Texas Roadhouse is loved for its giant steaks and little bread rolls that come with their famous cinnamon butter.
As their most popular dishes revolve around the idea of a big hunk of meat, it may not come as a surprise that Texas Roadhouse doesn’t have much on their menu that’s suitable for vegans. In fact, they have no vegan options at all.
According to their website, as of 2021 Texas Roadhouse has 572 restaurants across the world. Despite their popularity, they still have no plans to add vegan options to their updated menu. However, if you find yourself at a Texas Roadhouse hungry and disappointed- we’re here to help.
Although there are no vegan-specific meals, there are some limited side options that you could combine to create a sort of vegan snack platter. It’s not ideal, and this is why Texas Roadhouse is often avoided by those on a limited or vegan diet.
When browsing their website to find vegan options, we noticed that they don’t have any public nutritional information for any of their dishes. This isn’t very reassuring and can lead to confusion for those on a vegan diet, especially in restaurants such as Texas Roadhouse where they fry a lot of their sides in meat fat.
This can mislead some vegans who may assume that sides such as vegetables and potatoes are plant-based- when the ones at Texas Roadhouse are not.
Be aware of...
- Fries - You’d be forgiven for assuming that fries are always a safe bet for a vegan. Wrong. Texas Roadhouse fries are typically fried in animal fat, making them ‘contaminated.’
- Potatoes - Both the mashed potatoes and baked potatoes are not vegan at the Texas Roadhouse.
- Sauteed vegetables - Even the vegetables at Texas Roadhouse cannot be reasonably deemed vegan due to the oils used during cooking and the preparation process of the food.
- Corn - While a cob of sweetcorn may seem like a safe bet, the corn at Texas Roadhouse is not suitable for vegans. This is because it’s cooked with a lot of butter. While it’s not confirmed whether or not this butter is plant-based, due to the lack of information on their website, it’s best to avoid it just in case.
Are there any vegan options?
Technically no. If you’re vegan, we don’t recommend that you head to your nearest Texas Roadhouse. However, if you’ve found yourself at one of their restaurants- don’t panic, you can eat some things. Although it is very limited. Here’s what you could try out:
- Peanuts - If you’ve ever been to a Texas Roadhouse restaurant, then you’ll know all about the peanut etiquette inside. Throughout the restaurant and on each table there will be huge buckets and barrels of monkey peanuts. It is Texas Roadhouse protocol to discard your monkey shells straight onto the restaurant floor, which feels wrong yet exhilarating. If you’re a vegan, you can join in on this peanut-related action. They’re completely vegan friendly!
- Apple Sauce - The apple sauce at Texas Roadhouse is plant-based and suitable for vegans. While it’s not going to make a substantial meal, it can be used for dipping or as a side dish.
- House Salad - Probably the most filling option on this list, the Texas Roadhouse house salad can be vegan. We say “can” as you’ll have to make a few adjustments to it first. Normally, the house salad comes with lettuce, tomato, cheese, and eggs along with some croutons on top. To make the house salad vegan, the cheese and eggs, and croutons will have to be removed. You’ll have to miss out on salad dressing too. However, you can always opt for oil and vinegar as a salad dressing.
- Steamed Vegetables - Of course, veggies are vegan friendly. But the ones at Texas Roadhouse actually aren’t. They can still be an option though, just ask your server if you can have these unbuttered.
- Corn (unbuttered) - The corn is at Texas Roadhouse is only vegan if you ask for it without the butter.
- Sauteed Mushrooms (fried in oil) - The Texas Roadhouse mushrooms aren’t usually considered vegan. This is because they’re typically fried in animal fat. However, some people on online forums have claimed that they’ve managed to blag some vegan mushrooms by requesting that they’re cooked in oil instead. This shouldn’t be a problem, as all of the food is prepared fresh and made to order.
- Margaritas - OK, we know that a margarita technically isn’t food, but they’re certainly a great vegan option. They’re famous across the USA for a reason.
As you can see, Texas Roadhouse doesn’t do a great job at catering for a vegan diet. There are very few options that you could try, but even these have to be modified and aren’t actual substantial meals.
We would recommend just going somewhere else to eat as it seems that Texas Roadhouse has little regard for those on a restricted diet.
Pretty much every other restaurant in the states of the same popularity has a vegan-friendly option, so it is hard to sympathize with Texas Roadhouse. As of 2021, there’s not much point in visiting one if you’re vegan. Hopefully, they’ll expand their menu in the future.