The Trick to Ordering a Vegan Sandwich at Boudin SF (Many Locations in Northern and Southern California)

I went to a “Month of Moms” event in May 2015 at Boudin SF put on by 105.7 MAX FM.  (I’m a daughter, not a breeder, by the way.)  Winners and their guests got a free lunch. Yay!

The girl in the left corner eating a meat sandwich was looking at me when I turned around, then she looked away.

The girl in the left corner eating a meat sandwich was looking at me when I turned around, then she looked away.

But figuring out how to order a vegan sandwich here took some careful analysis of the menu with cross referencing of the “Boudin Nurture & Nutrition” pamphlet.

Dave Mason said he is on a low sodium diet, but not a low meat diet. Time for a second opinion!

Dave Mason said he is on a low sodium diet, but not a low meat diet. Time for a second opinion!

The menu has many items labelled “vegetarian,” but that doesn’t mean vegan!  The California Veggie sandwich comes with Havarti cheese, which is certainly no veggie and must be rejected.  Fortunately, it doesn’t come with mayo, but rather a vegan-friendly sun-dried tomato spread.  But bad news!  The two slices of multigrain bread, however, are not vegan as the pamphlet discloses they contain one (1) mg. of cholesterol.  I failed to catch that little detail fast enough, however, as the servant helping me order a vegan lunch also failed.  But if I had requested to switch the sliced multigrain with sliced sourdough, then it should have been totally vegan.  So, do that if you go there!

Cheese Aint a Vegetable

Cheese Aint a Vegetable

You also can choose potato chips or a mixed greens salad with your sandwich, but if you want the salad, you must specify to leave out the cheese and to use a vegan dressing such as balsamic.  Tricky, huh?  Boudin SF should try simplifying things by having a vegan sandwich on the menu labelled “vegan.”

To make the California veggie sandwich vegan, reject the cheese and request sourdough slices instead of multigrain.

To make the California Veggie sandwich vegan, reject the cheese and request sourdough slices instead of multigrain.

Because I couldn’t find bread ingredients listed anywhere, I contacted the Boudin Bakery Help Desk to ask if the loaf of Boudin Bakery Sourdough Bread was vegan-friendly and they promptly gave me the ingredients:

“The ingredients are flour, water, salt, and starter. Those are the only ingredients that comprise our sourdough breads.”

The servant standing to the right of Dave Mason is the one who didn't know the multigrain bread wasn't vegan.

The servant standing to the right of Dave Mason is the one who didn’t know the multigrain bread wasn’t vegan.

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4 thoughts on “The Trick to Ordering a Vegan Sandwich at Boudin SF (Many Locations in Northern and Southern California)

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  2. MarcusMiller says:

    So the question I am trying to answer is, are the enzymes vegan? If this were also kosher that would nail it!

  3. Kim says:

    Went in today to a location in Sunnyvale, CA and the sun-dried tomato paste contains milk, so I opted out of it. But the balsamic vinaigrette was said to be fine.

    Ordered it with the sourdough slices and it was delicious!

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