As a vegetarian dinner at a sandwich shop, it is a really exciting day when I can order something more than bread, tomato, cream cheese, and cucumber. Whoever deemed cream cheese the be all and end all for vegetarians should hide under a rock in shame.

That’s why I am actually giddy about the vegan meatloaf sandwich at Dad’s.

Over the weekend, we went down to the Dad’s Sandwiches at 1320 S Street to speak with Co-Owner Mick “The Deli Lama” Stevenson and sample one of his Saturday specials- the vegan meatloaf sandwich. I’m sort of wondering if I need to post at all once you’ve seen the photo…

In case the photo wasn’t enough, let me break this down for you. It is simply stacked on gently toasted fresh sourdough bread. It includes loads of crispy lettuce, juicy tomatoes, onions, and vegan mayo. The slice of “meatloaf” is everything it should be: thick, full of earthy seasonings and tomato sauce. Simply perfect.

When we asked Mick how a number of vegan options landed on his “meat stacked on meat” menu, he said that a lot of vegan bike messengers in town frequent his sandwich shop and made him aware of the lack of options. He stepped up to the challenge and has consistently kept vegetarians and vegans in mind when planning the menu boards.

Almost everything on the menu can be modified to vegetarian or vegan.  Some items can be made with a morning star veggie patty.  Others are mouthwatering enough to just nix the meat.

For example, when was the last time you could order this for $7.00: Bad Breath Special- walnuts, blue cheese, red onions, roasted red bell peppers, mushrooms, garlic spread, brown mustard, a pepper plant and horseradish sauce on organic rye (hold the roast beef). Or this for $5.75: Besto Pesto- pesto, walnuts, cheddar cheese, tomato, cucumber, lettuce, tomato, and mayo on sourdough bread (as is).

As for my sandwich needs, I’ll be back around to Dad’s for more, they get it.

Note: Mic just opened a second location at 1004 J Street for weekday lunches.

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