My Favorite Vegan Options at A&W Root Beer

A&W has been a nostalgic brand for many, and it’s heartening to see them extending their menu to cater to the vegan community. Although the vegan choices are quite limited in the United States compared to their Canadian outlets, there are still a few delightful options to choose from.

Vegan Side Options


Who doesn’t love a good portion of crispy fries? The fries at A&W are a go-to choice for many vegans. However, a little heads up – they may be cooked in the same oil as some non-vegan items, so it’s always good to check at the individual restaurant.

Mott’s Applesauce

For a healthier side, Mott’s Applesauce is a delightful choice. It’s a nice, light option to balance out your meal, especially if you find yourself yearning for something sweet yet not overly indulgent.

Sweet & Refreshing Vegan Treats

Various Limeade Flavors

A&W offers a variety of Limeade flavors that are perfect for cooling off on a warm day. From classic Limeade to Strawberry, Cherry, and more, there’s a taste for every palate. These beverages are a personal favorite, offering a refreshing zest that complements any meal.

Assortment of Slushees

The slushee options are a fun and frosty choice. With flavors like Cherry, Watermelon, Lemon, Lime, and Blue Raspberry, there’s a whimsical variety to suit your mood. They’re a playful, cool treat that never fails to bring a smile.

The Classic A&W Root Beer

A&W Root Beer and Diet Root Beer

The iconic A&W Root Beer is a timeless choice, and fortunately, it’s vegan! Whether you prefer the regular or the diet version, the rich, frothy goodness of A&W Root Beer is a comforting and familiar choice. It’s always a satisfying conclusion to a meal at A&W.


A&W may have a slim vegan selection in the United States, but the offerings are classic and satisfying. Although I do wish for a broader range like our Canadian neighbors enjoy, the available options still make for a pleasant, cruelty-free dining experience. The charm of A&W’s iconic Root Beer is honestly what keeps me coming back.

Helpful Resources

Did you find this guide useful? Here are a couple of my other guides on how to eat vegan at other restaurants:

How To Order Vegan at 16 Handles

How To Order Vegan at CAVA Mediterranean Grill

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