Every Vegan Option at Golden Corral in 2020

Every Vegan Option at Golden Corral in 2020

Golden Corral is an American restaurant chain that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, mainly through an all-you-can-eat buffet and grill with numerous hot and cold dishes, a carving station, as well as Brass Bell Bakery.

This restaurant chain is definitely not vegan but you can find a few vegan-friendly options, although they may vary based on what is prepared on a given day. Still, If you’re planning to visit Golden Corral to try some vegan food out, let us just say it’s not the ideal place.

In addition, it’s a restaurant with a history of serving “unsafe” and “spoiled” food, so it’s probably the last place we would recommend any vegan to go.

What Vegan Food Can You Order At Golden Corral?

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We have recently visited the Golden Corral website, and we’ve taken a detailed look at the nutrition facts for each item on their menu.

These are the supposedly vegan-friendly options they have:

Vegetables, Fruits, Legumes & Nuts

  • Baked sweet potatoes
  • Asian Stir Fry Vegetables
  • Black beans
  • Black-eyed peas, southern style
  • Cabbage
  • Campfire vegetable medley
  • Cauliflower
  • Collard greens
  • Corn-on-the-cob
  • Jalapenos
  • Mushrooms
  • Pickles
  • Green beans
  • Green chilies
  • Lima beans
  • Machaca beans
  • Northern beans
  • Pinto beans
  • Ranch style beans
  • Sauerkraut
  • Refried beans
  • Spinach
  • Squash (tempura battered)
  • Turnip greens
  • Vegetable trio
  • Zucchini (tempura battered)
  • Black olives
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery sticks
  • Cherry peppers
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Chickpeas
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Baby carrots
  • Peanuts
  • Cucumbers
  • Pineapple
  • Watermelon
  • Onions
  • Dill pickle spears
  • Dill pickles
  • Dried cranberries
  • Fruit cocktail
  • Green grapes
  • Green olives
  • Green peppers
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Kidney beans
  • Lettuce
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Almonds
  • Jalapenos
  • Soy nuts
  • Pecan pieces
  • Pepperoncinis
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Red grapes
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Strawberry
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Tomato
  • Zucchini
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Grapefruit
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Kiwi
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Mango
  • Orange
  • Papaya
  • Peaches
  • Pears

Sides

  • BBQ baked beans
  • Baked potatoes
  • Charro beans
  • Fries
  • Mexican rice
  • Okra
  • Onion rings (fresh battered)
  • Pagoda rice
  • Penne pasta
  • Plantains
  • Potato chips
  • Spaghetti noodles
  • Spring rolls
  • Sweet potato fries
  • Taco shells
  • Tater tots
  • White rice
  • Yellow rice
  • Tortilla chips
  • Rice noodles
  • Sesame sticks
  • Sweet pickle chips

Sauces and Condiments

  • Brown sugar
  • Cocktail sauce
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Grape jelly
  • Jelly
  • Olive oil
  • Salsa
  • Strawberry Jelly
  • Vegetable Oil

Salads

  • Beet and onion salad
  • Fruit salad
  • Marinated garden salad
  • Marinated vegetable salad
  • Pasta salad
  • Strawberry spinach salad
  • Summer salad
  • Three bean salad
  • Tomato and onion salad

Breakfast  & Toppings

  • Cocoa Krispies cereal
  • Corn Pops cereal
  • Frosted Flakes cereal
  • Cinnamon Rolls
  • Fruit Loops cereal
  • Grits
  • Oatmeal
  • Raisin Bran cereal
  • Rice Krispies cereal
  • Applesauce
  • Blueberry syrup
  • Cherry topping
  • Maple syrup
  • Peach topping
  • Pineapple topping
  • Sugar-free syrup
  • Strawberry topping

From what we’ve gathered, preparations like sautéed vegetables or grilled corn-on-the-cob appear on their website as containing egg and milk.

Therefore, before you add anything to your plate (be it vegetables or any other sides), make sure you ask whether or not animal ingredients were used during preparation.  

What Vegan Drinks Can Order At Golden Corral?

Drinks are considered the last resort for each place you visit that doesn’t have many vegan options — and Golden Corral is one of those places because while you may have a long list of vegan-friendly ingredients, there aren’t any particularly creative dishes formulated with vegans in mind.

Here is a quick list of vegan-friendly drinks you can order at Golden Corral:

  • Apple juice
  • Barq’s root beer
  • Coca-cola (plus variations)
  • Coffee
  • Cranberry juice
  • Dr. Pepper
  • Fanta (plus variations)
  • Fuze tea
  • Vitamin water
  • Gold Peak tea
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Hi-C Flashin Fruit Punch
  • Hi-C Poppin Pink lemonade
  • Jamaica
  • Minute Maid lemonade
  • Orange guava juice
  • Orange juice
  • Powerade
  • Ginger ale
  • Sprite
  • Tomato juice

Additional Information

There were several allegations made against Golden Corral.

One in 2003 where an outbreak of salmonella was linked to a Golden Corral restaurant in Kennesaw, Georgia. Another in 2012, but this time it was an outbreak of norovirus linked to a now-closed Golden Corral restaurant that existed in Casper, Wyoming.

Lastly, in 2013, a Youtube video was uploaded alleging that a Golden Corral restaurant in Port Orange, Florida, was storing prepared and raw food next to a dumpster.

*Information extracted from Wikipedia

Conclusion

While Golden Corral doesn’t have many vegan options (as far as actual dishes are concerned), it still has many ingredients you can take advantage of when building your dish.

However, keep in mind that while a specific ingredient may be vegan, the way it is prepared may have involved the use of animal ingredients – or may be purely due to cross-contact.

In any case, always be sure to ask before you decide to eat anything.

Alexandre Valente

Hey there! My name is Alex and I've been vegan for more than three years! I've set up this blog because I'm really passionate about veganism and living a more eco-conscious life. Hopefully, I can use this website as a channel to help you out on your own journey!

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