Vegetarian in Iowa
Topics/tags: Rants, Iowa, short
Although I’m an omnivore , I have many friends who are vegetarian or pescatarian. And I’m always amazed at what obstacles they put up with while in Iowa.
When I was first in Iowa, I recall going out with some friends and them asking whether the corn chowder was vegetarian. The answer was
Yes. But when the soup  came, it appeared to have bits of bacon. My friend asked about that and the response was,
Oh, that’s just a spice.
Today I had a similar experience. A friend and I were eating at a
back of the drug store countertop. I thought he was going to order a tuna-fish sandwich. But he said,
I want the vegetable cheeseburger. Given the name, I was suspicious. He pointed to the menu, which read,
Quarter pound vegetable patty on a buttered, grilled bun.
I got even more suspicious when the waitress/cook put the burgers on the grill. His looked indistinguishable from mine. So I asked,
Is that a vegetable burger? And I thought she said
Then she served the burger. And, as you’d expect, it was a beef hamburger . Guess what?
Vegetable burger, in their parlance, means
burger with vegetables. She even reaffirmed that.
Yup, it’s a burger with vegetables. We showed her the menu. She said,
A high-school student wrote that; they didn’t get it right. I’m not sure why they leave it on the menu if it’s wrong. I’m also not sure why the vegetable burger is $5.99 when a regular hamburger is about $3.79 and adding all the vegetables only costs forty-nine cents.
At least she was willing to make him a grilled-cheese sandwich instead .
 Well, I won’t eat everything, but I eat a wide variety of substances, including meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, and grains.
 That may not be surprising. It’s also probably good; they cooked both hamburgers with bacon next to them.
 They were out of tuna fish.
Version 1.0 of 2018-08-16.