While veggie sandwiches seem like a fast and easy meal to locate, many restaurants don’t offer sandwiches that are all that satisfying. Springfield has its share of fast-food and chain sandwich shops, but there are also plenty of places for vegetarians to get a quick lunch and leave feeling full. These restaurants serve protein-packed sandwiches that are full of flavor and not fluff. Because being vegetarian doesn’t mean you have to eat like a rabbit.
Planet Sub has a full vegetarian menu with several savory options. For maximum protein, try the sandwiches featuring tempeh: Tempeh Parmesan and the Tempeh Reuben. The Tempeh Parmesan is an Italian-inspired hot sandwich with two cheeses and pizza sauce. The Tempeh Reuben features Swiss cheese and Sauerkraut. Not feeling either of those sandwiches? You can add tempeh to any of the veggie sandwiches for .70 on a small sandwich or $1.40 for a large.
Planet Sub features staff creations, so be on the lookout for special vegetarian creations. One of the recent vegetarian creations, dubbed the “Sunshine Sub” featured tempeh and hummus. Planet Sub has two locations in Springfield: one on South National near the hospital and one near the Missouri State campus on Kimbrough.
Looking for hot, filling sandwiches that are a bit different from the norm? Try one of the Grotto’s California-themed sandwiches or wraps. The Grotto has two burgers and two sandwiches on its vegetarian menu. For mushroom-lovers, there is no contest: the Palo Alto is top notch; it is served with roasted red peppers, grilled veggies, and an herbed goat cheese. Each sandwich is served with a choice of sides: regular fries, sweet potato fries, or steamed veggies.
Vegans don’t fear. The Grotto features an entirely vegan menu which includes three of its four sandwiches (the Hippy Burger comes with a black bean patty with egg). Sandwiches that normally feature a cheese like the Palo Alto and the California Melt come with a vegan cheese instead.
Grad School is a local wonder which allows diners to pick their protein of choice for their dishes. Mushroom Steak sandwich sound tasty? Trade the steak in for falafel and enjoy the portabellas, peppers, and creamy avocado. Grad School will kick up the spice if needed, just ask for more stars.
Vegetarians can request falafel subbed in on specific sandwiches, or look for all-veggie creations directly from the menu like the Codi Bra: a house-made veggie burger topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, and sharp cheddar cheese.
Although nearly all sandwich shops feature some kind of vegetarian sandwich, they don’t always keep hunger at bay. Thankfully, Springfield has plentiful, flavorful options of sandwiches to satisfy hungry vegetarians and vegans alike. And truthfully, these sandwiches are so good, you’re non-veggie friends will love them too.