Brick Road Pizza Dishes Up One of PETA’s Top 10 Vegan Pizzas

America's Top Takeout Treat Reflects Rising Demand for Vegan Options

For Immediate Release:
February 3, 2015

David Perle 202-483-7382

Grand Rapids, Mich. – As demand for delicious vegan meals soars at hot spots across the country, PETA’s “official” tasters set out to find the Top 10 Vegan Pizzas in time for National Pizza Pie Day on February 9, and the Loaded Potato Pizza at Grand Rapids’ Brick Road Pizza Co. has beaten out a throng of competitors to take home fifth place. Topped with baked potato, tempeh bacon bits, scallions, vegan cheddar, and dairy-free sour cream, the Loaded Potato Pizza is a delectable treat that’s wowing locals and visitors alike.

“Brick Road Pizza’s Loaded Potato Pizza is brimming with savory flavor and is free of the cruelty that comes with meat and dairy cheese, and that earns it three cheers from us,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “With so many tasty vegan options widely available, PETA is calling on caring people everywhere to kick dairy products to the curb in favor of a scrumptious slice of vegan pizza.”

As documented by PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way,” cows exploited for their milk are genetically manipulated to produce four and a half times the amount of milk that they naturally would and are often mutilated without receiving any painkillers whatsoever.

Taking top honors in PETA’s roundup is the delicious Red Beans and Rice Pizza, created in true Louisiana fashion by New Orleans’ Mid City Pizza, while The Works at 3 Brothers Pizza Café on Long Island, N.Y., grabs second place. Nabbing third place is the Sweet Potato of Mine, a veggie-packed pie from Silly’s Restaurant in Portland, Maine, while fourth place goes to the decadently noodle- and vegan cheese–topped The Vegan Mac from Dimo’s in Chicago. Pies from pizzerias in Los Angeles; Portland, Ore.; Kansas City, Mo.; Providence, R.I.; and Flagstaff, Ariz., fill out the top 10.

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