OK, Grub Street, you like Ike’s veg sandwiches, though you “couldn’t stomach any fake meats.” Kauffman isn’t better than meat substitutes, but you are, we get it.
The thing is, if you’re going to get all sniffy about vegetarian sandwiches, you might want to be savvier about the concept of “vegetarian.” Animals have to die to supply you with bacon, for example.
A lot of restaurants get multiple entries, and that’s all right, but two sandwiches from the same place with the same meat? That’s a bit repetitive. Also repetitive: three sandwiches from a restaurant that makes only six sandwiches total. Are they that good? Really?
It may be cynical of us, but the addition of a sandwich from a restaurant that hasn’t opened yet seems like showing off. You’re very special, getting to try the food early, yes. Now we know you’re a respected internet publication. Was that the actual point of this exercise? Congratulations, you’ve eaten sandwiches priced at $24! And $15! And I always felt a little guilty eating at Ike’s, where I’ve never bought anything over $9 and each sandwich is a solid meal-and-a-half.
But it’s cool, Grub Street. Were I presented with the opportunity to rate the 50 best—fuck it, the 25 best vegan sandwiches in the city, on a real-live magazine’s expense account, I’d live it up too. Of course, I’d have included at least one falafel creation, as our little city does them really well, but our priorities are different: mine include finding and documenting amazing vegan sandwiches; yours are eating foie gras.
Still! I’m encouraging all our Vegansaurus readers to enter your Sandwich Sweepstakes. Primarily to vote for Ike’s Peg Bundy as the city’s best sandwich, and secondarily because all of us deserve a year’s worth of our choice of fucking delicious sandwiches; we’re hungry vegans, goddamn it.