Yes, it’s true. At a place called the Meat Hook Sandwich Shop there is in fact a vegetarian sandwich. Clocking in at an extraordinary $13, the sandwich has gotten a lot of good press around the food blog circuit. What they do is pack all of the vegetarian sandwich toppings from other sandwiches into this one. Things I was able to pick out among the ice-cold condiments: pickled vegetables, eggplant, crispy fried onions, roasted red peppers, shredded lettuce, and some kind of sweet beet spread. It’s a fine sandwich, but not a great one — certainly not worth the price. There’s no real thought into whether the flavors of all of those disparate items actually go together. I know there are people who will say something about being lucky there’s a vegetarian option at all, considering the place has the word “meat” in its name, but that’s a silly argument. If you’re going to put ANY item on the menu, don’t you want it to be as good as you can make it? I should note that there’s no cheese on the sandwich, so it’s actually vegan.
Meat Hook Sandwich Shop — 495 Lorimer St