Where can you go to get an unlimited supply of free vegan breadsticks? Well, I know of at least one place—Fazoli’s! Yep, it’s true. And today, I’m using my 13 years of vegan dining experience to help you map out exactly how to eat at this relatively vegan-friendly chain.
Vegan options at Fazoli’s:
- “Dry” Breadsticks (No Dairy)
- Build Your Own Vegan Pasta
- Impossible Spaghetti (Select Locations)
- House Side Salad (No Cheese or Croutons)
- Vegan Salad Dressing: Fat Free Italian, Fazoli’s House, Red Wine Balsamic Vinaigrette.
- Italian Lemon Ice
- Vegan sauces: Asian Chili Sauce, Buffalo Sauce (Mild, Medium, Hot)
Below, I’ll share more about how to order these items vegan. I’ll answer some common questions, and I’ll end with a look at the whole-food plant-based options, too!
Fazoli’s Vegan Menu
The following vegan menu was compiled with the help of the nutrition and allergen information on the Fazoli’s website.
Restaurant menus change and often vary by location. I recommend double checking any important information with staff at your location!
1. Dry Breadsticks
This is maybe the most exciting thing about being vegan at Fazoli’s. You can ask the staff to make you some “Dry” breadsticks, and they will be made vegan (without the garlic butter).
Here’s the coolest thing about this: They’ll make a whole batch of vegan breadsticks just for you. Which means you get to eat them all.
Oh, and they are “unlimited,” too. If you want more, just ask, and they will make you more—for free! Yes, I’ve definitely stuffed myself with Fazoli’s dry breadsticks several times!
2. Build Your Own Vegan Pasta
Fazoli’s has three different kinds of vegan pasta noodles:
Ask about the Marinara Sauce—make sure it does not contain milk ingredients at your location. Most likely you’ll be okay, but I recommend checking. Why, you ask?
Well, I remember having the marinara sauce at Fazoli’s in my early vegan days… And multiple sources online confirm that it’s vegan… However, the allergen guide on the Fazoli’s website now says that it contains milk. So I’d just ask about your location.
As far as toppings, the only vegan topping listed in the allergen menu is Marinated Tomatoes. (The Sauteed Mushrooms apparently contain milk.) But again, I’d ask about what toppings are specifically vegan and available at your location.
3. Impossible Spaghetti (Select Locations)
This dish may only be available at a few locations in Kentucky, and it may only be temporary… However, I wanted to include it here because, often, these kinds of options get rolled out to all other locations before long.
Just know that Fazoli’s has been testing a vegan meat sauce—“Impossible meat sauce“—to go with their pasta. And the press release for it specified that it is vegan.
So, if you can get it, you’ll be looking at: Spaghetti and ground Impossible “vegan meat” in a tomato, garlic, and basil sauce. Simple and delicious.
4. House Side Salad (No Cheese or Croutons)
Nothing too special here—just a basic salad—but it’s nice to have the option. If you order it without cheese and croutons, it is vegan.
You’ll get: Romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, red cabbage, and shredded carrots with your choice of dressing.
They actually have 3 vegan salad dressings to choose from:
- Fat Free Italian Dressing
- Fazoli’s House Dressing
- Red Wine Balsamic Vinaigrette
5. Italian Lemon Ice
If you haven’t had Lemon Ice before, it’s basically like a lemonade slushy. But it’s a bit smoother and creamier than most “slushy” type treats. So it’s almost like a lemon-flavored ice cream. Really good!
Fazoli’s has three flavors of Lemon Ice, and all three are vegan:
- Original (Lemon)
- Blue Raspberry
Here are some other sauces you could potentially try dipping your breadsticks in, if you feel like getting experimental:
- Asian Chili Sauce
- Mild Buffalo Sauce
- Medium Buffalo Sauce
- Hot Buffalo Sauce
- Marinara Sauce (Double check at your location)
Plenty of vegan drinks to choose from:
- Apple Juice
- Iced Tea
- Coca-Cola Soft Drinks
Whole-Food Plant-Based Options
What if you’re not just vegan but also trying to avoid processed foods? Can you get a whole-food plant-based (WFPB) meal at Fazoli’s? That means no processed sugar, oil, or flour.
Probably you’d be limited to a salad if you’re being strict about being WFPB. I’ve heard of Fazoli’s locations offering some vegetable sides, like steamed broccoli—so you could ask about those. But I wouldn’t count on it.
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