We did order the veggie burger. To make it vegan, ask to hold the cheese. In addition, they typically do an egg wash on the bun. You can ask them to provide a different type of bread. We ordered it with multigrain bread, which was good. The burger had a rich feel, almost a barbecue sauce feel to it. With the burger, you get a choice of sides. We chose French fries, which were thin and crispy, very delicious. If you want healthier options, you can order broccoli (no parm cheese, please), orzo & wild rice, Israeli couscous or the daily vegetable.
We also had the Rattlesnake pasta, modified by the chef to be vegan (no chicken, no cream sauce). There were healthy portions of vegetables added, including broccoli, and it had a nice Southwestern seasoning. We found it a bit oily for our tastes though. We were going to order fire-grilled artichokes for an appetizer (made vegan without the herb butter), but they were unfortunately out that evening.
The server was very helpful and knowledgeable and was eager to help us find a good meal. Her positive attitude really made a difference; servers often seem burdened by vegans. The vegan burger was one of the best that we’ve had in the area and so if you’re up for that, we’d recommend trying J. Alexander's. They provide a fine dining feel without super high prices. They have a nice wine by the glass menu and a good selection of craft beers. Overall, we had a nice time.