Lazy Dog doesn’t just have a unique name; the place has a distinctive vibe too.
Ledgestone, big windows, fireplaces, and Aspen wood log chandeliers give the restaurant a warm, cozy, and welcoming mountain lodge vibe where you can just let go of everything stressful and relax with good food and some heart to heart conversations with your loved ones.
Sounds like your kind of place?
If this sounds like your kind of place, it’s worth knowing if there’s a Lazy Dog vegan menu. After all, you would want to go there just to sit by the fireplace; you would also want to try their “elevated comfort food”. Does Lazy Dog have vegan food? Let’s find out.
Is There Anything Vegan at Lazy Dog?
Sadly, Lazy Dog only offers one ready-to-eat vegan dish on the menu. Disappointed? I get it. I was too. However, the restaurant does have a few vegan-friendly items on the menu that you can have as snacks or use to put together a sort of meal for yourself.
Simply put, eating vegan at Lazy Dog is just how you would go about it at most restaurants – scan the ingredient lists of all items on the menu, ask a ton of questions to your server on cooking methods, spaces, and equipment, and make requests to customize a few things for you.
But, I can save you time and frustration by telling you all about ordering vegan at Lazy Dog.
Keep reading to learn how to order vegan at Lazy Dog, so when you visit the restaurant, you can spend more time enjoying the ambiance, cozy vibes, and quality time with your loved ones rather than scrutinizing the menu in search of vegan-friendly food.
The idea and name of Lazy Dog restaurant were inspired by a real-life lazy dog – a Labrador retriever named Mattie – that Chris Simms’ (the owner) family had. Narrating the story behind it, Chris told that the idea came while they were on a skiing trip in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
One day, when Chris returned to their lodge after skiing, he saw their family dog lying lazily in front of the fireplace. It got him thinking how amazing it would be to have a place where people could feel just as relaxed as Mattie was at that time.
The idea behind naming the restaurant Lazy Dog was not to tell people that it’s a dog-friendly restaurant, which it is, but, as the owner says, to refer to its “easy-going approachable” nature and vibe.
What is Vegan at Lazy Dog?
As mentioned above, there is only one ready-to-eat dish that comes labeled as vegan on the Lazy Dog menu, and that is:
- Wok Fired Sweet & Spicy Tofu
There are, however, a few individual food elements that are free of animal ingredients and can be used to put together your own vegan meal. Don’t get your hopes too high, though.
Other vegan options at Lazy Dog include:
- Dressings, Dips, & Sauces
Want to know your exact options in these categories and the ingredients used in the sweet and spicy tofu? Read on as I discuss Lazy Dog vegan options in a bit of detail and answer any questions you may have about them.
There are two dishes listed as “Meatless” on the Lazy Dog Menu. These include Nashville Hot Portobello and Spaghetti Squash and Beetballs.
You may think that the dishes listed in this category are vegan-friendly, but don’t fall for the label. They are not vegan-friendly.
As per Lazy Dog’s allergen guide, the Nashville Portobello contains dairy, and the meatless spaghetti contains both dairy and eggs.
Lazy Dog Vegan Menu – A Quick Overview
Here’s everything vegans can eat at Lazy Dog:
Wok Fired Sweet & Spicy Tofu
Lazy Dog offers three different types of bowls. However, only one of them is vegan-friendly, which is the one with sweet and spicy sauce.
The menu given online doesn’t tell what this sauce is made of, but the restaurant’s allergen guide labels this dish as vegan-friendly.
In addition to tofu sautéed with sweet and spicy sauce, this vegan bowl includes the following ingredients:
- Your choice of steamed rice from white and brown varieties
Lazy Dog also gives you the option to choose your own protein, rice variety, and preparation method. This can make many believe that they can get any of the bowls made vegan by choosing tofu instead of meat.
But, the other tofu varieties are not labeled as vegan-friendly on Lazy Dog’s allergen guide.
The Wok Fried Kung Pao Tofu comes with the allergen warning of shellfish. For the other tofu variety, i.e., Work Fried Teriyaki Tofu, Lazy Dog’s allergen menu doesn’t highlight the non-vegan ingredient.
But, from the name, I believe it may be honey. Both these tofu varieties are vegetarian-friendly, though.
Lazy Dog Vegan Sides
You only have a few options for vegan sides at Lazy Dog (there aren’t too many side dishes varieties on the menu anyway). Here are all your choices:
- French Fries
- Black Beans
- Pickled Cucumbers
- Steamed White Rice
- Steamed Brown Rice
- Sliced Tomatoes – from the Gluten-Sensitive menu
- Steamed Spinach – from the Gluten-Sensitive menu
- Watermelon – from the brunch menu
- Pancake Syrup – from the brunch menu
Lazy Dog Vegan Dressings, Dips, & Sauces
Whether you’re looking to make your Lazy Dog vegan tofu bowl more flavorful or putting together your own rice bowl using the vegan-friendly sides, their plant-based dressings, dips, and sauces can come in handy.
Your choices for vegan dips and dressings at Lazy Dog include:
- Marinara Sauce
- Sweet & Spicy Sauce
- Tomatillo Sauce
- Tiki Sauce
- Walnut Pesto
- Spicy Thai Peanut Vinaigrette
- Red Wine Vinaigrette
- Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Asian Vinaigrette
Lazy Dog Vegan Snacks
Lazy Dog also has a couple of vegan-friendly snack options on the kid’s menu. They aren’t much interesting, but you should know your options. Vegan-friendly snack options at Lazy Dog are:
*If you’re badly craving something sweet, you can order apples with pancake syrup to get your sugar fix.
Lazy Dog Vegan Beverages
For those who may not know, Lazy Dog is a Restaurant & Bar. So, you can expect a great variety of drinks here. Here are your choices for vegan drinks at Lazy Dog:
Sodas, Lemonades, and Teas
- Diet Coke
- Fanta Orange
- Dr. pepper
- Barq’s Root Beer
- Minute Maid Light Lemonade
- San Pellegrino Sparkling Water
- Panna Still Water
- Red Bull
- Sugar-Free Red Bull
- China Mist Black Iced Tea
- Decaf Passion Fruit Iced Tea
- Housemade Strawberry Lemonade
- Cucumber Thyme Lemonade
- Jamaican Lemonade
- Strawberry Citrus Soda
- Housemade Ginger Beer
- Coconut Pineapple Agua Fresca
- Ruby Red Grapefruit
- Mango Chile
- Hibiscus Margarita (seasonal)
- The Traditional
- Pineapple Mojito
- Coconut Mojito
- Irish Mule
- Moscow Mule
- Backcountry Mule
- Wild Blueberry + Lemon
- Cucumber + Mint
- Pink Lemon Drop
- Westside Manhattan
- Asian Pear
- White Peach
- Pomegranate Red
- Raspberry Rose
- Lemon Ginger Fizz
- Rum Barrel Punch
In addition to these drinks, Lazy Dog also offers a range of draft beers. Their collection may vary across various restaurant locations, so check your local Lazy Dog menu to know your exact choices and their descriptions.
As per Lazy Dog’s website, the restaurant is also currently offering wines for take-out. Check with your local Lazy Dog to know the available options.
Lazy Dog Menu Items That May Be Made Vegan upon Request
There are some items on the Lazy Dog menu that originally contain animal ingredients but may be made vegan upon request. Ask your server if they can do it for you.
Lazy Vegan foods that you may be able to get made vegan-friendly include the following:
Lazy Dog offers six different kinds of salad. All of them come standard with meat and hence, are non-vegan.
Technically, you can have them all customized to your vegan diet, but not all are worth the effort. Here are the options that you may want to consider:
- Thai Chicken Salad – Skip the chicken. You’ll get a salad made with Napa cabbage, cucumbers, red bell peppers, carrots, cilantro, mint, and spicy peanut vinaigrette.
- Tex-Mex Salad – Skip chicken, BBQ sauce, chipotle ranch, and the two kinds of cheese it contains. You will be left with a mix of black beans, tomatoes, avocadoes, sweet corns, and tortilla strips. Add your choice of vegan salad dressing (from the list given above) to make it flavorful.
- Seared Ahi Tuna Salad – It comes standard with tuna, field greens, avocado, radish, carrots, pickled cucumbers, peanut ponzu vinaigrette, and soy dipping sauce on the side. When ordering vegan at Lazy Dog, ask them to hold the tuna (of course).
Also, do confirm the vegan status of ponzu vinaigrette; it’s not listed on the restaurant’s allergen menu, so I could not figure out if it’s suitable for vegans. If it is not, replace it with a vegan-friendly alternative.
Blackened Chicken Bowl
Listed on the Lazy Dog’s lunch menu, this bowl comes standard with (as the name tells) chicken. Other non-vegan ingredients in it include Tapatio crema and jack + cheddar mix.
Skip them all, and you will be left with rice, black beans, cabbage, hatch chiles, avocado, cilantro, and salsa.
You can get fries, guacamole, and perhaps a couple of more sauces on the side to make this DIY vegan rice bowl at Lazy Dog more flavorful.
Lazy Dog Menu Items That May Look Vegan, But Are Not
Following are some items on the Lazy Dog menu that may appear to be vegan-friendly, but as per the restaurant’s allergen guide, contain animal ingredients, so make sure to steer clear of them when eating vegan at Lazy Dog:
- Cajun Fries – Contain dairy and eggs.
- Waffle Cut Fries – Contain dairy.
- Sweet Potato Tater Tots – Contain eggs.
- Fried Hush Puppies – Contain dairy and eggs.
- Brussel Sprouts – Contain dairy.
- Buffalo Cauliflower – Contains dairy and eggs.
- Sauteed Spinach – Contains dairy.
- Apple Cider Slaw – Contains egg.
- Wok Fired Kung Pao Tofu – Contains shellfish.
- Hash Browns – Contain egg.
- Jalapeno Lime Aoli – Contains egg.
- PB & J Burger – Contains dairy and eggs.
Some Non-Vegan Lazy Dog Items That We Do Not Have Enough Information About
There are a few items on the Lazy Dog menu that are marked vegetarian (and not vegan) on the allergen guide.
However, the allergen menu doesn’t highlight the presence of any usual non-vegan food elements in them. So, it’s not clear what makes them non-vegan. They are:
- Togarashi Edamame Beans
- Wholegrain Toast
- Sourdough Toast
None of these items, as per Lazy Dog’s allergen guide, contain dairy or eggs. They could potentially have honey, but I am not sure. You may ask your server.
Lazy Dog FAQs
- Is Lazy Dog veggie burger vegan?
Sadly, it’s not. Even though it’s meatless, Lazy Dog veggie burger ingredients include cheese and BBQ sauce, both of which are non-vegan.
Moreover, the bun it’s made with is non-vegan, and there are no-vegan-friendly bun options at Lazy Dog, so you can even get it made vegan through custom orders.
Conclusion – Is Lazy Dog Vegan-Friendly?
Inspired by the owner’s family lodge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Lazy Dog provides a great ambiance to sit and relax with your loved ones over what they call elevated comfort food.
While the restaurant gets full marks on the interior and passes the cozy vibe check, it seriously lags behind on vegan friendliness.
Only one dish on the Lazy Dog menu comes standard as vegan-friendly. Moreover, the menu doesn’t even offer you much room to play around with different ingredients and put together your own vegan meal.
The foods labeled as meatless on the menu are only vegetarian, side options are very limited, and there are literally no plant-based appetizers.
All in all, Lazy Dog isn’t a place a vegan would want to go for food.
Having said that, the restaurant does offer some interesting drink options. If you’re looking for a place to just catch up with your family and friends in a warm, cozy environment and are not exactly planning to have a meal, Lazy Dog can be a good option.
Go there with your loved one(s), order a drink with some fries, and talk your heart out while sitting beside a fireplace.
You may not get good vegan food at Lazy Dog, but you will certainly come out of the restaurant feeling calm and relaxed.
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Chris Simms has achieved the very goal he established this restaurant for. We only wish he now focuses on making its menu more diverse and inclusive.
Did you find this article helpful? Interested to learn about the vegan food options available at other places across the country? I have done numerous such posts. Check out my article Wawa Vegan Options to know what this convenience store chain stocks for its vegan customers.