Au Bon Pain: How To Order Dairy-Free or Vegan Food & Drinks

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Au Bon Pain is a fast casual bakery and café chain that’s owned by Panera Bread. They are primarily found in the United States, but you might also come across a few outposts in countries like India and Thailand. Their menu has a huge focus on fresh baked goods, sandwiches, salads, and soups, with quite a few dairy-free options. They also have an extensive catering menu available.

How To Order Dairy-Free at Au Bon Pain - includes vegan options - sandwiches, salads, breads, soups, baked goods, coffee drinks, and more

How To Order Dairy-Free at Au Bon Pain

This “Good Bread” restaurant is generous with dairy-free options. Below is a complete list of the items you can order as is, or that can be made dairy-free with just one substitution or omission. I’ve also noted which items are vegan, and which are almost vegan, but contain honey.

Bakery

Bread

  • Rustic Baguette (also vegan)
  • Multigrain Baguette (contains honey)
  • Country White Bread (also vegan)
  • Whole Grain Wheat Bread (contains  honey)
  • Herb Focaccia Bread (also vegan)
  • Semolina Roll (also vegan)
  • Sprouted Grain Roll (contains honey)
  • Tortilla Wrap (also vegan)
  • Whole Wheat Tortilla Wrap (also vegan)

Bagels

  • Plain Bagel (contains honey)
  • Cinnamon Raisin Bagel (contains honey)
  • Everything Bagel (contains honey)
  • Honey Sprouted Grain Bagel (contains honey)
  • Sesame Bagel (contains honey)
  • Skinny Wheat Bagel

Baked Goodies

  • Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Brownie

Bakery Notes: Online, the Bran Muffins say “contains milk,” but we didn’t see a remotely dairy ingredient. And another allergen chart said that they are made without milk. Check in store to confirm. Surprisingly, the Ciabatta Bread does contain dairy (buttermilk). Au Bon Pain doesn’t offer any gluten-free breads for making sandwiches or wraps, but they do have quite a few gluten-free soup and salad options. Cream cheese is off limits for their bagels, but they often have some other spread available, like pumpkin butter (in fall). 

How To Order Dairy-Free at Au Bon Pain - includes vegan options - sandwiches, salads, breads, soups, baked goods, coffee drinks, and more

Sandwiches & Wraps

  • Warm Chicken & Avocado Signature Sandwich
  • Tuna Salad Cafe Sandwich
  • Black Angus Roast Beef Cafe Sandwich (hold the Cheddar)
  • Avocado BLT Cafe Sandwich
  • Napa Chicken With Avocado Wrap
  • Thai Peanut Chicken Wrap
  • Veggie & Hummus Vegetarian Wrap (hold the Feta; also vegan)

Sandwich Spreads

  • Honey Mustard Sauce (contains honey)
  • Ginger Wasabi Sauce
  • Tomato Bruschetta (also vegan)
  • Basil Aioli
  • Mayonnaise
  • Dijon Mustard (also vegan)

Sandwich & Wrap Notes: The Harvest Turkey Wrap might be dairy-free if you hold the cheese. Just confirm that the balsamic glaze is dairy-free. Although the Basil Aioli is dairy-free, the Chipotle Aioli is not. And the Tuna Salad is dairy-free, but the Chicken Salad is not. The black bean burger patty is vegetarian, but not vegan; it contains dairy and other top allergens. The chicken and turkey served at Au Bon Pain is reportedly free of antibiotics (ever) and appears to be free of nitrates.

How To Order Dairy-Free at Au Bon Pain - includes vegan options - sandwiches, salads, breads, soups, baked goods, coffee drinks, and more

Soup

  • 12 Veggies (also vegan)
  • Black Bean (also vegan)
  • Chicken Gumbo
  • Chicken Noodle
  • Curried Rice and Lentil (also vegan)
  • French Moroccan Tomato Lentil (also vegan)
  • Red Beans, Italian Sausage and Rice
  • Roasted Poblano Chicken Stew
  • Slow Cooked Smokey Chicken & Sausage
  • Split Pea with Ham
  • Swiss Chard and Three Bean (also vegan)
  • Thai Chicken & Lime
  • Turkey Chili
  • Tuscan White Bean (also vegan)
  • Vegetarian Chili (also vegan)
  • Vegetarian Minestrone

Soup Note: Their beef base contains dairy, which is why their aren’t any beef soups on this list.

How To Order Dairy-Free at Au Bon Pain - includes vegan options - sandwiches, salads, breads, soups, baked goods, coffee drinks, and more

Salad

  • Thai Peanut Chicken Salad
  • Southwest Chicken Salad
  • Vegetarian Deluxe (hold the feta; also vegan) Salad
  • Harvest Turkey Salad (hold the goat cheese) Salad

Salad Dressings

  • Lemon Vinaigrette (also vegan)
  • Thai Dressing (also vegan)
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette (also vegan)
  • Lite Citrus Lime Vinaigrette (also vegan)
  • Chili Lime Vinaigrette (also vegan)

Salad Note: I’ve read online that their croutons contain dairy, but didn’t see them on the menu.

How To Order Dairy-Free at Au Bon Pain - includes vegan options - sandwiches, salads, breads, soups, baked goods, coffee drinks, and more

Bon to Go Snacks

  • Hummus Box (also vegan)
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Fruit Cup (also vegan)
  • Mixed Nuts (also vegan)

Snack Notes: They might also have dairy-free versions of these prepackaged snacks in store: Food Should Taste Good Chips, Skinny Pop Popcorn, Baked Lay’s Potato Chips, Kind Bars, Snyder’s Pretzels, Tyrrell’s Chips.

How To Order Dairy-Free at Au Bon Pain - includes vegan options - sandwiches, salads, breads, soups, baked goods, coffee drinks, and more

Breakfast Menu

  • Smoked Salmon Wasabi Breakfast Sandwich (hold the cream cheese; can sub mayo or basil aioli)
  • Classic Oatmeal (also vegan)
  • Superfood Cranberry Almond Hot Cereal (also vegan)

Breakfast Notes: The Turkey Sausage and Bacon are made without dairy, and you might be able to order them separately. Au Bon Pain does use butter to cook their Eggs, Egg Whites, and Egg Omelet.

How To Order Dairy-Free at Au Bon Pain - includes vegan options - sandwiches, salads, breads, soups, baked goods, coffee drinks, and more

Specialty Drinks

“Milks”

  • Most Au Bon Pain locations reportedly have soymilk and almond milk beverage available for making coffee and tea drinks.

Syrups

  • The Vanilla, Chai Tea, and Hazelnut Syrups for making specialty coffee drinks might be dairy-free. Check in store to verify.

Sauces

  • The Chocolate Sauce they use to make mochas and hot chocolate is dairy-free. Just be sure to swap in a dairy-free milk beverage and hold the whipped cream.

Smoothies

  • Their regular smoothies do contain dairy, but they have Fresh Fruit Smoothies which are all fruit and dairy-free. Check in store for availability.

How To Order Dairy-Free at Au Bon Pain - includes vegan options - sandwiches, salads, breads, soups, baked goods, coffee drinks, and more

Au Bon Pain Allergen Disclaimer

I did not see a formal allergen disclaimer, but they have posted the following:

The nutrition information reflects the nutrition content of company operated cafes in the U.S. In some instances franchised cafes offer items that may vary either in nutritional content or allergen presence. Please speak to your local Au Bon Pain General Manger if you have any questions about the items served in the café you are visiting. Some items may not be available in all Au Bon Pain cafés.

The above information was supplied by the corresponding restaurant via their website, customer service, or other published nutritional information.  Ingredients and menu offerings are constantly changing in the food service industry, and can be subject to interpretation.  For this reason, Go Dairy Free does not guarantee nor take responsibility for the accuracy of this information.  If severe allergies or intolerances are a concern, contact the restaurant directly before purchasing or consuming one of their products.  Cross-contamination of potential food allergens should always be considered a possibility in a fast food restaurant. 

Last Updated: December 1, 2018

How To Order Dairy-Free at Au Bon Pain - includes vegan options - sandwiches, salads, breads, soups, baked goods, coffee drinks, and more

Where to Find Au Bon Pain

Au Bon Pain has over 300 locations in the United States, India, and Thailand. They have a heavy concentration of restaurants in Detroit, Boston, Cleveland, New York City, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., but you can find some further west. See the website below for locations and hours.

Website: www.aubonpain.com

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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