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Sorry that happened to you Gale. I don't eat out much in general but when I've gone to nonvegetarian places in the past I've found that most try to be accommodating. Maybe the manager is inexperienced and trying to do everything by the book or maybe he's inconsiderate, I don't know, but don't beat yourself up about it. It's not worth it. It's nice that your husband supports you :)
I think the manager was being nasty and intolerant of your choices. Did you end up paying the full price for your veggie meal? Leave them bad reviews and never visit the place again. And, no you are not vulnerable for going to a beef house as a vegetarian because you are creating a demand for vegetarian meals in a majorly opposite setup. Some would look upon that as ethically wrong because your money is funding such a business. But, another way to look at this would be as I said - creating a demand for veggie meals.
We have a restraint close to us that has a vegiterian section on there menu that surprised me but vegetarian stuff is always more expensive than food with meat I never understand why?
I've used that one before :)