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Should they have to disclose?

post #1 of 16
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We went to 6 Flags yesterday, and had a crappy overpriced lunch. But, here's the thing - we're pretty sure that what we got was vegan. I got a hot dog, and that was NOT meat! Didn't look right and it didn't taste right either. Earl got a "sirloin hamburger" that he was pretty sure was soy. I was not happy to say the least. Besides the fact that it was $20 for a hamburger, hot dog, fries and two drinks....

So here's the question: Should places have to disclose that they are serving vegetarian/vegan entrees?

I have no problem that they do, I think it's pretty cool that vegetarians and vegans can have the choice at someplace like that which obviously just caters to the majority. But I can tell you that I didn't want to eat that, we wanted real meat for lunch!
post #2 of 16
I'm not sure about having to disclose, but if they say 'sirloin burger', I would think it better well be meat.
post #3 of 16
I would think that they need to advertise that the product they sell is vegan... It would just make sense to me. Then vegans are aware they have someplace to eat, and everyone else would be aware as well. I think it's odd that they didn't have it posted somewhere. Otherwise how do you know?
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by squirtle
I would think that they need to advertise that the product they sell is vegan... It would just make sense to me. Then vegans are aware they have someplace to eat, and everyone else would be aware as well. I think it's odd that they didn't have it posted somewhere. Otherwise how do you know?
That's what I thought too, Tanya. I mean, if I were vegetarian I wouldn't have given a second look to someplace that does hamburgers and hot dogs. But as soon as I took a bite of that "hot dog" I knew it wasn't meat. So I think they are doing a disservice to both sides of the fence. If we go back to 6 Flags, I won't be eating there again, and vegetarians/vegans won't go there either no matter if they are serving soy or whatever or real meat if they don't know that's what it is.
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by valanhb
That's what I thought too, Tanya. I mean, if I were vegetarian I wouldn't have given a second look to someplace that does hamburgers and hot dogs. But as soon as I took a bite of that "hot dog" I knew it wasn't meat. So I think they are doing a disservice to both sides of the fence. If we go back to 6 Flags, I won't be eating there again, and vegetarians/vegans won't go there either no matter if they are serving soy or whatever or real meat if they don't know that's what it is.
I'd have to agree: they're doing a disservice to both parties. I'd like to see quite a bit more disclosure in restaurants, for example of the additives, like monosodium glutamate, in their dishes. I know a lot of people who get excruciating headaches from MSG. Some ingredients can be life-threatening to certain people. My sister's ex is allergic to shrimp (so is my husband, oddly enough - perhaps because they both grew up in landlocked areas). They were in a restaurant and ordered "stuffed flounder" which, according to the menu, was stuffed with crabmeat. Her then-husband had a few bites of his entree, passed out at the table, and stopped breathing. Luckily she's an RN and managed to revive him, but he ended up in the hospital for the night. The flounder was stuffed with crabmeat and shrimp. Now he won't eat any seafood.
I get itchy hives from most fruit (bananas and peeled apples or pears are okay, but virtually nothing else). Therefore I'd like to know before ordering that the "chicken a la whatever" is chicken in a plum sauce!
post #6 of 16
I think they need to disclose too - what if someone was alergic to things normally put in vegan hot dogs etc?
post #7 of 16
Well obviously that's not right, because yes, people may be allergic to soy, wheat, etc. If someone died from eating gluten, thinking a dish was gluten-free, think of the lawsuits...

Besides, the good burgers and such taste like the "real thing" :P
post #8 of 16
Weatherlight, I edited your post for language content.
post #9 of 16
Yes, they should disclose.
post #10 of 16
That is the STRANGEST thing I've ever heard of!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Unless they're weirdo radicals that are vegans and want to quietly subvert the meat-eating world, I cannot imagine why they would provide false advertisement!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm pretty sure that's not legal to begin with! And vegans certainly woudn't go to the place to order a burger not knowing it was a vegan burger!

I've always had this problem with crab, too. So many places advertise that crab is an ingredient (As in "Crab Rangoon") - when, in fact, it's "mock" crab - a white fish processed to look like crab with some pink coloring on one side. It sure doesn't TASTE like it! We always say something to a restaurant manager. It's just not OK. !!!!!
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by LDG
That is the STRANGEST thing I've ever heard of!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Unless they're weirdo radicals that are vegans and want to quietly subvert the meat-eating world, I cannot imagine why they would provide false advertisement!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm pretty sure that's not legal to begin with! And vegans certainly woudn't go to the place to order a burger not knowing it was a vegan burger!

I've always had this problem with crab, too. So many places advertise that crab is an ingredient (As in "Crab Rangoon") - when, in fact, it's "mock" crab - a white fish processed to look like crab with some pink coloring on one side. It sure doesn't TASTE like it! We always say something to a restaurant manager. It's just not OK. !!!!!
That occurred to me, too. The hot dog and sirloin burger may have been 90% soy, or the like. I realize that some "filler" is necessary, but what if the patron is allergic to soy? That would be like Weatherlight going to a "vegan" restaurant, and getting a "soy burger" that was 10% beef. I realize that there's far too much red tape involved in modern life, but that's no excuse for "anything goes"!
post #12 of 16
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The only thing I could think of is if it were cheaper to get soy/tofu products than meat. I can't imagine why they would do it either, other than profit margins.

Laurie, I read your post and thought "Oh great - Vega-Nazis!"
post #13 of 16
I gotta say being a person that is allergic to soy that I would have a real problem with something like this. My school served hamburgers (actually so did McDonalds when I was a kid thankfully I usually just wound up emptying my stomach the old fashion way...over a waste basket) this way and needless to say i wound up at the hospital after lunch one day so I think this is probably more common than one would think. At any rate, I always try to be careful when I eat out and refuse to eat any meat at amusement parks.
post #14 of 16
A lot of people have trouble digesting soy too. I heard that taco bell's meat has a lot of soy filler mixed in - i don't know if there is any truth to that, though, because I have never researched it.

Aqua
post #15 of 16
You people should be like me and go blind from reading ingredients for everything

At least I know (more or less) what I'm putting into my mouth
post #16 of 16
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That sounds great, in theory. But when you're at an amusement park with lines a mile long, with idiots who can barely take orders, and the menu says "hamburger" I really didn't think there was too much room for other ingredients.
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