The 4th Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu, the man in which the venerable meal item that basically consists of two pieces of bread with a filling was named, could have never imagined the amazing evolution his beloved handheld feast would experience. Especially when one considers the delicious selection of sandwiches hungry plant-based dieters can now order at cutting edge vegan restaurants.
But even in modern times it can be a challenge to locate establishments that offer this scrumptious fare.
If only someone or some organization would provide us with a list of the top, let’s say five or so vegan sandwiches that are available throughout the U.S.
Well actually we are in luck.
In honor of National Sandwich Month this August, animal rights organization PETA has named the top five vegan sandwiches in the U.S. As usual perusing this list can and most likely will lead to intense cravings and hunger pangs.
Here is the top five according to PETA:
STRANGE MATTER: In Richmond, Virginia, tempt yourself with Strange Matter's The Revenge, which features vegan ham, jackfruit, and tempeh bacon stuffed between two—not one but TWO—grilled cheese sandwiches! The luscious balance of tasty faux meats, sweet jackfruit, and creamy vegan cheese will rock your world.
MARIE CATRIB'S: Marie Catrib's of Grand Rapids, Michigan, calls its Sweet Potato & Quinoa Burger its "darling of the restaurant!" Loaded with sweet potatoes, quinoa, onions, cilantro, almonds, and spices, and a pickle spear on the side, this huge and hearty dish comes with your choice of homemade bread and satisfies even the most voracious diner—meat-eaters included! (All 11 homemade bread options are vegan except for the Challah.)
MELT: Specializing in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, Melt offers a wide variety of melts, many of which can be made vegan upon request. The next time that you're in Ohio near the Cleveland area, stop at Melt's Lakewood or Cleveland Heights locations and reminisce about your childhood over The Kindergarten, which can come with either cheddar or mozzarella style vegan cheese. Other awesome veganizable options include the Spinach Pie, the Mushroom Melt, and the Firecracker Chicken (just ask for them to be made vegan!).
THE REMEDY DINER: If pesto and avocado make you swoon, head to The Remedy Diner in Raleigh, North Carolina, for the Tempeh Tantrum. This flavorful combination of marinated tempeh, homemade vegan pesto, vegan bacon, avocado, and lettuce on sourdough will satisfy your meanest "green" cravings—especially when you round out your meal with a slice of vegan key lime pie!
SUGAR PLUM VEGAN: At Sugar Plum Vegan in Sacramento, California, the mouthwatering Garnet Yam & Avocado Panini comes stuffed with tomatoes, roasted onions, and vegan poppy seed aioli on ciabatta bread. Boasting an all-vegan café, bakery, and catering company, Sugar Plum is the compassionate foodie's dream for any type of dining experience, whether you're searching for a quick and casual lunch or a sophisticated and innovative wedding menu.
John Montagu himself would be proud.