When it comes to dining out as a vegan, Steak n’ Shake might not be the first place that comes to mind. Renowned for its burgers and shakes, you’d think the plant-based options would be slim to none.
While it’s true that you won’t find a vegan burger or dairy-free shake here (at least not yet), there are still some ways to make a meal out of what’s available.
Here’s a guide to help you make the best out of a limited situation.
Uncovering Vegan Options: The Basics
Your Go-To Green Plate: The Salad
One can never go wrong with a Garden Fresh Salad, especially if you’re vegan.
To veganize it, request Light Italian Dressing and make sure to skip both cheese and croutons. The standard version of the salad features lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, and red cabbage.
Insider Tip: For that extra crunch, why not sprinkle some Oyster or Saltine Crackers over your salad? They’re a nice stand-in for the usual croutons.
- Light Italian
The Sides: Beyond Leafy Greens
Who said sides are just fillers? At Steak n’ Shake, they can make up a decent portion of your meal:
- Spaghetti: Simply order it plain, and you’ve got yourself a vegan dish.
- Baked Beans: Although availability varies from location to location, it’s worth asking.
- Thin ‘n Crispy Fries*: A classic and totally vegan!
- Cajun Fries*: Spice up your meal with this option.
- Applesauce: For a touch of sweetness.
Child-Friendly Vegan Choices
If you’ve got kiddos in tow, or you’re in the mood for something lighter, here are some picks from the children’s menu:
- Baked Beans
- Fresh Banana
- Honest Kids Organic Appley Ever After (Apple Juice)
Rise and Shine: Vegan Breakfast Finds
Did you know Steak n’ Shake even had breakfast? Neither did I, but it’s a good thing they do because here’s what you can munch on:
- Hash Brown*, Crispy Patty: A morning favorite.
- Hash Browns*, Shredded: For those who like it a different way.
- Bagel: Yes, the Bagel Sandwich is a no-go, but the bagel by itself is good to go.
*Friendly Reminder: It’s wise to inquire about potential cross-contamination, especially with items like fries and hash browns that share the fryer with non-vegan foods.
Onion Rings: Yay or Nay?
Sadly, it’s a nay. Steak n’ Shake’s onion rings contain whey, so they’re not plant-friendly.
In a Nutshell
While the vegan offerings at Steak n’ Shake are far from extensive, you won’t go hungry if you know what to look for. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the menu evolves to include some hearty plant-based burgers and creamy dairy-free shakes.
Until then, I’ll be relishing my Garden Fresh Salad and maybe even a side of Thin ‘n Crispy Fries.
May your vegan adventures be ever-flavorful!
Did you find this guide useful? Here are a couple of my other guides on how to eat vegan at other restaurants:
Want more information on ordering vegan at Steak and Shake? I recommend checking out the following resources: