When one thinks of fast food, burgers, hot dogs, and buffalo wings come to mind. Vegan fast food?..Yes..It does exist! Vegan fast food restaurants have been cropping up across the globe. FoodSwings in New York City is one of these restaurants. Their menu is quite vast and encompasses every imaginable, fast food item. Veggie burgers, veggie dogs, faux buffalo wings, faux chicken fingers, faux Philly cheesesteak, chile, and faux fish n chips are just a few of their delectable menu offerings!
Faux meats and faux cheeses are made of soy, wheat, gluten, or other non-animal products. Typically, soy is the ingredient of choice. For the newly vegan or carnivore guest, I can assure you that these faux substitutes will not disappoint you! You may even convert to veganism yourself. These faux meats and soy cheeses will even please the palate of a carnivore!
My first experience at an all-vegan, fast food restaurant was indeed at FoodSwings in New York for both lunch and dinner. I ordered the veggie dog, buffalo wings, fish n chips, and potato skins with faux bacon bits. These all vegan restaurants make this dining experience an authentic one. In other words, just as carnivores indulge in all of the toppings and condiments enhance their selections, these all-vegan alternatives do likewise. My veggie dog arrived complete with faux cheese, mustard and relish. The fish n chips was accompanied with vegan tartar sauce. The buffalo wings were smothered in BBQ sauce. Finally, the potato skins arrived with faux bacon bits and faux sour cream. For the first time in my life, I could relate to anyone who had experienced the fast food, dining scene!
Vegan, fast food restaurants are becoming more commonplace in Europe also. Germany in particular can boast of several of these eateries. They serve the typical fare of veggie dogs, veggie burgers, buffalo wings, chicken fingers, and so forth. Some of these restaurants specialize in a particular type of fast food, such as veggie dogs.
As a vegan child, I can recall feeling “out of place” when accompanying friends to the breach or seashore or on a vacation. While the others found a satisfying lunch at a clam shack or burger cafe, I had to either settle for fries and a salad or frantically wander around the vacation spot seeking vegan meal options. That is no longer the case!
As the global vegan population continues to grow, we should expect to see more of these all-vegan, fast food restaurants appearing in many locations across the world.