Here’s Every Vegan Option at Au Bon Pain (2021)

For a cafe often located in places like malls and airports, Au Bon Pain is shockingly vegan-friendly. The list of options is pretty long, and it contains soups, salads, bagels, bread, oatmeal, chips, fruit, and more!

Vegan options at Au Bon Pain:

  • Bagels: Cinnamon Raisin, Everything, Plain, Sesame Seed, Whole Wheat Skinny.
  • Bread: Ciabatta, Country White, Rustic Baguette, Semolina, Multigrain, Tortilla, Whole Wheat Tortilla, Everything Artisan Farmhouse Roll.
  • 12 Veggie Soup
  • Barley and Creamy Lentil Soup
  • Tuscan White Bean Soup
  • Mediterranean Salad (No Cheese)
  • Side Garden Salad
  • Oatmeal
  • Mediterranean Wrap (No Cheese)
  • Multigrain Sun Chips
  • Cape Cod Reduced Fat Sweet Mesquite BBQ Chips
  • Cape Cod Sea Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips
  • Cape Cod Original Potato Chips
  • Fruit
  • Mixed Nuts
  • Beverages

Below, I’ll share more about how to order these items vegan, and some other menu items that are surprisingly not vegan. I’ll answer some common questions, and I’ll end with a look at the whole-food plant-based options, too!

Au Bon Pain Vegan Menu

The following vegan menu was compiled with the help of the menu and nutrition information on the Au Bon Pain website.

Restaurant menus change and often vary by location. I recommend double checking any important information with staff at your location!

1. Bagels

Five vegan bagel options to choose from:

  • Cinnamon Raisin Bagel
  • Everything Bagel
  • Plain Bagel
  • Sesame Seed Bagel
  • Whole Wheat Skinny Bagel

Ask for jelly, peanut butter, or hummus as a spread. They don’t have any vegan cream cheese, unfortunately.

2. Breads

Awesome selection of vegan breads at Au Bon Pain:

  • Ciabatta
  • Country White Bread
  • Rustic Baguette
  • Semolina
  • Multigrain
  • Tortilla Wrap
  • Whole Wheat Tortilla Wrap
  • Everything Artisan Farmhouse Roll

Mainly, it’s the Asiago Breadstick that is NOT vegan.

3. Soups

Au Bon Pain shines when it comes to vegan soups. They actually have three different vegan soups in their normal rotation:

  • 12 Veggie Soup – What are the twelve veggies, you ask? You get: Tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, peas, onions, yellow zucchini, zucchini, broccoli, mushrooms, corn, celery, and red bell peppers, all in a nice vegetable broth.
  • Barley and Creamy Lentil Soup – Barley, lentil, and spinach soup that comes “with a hint of exotic spice.” Fully vegan.
  • Tuscan White Bean Soup – This soup also comes vegan—it’s white kidney beans, escarole, carrots, onions, and garlic in a broth full of beans, tomatoes, and Italian herbs.

There are other soup that look like they might be vegan at first glance—Wild Mushroom Bisque, Tomato Basil Bique, and Roasted Eggplant Soup—but don’t be fooled. They are not vegan. The only fully vegan soups are the ones I listed above.

4. Salads

There seem to be multiple ways to get vegan salads at Au Bon Pain, but here are the two easiest options:

  • Mediterranean Salad (No Cheese) – After removing the cheese, you’ll be getting romaine and field greens with hummus, avocado, kalamata olives, red bell peppers, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, and balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
  • Side Garden Salad – This is just a very simple side salad that might come with your wrap or something. Seems to be vegan by default, but I would check to confirm there is no cheese or croutons that contain milk.

Vegan salad dressings:

  • Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Lemon Vinaigrette

5. Oatmeal

The “Classic Oatmeal” or “Hot Oatmeal” seems to come vegan by default. But beware—the “Overnight Oats” do NOT appear to be vegan. You can ask to confirm for your location, but that’s what I’ve seen as the general rule.

6. Mediterranean Wrap (No Cheese)

This is Au Bon Pain’s only vegetarian wrap. It usually comes with feta cheese, but if you order it “No Cheese,” then it’s vegan.

You’ll get hummus, avocado, kalamata olives, red bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, romaine, greens, and lemon vinaigrette dressing in a whole wheat tortilla wrap.

7. Chips

Exact chip selection will vary by location, but these are the ones they actually list on their website:

  • Multigrain Sun Chips
  • Cape Cod Reduced Fat Sweet Mesquite BBQ Potato Chips
  • Cape Cod Sea Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips
  • Cape Cod Original Potato Chips

8. Fruit

The exact fruit available will vary by location and season, but here are some of the options you’re likely to see:

  • Grapes
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Fruit Cup
  • Strawberry Fruit Cup
  • Watermelon Fruit Cup

9. Mixed Nuts

You might see these listed as “Mixed Nuts” or “Assorted Nuts.” Really an interesting side. I’ve written vegan guides to around 100 restaurant chains now, and I can’t think of any others that have mixed nuts. The closest you see is free house peanuts at some steakhouses and stuff.

10. Sauces and Spreads

Here are the sauces and spreads you can use to amp up your breads, bagels, and more:

  • BBQ Sauce
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Hummus
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Lemon Vinaigrette

11. Beverages

There are tons of vegan beverages at Au Bon Pain, including coffee, iced coffee, espresso, hot tea, iced tea, Coca-Cola soft drinks, orange juice, lemonade, and more. You can typically get plant-based milk for your coffee drinks.

But What About…

You might think the following items would be vegan, too—but unfortunately they’re not:

  • The Chipotle Black Bean Burger patty contains milk ingredients.
  • The Smoothies all come standard with milk ingredients.

Whole-Food Plant-Based Options

What if you’re not just vegan but also trying to avoid all processed foods? Can you get a whole-food plant-based (WFPB) meal at Au Bon Pain? That means no processed sugar, oil, or flour.

To keep things strictly WFPB, you’d want to focus on the salad, the fruit sides, and the oatmeal. It’s possible that one of the soups are WFPB, but I don’t have access to the full ingredients to confirm it. The mixed nuts probably contain oil.

It’s possible that the Whole Wheat Skinny Bagel or the Whole Wheat Tortilla Wrap might count as WFPB. But sometimes, products named “whole grain” are not actually 100% whole grain—they just contain some whole grains in a blend with refined grains. So without a full ingredients list, we can’t know for sure.

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