All this month, Another Food Critic is taking a special look at the vegetarian options on local restaurants’ menus. To learn more, click here.
I suppose the best way to go about this would be to recall the day’s conversation.
HAPLESS CASHIER: “How can I help you?”
ME: “What’s your vegetarian burger like?”
CASHIER: “Vegetarian burger?”
ME: “Yeah. Like…sometimes they’re black bean burgers or soy burgers. Which one do you guys have?”
CASHIER: “Um. I don’t think, uh, let me check.” (to OVERWORKED MANAGER:) “Do we have a vegetarian burger?”
MANAGER: “No, no we don’t.”
ME: “OK. Well then what other vegetarian things do you have here?”
CASHIER: “Well we have salads.”
ME: “OK. I’ll take the Caesar salad.
CASHIER: “OK. That’ll be $5.50. Would you like the chicken grilled or fried?”
ME: “…I’m not sure the dots are connecting here.”
It’s an awful shame I can’t create some kind of “-1 Apple” rating, because America’s favorite fast food place has long deserved it. There are a few items on the menu which could conceivably be vegetarian if you asked them to take out a few ingredients, but it kind of feels like they just want to skip over this whole “healthy” thing if at all possible. With the introduction of the smoothies and the apple walnut salad, they’ve made progress over the past five or ten years, but McDonald’s is still gripping tightly to that fast food mentality.
I would be quite satisfied to never step foot in one of these restaurants again.