The vegan Reuben at Follow Your Heart has long been at the top of my list of favorite foods to eat in Los Angeles, and I was loving this sandwich long before I was ever even a vegetarian or vegan. Yeah, it’s that good.

'Vegan Reuben sandwich at Follow Your Heart

This monster serving consists of: thinly sliced wheatmeat, sauerkraut, mustard and Vegenaise on oversized rye bread, with oven-baked baked fries. Served with dill pickle and Thousand Island dressing. It normally comes with Swiss cheese, but they offer it with their amazing non-dairy “cottage-style tofu” instead to make it vegan, and I tell you, that stuff is so delicious. I preferred it to the real stuff even when I was a cheese eater.

Despite how huge it looks in the picture, this really does not do justice to the size of this beast. It’s truly a giant sandwich. One half of it is probably enough to feed two people, so you can imagine that I was working on leftovers for a while. I’m not exaggerating when I rave to you about how yummy this sandwich is. It’s the sort of thing that you suddenly get a craving for late at night, long after the restaurant has closed and there’s not a thing you can do about it but wait until daytime. I’ve been going to Follow Your Heart specifically for this meal since I was a teenager and I still love it. They’ve got so many other fantastic items on their menu but I’ve tried only a few of them, because every time I go there and start checking out the menu, it’s always the Reuben that calls my name.

That said, I did have something different there recently… more on that soon to come.

p.s… Thank you Don Bolles, because if it wasn’t for the little review you wrote about this sandwich in the L.A. Weekly many years ago, I may have never learned of it’s existence. A tip of the hat, and a squirt of Dr. Bronner’s soap to you, Sir.

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6 Responses to “Vegan Reuben sandwich at Follow Your Heart”
  1. vegyogini says:

    Does their sauerkraut have onions in it, Foodeater? You know I’m a FYH lover and I’ve tried the Reuben before, but I think I ordered it w/out the sauerkraut. Just curious, since you and I share the same onion aversion. :)

  2. FoodEater says:

    Vegyogini: I don’t really know if the sauerkraut had onions or not. I assumed it was just cabbage, and I didn’t get an oniony flavor. If they were in there it wasn’t enough for me to notice, everything just tasted delicious.

  3. Alisa says:

    I had no idea that Follow Your Heart had a cafe in Southern California. Boy did I miss out when I lived there. Thanks for the delicious picture anyway!

  4. Kevin says:

    The FYH reuben is the second best vegan reuben I’ve ever had. The best being the one at Chicago Diner, in Chicago. :)

  5. FoodEater says:

    Alisa: I think they’ve actually been around for a couple of decades! One of the first and only vegetarian restaurants in the area… long before any of these other newfangled places started showing up :)

  6. FoodEater says:

    Kevin: When you get a chance, try out the veggie-Reuben at any of the Native Food’s locations. It’s amazing. Very different from the one at FYH, but equally delicious.