How To Order Vegan at Arby's

How To Order Vegan at Arby’s

It’s almost surprising that a restaurant that insists on ‘having the meats’ has anything vegan-friendly on its menu. To be fair, there aren’t many, but one of them also happens to be one of my absolute favorite fast-food fries.

Before we get into the list I want to mention that you must be aware that if you’re eating at any restaurant that is not completely vegan then cross-contamination could be (and most likely is) an issue. In particular, Arby’s fried menu items do share a fryer with animal products so if that’s an issue for you steer clear of anything coming out of the fryer.

With that being said, let’s get into my favorite vegan-friendly items on Arby’s menu!

Best Vegan Menu Items at Arby’s

Curly Fries

Arby's Curly Fries
Arby’s Curly Fries

Arby’s Curly Fries are absolutely one of my favorite fast-food fries. So much so that I’ve even bought the bags of Arby’s Curly Fries that you can pick up at the grocery store (on more than one occasion I’m not ashamed to say).

The seasoning and crunch on the Curly Fries are both spot on. And although as a grown adult it shouldn’t matter that a French fry is ‘curly’, but there’s just something about it that makes them fun to eat.

At least once a year I’ll make a trip to Arby’s just to order myself a large Curly Fry. There, I said it.

Apple Turnover

Arby's Apple Turnover
Arby’s Apple Turnover

One of the most shocking revelations I’ve ever come across is finding out that the turnovers (yes, the Cherry one too) at Arby’s are vegan-friendly.

It doesn’t make any sense, but I’m guessing that somehow these desserts are so processed that they’re not made with any butter or cream of any kind. I’m sure this also means that the Apple Turnover is probably not good for me by any definition, but… they are delightful.

You’re not going to be confused and think you’ve landed inside a French Bistro, but it’s a hot, sugary concoction of apples inside a flaky, sugary pastry and its drive-thru comfort food at its finest.

Just to be clear, the Cherry Turnover is vegan-friendly as well but personally, I always go for the Apple.

Homestyle Fries

Arby's Crinkle Fries
I don’t have the Homestyle Fries where I currently live. Here is a shot of the crinkle fries instead (also pretty good!)

There aren’t exactly a ton of available vegan options on the Arby’s menu so, yes, Fries are two of the three best options in my opinion.

The Homestyle Fries are actually a regional menu item so if you have Homestyle Fries, congrats. If you don’t have Homestyle Fries on your Arby’s menu then you most likely have Crinkle Cut Fries instead.

The Crinkle Cut Fries aren’t bad either, but I’ve had both and I believe the Homestyle Fries are far superior.

French Toast Sticks

Did you know Arby’s serves breakfast? I sure didn’t until very recently, but they’ve been serving up breakfast for over five years now.

There are really only two vegan options for breakfast and they both come out of a fryer. The French Toast Sticks and the Potato Cakes. The French Toast Sticks are nothing special. It’s fried bread that you dip in sugar so they taste just fine. However, I’ve never really felt good about myself after knocking down fried bread at seven o’clock in the morning.

Having said all that, if you’re road-tripping (or some other reason that would land you at Arby’s first thing in the morning) and are limited on options, go ahead and give them a whirl.

Chopped Side Salad

If you want something that isn’t fried, then the Side Salad (ordered with no cheese) is your best option.

They do have other salads on the menu, but the ordering gymnastics needed to make those salads vegan just isn’t worth the hassle in my opinion.

If you decide to go with the salad, order either the Light Italian Dressing or the Balsamic Vinaigrette to go with it.

Arby’s Sauce

This is a bit weird and random, but I couldn’t leave it off the list. If you’ve ever had it, you know what I’m talking about. Arby’s Sauce is awesome sauce.

It doesn’t necessarily go on anything you can actually order from Arby’s (I’ve seen some people dip their fries in it, but I never got on board with that). I recommend taking some packets home and throwing them on a Beyond Burger – delicious!

Final Thoughts

You’re not going to find any faux meats that you can now find at many other fast-food chains and I don’t foresee that happening anytime soon considering Arby’s marketing.

However, the Curly Fries are absolutely amazing and are worth the occasional trip through the drive-thru all by themselves.

If you enjoyed this how-to guide on ordering vegan at Arby’s, make sure to check out some of my other vegan guides like How To Order Vegan at Dunkin’.

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