There ARE options to choose from when eating out. If you are going to a normal restaurant 1st look over the menu for what types of vegan foods they have (beans, vegetables, salads, pastas, etc.) If they have a good selection of vegetables and the salads they are offering fall short ask for a custom salad, or even a plate of steamed veggies and bread. If they have pasta ask if you could have that without the buttery/cheesy sauces.
Restaurants are there to serve you. Generally, cooks are willingly to make a special dish if nothing on the menu is an option. Get in the habit of asking questions and finding out if they can take something out if you can't have it.
Before I go out I always do research to find gluten-free vegan restaurants. It can be challenging but they are out there. Salad bars and smoothie bars are my favorites as well as speciality vegan restaurants. I have found generally vegan restaurants have gluten-free options available, which is really nice. Mainly, just do your homework before going out and you will be pleasantly surprised by all the delicious foods out there.
Check out www.happycow.net to find vegan restaurants near you.
Restaurants I love in WA
*Veggie Grill, Seattle
*Juicy Cafe, Seattle
*Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe, Seattle
*Pan Africa Market, Seattle
*Cyber Dog Cafe, Seattle
*Plum Bistro, Seattle
*In the Bowl, Seattle
*Bamboo Garden Vegetarian Cuisine, Seattle
*Flying Apron Organic Bakery, Seattle
*Wheatless in Seattle, Seattle
*Araya's Vegetarian Place, Seattle
*Pure, Vashon Island
*Wayward Vegan Cafe, Seattle
*Pizza Pi, Seattle
*Quicky Too, Tacoma
Restaurants I love in NY
*Slice, New York City
*The Whole in the Wall, Binghamton
*Lost Dog Cafe, Binghamton
Restaurants I love in PA
*Eden- A Vegan Cafe, Scranton