Speaking in Texas This Saturday

This Saturday, I’ll be giving a talk at the North Texas Secular Student Convention in Frisco.

Other speakers include David Fitzgerald, Damon Fowler, LGBT activist Dorian Mooneyham, Sam Singleton, Matt Dillahunty, and JT Eberhard.

Could use some more women, but for a student run event, that’s a pretty strong lineup.

The tickets are cheap (and free for Secular Student Alliance members). So come! And then tell me what the heck a vegetarian can eat in Texas.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • http://dogmabytes.com/ C Peterson

    Ask for a vegetarian meal in Texas and there’s a good chance you’ll be offered chicken.

    • Kathryn

      If it’s barbeque, get a baked potato and slather it with the sauce-  all the same flavor, minus the meat. Also, sides are usually meat-free, like mac-n-cheese, corn on the cob, etc.
      Really, though, it being North Texas, you likely won’t be the only vegetarian, and the veggie options will probably be the same as they would be anywhere else. Frisco has TONS of restaurant options, too, so I’m sure you’ll find something you can eat.

  • Dbaker13

    I really hope there are videos of all of you, particularly JT and Matt’s debate.

    • http://www.facebook.com/llamagirl Kevin Butler

      We plan on posting all of the videos on youtube.

  • Conspirator

    I’ve been to tons of places that have vegetarian options around here.  Tonight some of my friends are going to some vegan place (why such people exist I don’t understand) called the Loving Hut in Addison.  While you will obviously miss out on the good food available here, you shouldn’t have any problem finding stuff to eat.  I imagine most Mexican and Tex-Mex places here have plenty of vegetable options, and I know for a fact that a vegetarian friend of mine enjoys B.J.’s Brew Pub, The Flying Saucer, Houlihan’s, and Twisted Root.  Off the top of my head I don’t ever recall going into a restaurant with her that she couldn’t find something that she enjoyed eating.  

    • Red_mcwilliams

       Ooh, yeah.  Twisted Root has a terrific veggie burger.  Not that I would ever eat it, but, um, I had a friend…who wanted to try something…different…just one time and it wasn’t even a friend but someone I heard someone else talking about and someone else told them that they thought it was pretty good.  I think.

      I gotta go.

    • AxeGrrl

      Tonight some of my friends are going to some vegan place (why such people exist I don’t understand)

      They exist for basically the same reason that meat-eaters and vegetarians exist ~ the human animal demonstrates a very wide range of diet choices :)

      Why is it that whenever this subject comes up, there are always ‘cracks’ about it, even when no vegan has even said a peep in the convo?

      It’s psychologically fascinating, actually :)

      • Conspirator

        Why is it every time Texas is mentioned there are stupid cracks about how there are no vegetarians and no vegans and that we’re all a bunch of rednecks?  Texas is a huge state and culturally diverse.  In the Dallas area there are multiple Asian districts where businesses don’t even post English signs.  If I’m not mistaken in the city of Dallas itself white people are no longer the minority.,  

        The population in DFW is over 6 million now.  It’s a fast growing region, with immigrants from all over the world.  We also have the greatest number of restaurants per capita in the country.  Anyone from anywhere in the world can come here and easily find something to eat.  

  • Patrick Sharp

    There’s lots of vegetarians in Texas.  We turn them into steak

  • DonC

    I can’t wait! My wife is a vegetarian as well. She’s normally able to find something at most places we go.

  • Janice C

    There’s a great all-vegan restaurant in Dallas and also Fort Worth (both pretty close to Frisco) called Spiral Diner – my favorite!

    • AxeGrrl

      a vegan place in Dallas?    I’m gobsmacked/impressed :)

      But hey, I guess it’s like anything else ~ if it gains in popularity at all, there’s a smart business person out there who’ll recognize its money-making potential :)

  • Santiago

    That is some cool logo.

    • http://www.facebook.com/llamagirl Kevin Butler

      Thanks! It was designed  by a Collin College student

  • Kimpatsu

    A vegetarian in Texas can eat the governor. He’s got cabbage for brains.

  • AES

    Cosmic Cafe is one of my faves if you make the trek to Dallas – also in Dallas a place called Eno’s with a great atmosphere that has a few delicious veggie pizzas; parking is an absolute beast though and there have been issues recently with questionable towings.  I’m pretty sure there is a Mooyah in Frisco and I have heard their veggie burger is good, also the usual suspects (Chipotle, Chili’s for the veggie burger, Italian cuisine).  Oh, and there’s a new vegan restaurant in town that I have been *dying* to try called the V-Spot – clearly I have no opinion on this but the food looks really good with gnoccis, pastas…..ok, we’re hungry now!  Oh, and with Tex-Mex/Mexican – the selection is often sorely lacking and many of the standard items have hidden meat (refritos, Mexican rice, sometimes lard in the tortillas).

  • Larry Mathys

    I’ll be there, and I’m looking forward to listening to your presentation.  I’m not sure how long you’ll be hanging around, but I’d love the chance to shake your hand.

    • http://www.facebook.com/llamagirl Kevin Butler

      Can’t wait to see you there!

  • mj

    What time are you speaking? I can’t find a schedule of events anywhere.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Hemant Mehta

      I’m not sure yet… sometime Saturday morning, I presume…

    • http://www.facebook.com/llamagirl Kevin Butler

      Hemant will be kicking off the convention at 9:05.  Our official schedule is: 
      http://ntxsecularstudents.com/convention-schedule/

    • Chelsea L

      There’s a barebones schedule on the website. There’s a better one somewhere, but I can’t remember where… I think on pharyngula’s blog.

  • Chelsea L.

    I live in Texas and will be attending the convention. There’s plenty of vegetarian options in Texas, anyone who says otherwise doesn’t know what they’re talking about. Even at a steakhouse you can get a plate loaded with vegetables if you ask for it. You just might have to deal with a comment or two about rabbit food or some such, but it’s good natured.

  • http://www.facebook.com/llamagirl Kevin Butler

    We were planning on having a few more women speak, but they fell through.  One woman is better than none, though!  

    There are plenty of vegetarian options in the area.  We’ll be sticking around Frisco, though, not much time to venture into Dallas.

  • Chelsea L.

    Also, the Loving Hut is AWESOME. It’s vegan and delicious! But, for the lolz, you have to read the material about the ‘inspiration’… lots of pseudo-science going on there xD SUPREME MASTAH. People living off air and psychics talking to animals… >> But, the food is delicious and healthy and actually AFFORDABLE.

  • Chelsea L

    Cosmic Cafe is good from what I here, but a little pricier. Spiral Diner is pretty okay too. They have GREAT vegan nacho cheese made from cashews. 

    … but Loving Hut is better xD

  • Chris

    You’re speaking in my back yard and I have a gig in Louisiana. Bugger. I’m a carnivore so I don’t know much about vegetarian restaurants, but I’ll add another vote for Spiral Diner.


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