If there’s a vegan reuben on a menu, I have no choice but to order it. While I have sampled reubens at many stops along the way, here are 10 vegan reuben sandwiches from restaurants across North America that you won’t want to miss.
This reuben round-up includes sandwiches from California, Colorado, Illinois, Florida, New York, North Carolina, Washington, Oregon, and Ontario.
Vegan reubens consist of an intoxicating mix of sauerkraut, creamy dressing, and a briny, toothsome filling. That filling can be seitan, tofu, tempeh, Soy Curls, even a jackfruit sandwich.
I often make reuben sandwiches & dishes at home (like this reuben-inspired nourish bowl.) And when I travel, a vegan reuben is a standard order whenever I see it on a restaurant menu.
If you share a similar passion, you’ll want to check out this vegan reuben round-up from restaurants around North America. And if there’s a reuben you love that’s not on the list, please let me know in the comments!
(The sandwiches below are in no particular order. My favorite vegan reuben is always the one that’s right in front of me.)
Vegan reuben round-up
Follow Your Heart – Canoga Park, California
The vegan reuben at Follow Your Heart is the sandwich that ignited my passion for them.
Yes, that’s the same Follow Your Heart that makes Vegenaise, salad dressing, and non-dairy cheese. Before they became a distributor of plant-based foods, they were a café in Canoga Park. The café & grocery store that started it all is still there today.
When I first went vegetarian, Follow Your Heart was a weekly destination.
First, I’d feast on the seitan reuben in their café at the back of the grocery store. Then I’d buy all of the ingredients to make my own at home using their cookbook.
This sandwich is perfection in its simplicity – seitan made in house, a generous layer of sauerkraut, dressing made with their very own Vegenaise, and a pickle on top. Vegans have a choice of Follow Your Heart cheese or cottage style tofu.
It may not be as flashy as some of the other sandwiches on this list, but hot damn, it’s good.
The Chicago Diner – Chicago, Illinois
The Chicago Diner is synonymous with its reuben. It’s the sandwich for which this 36-year-old eatery is known.
The paper-thin slices of seitan are marinated in a mixture of spices, pickle juice, and beet juice for mouth-puckering flavor. It’s then topped in sauerkraut, dressing, grilled peppers and onions. It’s finished with a generous helping of melty non-dairy cheese on marbled rye.
This sandwich is my first stop whenever I’m exploring vegan food Chicago. And I’m sure I’m not alone in that.
Don’t have any plans to visit Chicago? No worries! You can make their vegan reuben sandwich recipe at home. It’s the official recipe from their cookbook!
Nooch – Windsor, Ontario
Did you know that Detroit can see Canada from its house? This summer I spent a little time exploring vegan Detroit.
The vegan reuben is loaded with seitan corned beef, sauerkraut, non-dairy provolone, and Thousand Island dressing. And of course, it’s served on marbled rye, which is the cherry on top in the reuben sandwich experience.
Is that a side of vegan poutine next to it? Yes. It. Is.
Locali – Hollywood, Los Angeles, Venice & West Hollywood, California
Locali is a small convenience store and deli with multiple locations in Southern California. They serve a flavorful reuben sandwich, overflowing with tofu deli slices, vegan cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing on rye.
And side note, if you’re there at breakfast, the Badass Breakfast Sandwich is legendary.
Ethos Vegan Kitchen – Winter Park, Florida
Ethos is a vegan diner with lots of classic American favorites, including a Tofurky reuben. It is filled with thin Tofurky slices, sauerkraut, sauce, and toasted bread. It has great crunch appeal.
(Check out this post on Ethos Vegan Kitchen to see the other things I got the last time I was there.)
Champs Diner – Brooklyn, New York
Champs Diner in Brooklyn has a classic diner aesthetic & menu to match. The serve up comfort foods aplenty, including a flavorful seitan reuben.
It is stuffed with grilled seitan, sauerkraut, melty cheese, and Russian dressing on toasted marbled rye. It’s a hearty sandwich that goes down delightfully well.
To see the other things I ate while I was there (including vegan mozzarella sticks!), check out this post on Champs Diner.
Bean Vegan Cuisine – Charlotte & Asheville, North Carolina
They also deliver a very tempting reuben. It’s topped with thinly sliced house made seitan, melted Daiya mozzarella, sauerkraut, and thousand island dressing.
The folks at Bean don’t skimp on the toppings. That makes this reuben all comfort food pleasure.
Plum Bistro – Seattle, Washington
Plum Bistro in Seattle is on the fancier end of the dining spectrum. It’s an intimate dining space with large windows along one wall.
This reuben at Plum Bistro is topped with their own house-made tofu pastrami, pickled purple cabbage, and thousand island dressing. What really takes it to the next level is the layering of melted vegan cheese inside.
Heads up: The reuben is only available on their lunch menu. You can’t get it at dinner or brunch.
(To see everything I ate while I was there, check out this post on Vegan Seattle.)
Homegrown Smoker – Portland, Oregon
I cannot even tell you how much I want to return to Portland, Oregon – again & again. One of the top reasons is Homegrown Smoker. They produce some of the most eye-poppingly delicious food I’ve ever tasted.
The reuben is not on their regular menu. However, it does come up as a special on occasion. (Don’t be too sad if it’s not on the menu while you’re there. Everything they make is incredible.)
The Homegrown Smoker reuben is made with seitan pastrami that has been double smoked for an intense smokiness that I love. It’s served with sauerkraut, grilled onions and peppers, and a creamy remoulade sauce.
(To read about everything I got the last time I was there, read this post about vegan Portland.)
Native Foods – California, Colorado, Oregon & Illinois
Native Foods is a vegan fast food chain that has expanded beyond its Southern California roots. It now has locations in Colorado, Oregon, and Illinois as well.
And while the Oklahoma Bacon Cheeseburger will forever and always have my heart at Native Foods, their reuben is still up there in my list of favorites.
It’s packed with seitan and Russian dressing. Plus, the horseradish cheese & sauerkraut are both made in house.
Is your favorite vegan reuben on this list? Tell me all about your top pick in the comments.
Originally posted April 2015. Content and photos updated August 2019 to add Nooch in Windsor & remove reubens that are no longer available.