Vegetarian in the U.S.

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1. Posted by applegirl (Full Member 144 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

We're soon off on that road trip now (Los Angeles - New York) and well both of us being vegetarians we're wondering slightly about how to find veggie food inbetween California and New York...
I guess stocking up on our own fresh fruits and veggies is an option, but it would be nice to get out and eat cocked food aswell, which isn't just chips or something like that...

Are there any American vegetarians in this forum or travelling vegetarians who've been around in the deep south and other states where veggie food is not much of an option?
Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

2. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,
I only have experience of California and Nevada (Vegas), but I expect you will find enough to go on. Although Americans are very much a 'Steak' society, there are also plenty of all-you-can-eat buffets, where you can fill up on salads! And it's a very multi-cultural place, so seek out.
And hey, if you find it hard, make it a purpose and write a guide book!:)

3. Posted by rebmamber (Respected Member 40 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I have travelled quite a bit throughout the U.S., including many states that you would not necessarily consider progressive, but I have been able to find vegetarian food all over. One of your best resources in a town will be the natural food store, if they have one, so check out this list:

I think even the most "out of touch" places have heard about vegetarianism by now, it is definitely a ton easier than it was ten years ago! Another thing to consider is that many religious groups are into organic food and healthy eating (my brother lived for 2 years in Pensacola, FL, and while he was one of the only true vegetarians at the health food store, many of the local restaurants also accomadated for the community ideals.)

Remember, if all else fails, most towns will have an italian or a chinese restaurant, which will always have something to choose from. I wouldn't worry too much about stocking up ahead of time.

Good luck!

4. Posted by rebmamber (Respected Member 40 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

It's me again. I noticed that you were from the U.K. and I felt that I had a more difficult time finding veggie food there than I do here (besides London, of course). Maybe it's just because I didn't know where I was supposed to look!

Anyway, I found a couple of other sites that may be of interest. If you want to buy some food to take with you along the way, the largest grocer of veggie food is Whole Foods (I spend hours whenever I go in here!) Look them up at

Also, all large grocery stores have a decent vegetarian section (well, in Florida anyway)

And lastly, there is a book published which outlines all the vegetarian restaurants around the country.
You could just bring it with you and never have to worry.:)

5. Posted by applegirl (Full Member 144 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for good tips and thanks for all the links rebmamber, they're great!
I think we will have a great time and, it seems, eat some yummy food too.

6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I asked a friend of mine, she suggested:

Just thought I would add that to the mix.


7. Posted by applegirl (Full Member 144 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Great, thanks Greg. ;)