I am not strictly a vegetarian. I just prefer not to eat meat.
I will have a small amount of turkey at Thanksgiving Dinner, chicken is acceptable if I am truly hungry, and I won't turn down a fresh halibut or salmon dinner. But, I sure do pay attention to their origin. I prefer free-range poultry and wild fish or I say Pass the Tofu, please!
You can't be so picky when you go to a restaurant. Restaurant food is, of course, my favorite food because I don't have to prepare it.
It is getting easier to order non-meat dishes at restaurants. Years ago a picky eater was pretty much confined to green salads and bread when dining out. Now even my favorite Mexican restaurant here in town has vegetarian choices. One of the local Chinese restaurants offers non meat eaters a soy or gluten based substitute in their chicken dishes that are delicious. It is a rare menu that doesn't at least offer a "garden-burger" to the vegetarian diner. It may be a bit more difficult for a vegan.
When we go visit my daughter in Portland we almost always go to Sivalai, a Thai restaurant. When they see me coming they know that they will be substituting "TOFU" in place of the meat in any choice I make on the menu. How I love their TOFU Pad Thai and the Massaman Curry made with Tofu. Add that to a side of spicy crisp green beans! AND... we have tried everything on the menu. There was only one thing that none of us liked. High praise, don't you think?
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