I eat healthy, and so do a lot of people. Not everyone else in this world does. But I realize I need to be able to roll with the punches in life, so to speak.
Last week, I attended a cardiology educational meeting at Arnie Morton's steak house. Now, I won't even start on the irony of learning to treat coronary disease in the setting of a steak house. I do realize, though, that every so often we end up by social necessity eating at a restaurant that we would not typically choose on our own.
As you might imagine, Morton's doesn't have a tofu stir-fry or lentil loaf on the menu. However, I spoke with our server Heather (fabulous first name, no?) and asked her what the chef could prepare. I ended up with the chopped salad with no bacon, eggs, or cheese, and with a mustard dressing, and for my entree a plate of steamed vegetables, a baked potato, and a side of soy sauce:
I must say, the steamed veggies were quite delicous. It was a huge plate and I didn't finish everything, but I did polish off all the spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, mushrooms, and about half of the asparagus and brussel sprouts.
Would I have enjoyed a more interesting dinner, perhaps with a protein, just like my colleagues enjoying their steak or fish? Sure. But, I think that as a vegan, it's important to go to restaurants that don't solely cater to non-meat-eaters. If they have enough of us as customers, perhaps one day they'll put something on the menu for us.
The most important point: You can get a good healthy meal at just about any nice restaurant. You are the customer. Just ask.