Sometimes, all you have to do is ask and you shall receive.
Last weekend Lane and I were out to dinner with friends. We went to Dish in La Canada, a suburb of Los Angeles. We used to go there about once a month in our pre-vegan days. But now, the only vegan thing on the menu is a veggie burger (you have to make sure to request no cheese and no thousand island dressing), I'm not too sure about the bun. Otherwise, they serve "down home American cuisine."
Imagine our shock when we saw "vegan" on the specials menu. They were offering vegan vegetable soup. Wow!
Afterwards I wrote to them, telling them how excited I was to see the word "Vegan" on the menu, and I asked if they would consider including more vegan options. I reminded them that veganism is becoming more and more mainstream, and that even Starbuck's and 7-eleven are carrying vegan products these days. I also suggested that even if their customers weren't vegan, they might be interested in trying vegan foods. This is the response I received:
Hi Jane, thank you for taking the time to pass along these comments, we really appreciate it. Believe it or not, we are trying to bring in more vegan dishes into the menu and specials, and will continue to do so -- all the more now that you have reminded us! Thank you, best regards, Kevin
I guess it's like my mom always said, "it doesn't hurt to ask." So get the word out there. We can change the world, one restaurant at a time.