It's not hard to eat a delicious, satisfying vegetarian diet, but many non-meat-eaters might, from time to time, find themselves yearning for certain favorite foods from an omnivorous past. We're here to help. Here, seven vegetarian takes on classic sandwiches that are just absurdly good (and if they hurt business at deli counters across the country, we apologize).
In place of the usual pastrami, chef Todd Ginsberg sprinkles roasted beet slices with smoked salt, then serves them on buttered rye toast with all the traditional condiments, like sauerkraut, melted Swiss cheese and homemade Russian dressing.
Rick Bayless's stellar vegetarian tortas are full of earthy mushrooms and tangy goat cheese.