Potato were once believed to be vegan-friendly, but it has now been discovered that bacon grease is used to create both of these dishes. Therefore, neither of these potato sides is vegan-friendly.
The Mashed Potatoes are also not vegan-friendly because they have been made with chicken stock. Therefore no potato dishes at Texas Roadhouse are available to vegans.
Texas Roadhouse is known for its steaks, but it is also known for its margaritas. These alcoholic beverages are often vegan-friendly as they aren’t made with any animal-derived products.
Texas Roadhouse also offers a range of soft drinks that are often available to vegans.
Other Potential Vegan-Friendly Options
Below is a list of other potentially vegan-friendly products offered at Texas Roadhouse. You should ask the manager of each location that you visit to see whether their restaurant prepares them in any way that could not be vegan-friendly.
The menu items in question are the Apple Sauce and the Steak Fries. While we would normally consider these to be vegan-friendly, you should always ask to make sure as the fries could be fried in bacon grease.
There is also the risk of cross-contamination at Texas Roadhouse, with your dishes being prepared with the same utensils and in the same place as meat products are. If you’re not comfortable with this, we’d recommend staying away from Texas Roadhouse.
To sum up, the vegan options at Texas Roadhouse are nothing to write home about. A lot of the menu items have been prepared with animal products and are therefore not suitable for people who follow a vegan diet.
You can get a few side dishes, a drink, and snack on some peanuts - so it could be worse. However, there are better options out there if you’re wanting a more substantial meal.