Lazy Dog is a casual dining restaurant chain based in California that serves handcrafted American food and beverages using seasonal ingredients. There are 39 restaurants across 7 states, including California, Nevada, Texas, Colorado, Illinois, Georgia, and Virginia.
What I appreciate about Lazy Dog is that they have an allergen menu that differentiates between vegetarian and vegan – something that doesn’t happen everywhere. There, you’re able to determine if a certain item is vegan without having to question the restaurant about it.
Additionally, and this is great news for dog lovers, Lazy Dog has dog-friendly policies and a dog menu, available on restaurant patios. More importantly, we’re going to look at every single vegan option at Lazy Dog, including sauce, dressings, bowls, sides, snacks, and so on.
Every Vegan Option at Lazy Dog
Unfortunately, Lazy Dog (despite the name), is not a restaurant that is too amicable towards vegans, however, you can still find some vegan options. Lazy dog sells food items like sandwiches, burgers, soups, and salads, but none of the food items under those categories are suitable for vegans.
Certain items, like the vegetarian mixed green salad, will have milk ingredients like cheese (which is pretty abundant across many foods Lazy Dog sells), but you can remove them to make the dish vegan.
They also sell a Grilled 5 Cheese sandwich and a BBQ Veggie Burger that you can modify, as well as other meatless dishes like the Spaghetti Squash & Beetballs and the Nashville Hot Portobello which are vegetarian, but you can always try and ask the restaurant to adapt the recipe to your dietary restriction.
That being said, below, we are going to specifically look at the food items that are 100% vegan.
Among the different preparations available, the only one that is suitable for vegans is the one with sweet & spicy sauce, broccoli, ginger, onions, garlic, and you must ask for tofu as the protein source.
Additionally, the bowl is also served with white or brown rice.
Other bowls include the teriyaki and kung pao bowls but they’re only suitable for vegetarians.
According to Lazy Dog’s allergen menu, there are 5 vegan-friendly sides, which include french fries, black beans, steamed white rice, steamed brown rice, and pickled cucumbers.
The reason why other sides such as sauteed spinach and mashed potatoes are not vegan is that they use butter in their preparation. To make them vegan, you must ask them not to use butter.
In terms of snacks, you’re able to find fruits and vegetables such as apples, carrots, and watermelon.
Dressings, Dips, and Sauces
There are some vegan dressings including Asian vinaigrette, balsamic vinaigrette, red wine vinaigrette, and spicy Thai peanut vinaigrette.
Imagine that you happen to order the vegetarian mixed salad and remove the animal ingredients, it’s likely that you’ll be left with a rather bland salad. Adding one of these vegan dressings will certainly improve up its taste.
Lazy Dog also has dips like guacamole and salsa, which are always delicious with a piece of bread.
What I found to be a surprise was that Lazy Dog’s walnut pesto is actually vegan. Other vegan sauces include tomatillo sauce, tiki sauce, sweet and spicy sauce, and marinara sauce.
There is a lot to choose from, especially if you want to turn bland dishes into something more interesting.
Lazy Dog doesn’t have too many vegan options, but you can still get by, and you can also get creative and convert vegetarian dishes like the BBQ Veggie Burger into a vegan option.
This veggie burger, in particular, contains jack cheese and BBQ sauce, which is the reason why it isn’t vegan. The “meat” itself is made with black beans, so it’s likely to be vegan, so you generally just have to make sure that the jack cheese and BBQ sauce are either removed or replaced.
But even if you simply opt for the vegan options available, you can still get by really easily, since you have a plant-based protein – tofu, which is typically what’s missing in most non-vegan restaurants.