Is there anything Vegan at BJ's at all in the first place?
First of all, BJ’s restaurant at first glance doesn’t appear to be a vegan-friendly restaurant, but if you look closer they have quite good vegan options just like in Cheesecake Factory, and while it wouldn’t be my #1 choice to eat at, I wouldn’t have an issue having a meal there with family if everyone was going to bj’s Restaurant & Brewhouse.
With that being said, don’t expect some vegan paradise; or even anything too good — they haven’t added a vegan burger or vegan-specific entries or anything like that to the menu yet. However, still better than most of the fast-food chain.
But hey, you can get some pasta, a pretty good lotta-topping pizza (albeit kinda expensive), and many delicious sides and appetizers, as well as some more standard things you’d expect to be vegan at a restaurant like this such as Baked Potatoes.
Let’s see what’s vegan at Bj’s brewhouse!
Nothing much to offer in short. Just some typical fast food quick bites.
- Chips & Guacamole
- Chips & Fire Roasted Salsa
- French Fry Basket
- Turmeric-Roasted Cauliflower
- Sweet Potato Fries
Really those are the only vegan-friendly shareable appetizers they offer; although you can always order a salad as an appetizer as well, it just won’t really be shareable with others like people usually do with appetizers. If you do this make sure you check the salad section of this article for which dressings and salads are vegan-friendly.
Vegan-friendly Primary Meal Options at BJ's
While there are countless entrée on Bj’s menu, there are quite a few that is vegan or can be veganized.
- Vegan Pizzas (Order without Cheese, ask for no butter on Crust)
- Vegan Lentil Ancient Grains Soup (More of a side to be paired with a Salad or Baked Potato since it’s quite small)
- Peruvian Quinoa Bowl (Not on all locations menu, but generally able to be ordered)
- Boiled Pasta with Mariana Sauce (Confirm, off-menu but available at most locations)
- Many Salad Options (See next section)
Build your own Pizza
Secondly, if you are in trouble with decision-making, you can go along with the vegetarian pizza. Just make sure that you order it without cheese!
Vegan Lentil Ancient Grains Soup
Vegan Salad Options at BJ's Brewhouse & Restaurant:
- House Salad (Specify no Croutons or Cheese)
- The Superfoods Salad
- Santa Fe Salad (No chicken, nor cheese and swap dressing)
Enlightened kale and roasted brussels sprouts salad aka the Superfoods salad
Dressings and Vinaigrattes
According to BJ’s allergen guide, the following dressings and vinaigrettes are free from animal ingredients:
- Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Strawberry Vinaigrette
- Rice Wine Vinaigrette
- Olive oil & Vinegar
- Italian Dressing
- Chimichurri Sauce
Everything else contains dairy, eggs, or even worse things for sure.
All of the sides
- Baked Potato (No Cheese/Butter/Sour-Cream)
- Sauteed Asparagus
- Regular French Fries
- Quinoa and Brown Rice Blend
- Rice Pilaf (Rice, red bell pepper, green onion)
- Sauteed Green Beans
- Guacamole & Chips (Appetizer)
- Garlic Bread Knots
- Turmeric-Roasted Cauliflower (Small Bites Side)
- Sweet Potato Fries (Small Bites Side)
- Vegan Lentil Ancient Grains Soup
- Apple Sauce (Kids Menu)
Anything else to offer?
Nothing much but homemade Rootbeer and tons of typcal sodas and drinks like the following:
- Dr. Pepper (It’s vegan for sure)
- Iced tea
- Hot tea
- Green tea
- Bunch of limonedes
- Decaf Coffee
- Various Sodas
- and so on…
Vegan-friendly Desserts at BJ's:
- Apple Sauce
- Apple Juice
- Fresh Fruit
Despite the tons of plant-based sides, BJ’s Brewhouse doesn’t offer any “real” vegan-friendly desserts like brownies or cookies, unfortunately, which is a real bummer as I remember they were the best I had at a restaurant before going vegan. Even Burger King has accidentally vegan apple pie. Maybe in 5 years they’ll get with the times and make them vegan-friendly; you can definitely make just as good of brownies that are cruelty-free.
BJ's as a Vegan in Summary
Frequently Asked Questions
Unfortunately, the veggie burger at bj’s contains milk, thus it is not vegan.
Although BJ’s haven’t added a vegan burger yet, there are a tons of stuff we can as vegans:
Appetizers – such as Chips & Guacamole, French Fry Basket, etc
Sides – such as fries, Baked Potatos, Sweet Potato fries, etc.
They also have a fantastic Vegan Lentil Ancient Grains Soup!
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