Here’s Every Vegan Option at Corner Bakery Cafe (2021)

Corner Bakery Cafe doesn’t have any flashy vegan options like veggie burgers or vegan cheese… But when you dig into their menu, they actually have a lot for us vegans to choose from! As someone with 13 years of vegan dining experience, I’m happy to be your guide.

Vegan options at Corner Bakery Cafe:

  • Bagels (Cinnamon Raisin, Everything, Plain, Sesame)
  • Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Brown Sugar
  • Breakfast Potatoes
  • Asian Wonton Salad (No Chicken)
  • Cavatappi Marinara (No Cheese or Garlic Bread)
  • Linguini Marinara (No Cheese or Garlic Bread)
  • Roasted Tomato Basil (No Croutons)
  • Fruit (Fruit Medley, Banana, or Red Grapes)
  • Bakery Chips
  • Baby Carrots
  • Beverages

Below, I’ll share more on how to order these items vegan—along with some menu items that are surprisingly NOT vegan. I’ll end with a look at the whole-food plant-based options, too!

Corner Bakery Cafe Vegan Menu

The following vegan menu was compiled with the help of the nutrition and allergen information on the Corner Bakery Cafe website.

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

1. Bagels

Yes, the bagels at Corner Bakery are vegan! Typically these include:

  • Cinnamon Raisin Bagel
  • Everything Bagel
  • Plain Bagel
  • Sesame Seed Bagel

They don’t have vegan cream cheese, but you can ask for peanut butter and jelly if you feel like going in that direction.

2. Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Brown Sugar

You may want to double check at your location, but the Steel-Cut Oatmeal seems to be made with water, not milk. Along with brown sugar, you can get dried currants, dried cranberries, walnuts, and almonds as toppings.

Make sure your order doesn’t come with Sweet Crisps. They seem to be included with oatmeal dishes sometimes, and they’re not vegan. (They contain milk and honey.)

Note: The Overnight Oats are not typically vegan, as they contain yogurt.

3. Breakfast Potatoes

Simple seasoned breakfast potatoes, cooked with oil, not butter. These are not on all the menus I checked, but they were on the allergen menu, so keep an eye out for them. They seem to be a side that comes with many of the breakfast dishes.

4. Salad (Customized)

There’s no obvious vegan salad choice at Corner Bakery Cafe. But with a custom order, you get make something vegan. Here’s what I’d personally go for:

  • Asian Wonton Salad (No Chicken) – After you remove the chicken, this salad comes with “Asian Edamame Salad, Spring Mix, Asian Dressing, and Crispy Wonton Strips.”

You may be able to get other salads made vegan, as well.

With the Mixed Greens Salad, it looks like if you asked for no croutons and chose a vegan dressing (probably one of the vinaigrettes), that would also be vegan-friendly.

If you avoid honey, then beware that one of their vinaigrettes is “honey balsamic vinaigrette.”

5. Pasta with Marinara (No Cheese or Garlic Bread)

There are a couple pasta options you can typically get vegan at Corner Bakery Cafe:

  • Cavatappi with Marinara (No Parmesan Cheese, No Garlic Bread)
  • Linguini with Marinara (No Parmesan Cheese, No Garlic Bread)

You may also want to double check to make sure the marinara sauce is vegan at your specific location. As I covered in my big guide to vegan pasta sauce brands, about 25% of pasta sauce out there contains cheese or other animal ingredients.

6. Roasted Tomato Basil (No Croutons)

Usually when you see roasted tomato basil soup at a restaurant, it ends up containing milk. But from everything I’ve seen, it appears to be vegan at Corner Bakery Cafe—as long as you exclude the “spicy croutons.” (As I’ve covered elsewhere, croutons usually contain milk.)

Again, you may want to double-check at your location. Many restaurants make a non-vegan version for their tomato basil soup. But it looks good here!

7. Fresh Fruit

There are a few fruit sides you can typically get:

  • Seasonal Fruit Medley
  • Banana
  • Red Seedless Grapes

You may have to look at the kids menu to find the banana and grapes.

8. Bakery Chips

These typically come as an extra with sandwiches and stuff, but you can also order them as a side. It’s just a simple bag of potato chips, nothing too special!

9. Baby Carrots

Another side option that is vegan-friendly! Carrots. Love it.

10. Beverages

There are plenty of vegan drinks to choose from:

  • Coffee
  • Cold Brew Coffee
  • Hazelnut Cold Brew
  • Iced Tea
  • Hibiscus Lemonade
  • Old Fashioned Lemonade
  • Apple Juice
  • Berry Juice
  • Cherry Coca Cola
  • Coca Cola
  • Dr Pepper
  • Fanta
  • Fresca
  • Sprite

But What About…

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

  • The Garlic Bread is not vegan, as it contains milk.
  • The Overnight Oats is not vegan, as it contains yogurt.
  • The Sweet Crisps are not vegan, as they contain milk.
  • The Muffins are not vegan, as they contain egg and milk.
  • The Breakfast Country Bread is not vegan, as it contains milk.
  • The Harvest Bread is not vegan, as it contains milk.
  • The Mom’s White Bread is not vegan, as it contains milk and eggs.
  • The Lemon Bar and Maple Pecan Bar are not vegan, as they contain milk and eggs.
  • The cookies are not vegan, as they contain milk and eggs.

Whole-Food Plant-Based Options

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

WFPB options at Corner Bakery Cafe:

  • Steel-Cut Oatmeal (No Brown Sugar)
  • Salad (Customized)
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Baby Carrots

As you can see, there’s not a ton of WFPB options—but this is more than most restaurants have.

To order the Steel-Cut Oatmeal as WFPB, avoid the brown sugar. You should still be able to get the dried fruit and nuts as toppings, but be aware that they might contain small amounts of vegetable oil (or sugar on the dried fruit).

More Vegan Guides to Restaurants

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