Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Meatless Mondays at Tropical Smoothie!
So on Monday, I was in Jonesboro, Arkansas while my daddy was having surgery (he's doing well, by the way). Around 11 a.m., my tummy started growling (I'd been up since 5 a.m.), so I headed out to grab a Ruby Tuesdays salad bar to go. Jonesboro is a small town dominated by chain restaurants, and vegan options are slim. But on the way to Ruby Tuesdays, I passed a Tropical Smoothie Cafe and swerved into the parking lot without even having a chance to turn on my blinker (sorry, dude behind me).
For about a year, Tropical Smoothie has allowed diners to substitute Beyond Meat Chicken-Free Strips in any wrap or sandwich that contains chicken. But in Memphis, the closet Tropical Smoothie to my house is about 20 minutes away, so I'd yet to test this out. I kinda thought maybe the Jonesboro location wouldn't have the vegan chicken because it's Jonesboro. But lo and behold, not only did they offer Beyond Meat, but my cashier even told me his sister is vegan. He was able to help me veganize a sandwich, making sure none of the other ingredients in the sandwich were off-limits.
And not only that, he informed that every Monday at Tropical Smoothie Cafe is Meatless Monday. And meals ordered with Beyond Meat are HALF OFF! I got this Jamaican Jerk Wrap with Beyond Meat (southwestern rice, black beans, asparagus, jerk sauce, onion) and Original Baked Lay's ...
And this 24-ounce Sunny Day Smoothie (orange, banana, kiwi, mango) ...
For only $6!!! The wrap was fantastic, and the smoothie was just perfect. But most of all, I love that a major casual chain restaurant is offering half-off to customers who order their meals vegan-style rather than with meat! How freakin' cool is that?!
On Twitter, Tropical Smoothie said the deal may not be available at all cafes, but it is available at a bunch. I mean, it's in Jonesboro for god's sake. And they did confirm that ALL locations offer Beyond Meat.
So when you're looking for something to eat next Monday (or when you're planning your meals for the week Sunday night), don't forget about Meatless Mondays at Tropical Smoothie!