I don’t often gush about Subway, or any sub shop for that matter, but seeing the company’s “Go Vegan at Subway” ad in the Washington City Paper may be the best thing since, well, $5 foot-longs. The ad promotes Subway’s new vegan options: the Black Bean sub, featuring a black-bean patty, brown rice, corn, bell peppers, cilantro, garlic, and sweet potato–curry sauce, and the Malibu Garden sub, which is stuffed with a vegan patty, fire-roasted tomato sauce, and all the fixings you want. Yum!
Right now, these subs are only available at Subway restaurants in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles and Orange County, California. They seem to be selling well, and vegans across the U.S. and in Canada are clamoring for them, thanks in part to animal rights activists who are promoting the company’s vegan options on WeLoveSubway.com.
Hopefully, vegan subs will soon be available at every Subway location. Subway is the largest restaurant chain in the world. There are all-vegetarian Subway restaurants in India, and the company offers (or has offered) falafel, hummus, vegan ribs, and other vegan sandwiches at select locations in the U.S. Customers can currently get The Veggie Delite — a combination of lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, onions, and condiments — at any Subway location.
If you are like me and eager to try the Black Bean and Malibu Garden sandwiches, let Subway know. And if you aren’t going to be in D.C. or California anytime soon, you should check out PETA‘s list of other vegetarian-friendly chain restaurants, because many of them offer great-tasting vegan sandwiches, too.
Quiznos, for example, offers a veggie sub that’s filled with guacamole, black olives, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, and mushrooms. It’s vegan if you order it without cheese and ask for balsamic vinaigrette instead of red-wine vinaigrette. Both the white and wheat bread options at Quiznos are vegan, and it also offers a vegan herb wrap.
Of course, you can always make your own vegan sub or sammie at home with mock meats, vegan cheese, fresh veggies, and vegan mayo and other condiments. I like Yves and Tofurky meatless deli slices as well as Field Roast mock deli meats and Chao vegan cheeses. Follow Your Heart also has a new line of tasty vegan cheeses in addition to its always-popular vegan mayo Vegenaise. Pile it all on some fresh bakery bread, and you have a delish sub or sandwich.