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Smash this sandwich: Menu item number 35 at Cafe Express is the vegetable sandwich, piled so high on a crusty French baguette that we recommend you crush it, just a little, before attempting to bite into it. Inside its covers you'll find long slivers of roasted red peppers, grilled onions and zucchini rounds, buttery-ripe avocados and goat cheese, all dressed up in a tangy red-wine vinaigrette. The $5.45 sandwich is customarily served with Cafe Express's special battered french fries, but if you're feeling pangs of dietary guilt, they'll happily substitute a very interesting house salad. [Cafe Express, six Houston locations, including the one at 210 Meyerland Plaza, (713)349-9222.]


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