It is no secret that vegetarian and vegan restaurants have swept the city. We asked Eater readers where to find their favorite vegetarian sandwiches and received amazing response. From macrobiotic to locally sourced to being covered in cheese and fried onions, there is a sandwich for everyone, vegetarians and carnivores alike.Read More
15 Vegetarian Sandwiches to Try Right Now in Los Angeles
We asked Eater readers where to find the best vegetarian sandwiches in the city, and after going through an overwhelming response (Angelenos sure love their vegetables), here is our curated list.
1. The Daily Dose - The Farmer
Los Angeles, CA 90021
This Arts District café’s behemoth of a sandwich truly exemplifies owner Sarkis Vartanian’s commitment to using local organic ingredients. Roasted squash, heirloom potatoes, avocado, heirloom tomatoes, house veggie patty, buratta, pesto, and ancho chili jam are stacked high between slices of olive bread for a remarkably filling and undeniably delicious sandwich.
2. Cafe Gratitude - Yo Soy Fuerte
The Yo Soy Fuerte at Café Gratitude features tempeh chorizo, cilantro pumpkin seed pesto, heirloom tomato, lettuce, avocado, chipotle cashew cream, and spicy red pepper sauce, and completely redefines notions of vegan cuisine. Packed with strong flavors, this unexpectedly filling torta also comes with a side of wild rice summer bean salad with jalapeño asado.
3. ink.sack - Tortilla Española
The Tortilla Española at Michael Voltaggio’s ink.sack is a hearty option that offers patrons a little taste of Spain. Ciabatta is filled with egg, melted manchego, sweet caramelized onions and peppers, and is topped with crunchy potato chips for a sandwich that is well suited for consumption at all hours of the day. Honorable mention goes to the Salad Sandwich, a surprisingly flavorful combination of avocado and vegetables doused in ranch and sherry vinaigrette.
4. Crossroads - Tuscan Croissant
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Crossroad’s Tuscan Croissant, off the recently launched Sunday brunch menu, brings a new layer of decadence to vegetarian cuisine with organic tofu, baby kale, mushroom bacon, almond ricotta, soy mozzarella, and truffle cream sauce.
5. Superba Food + Bread – Cauliflower Parm Sub
Paul Hibler’s Superba Food & Bread, a multi-purpose hub functioning as a coffee house, wine bar, restaurant, and marketplace offers a Cauliflower Parm Sub with tomato, pickled cauliflower, and raclette for a playful twist on the Italian American classic.
6. Mendocino Farms - Vegan Smoked Bacon Picnic Sandwich
Mendocino Farm’s vegan take on a BLT comes with house-smoked organic tempeh bacon, vegenaise, mustard pickle slaw, tomatoes on toasted ciabatta with a side of vegan ranch for a sandwich packed with flavor and textural integrity.
7. Chop Daddy's - Kinney Joe
Chop Daddy’s must be one of the few barbecue joints with vegan options on par with its more traditional offerings. The Kinney Joe, a vegetarian take on the sloppy joe, is made with peppers, onions, and homemade tomato sauce, and is topped with coleslaw for a sandwich that is deliciously messy in the best possible way.
8. Nature's Brew - Vegan Sandwich
The Bacaro LA team serves a vegan sandwich prepared with sweet and spicy yams, bell peppers, onions, eggplant, pickled beets, and house-made lemon garlic vegenaise for a unique sandwich that finds balance in contrasting flavors.
9. Huckleberry - Vegetarian Croque Monsieur
This popular Santa Monica bakery and cafe offers a vegetarian Croque Monsieur with spinach, caramelized onion, cave-aged Gruyère, and béchamel on country toast. Also featured in Zoe Nathan’s newly released cookbook Huckleberry, this iteration of the classic French sandwich is arguably better than the traditional preparation with ham. [Photo: Matt Armendariz]
10. East Borough - Tofu Banh Mi
This Culver City restaurant focuses on Vietnamese street food. Their Tofu Banh Mi comes with all the traditional fixings like cucumber, cilantro, jalapeño, pickled daikon and carrots, aioli, and soy vinaigrette, and is served on a fresh baked baguette.
11. Plan Check - Veggie Burger
Plan Check has mastered the art of burgers. Their Veggie Burger is no small feat, with two homemade veggies patties made of kale, mushroom, yucca, cashew, and watercress; two kinds of cheese; battered onion straw; and butter lettuce. Who knew vegetables could taste this good.
12. John's Garden - Caprese Sandwich
The Caprese Sandwich at John’s Garden in Malibu has thick rounds of fresh mozzarella, juicy tomatoes, and basil leaves with a choice of either oil and vinegar or homemade pesto on a warm baguette. Simple and fresh, this sandwich perfectly exemplifies an archetypal vegetarian sandwich.
13. M Café
M Café serves “Contemporary Macrobiotic Cuisine,” meaning without refined sugars, eggs, dairy, red meat, or poultry. Even with so many restrictions, the Big Macro, with a house-made whole grain brown rice and vegetable patty, special sauce, soy mozzarella, pickles, and alfalfa sprouts, is astoundingly flavorful and fresh, and makes for a delicious light lunch.
14. Pitfire Pizza
Typically known for their pizza, Pitfire also serves stellar panini like the Farmstand Vegetable, with roasted fennel, avocado, salsa verde, radish, sliced tomato, garlic, and arugula.
15. Umami Burger - Sloppy Mami
Umami Burger’s Sloppy Mami is comprised of a vegan chili made with lentils, mushrooms, and tomatoes; Umami crème; cheddar; japalenos; and onion strings. This open-faced sandwich has a pleasant bite and is fully satiating.