Though Houston is renowned for its meat-centric barbecue and Tex-Mex cuisine, this truly is a multidimensional city, and even vegetarians can find delicious sandwiches to eat. Local restaurants have expanded beyond the bland soy patties and plain grilled cheese of yesteryear to offer innovative and flavorful dishes to entice even the most ravenous of carnivores. Check out these great places around town for tasty veggie sandwiches that will surpass your expectations.
 
Bowl Café
607 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77006
(832) 582-7218
www.eatatbowl.com

Bowl Café specializes in catering to vegetarian tastes, but there are also some dishes that include meat. Choosing just one of the veggie sandwiches from Bowl Café is difficult, but be sure to try one of the meatless options off the grilled cheese menu. Perhaps the most unusual is the Brie Me sandwich, which is made with pistachios, brie and roasted peppers. It’s a creamy, crunchy concoction that will satisfy your savory side. It’s a great change of pace from other vegetarian sandwiches that use avocado to achieve their creaminess.
 
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Brother’s Pizza
25282 Northwest Freeway
Cypress, TX 77429
(281) 256-0737
www.brotherspizzeriahouston.com

As might be expected, a pizzeria has sandwiches inspired by Italian dishes. The veggie sandwich at the Cypress location of this local, three-restaurant chain is a take on eggplant parmesan, putting the main course on a sub roll. Though the ingredients are simple — mozzarella cheese, eggplant and marinara sauce – the execution of this sub is flawless. It’s a warm, flavorful option that is a great change of pace from cold vegetarian sandwiches.
 
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Local Foods
2424 Dunstan Road
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 521-7800
www.houstonlocalfoods.com

Houston’s own Local Foods has two locations, both of which offer seasonal menus that feature ingredients from local purveyors. Though the menu depends on the availability of in-season produce, you will always find a vegetarian sandwich option on the menu. During the cooler months, the garden sammie features brussels sprouts, cauliflower, avocado, hummus and sprouts on ciabatta bread. Another great meatless sandwich is the truffled egg salad sandwich on pretzel bread. Any meatless sandwich from Local Foods deserves a ranking among the top vegetarian picks around, thanks to the use of fresh, local and seasonal ingredients.

 
Baba Yega Cafe
2607 Grant St.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 522-0042
babayega.com

Vegetarians around Houston have relied on the consistently tasty meatless and vegan offerings at Baba Yega. Several specialty menus make it easier for those who need to find gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan dishes. For those who want something with more substance, try the portabella burger, featuring a large, grilled portabella mushroom, greens, red peppers and mayonnaise. This meatless sandwich can also be made vegan with gluten-free quinoa bread and vegannaise. Regardless of how you have it, this tasty hamburger alternative will satisfy any vegetarian.

 
Hobbit Cafe
2243 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 526-5460
www.myhobbitcafe.com

The Hobbit Café is housed in a tiny converted house on Richmond Avenue. Both vegetarians and fans of Tolkien’s works have flocked here for years, but there is more than just standard vegetarian food. There are several meatless sandwiches with names based on the places or characters from books such as The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. For a real stick-to-your-ribs vegetarian sandwich, try the Thorin Oakenshield (named after the defamed king). This sandwich has a meaty texture from mushrooms and substance from the tabbouleh salad and melted cheese. It’s one of the most unusual vegetarian sandwiches in the city as it does not rely on soy products or avocados for flavor and texture. If you want something different, any of the meatless sandwiches from the Hobbit Cafe will surely satisfy.

Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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