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Texas Roadhouse Vegetarian Options 2023

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Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD

Steakhouses can be rough for a vegetarian! Luckily, more and more meat-centric restaurants are adding intentional vegetarian options. 

I haven’t been to a Texas Roadhouse in a few years now, but I’ve always struggled to find anything substantial to eat. Not even the fresh vegetable sides are a guarantee, unfortunately. Roadhouse vegan menu options are even scanter.

But maybe they’ve updated their menu in the last couple of years. That would be nice, as it’s one of my husband’s favorite restaurants.

Do remember that some chain restaurants have regional differences in their menus, so make sure to double-check.

From appetizers to entrees, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re a long-time vegetarian or just looking to try something new, you’ll find something to love on the Texas Roadhouse menu. So, let’s get started!

Just for Starters

Cactus Blossom – basically a giant fried onion, similar to another popular steak house. 

Fried Pickles – a southern classic

The breading does contain milk in both of these, so they are not vegan-friendly.

Rattlesnake Bites – diced jalapenos and jack cheese, breaded and fried.

Tater skins or cheese fries- order without bacon

Combo appetizer – make it a vegetarian fried feast! Sub wings with fried pickles

Salads

Grilled chicken salad – no chicken, no bacon.

House salad – pretty basic and the same as any other house salad. No egg and cheese and oil and vinegar or Italian dressing for a vegan.  

Country Dinners

Country Vegetable Plate – You get 4 sides, but be careful what you choose! See below. 

Sides and Extras

Baked Potato – no bacon. No butter or sour cream for a vegan. 

*Edit October 3, 2023 – a couple of readers have expressed concern that there is animal fat spread outside the potatoes before they are cooked. I took the time to double-check, and cannot find any evidence of this on their website, and calling my local Texas Roadhouse debunked this.

However, various former have former employees both substantiated and debunked this claim. This likely indicates that the use of animal fat on potatoes is a regional decision. Ask your server or call ahead if you have any questions.

Sweet potato – no marshmallows if you choose to avoid gelatin. There are 8 different but similar topping options. Vegan choices appear to be brown sugar, cinnamon, and plain. Other options include butter and honey-cinnamon caramel.

Steak Fries

Mashed Potatoes – again, there are several topping options, including gravy, sour cream, loaded, or plain. 

Buttered corn 

Steamed broccoli – verify vegan friendliness with your server.

Steamed vegetables – no description, but the picture is broccoli and carrots. Verify vegan friendliness, if needed.

House salad – see above

Seasoned Rice – likely contains butter.

Sauteed Onions and Sauteed Mushrooms (separate menu items) – again, likely sauteed in butter.

Mac and cheese – loaded (cheddar, bacon, diced jalapenos) – hold the bacon.

What would I pick?

So it does seem like there are actually quite a few more options for a vegetarian than the last time I visited a Texas Roadhouse.

Or if I’m really hungry, maybe the tater skins (no bacon) as an appetizer, then the Country Vegetable Plate as above, but with sauteed onions instead of the baked potato.

For a Texas Roadhouse vegan meal, opt for a plain baked potato or vegan sweet potato options and a side salad with vegan dressing (and no cheese). If you can verify the sides are vegan, consider steamed broccoli or mixed veggies. Or see if the mushrooms and/or onions could be sauteed in oil instead of butter to give you more vegan options.

It’s nice to have a few options, though! If you have a favorite vegetarian dish at Texas Roadhouse, we would love to hear about it. Don’t forget to leave a comment and let us know your thoughts!

But maybe you need more general dining-out tips.

8 thoughts on “Texas Roadhouse Vegetarian Options 2023”

  1. hey! I’m a vegetarian who works at texas roadhouse & their seasoned rice has chicken stock in it. same with the mashed potatoes. all the baked potatoes are cooked & soaked in bacon grease. sweet potatoes are not and good to eat if you are vegetarian.

    1. Thanks for your input! I’m hearing different information from different Roadhouse employees. That’s why I updated the post a bit. It seems to me to be location specific, which is weird to me for a chain restaurant.
      I will say I can pick out bacon grease in a heartbeat; I’ve never like the flavor of it, even when I did eat meat. I’ve never tasted it on the potatoes at the location nearest to me.
      This is definitely a case of ask first!

    1. as mentioned in a previous comment, this appears to be dependent on location. After the first comment mentioned this, I went back through their menu and then went looking through various forums.
      None of the menus near me mention this, despite the claims made in the other comment. Some past employees report that they do use lard on the potatoes and others insist that they do not. My best guess is that the recipe alters depending on the location, and the prevalence of vegetarianism in the area.
      I always strongly encourage people to ask their server if they have any concerns or questions.

  2. Thanks for providing this information. It is so helpful! Our adult daughter is vegetarian, and I like to be sure she has options when meeting for dinner, lunch, or whenever. You make it easy! Thank you!

  3. The baked potatoes and baked sweet potatoes are coated with bacon grease before baking, it’s on their menu.

    1. In researching this article, I came across a lot of accounts that this varies based on location. My local menu does not include this information,as well as another location we’ve been to with friends. It’s also not listed in their interactive nutrition menu which lists out the ingredients.
      But this possibility is why I always encourage people to ask questions at each individual location. This was a similar discussion when looking at Cracker Barrel’s menu as well.
      I suspect, but can’t prove that locations in larger cities probably don’t use “hidden” animal-based ingredients because they have a higher likelihood of having a veg*n population.
      I appreciate you taking the time to comment! I hope you found some other helpful information.

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