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5 Mouthwatering Vegetarian Sandwiches

By Megan Giller
September 4, 2013

As more of us head toward a plant-based diet, we quickly learn that sometimes vegetables are best between two thick slices of bread. Besides, grilled cheese gets old awful fast when you’re a vegetarian. Here are five hearty sandwiches around town that will keep things interesting.

  • Tempeh Reuben at Counter Culture

    You’d never know that the rich Reuben from this East Austin locale is vegan. The marinated tempeh tastes as meaty as it gets, and the cashew "cheeze" and 1,000 dressing add a nice zing. The meal-stealer might be the Pac-Man salad though, with kale, carrots and chia seeds in a garlicky, creamy dressing.

  • Puccia Rustica at Lucky’s Puccias

    If you haven’t hit up this Italian trailer, go immediately. The sandwiches are made with bread called “puccia,” kind of like if pita bread and pizza crust had a delicious baby. Vegetarians will like the grilled veggies, mozzarella, onion, baby spinach, chipotle mayo and basil oil. Don’t miss the Nutella and peanut butter puccia for dessert.

  • The Edward at Austin Daily Press

    This trailer-turned-kinda-brick-and-mortar stationed by the Wet Whistle in East Austin and by Club DeVille on Red River boasts some of the best sammies in town. Try the unique (and vegan!) Edward, with an edamame fritter, ginger-peanut sauce, sliced avocado, fresh cilantro, pickled peppers, mint and onion. ADP boasts a number of mouthwatering veg-friendly specials too, like the Bootsy Collards, with fried sweet potatoes, braised collard greens, black-eyed-pea hummus and peach mustard. The blue balls (fried blueberry banana bread with vanilla glaze) are, of course, vegetarian too.

  • Ratatouille on Rye at Drink.Well

    We usually rave about this North Loop bar’s burger with smoked onion marmalade. But we also have a hard time turning down chef Jeremy Bruch’s take on a ratatouille sandwich. Think roasted red peppers, crookneck squash, zucchini, smoked mushrooms and poblano peppers with pesto and goat cheese on thick-cut rye bread. Go for the homemade potato chips on the side.

  • Photo by: Flickr user fifty acorns

    Portabello Sandwich at Mother’s Café

    Where would a list of vegetarian sandwiches be without the portabello mushroom? And where would an Austin list be without Mother’s? The Hyde Park staple has been pleasing vegetarians for years with dishes like the marinated portabello cap with sliced red bell pepper on a hearty vegan whole wheat sesame bun, topped burger-style with fresh spinach and sliced tomato. If you’re feeling cheesy, add jack or vegan Daiya to the mix and/or go with guacamole.


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