How to Find Vegetarian (or Gluten-Free, Vegan, Dairy-Free) Food Wherever You Travel

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This weekend, hubs and I were in Buffalo, New York for our cousin’s graduation. What did every travel site recommend we do/eat while we were there? Go eat Buffalo wings, of course. And not just any Buffalo wings, but the original buffalo wings. The only problem? I don’t eat meat, which meant missing out.

Luckily with a little bit of research, I was able to narrow down a few restaurants in Buffalo that make a veggie-friendly version of Buffalo wings. So before driving out on Sunday morning, we stopped at Amy’s Place. They not only had vegetarian wings but had the full menu available all day, so we were even able to get vegetarian Buffalo wings at 9 a.m. It was worth it. They were finger-licking good. (Thanks, Amy’s!)

The point is, whether you are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or whatever, you shouldn’t have to miss out on fresh croissants in Paris, tacos in Mexico City, or other specialties wherever you go. There’s likely someone out there making a version you can eat. Here’s how to find it.

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  1. Check HappyCow
    I’ve used this fantastic site to find vegetarian sushi in Tokyo, veggie dumplings in Taipei, and vegetarian-friendly restaurants in the middle of nowhere. It’s an invaluable resource for vegans and vegetarians around the globe.
  2. Try searching on social networks
    If you’re going somewhere new, look up #vegetarianinphoenix or #glutenfreeMexicocity, or something similar on Twitter and Instagram. You’ll probably see some tempting options come up you didn’t even know you were looking for. Vegan donuts in Montreal? OK then.
  3. Ask on Chowhound
    I’ve sung the praises of Chowhound on this site before, but I’m bringing them up again because they are another great resource If you ever need a specialty restaurant recommendation or somewhere gluten-free-friendly to take your friend coming into town, check the boards here. Someone likely posted recommendations already. If not, post a new thread so someone local can help you out.
  4. Be flexible
    This is just a personal tip. Don’t be THAT guy. If you’re in a new restaurant or cafe where you don’t think they’ll be able to accommodate you, just have a tea or coffee and relax. You can always stop by a grocery store and stock up on essentials before you head back to the hotel or Airbnb.

How do you find new places to eat when you travel? 





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