Jersey Mike’s is a fast-casual sandwich shop known for its subs, signature sauce, and charity work, having collaborated with over 170 different charities and raising over $28 million between 2010 and 2018. From its Big Kahuna Cheese Steak to its Grilled Pastrami Reuben, the chain places a lot of emphasis on meats and cheeses, so it may not sound too promising for vegan clientele. However, armed with our Vegan Unlocked secret menu, full menu, and editor’s picks, you’ll be able to chow down and get your sandwich fix – although, hopefully, you’re a fan of veggies because that’s really all that’s on offer.
The Vegan Unlocked Research Team searched through all 37 items on the Jersey Mike’s menu and found two delectable custom creations as well as a couple of lip-smacking on-menu options.
Jersey Mike’s scores 1.3 out of 5 stars with very few vegan options on offer. So, while you can grab a scrumptious veggie sub or salad, if you’re looking for plant-based meat or lashings of vegan mayo, you’re out of luck.
This score is calculated based on the number of vegan offerings on Jersey Mike’s menu “as is” or with an easy substitution, a restaurant vegan customizability score and finally, the number of vegan options vs non-vegan options. Learn more about Vegan Unlocked Ratings.
When you’re out and about and fancy a quick bite to eat, a sandwich shop might sound like the perfect, no-fuss option. But, of course, as many of you will have experienced when you’re vegan, it’s not always that straightforward. Chain menus that don’t cater specifically to vegans can often feel a bit confusing to navigate, and plant-based options aren’t always clearly marked. To make things a bit easier, we sent in our team of vegan researchers to Jersey Mike’s to scope out the vegan selection, and they hacked some secret menu items to diversify your options. Remember, you can try your hand at this, too, and partake in a little mix and match. Sometimes all this requires is requesting a separate sauce or removing the meat and cheese.
Got a craving for something slightly more straightforward? Below we’ve outlined Jersey Mike’s vegan menu items and our editors’ top picks just below this section.
Extra Veggie Sub
The Extra Veggie Sub allows you to really mix up Jersey Mike’s regular plant-based offerings. Order a #14, the veggie without the cheese, then add in jalapenos, dill pickles, cherry pepper relish, spicy brown mustard, and some sliced avocado.
Fancying something light and nourishing? Order the Veggie Salad. Get a #14, but instead of getting it in a sub, switch it up for a bowl. Ask that they hold the cheese, and then add in pickles, jalapenos, banana peppers, and some grilled portobello mushrooms. One thing to bear in mind is that in some locations, this may only be available if you’re ordering on the phone or in person.
All the Vegan Options at Jersey Mike’s
So, what else is vegan at Jersey Mike’s?
- Sub #14 The Veggie: The only veggie option on the menu, this sub is deliciously vegan-friendly when ordered without swiss or provolone. Served up Mike’s way, this sub comes with onions, lettuce, tomatoes, an olive oil blend, red wine vinegar, and spices and can be made into either a bowl or a wrap.
- #64 Grilled Portabella Mushroom without Swiss: Ordered without this cheese, this is a plant-based party in your mouth and can also be made into a bowl or a wrap.
Sauces, Add Ons, Toppings
- Yellow mustard
- Spicy brown mustard
- Red wine vinegar
- Dill pickles
- Olive oil blend
- Jalapeno peppers
- Cherry Pepper Relish
Editor’s Picks: What Are the Top Vegan Meals at Jersey Mike’s?
Eating out when you have a gluten intolerance can sometimes feel tricky, especially when you’re vegan and the gluten-free bread options contain eggs! While this can feel a bit limiting, don’t worry, there’s still something delicious on the menu. Jersey Mike’s Veggie Salad is the best option for those with a gluten intolerance.
For when you just fancy a quick bite to keep you going, Jersey Mike’s chips are a great option as the best on-the-go bite. Why not order a side of spicy brown mustard for dipping and some jalapeno peppers for garnish – admittedly, this might make things a little bit messier.
Mushrooms are very much a staple in many vegan diets, but they’re also a bit like marmite; you either love them or hate them. If you’re in the former group, you’ll love the #64 Grilled Portabella Mushroom without Swiss, the best option for fungi fanatics.
Note: Vegan Unlocked is a tool dedicated to helping people find plant-based options. We are not an allergen resource, and want to encourage our friends with allergies to proceed with caution. We cannot control and don’t always know when cross contamination takes place. See the Jersey Mike’s allergen menu here. As far as cross-contamination of vegan foods with animal products, this is completely up to your comfort level as an individual. Read our stance on cross contamination.
Frequently Asked Jersey Mike’s Questions
Is Jersey Mike’s Wheat Bread Vegan?
Jersey Mike’s wheat bread, alongside its seeded Italian bread, and wraps, is vegan. Its white bread, however, contains honey, so it’s not vegan.
Is Jersey Mike’s Bread Made With Eggs?
Jersey Mike’s gluten-free bread contains egg whites, so it’s not vegan-friendly.
Does Jersey Mike’s Make a Veggie Sub?
Yes, the Jersey Mike’s menu contains one Veggie Sub that can be easily modified to make it vegan.
You can find out more information on Jersey Mike’s by visiting their website here.
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