5 Best Vegetable Sandwiches to Try in Houston

A meatless sandwich? "Blasphemous," you might say, and note only the grilled cheese as a possible exception. You'll change your tune, my carnivorous friend, once you try a well-constructed vegetable sandwich (and I'm not talking veggie burgers). If you're looking to start practicing "Meatless Mondays" or are just trying to incorporate more vegetables into your diet, try these five Houston varieties on for size.

5. Gandalf (Hobbit Cafe) Somehow, I don't picture Gandalf the White (né Gray) as a vegetarian (Elrond is a totally different story). The Hobbit Cafe has, however, chosen to give his name to its voluminous vegetable sandwich bursting with avocado, mushrooms and melted American cheese. Although it has never been confirmed, I seriously think they put an entire avocado in this sandwich. Seriously, the amount of 'cado that falls out while you're eating the sandwich is enough to make a side of guacamole.

4. Basil Sunshine (Baba Yega). The only sandwich on this list in which the bread rivals the fillings, the Basil Sunshine at Baba Yega layers buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, peppers and spinach on focaccia. The spongy, buttery carbohydrate layers flecked with rosemary are certainly good enough to eat on their own, but when partnered with thick slices of cheese and produce (which I suggest you lubricate with the side of basil vinaigrette) make for a delectable combination.

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Joanna O'Leary