Eating my way through your advice, an ambitious list of vegetarian sandwiches from 24 different restaurants. More Comments Come True.

Young & Hungry commenter Eli warned me that the vegetarian torta at Super Tacos & Bakery fell into the “low-bar options” category among the city’s meatless sandwiches. I, like Frances “Baby” Houseman, am not afraid to slum it. That doesn’t mean, however, that I’ll ever except American cheese. (Do you hear me, Bobby Flay?) But that didn’t derail the entire torta. Here, let me break it down for you with the help of the outlined photograph above.

1) Like I said before: American cheese is a no-no. It doesn’t really taste like anything and, seriously, why is it that color?

2) As this is a vegetable sandwich, the produce should shine. Here, the zucchini was cooked well and retained a nice snap.

3) I usually look to a nose-clearing mustard for some heat in a sandwich, but this long strip of jalapeño will do quite nicely!

4) Details count and grilling the inside of the bread kept the loaded sandwich from turning soggy.

5) I would rather have no tomato at all than eat a mealy slice. I applaud Super Tacos for using a quality tomato.

6) Is there ever enough avocado?

Bonus: I know you were wondering about my polish.

In order of appearance in the comments:

  1. Cork Market
  2. Cowgirl Creamery
  3. Busboys and Poets (sandwich 1) (sandwich 2)
  4. Taylor Gourmet (sandwich 1) (sandwich 2)
  5. Booeymonger
  6. Pret a Manger
  7. California Tortilla
  8. Jaleo (sandwich 1) (sandwich 2)
  9. Highland Cafe
  10. Jimmy John’s
  11. Greek Spot
  12. Sticky Fingers
  13. Earl’s
  14. Yum’s
  15. Super Taco
  16. Luna Grill
  17. Five Guys
  18. Sidamo
  19. Everlasting Life
  20. Au Bon Pain
  21. Devon & Blakely
  22. Corner Bakery
  23. Potbelly
  24. Black Squirrel

Photo by Stefanie Gans