Finding Vegetarian Sammies

Crispy Avocado Grilled Cheese Sandwich at Barrel Republic
Crispy Avocado Grilled Cheese Sandwich at Barrel Republic

As one of the biggest trends of 2019, plant-based diets are exploding, and the restaurants at San Diego reflect this sprouting trend! It can be tough sticking to new plant-based eating when snacking on your favorite sandwiches, a traditionally meat-based lunch staple. Worry not – local restaurants are dishing up delectable vegetarian takes on beloved sandwiches so that you won’t be in a pickle next time you’re craving a sammie for lunch!

Found in the lively heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, barleymash features a fun, high-energy atmosphere and progressive bar fare and cocktail menu. Drawing from the inspiration of barroom staples for their uniquely American dining experience, barleymash provides a wide variety of signature vegetarian lunch and dinner options including their House Made Quinoa & Black Bean Veggie Burger, served on a homemade barley-beer bun and topped with pepper jack cheese, baby greens, tomato, cucumber, pickled onion and their signature ale aioli. Choose between house fries or green papaya-jicama slaw to top off your vegetarian meal.

If you’re craving an Italian spin on the veggie sammie, look no further than The Haven Pizzeria! Home to some of the best Neapolitan style pizzas in San Diego, this charming go-to hangout in the Kensington neighborhood goes the extra mile with premium ingredients, eight taps of free flowing brew, unforgettable salads and home-baked bread for their Italian sandwiches. Not to be missed is their Caprese & Pesto sandwich, served up with fresh mozzarella, basil, pesto and tomato on a house-made bread roll with mixed greens and balsamic dressing to hit the spot every time.

Boasting a menu of fresh and sustainable local ingredients, Farmer’s Bottega has a delicious sandwich for you with vegetarian and gluten-free options abound! Embracing Sicilian roots and a mix of traditional Italian and American-organic cuisine, Farmer’s Bottega prides themselves on farm-fresh ingredients to match their recycled vintage décor and rustic ambiance. Sink your teeth into their Gluten Free Portobello Sandwich, packed with a gluten free bread crumb crusted portobello mushroom, wild arugula, cilantro hummus, jack cheese and a balsamic glaze on a gluten free multi

For breakfast, lunch and anything in between, Fig Tree Cafe’s three locations around San Diego make it possible for you to indulge in their delicious vegetarian dishes no matter what ‘hood you call home. Uniquely designed to fit each neighborhood niche, Fig Tree’s mission to create an inviting and genuine dining experience extends to using homegrown rosemary, produce and eggs from a family farm in Ramona and more for their one-of-a-kind dishes. Dress up your lunch with a House Made Black Bean Burger with mixed greens, tomatoes, avocado and a spicy balsamic aioli!

Renowned as the beer mecca of San Diego, Barrel Republic pairs all-American cuisine with an unrivaled selection of well over 40 taps of self-serve beer at their Pacific Beach, Carlsbad and Oceanside locations. Sip and savor your coveted craft brew choices alongside a menu of upscale bar fare, including two mouth-watering meat free sandwiches. Indulge in some upgraded comfort food with the Crispy Avocado Grilled Cheese, made with a tomato smear, mozzarella and kale pesto on sourdough, or opt for their popular Vegan Wild Mushroom “French Dip,” Barrel Republic’s creative spin on a classic meat based dish with portobello, oyster and button mushrooms, sauteed onion, spinach, vegan cheese and porcini au jus.

Located in the historic downtown Gaslamp Quarter, Lazy Hippo is elevating breakfast and lunch fare, and their vegetarian sammies are no exception. Enjoy brunch without an alarm clock at this quirky and whimsical café, complete with unique takes on modern and traditional dishes with healthier ingredient alternatives. Whether pursuing the breakfast of champions or a light lunch, it’s impossible to go wrong with their Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich on sourdough or multigrain bread with lettuce and tomato and served with your choice of fries, sweet potato fries, a cup of soup or salad, if you’re looking for a plant-based lunch.

Choosing environmentally and socially conscious plant-based food options doesn’t mean they can’t be totally delicious! Take a tour of some of San Diego’s finest vegetarian-friendly sandwiches for a fun and filling way to get your veggie fix.