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17 Things Vegetarians In The South Have To Deal With

Where even the vegetables are made with ham.

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1. When you tell people you're vegetarian...

And they just...don't understand.

"OK well I'll make collard greens and you can just eat around the ham."
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"OK well I'll make collard greens and you can just eat around the ham."

2. When people try to feed you chicken or turkey and tell you *it doesn't count as meat*.

IT IS ANIMAL.
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IT IS ANIMAL.

3. But then you feel guilty saying no when someone goes out of their way to make something that you can't eat.

Southern hospitality is a real thing and having to say that you can't eat something your friend's mom made is literally the most painful thing you had to do as a kid.
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Southern hospitality is a real thing and having to say that you can't eat something your friend's mom made is literally the most painful thing you had to do as a kid.

4. So you hope and pray that there will at least be mac and cheese.

You can almost always count on this as your saving grace.
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You can almost always count on this as your saving grace.

5. Or mashed potatoes.

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Please don't fuck this up by putting gravy all over the only thing I can eat here.

6. Feeling like you're being forced to give up eating because everything edible has bacon, ham, or lard in it.

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I'll have the collard greens. NOPE. Black-eyed peas? NOPE. Cabbage? NOPE.

OMG BYE.

7. Having to ask about EVERYTHING you eat.

"Are your pies vegetarian?"
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"Are your pies vegetarian?"

8. When you're at a cookout and everyone is hogging the only vegetarian sides you can actually eat.

Like, if you get to eat all of those ribs and burgers and pulled pork, AT LEAST LEAVE ME SOME POTATO SALAD. This is actually probably universal to vegetarians everywhere.
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Like, if you get to eat all of those ribs and burgers and pulled pork, AT LEAST LEAVE ME SOME POTATO SALAD. This is actually probably universal to vegetarians everywhere.

9. When the only thing you can eat at BBQ restaurants are side plates:

Actually, you love those side plates. They might not be pretty but they taste good AF.
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Actually, you love those side plates. They might not be pretty but they taste good AF.

10. You immediately recognize what this is:

And now all you want is a pimiento cheese sandwich.
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And now all you want is a pimiento cheese sandwich.

11. When you still have an opinion on the best kind of BBQ sauce even though you don't eat meat and people are like "shut up you don't even know."

NO YOU SHUT UP. *SWEET SAUCE PRIDE*
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NO YOU SHUT UP.

*SWEET SAUCE PRIDE*

12. When someone in the backyard puts vegetables where the meat was on the grill and now you can't eat anything.

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This is probably also universal, but grills rule in the South so this definitely happened to you more than anyone else.

13. But despite the fact that you won't eat BBQ, you still love the smell of smoke.

Just not when it gets all up in your hair.
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Just not when it gets all up in your hair.

14. When you really wish people would get more creative with vegetarian proteins but you're afraid to even ask.

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"When can I expect smoked seitan ribs to make an appearance on your menu?" "LEAVE."

15. You always eat boiled peanuts on road trips.

The fact that you could actually eat something you purchased at a roadside stand makes you feel like you *finally* fit in.
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The fact that you could actually eat something you purchased at a roadside stand makes you feel like you *finally* fit in.

16. And when you leave the South and find out that vegan BBQ drumsticks are a thing everywhere else.

You feel betrayed because this could have been YOUR WHOLE LIFE.
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You feel betrayed because this could have been YOUR WHOLE LIFE.

17. But you know that no matter what, you can ALWAYS count on getting your calories in from some good ol' sweet tea.

Which has enough sugar to give the entire South diabetes. The end.
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Which has enough sugar to give the entire South diabetes. The end.

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