Sandwiches are an enduring lunchtime staple, but what goes between the bread continues to evolve. Local chefs and restaurateurs recognize the importance of meat-free options alongside classic muffalettas, po-boys and other protein-packed favorites. It’s not just die-hard vegetarians who want to go meat-free—a growing number of flexitarians, along with omnivores who simply want more choices, often opt for a vegetarian lunch, too.
There’s an art to creating a veggie- or cheese-centric sandwich that’s both balanced in flavor and satisfying to the palate. Here are a few of our current favorites from Baton Rouge restaurants and cafes.