Dining Out

Eating Vegan at Papa John’s Pizza

One of the first few posts we made on this blog was trying out vegan Domino’s pizza. That was nearly 10 months ago and we haven’t had it since. Not to say it wasn’t good, just that the cost did not justify the product (in our minds). I don’t know how or why, but a week ago I got a hankering for some pizza again. Remembering our last results I wanted to try something different, so we looked into Papa John’s Pizza. Another large pizza chain and one of Domino’s primary competitors.

Same as last time, we had to do some research before ordering. To save you time, I’ve posted all of Papa John’s vegan items below. Keep in mind, this was based on our research of their ingredients at the time of writing.

Crust Style

  • The only option here is the Original crust.
  • The Thin Crust, Pan, and Gluten-Free dough is NOT VEGAN. The Pan only misses the cut because they line the pan with ‘natural butter flavor’ and Canola oil.


  • The regular pizza sauce is vegan.
  • The BBQ Sauce is vegan.
  • Avoid the Ranch and Spinach Alfredo sauce.

Meat & Cheese

Yeah, right.


All of them!

  • Green Peppers
  • Banana Peppers
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Black Olives
  • Green Olives
  • Tomatoes
  • Pineapple Tidbits

Sides & Desserts

  • Bread sticks

Signature Extras

  • Pepperoncini
  • BBQ Dipping Sauce
  • Buffalo Dipping Sauce
  • Garlic Sauce
  • Pizza Dipping Sauce
  • Crushed Red Pepper Packets
  • Special Seasoning Packets


The Experience

We went with the only crust & sauce combination we could, Original and Pizza Sauce, and added most of the toppings to the pizza. It looked like it was going to be another pricey pizza. Base price for a large with only sauce was $15. Yes, ridiculous. After adding all of our toppings ($1.80 each), the pizza alone came out to $25.80. We added an order of bread sticks ($6 for 10) and some extra garlic sauces on top ($0.25 each). Total: $33.80. Almost identical to the Domino’s price, but this time we got some extra bread sticks and a larger pizza. Mama Chickpea found us a half-off coupon knocking $16.90 off the price, so with the discount, tax, and delivery fee we ended up paying just shy of $22.

The pizza though, was delicious. It was exactly what I wanted and hit the proverbial ‘spot.’ Mama Chickpea ended up favoring the bread sticks and garlic sauce (delicious as well).

Vegan Papa Johns Breadsticks Vegan Papa Johns Pizza


Just like Domino’s, Papa John’s price point is set at the expectation they’re giving you meat and cheese with the pizza. Because of this, whatever you’re getting is heavily overpriced.
It’s delicious, but you’re going to pay for it. I would recommend keeping your eyes out for those 50% off deals to make the whole experience worth it.

You be the judge! Try it out and let us know in the comments below how it was.


Mama Chickpea’s Thoughts

I will probably always miss omni pizza, so for me veggie pizza doesn’t hit the same spot as omni pizza. It is good, no doubt, but it isn’t my favourite meal in the entire world.
However, I will eat all of the bread sticks and garlic sauce. If you haven’t had PJ’s Garlic Sauce you’re missing out. I’d like to have it in bulk to put on everything.
Obviously, I’m not the healthiest of vegans (haha), but as the kids say, YOLO.

I’m old

2 thoughts on “Eating Vegan at Papa John’s Pizza

  1. I have been searching for this. Pleased to find out that Papa John’s breadsticks are vegan! Thank you!

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