Vegan Rant: “Restaurants Don’t Serve Me the Same Portion Sizes as Meat Eaters”

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A friend from D.C. posted what he titled a “Vegan Rant” yesterday on his Facebook page, and I thought it interesting. I asked him if I could share it here—name and all—to get your opinions, and he obliged. So here goes:

I’m not vegan, so I wanted to ask all the vegan (and even veggie) Be Wellers out there: Is this something you’ve ever experienced? A restaurant gypping you on portion size simply because you order a meal sans meat? If this has happened to you, have you ever said anything? And if so, how did the restaurant react?

Lay it on me, folks.

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  • Meghan

    5 year vegetarian here- I’ve honestly never noticed this. If they were to give ‘us’ smaller portions, I’d be fine with that since restaurant portions are usually crazy huge anyway…

  • I agree with Meghan here. There are plenty of places in Philly where you can get a generous serving of vegan food, but in a fine dining or small plates setting, you can certainly expect smaller portions and refined plates. You never want to overload a plate in that type of setting because it looks sloppy to do so, and those are generally meals where you order more than one course. I’ve also noticed that my vegan tasting menu or dish at nice restaurants is always cheaper than everyone else’s by several dollars. So it all evens out. Just order according to your appetite.

  • Katie

    I’ve found this, especially at chains like Subway, when you omit cheese and animal meat, they should thoughtfully increase the quantity of each veggie you ask for to fill up the sandwich, but they really don’t unless you get pushy and insist on more. I have had a few eye rolls, but never more disdain than that. I also agree with Kelly that you make up for less food by paying less, so it’s not all bad.

  • Maggie

    I have noticed exactly this. And that a lot is put into preparing a carnivore meal but not much enthusiasm if the dish is vegie/vegan. And I agree on the Subway bit. Always ask for extra and have never been charged!!

  • unethical_vegan

    As a very active vegan who needs to consume ~2800 calories a day just to maintain a normal weight I wholeheartedly agree with this rant. This problem is not limited to omni restaurants. I also would like to state that I am categorically fed up with health/raw/dfh vegan restaurants that serve microscopic portions.