Young and Hungry

Comments Come True: Jaleo’s Vegetable Bocata


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

It's not surprising that the long-celebrated Jaleo made it twice onto the list for best vegetarian sandwich. Spanish cuisine, at least under José Andrés' knife, celebrates vegetables. Small-plate-serving restaurants become quick friends of the non-meat eater. Drawing from a few different dishes of food makes for a fun, adventurous and varied way to eat a meal. But looking beyond the tapas portion of the menu is a safe bet at Jaleo.

I've already anointed Jaleo's Grilled Cheese with Manchego, Murcia, Valdeón, and goat cheese with truffle oil as the winner of the Comments Come True: Battle of the Grilled Cheese. While it's hard to live up to four types of cheese together in one sandwich, the Vegetable Bocata makes its case with an assortment of tender vegetables (asparagus, roasted peppers, onion and spinach), combined with Manchego cheese and served with an addicting romesco sauce. You'll want to save the bread, meant for a dredge in olive oil, and use it for any leftovers of the tomato-based sauce blended with peppers, almonds and hazelnuts. 

This pressed sandwich stays together, thankfully, a fate that many veggie sandwiches cannot fulfill. It's also filling (says my meat-eater friend), which is another common complaint bestowed upon meatless sandwiches. And, priced at $9.50, it surely beats the uninspired deli meat sandwich at many of the over-priced lunch counters downtown, usually costing about the same.

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

  • Mimi

    I think this sand is going to change my life. Reminds me of the veggie at Passenger. I can't wait to try it!

  • http://www.greyinthedark.org/ Krystal Megan

    This sandwich looks delicious. I think we are going to have to give it a try ASAP.

  • http://sciencestage.com/u/Hendrik-Wade-Bode Hendrik Wade Bode

    Not is the people''s judgment always true: The most may err as grossly as the few.

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