Vegan at the Cracker Barrel

Vegan at the Cracker Barrel seem a bit impossible? Well, I did it last night. Of course, I had to have the manager come out and arrange special things for me and discuss what things are vegan.

It turns out they cook their sprouts with ham, their pinto beans have ham in them, they cook most of their veggies and even their rice in beef broth, and much more. At least they were honest!

However, I ordered a garden salad which has a vegan dressing, a plain baked potato, corn with no margarine and a fresh seasonal fruit dish. The  at the last minute, she mentioned that one manager she knew was vegan and loved their granola (which they usually put on the yogurt). That sounded great, so I ordered that (no yogurt).

My faves were the garden salad, baked potato and granola. The granola had dried berries, oatmeal and almonds. It was delicious and seemed very healthy. The baked potato was huge and the garden salad was so yummy. I used some of the dressing that was for the salad, for my baked potato. I also added a bit of salt and a bit of pepper to it.

So you can eat vegan there. I sent them a comment on their website thanking them for being hospitable and helpful (some restaurants aren’t). I also asked them to have a “special diets” section in their menu with a “vegan” subsection. I asked them for veggie and rice options without butter or beef broth. I suggested they cook rice in vegetable broth.

I Ate the Vegan Black Bean Burger at Scrud’s Restaurant in Utah

I just ate at this place called Scrud’s in Utah and they had a great Vegan Black Bean Burger. I was told the bun is even vegan. I had tomato, lettuce, pickles and avocado on it. I had the side salad “with no cheese and no bacon.” I did not have fries. The black bean burger does not touch a grill or a fryer, but everything that does (fries, other burgers, etc.) comes in contact with LARD, FYI. Ask for a bun with no butter, too. I had to ask for one after they had brought me one with butter on it.

Anyway, it was a BIG, tasty vegan black bean burger! It did not taste dry like the one at Wendy’s. It had corn, green peppers and tomatoes chopped up in it. The beans seemed very fresh. They were not formed into a compact, had been frozen, type “patty” of beans. It is a huge chunk-bunch of fresh, delicious, moist, juicy mixture spread onto the bun. It is 10 times better than the (expensive) cheap, low quality, dry, tiny black bean burger at Wendy’s, so please go to Scrud’s instead of Wendy’s if you want to be more pleased!

Of course, if you want to encourage Wendy’s, at least try theirs once. Then tell them it is great but just costs too much for the value given. Just keep in mind that we do buy dried beans and cook them so we know they do not cost very much. We are willing to pay over $4.00 for this child-sized sandwich to test it and make other reataurants also wish to put out vegan items. However, on a regular basis, we are not going to run in, to pay over $4 for a sandwich that leaves us hungry. We are aware that beans do not cost much. I am positive Wendy’s buys dried beans in bulk to make these. Granted, I know that hiring expensive dieticians and chefs, patenting a new black bean burger and getting it PETA approved cannot be easy or cheap. I will give you that, Wendy’s.

Scrud’s is a small chain with 4 restaurant locations and it is kicking Wendy’s butt on this, though. Come on, Wendy’s. You can do better than that with all the money you have! Don’t let a tiny chain beat you in the butt and make you look, well, “cheap.”