Off the Beaten Plate: Vegetarian Reuben at WheatFields

The Vegetarian Reuben at WheatFields Bakery Café, 904 Vermont St.

The Vegetarian Reuben at WheatFields Bakery Café, 904 Vermont St.


The Vegetarian Reuben at WheatFields Bakery Café, 904 Vermont St.

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Being a vegetarian and enjoying Reuben sandwiches are not mutually exclusive in Lawrence, home of the Vegetarian Reuben. This sandwich has all of the required robust Reuben flavors — tangy peppered sauerkraut, melty Swiss cheese, creamy Thousand Island dressing and toothy grilled sourdough rye bread — without the meat.

In place of corned beef, WheatFields uses baked marinated tempeh, a smoky, nutty-tasting soy product similar to tofu but with whole soybean pieces (imagine regular tofu as creamy peanut butter, tempeh would be chunky). Have texture issues? Relax, the soybean chunks virtually disappear into all the other textures going on in this sandwich, not to mention leave no stringy meat to pick out of your teeth afterward.

Where to get it: WheatFields Bakery Café, 904 Vermont St.

What you’ll pay: $7.75

Try it with: The sandwich needs nothing ... but don’t miss an opportunity to enjoy one of WheatFields’ decadent house-made desserts.

Also on the menu: More than a dozen other sandwiches made with artisan bread, including a Croque Monsieur on white sourdough, peanut butter and jelly on country French and Genoa salami and provolone on Kalamata olive bread. Also salads, soup, quiche, pastries, tarts, cookies, daily breakfast and bakery-fresh bread to take home.

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Jason Badgett 4 years, 10 months ago

I get this every time. One of my favorite sandwiches in Lawrence.

Loretta Ybarra 4 years, 10 months ago

Yellow Sub has one as good if not better!

Garth Atchison 4 years, 10 months ago

IF they can remember your order and aren't too stoned to make your sandwich.

Clovis Sangrail 4 years, 10 months ago

Sorry, but if it doesn't have corned beef (or at least pastrami), sauerkraut, swiss cheese and Russian dressing (Thousand Island allowed) on rye bread, it just isn't a reuben.

This thing is a grilled tempeh and sauerkraut sandwich, although it does come closer to reuben-dom than an atrocity I saw billed as a "southwest reuben" in Arizona -- sliced turkey, gouda and chipotle sauce with cole slaw on grilled wheat bread. Nothing "reuben" about it.

Does anyone in town serve a good Hot Brown?

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