Guidelines For Veg-Friendly Listings

Submitting a NON-veg (veg-friendly) restaurant

Working toward a website that promotes compassionate, cruelty-free dining is the foremost priority at HappyCow. We firmly believe that PEACE begins in the kitchen and on the plate.

While we are aware that some areas might not have completely veg restaurants--and that knowing a place that offers a few veg options could be useful--we choose to list restaurants that meet at least a minimum criteria (see below).

We are interested in supporting businesses with menus that show a hint of compassion, and we feel that servings especially such as veal, lamb, shark fin, foie gras, etc... often preclude that.

Visitors: Thank you for wanting to share about a veg-friendly option. Please consider working with the owner of this business you wish to add... to improve their menu and use substitutes for meat (like tofu, tempeh, seitan, soy, wheat gluten) and substitutes for dairy cheese (like vegan cheeses available at natural food markets).

Restaurant Owners: Please consider working on your menus to remove cruel offerings and unhealthful choices and incorporate more healthful, wholefood and plant food.


Points that might help to get a restaurant listed
Good No vegan or lacto-ovo vegetarian restaurant currently exist in the area
Good An entirely separate veg & plant-based menu, or a menu which delineates veg options
Good A menu with at least 2 entirely vegan dishes or options which may easily be made vegan
Good A separate kitchen area with dedicated cookware & utensils for preparing the veg & plant-based dishes, separated from flesh meat
Good A business which is 50%+ organic or sustainably-locally sourced
Good The owners and wait staff know what vegan means and what is vegan, or at least are enthusiastic to find out
Good A website with menu posted which supports any of the above points

Points that could block a meat restaurant from getting listed
Bad Serves veal, fois gras, shark fin, lamb, and such cruelty food
Bad Typical Thai, Ethiopian, Chinese, Japanese, or Falafel places with little specifically designed for veg*ns or not clearly printed on the menu, with no veg substitues available (i.e. tofu), especially in areas with veg*n restaurants nearby
Bad Pizza place with a cheese-less pizza but nothing else provided especially for vegans like vegan cheese and vegan toppings
Bad Veg-option is limited to a hummus wrap and a couple salads with dairy
Bad A menu with no (0 / ZERO) vegan items
Bad Your submission is NOT mostly vegetarian, and you do not explain why it should be listed in the details section

Please note
- Refrain from submitting the same restaurant multiple times
- We give priority to completely vegan restaurants and businesses, and lacto / ovo vegetarian restaurants and businesses which offer many vegan options

We appreciate your participation in growing the VEG movement.

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