Bagels are often a vegan-friendly treat, and bagel shops usually have great stuff for vegans. Bruegger’s is one of my favorite quick-service lunch spots in midtown. Almost all of Bruegger’s bagels are vegan. They have a really informative website with full ingredient lists for all of their food, which is a lifesaver for vegans. If you don’t have the chance to check the site before you go, the staff (at this location at least) is extremely knowledgable about product ingredients…. or so I thought. Upon further research, it turns out that even though I was told that the tomato soup did not contain any dairy, according to the Bruegger’s website, it does. I suppose it’s possible that this particular location’s soup did not contain dairy, but I doubt that. This is just one of those things about being vegan that happens sometimes: you do the best you can, you ask the right questions, and you still end up with dairy in your food. I try not to feel too horribly about these things for two reasons: (1) I requested a dairy-free meal and it’s not my fault the staff thought the soup was free of milk; and (2) veganism is not about perfection, it’s about reducing suffering. The moral of this story is to avoid all soups at Bruegger’s.
Don’t let my experience with the soup scare you away from Bruegger’s because it’s still a great place to grab breakfast/lunch/a snack, and the sandwich in that picture was totally awesome! It is a variation on the Leonardo da Veggie sandwich. The Leonardo da Veggie is supposed to come on an asiago softwich (clearly not vegan) and be topped with herb garlic cream cheese (also not vegan) and Muenster (definitely not vegan). I had them swap out the asiago softwich for an everything softwich (totally vegan) and leave off all the cheese in favor of hummus (mmmmmmm). The final sandwich contained hummus, roasted red peppers, lettuce, tomato, and red onion. Everyone at the table was impressed with my sandwich while they chomped away on roast beef. I’ll definitely be going to Bruegger’s again soon.
Multiple Locations – Midtown, Harding Pike, Brentwood
I went to this one:
422 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
Website with full ingredient list for all menu items