Whether you’re taking in some grindhouse schlock on Terror Tuesday or marking the latest Oscar contender off your watchlist, one thing (besides silence) unites all Alamo Drafthouse movie screenings: food. Oh, that food.
Austin’s signature cinema is known for its award-winning, carefully curated menu, including its queso, about which the theater has solicited customer feedback in the past. (Their chefs have also been known to think outside the box, like with their special “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”-inspired menu.) Drafthouse can now add another honor to its trophy case, but this one doesn’t come from a prestigious food publication. It comes from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
PETA recently ranked Alamo Drafthouse No. 4 on its list of the most vegan-friendly movie theaters in the U.S., according to a news release. The controversial animal rights organization points to meatless, dairy-free Drafthouse dishes like the Mexican tofu quinoa bowl, crispy buffalo cauliflower and spaghetti squash marinara as reasons for vegans to feel at home.
One thing that might ruffle your filmgoer feathers: The No. 1 theater, Sun-Ray Cinema in Jacksonville, Fla., serves vegan queso, which is not something even the Drafthouse can boast.
So if you’re vegan and you haven’t been to an ’80s singalong yet, check out some the movie theater’s non-animal-based dining options using this guide (last updated in 2015). For the carnivores among us, let us recommend the Brussels sprouts, goat cheese and smoked bacon pizza.