I have been to Wally’s Gyros a few times as a vegetarian, and while the selection is not very big, it is a pretty good restaurant altogether. Just going to get that out there because their score isn’t going to be very high. It is a small restaurant, situated in Hammond, Indiana.
Critiquing a restaurant that specializes in meat, like Gyros often tend to do, or hamburgers, might not seem to make much sense to the outsider, but this isn’t a review of how bad the restaurant is, it is simply a review of their menu and whether or not they carry options for a specific eating style, which in this case is Vegetarianism. So without further ado:
Wally’s has a few sides which are good for vegetarians, of which includes:
- Fried Battered Okra
- Fried Battered Mushrooms
- French Fries
- Onion Rings
- Jalapeno Poppers
- Cole Slaw
- Cheese Sticks
- Garden Salad (Comes with cheese, but might be able to request it without it)
- Nachos and Cheese
Out of all of those, there is only one vegan option, and those are, of course, the french fries.
They do have fish as well, for those of you who are Pesceterians.
I did call the restaurant in order to get further information, and the kind lady on the phone did let me know that the oil they use to fry with is indeed vegetable oil. Which is good, because as someone who once worked for Rally’s, I am glad that many places are frying their foods in things other than Lard or Tallow.
For vegetarian options there does seem to be a good variety when it comes to lacto-vegetarianism. For vegans or for those who cannot consume dairy, like usual, there is not that many options. Also, just as a reminder, most battered foods do contain egg products in them, so be aware of that if you want to order them as a veggie option.
A thing Wally’s Gyros can do to help would be to add a vegetarian gyro or burger option, and add more sides, like maybe steamed broccoli or something like that. But for a gyro restaurant, what they have really isn’t that bad.