Diners who request vegetarians dishes at a restaurant known for smoked slabs of slow-cooked, tenderly marinated pork and beef are sure to get laughed out of the place, right?
Surprisingly, many barbecue restaurants actually offer a veritable smorgasbord of meat-free dishes. Some are regular barbecue restaurant side dish staples like cornbread, coleslaw, mashed potatoes, baked beans, and mac and cheese. Other restaurants offer more unusual accompaniments like corn pudding at Hill Country and cheddar grit cakes at Smoke & Barrel.
Some restaurants even offer main dishes that don’t contain any meat. Kangaroo Boxing Club serves falafel while Fat Pete’s Barbecue serves smoked tofu. Some even take the extra step of denoting which dishes are vegetarian on their menus. Strict vegetarian diners should otherwise ask the staff to make sure the baked beans aren’t cooked with bacon fat.
Cobble together a few of these sides and suddenly a vegetarian diner is eating better than his or her pork-loving pals. Here’s a list of 11 barbecue restaurants that don’t treat vegetarians like second-class citizens.Read More