“It’s Too Hard to Go Vegan; What Would I Eat?” The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Tastes

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[First published in 2019, but an ongoing labor of love updated as recently as December 2020]

To me, “going vegan” was not about being trendy or better-than-thou, showing anyone up, or guilting anyone into doing what I have come to believe is the right thing. It’s just what my wife and I have done in our household after our younger daughter introduced us to it back in 2016.

Below you’ll find links leading to literally thousands of choices ranging from tasty to delicious to downright delectable. In this piece, we:

  • Lead off with the fast-growing lineup of plant-based fare available at restaurants and on the go
  • Move from there to the incredible diversity of plant-based foods ready to tempt your tastebuds on the homefront, including (yes) “The Tesla of Chicken”
  • Follow it all up with Q&A, the science, thoughts, and opinions

A programming note: this post is rigorously sourced, but I couldn’t get references to click to the endnotes for you. Links that simply open to company websites and the like, not part of a news story, are embedded in text. Those sourced from research reports and news stories have a notation, from |a| to |z| and more. Either way, all links open the way God intended them to: in a new tab =;-D At post’s end you’ll find all endnotes with sources, titles, and the same links.

Eating on the Go: Plant-Based Burgers ROCK

These burgers feature something that would surprise those who haven’t tried them: THEY TASTE GREAT. Even if I weren’t a plant-based enthusiast, I would never go back to “regular” burgers.

As reflected in the opening image, we love Beyond Meat Burgers at TGI Fridays. Having had every burger Fridays makes over the years, to us these are the best and tastiest on the menu. We are also proud and happy $BYND shareholders.

Burger King rolled out its Impossible Whopper to rave reviews across the US and Impossible products are available in a handful of other countries. Beyond Meat products have far greater reach, currently sold in the US parts of EMEA, APAC, and Latin America. Both companies are of course looking to expand into other markets.

I usually don’t have time to wait on the service, but when I do, the Impossible-based Sliders at White Castle are pretty good.

So Do These Other Foods-on-the-Go, including (there is a God) Cheesesteak

Del Taco is serving up “The Future of Tacos and Burritos” made with Beyond Meat.

Dunkin’ Donuts has partnered with Beyond Meat to introduce the Beyond Sausage Breakfast Sandwich. Yes, not vegan if you get cheese on it, but like the Starbucks breakfast sandwich mentioned below, it is wildly popular (and in my assessment, amazingly tasty).

Azzip Pizza serves up really good “zero dairy zero cholesterol zero animal products 100% flavor” pies.

But the biggest news in plant-based restaurant pizza may be the Beyond Pan Pizzas at Pizza Hut. No, they’re not vegan because they are still made with real cheese, but Pizza Hut proudly serves them up with Beyond Italian Sausage, and they are impossibly delicious.

When I learned mega-musician and writer Questlove was teaming up with the cool kids at Impossible to serve up a vegan cheesesteak, I tweeted it up. When Questlove himself RT’d my tweet, it went what in my world is viral. Get this: they launched the new cheesesteak in PHILADELPHIA! The center of the cheesesteak universe. Questlove was born and raised there, and as you can read at the link above, is something of a cheesesteak connoisseur. So at Phillies games or other events you can now enjoy Questlove’s Cheesesteak™ at Citizens Bank Park!

This is also not a one-shot deal for Questlove: he is an early investor in Impossible Foods. If and when Impossible Foods goes public my wife and I will, in our own small-investor way, join him. But first I want to do lunch with him! |a  b|

Vegan Global Goodness

On my first real business trip to London last November — before that, my only visit had been a stopover at Heathrow — I had a Beyond Burger at Honest Burgers. They are now calling it their Plant ‘V’ and it joins the Fritter ‘V’ and Veggie Christmas on the Honest-ly great menu.

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