Starting today, Seattle-based chain Taco Del Mar will add vegan Beyond Meat Feisty Crumbles to its menu at 100 locations in the United States and Canada. The chain’s first vegan meat option will be available as the Beyond Meat Taco (made vegan by removing dairy cheese) and as a swap for beef in other dishes such as taco salads, burritos, and enchiladas. After a successful test of the vegan meat at select locations earlier this year, Taco Del Mar expanded the limited-time option chain-wide with a possibility of making it a permanent item on its vegetarian/vegan menu. “Introducing a plant-based protein to our menu allows us to offer our meat-eating customers looking to reduce their meat intake an option that doesn’t sacrifice on taste, and also expands our vegetarian and vegan options,” Chef Mike Gieseman, Director of Culinary and Innovation for Taco Del Mar parent company REGO Restaurant Group, said. “By introducing Beyond Meat to our guests, we continue our commitment to producing innovative and delicious menu offerings that embrace our signature Baja-style Coastal Mexican flavors.” In November, sandwich chain Quiznos—which is also owned by REGO—launched a test of vegan corned beef made by Mrs. Goldfarb’s Unreal Deli, its first vegan meat option, at select Denver, CO locations.
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