Vegetarians...what vegetarian option do you want to see on a menu?!

Question: Vegetarians...what vegetarian option do you want to see on a menu?
I'm a chef putting together a top menu. Ideas please!!! As a non-vegetarian I want to know what you guys want to eat if you went out to an expensive restaurant.


Are you looking for any particular theme? International cuisine? Here are some ideas:

Appetizers/Dips (they should all be served with toasted pita)
-Melitzanosalata (Greek eggplant dip)
-Muhammara (it's a Syrian hot pepper, crumbly dip)
-Hummus (can be flavored a number of ways)

-Creamy vegan Corn Chowder
-Turkish red Lentil Soup
-Soba noodle soup with shiitake mushrooms

Main Course
-Teriyaki Seitan + Broccoli on a bed of rice
-Red Bliss Potato Casserole
-Quinoa Pilaf with Mixed beans, vegetables and Saffron threads

As for desserts, vegetarians will have an entire list to choose from, but perhaps have one dairy and egg-free option for the vegans and lactose intolerant? Something like vegan peanut butter brownies with sorbet?

Portobello Burger with pesto,mozzerella cheese,red onion!

Panini with portobello,mozzerella,tomato, & basil. Or even eggplant would be good instead of portobello

Any good pizza will make me happy!

A salad with lots of yummy toppings... avocado,egg,roasted red pepper,cheeses,olives,croutons,& the usuals,etc (obviously these all don't have to be on one salad)

There is a restaurant called Yardhouse and they actually have a menu with lots of vegetarian options because they use a veggie meat product called Gardein. They can make veggie buffalo chicken,burgers,etc.

One of the best meals I've ever had consisted of:
Chive raviolis stuffed with crimini mushrooms with a garlic wine sauce.

You could try a fancy mac&cheese!

I'm running out of ideas. Good luck :)

Wikipedia On Vegetable Proteins

i'm not a vegetarian but i do like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts,and seeds.

wikipedia has information on vegetarianism at…

on veganism at

on leafy green vegetables at…

on lentils at

on legumes at

on alternatives to meat at…

on soybeans & soy products at

and on alternatives to dairy milk at

for vegetarian recipes use The One Word A Search Approach with words such as: quick, easy, raw, healthy, protein, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, breakfast, cereal, fruit, lunch, greens, lentils, legumes, dinner, casserole, souffle, pizza, cheese, dessert,and smoothie in the search box of vegetarian times at and veg web at

I think it would be easier if you had vegan options on the menu instead. When I was a lacto-ovo vegetarian there were many vegan meals I ate happily.
If a vegan comes in and sees only vegetarian items (that are made with dairy) they will be frustrated.

Here's some vegan foods: (any dish can be made vegan BTW)
Enchilada bake (made w/ vegan cheddar)
"Cheese pizza" w/ "hot wings"
Black bean burritos w/ rice
Marinara spaghetti w/ Chick peas
Lentil Soup
"Beef stew"
Curry tofu
Tofu vegetable soup

Cashew butter dip w/ pretzels
Celery and peanut butter
Salad w/ sesame seeds
Blue corn chips, bean dip, avocados and pico de gallo

Here's a vegan meat supplier:…

Here are vegan recipes:


Vegan drinks: Green tea, steamed latte made w/ nut milk, carrot juice, apple juice, etc.

Vegan dessert: Raspberry turnovers, sugar cookies, chocolate cake, red velvet cake w/ "cream cheese" frosting, etc..


Vegetable fried rice
Spring rolls
More varieties of salad! Lettuce and two slices of tomato is not a SALAD!
Spicy peanut noodles
Burritos/Tacos/Fajitas with beans, rice, lettuce, tomato, salsa, and hot sauce
Corn on the cob
Vegetable curries
Miso soup
Vegetable soups
Hot and sour soup
Falafel wraps
Garlic potatoes
French fries that are not made with any animal fats
Tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole
Pita chips with different types of hummus
Roasted vegetables
Veg chili

All of the above can be made vegan as well to attract more customers! ^_^ Good luck.

To be honest, I don't even know what they normally have at "expensive restaurants", anyway.


roti canai

laksa assam

sweet and sour soup


baked tofu kebabs

idli,sambar, vada, iddyapam.

toasted fresh lima beans on a piece of paper ( Japanese thing)

For appetizers, I'm a big fan of mini veg spring rolls or marinated tofu with a sweet chilli dipping sauce.

I'm vegan, but this sounds good:
Roasted vegetables and portebello mushrooms over a scallion flatbread

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