Two Beards Deli is so much more than a sandwich shop. They open every day at 7 am and can whip up not just coffee drinks, but some pretty decent vegan breakfast items too. For instance, try the Jerry Garcia: sweet potatoes, black beans, caramelized onions, marinated tomatoes, spinach, and Sriracha tofu sour cream in a tomato wheat wrap.
Then, from 11 am to 10 pm, this place is all about the sandwiches. Each one is named after a celebrity with epic facial hair. The menu is clearly laid out. Find the Vegan section and start mulling over your choices. The Allen Ginsberg is a vegan spin on the classic BLT. They make their own vegan bacon in house out of tofu, as well as their own vegan mayonnaise they call veganaise (not to be confused with Follow Your Heart brand Vegenaise). It’s served on rosemary sourdough bread. The Count is another popular choice. It’s black bean hummus, red and green peppers, tomato, spinach, caramelized onions, with cajun veganaise.
There is also a large selection of salads. These aren’t to be passed up. Their salads are stuffed full of goodies. Try The Jaoquin Phoenix: curry tofu salad, broccoli, cherry tomato, green onion, carrot, cabbage, and spring mix served with orange ginger vinaigrette. Many of the salad dressings are vegan as well, so if you want to customize your salad or order a non-vegan one without the meat or cheese, you can always switch up the dressing to make it vegan. There’s a list behind the counter with anything vegan being listed there as well.
Your vegan choices don’t stop with sandwiches and salads. In the deli we found vegan potato salad. This wasn’t a typical potato salad, but red skin potatoes tossed in whole grain mustard and oil. They also have several soup choices a day, a few of them always seem to be vegan. Look up on the big white board behind the counter for a list, along with other specials. Anything vegan is clearly marked. If you’re looking for gluten-free bread, there’s a list of that there as well. They also make vegan cupcakes, often announcing those on their Facebook page. We tried one and found it to be quite delicious!
One thing we’ve noted on our visits to Two Beards is that it does take time to make the sandwiches. This can be a big problem if you’re visiting on a lunch break or in a hurry.