Eating out without a ‘game plan’ can be a bit daunting at first but once you go vegan and start paying attention to availability you will be amazed at how many options are out there. The other day Genki Husband and I were out and about in Chicago, Illinois and we decided to stop by the Rainforest Cafe. The last time we were at this restaurant chain was actually while in Canada on our Niagara Falls trip. We were vegan at that time too and we had the same menu options, so I’m assuming all locations have pretty much the same, if not identical, menus.
*Please note: As various locations serve different items, please double check with your local restaurant to assure the burger does not have egg. Some people have reported their local area has egg, the ones I went to did not when I went.
During our Canada trip we had a wonderful waitress that helped us find the Rainforest Natural Burger which she mentioned was the best tasting option. The burger is made from ground chickpeas and some spices and placed on a toasted bun. When ordering mention you can not eat dairy so that you can get the only vegan bun available. The original bun has honey in it I believe but please do not quote me on it. This burger has a bit of a strange texture being it isn’t completely firm because the inside is basically chickpeas. But after you get over the texture you will really enjoy the burger for the spice flavors (not too spicy) and the guacamole. It is a great option for eating out at this restaurant. Genki Husband and I shared this burger and fries and we were more than full.
There are some other options that can be made vegan such as a few salads ordered without cheese and dairy dressing. I’m sure you can figure that part out. But if you want something a bit more hearty you can also get the portabello wrap, the fajitas minus the meat and dairy sides, or even the portofino pasta minus the cheese and meat. Everything is made to order so if you have an idea after looking at the menu, just ask your waitstaff and most of them will gladly help you. Both times we have gone to this restaurant the staff has either been vegan or knew another person in the kitchen that was too since they assured us it was going to be 100% vegan. No problems.
So, Rainforest Cafe is Vegan Friendly and highly suggested if you are in the area and want something to eat in a light, fun atmosphere.
Locations: Various states in the USA, Niagara Falls in Canada, Tokyo Japan, London England, Paris France and in Dubai U.A.E.