Prefer your vegetables as a main part of your meal? Then a veggie sandwich is the way to go. While Chicago may be well known for its steakhouses, Chicago-style hot dogs, and other meaty dishes, the chefs of the Windy City also love their seasonal ingredients, and that’s reflected in many of their sandwiches. For some of the best vegetarian sandwiches, start with these five Chicago restaurants.

(Photo Credit: Milk & Honey Cafe's Facebook)

(Photo Credit: Milk & Honey Cafe’s Facebook)

Milk & Honey Cafe
1920 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 395-9434

While perhaps most visited for their stellar brunch in Wicker Park, this restaurant also has a tasty veggie sandwich. The perfect ratio of bread to cheese and veggies, the sandwich features lettuce, tomato, avocado and smoked gouda cheese. Last but certainly not least, it’s tied together with a mustard with just a bit of kick. You can call it a cheese sandwich, but it’s oh so much more than that. That’s not all they have in the way of veggie sandwiches. Milk & Honey also serves a Mediterranean inspired sandwich that features parmesan hummus, spinach and eggplant. You may also want to try the roasted beet pesto sandwich. All sandwiches are available for order after 10 am.

Philly’s Best
907 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 525-7900

No surprise here, Philly’s Best is best known for their Philly cheese steak sandwiches. Now with four locations in Chicago, that’s not the only thing on the menu at this restaurant. While most sandwiches have meat, they also offer a handful of veggie options, including veggie grinders. Here you’ll get a sandwich loaded with sliced onions, green peppers, tomatoes, loads of Philly white American cheese, shredded mozzarella and a white cheddar blend. After all, this is Philly’s sandwiches we’re talking about.

Kingsbury Street Cafe
1523 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 280-1718

The food at this Lincoln Park cafe is a work of art in and of itself. That especially goes for their contemporary take on a classic tuna melt. You won’t find tuna in this delicious sandwich. This vegan melt is made with chickpeas that have been mashed together with vegan cheddar, roasted tomato and vegan dijonaise, all served over vegan multi-grain bread.

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Estrella Negra
2346 W. Fullerton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 227-5993

For a unique and gourmet Mexican food experience, head to this Bucktown restaurant. Not only does the restaurant have a fabulous atmosphere, but it serves up some tasty street food creations. On the menu you’ll find a variety of vegetarian options, and in many of the dishes corn can be substituted for meat. If it’s a sandwich you’re looking for, dive into the gorrito croissanwich. This delectable treat is piled with guacamole, goat cheese and plenty of veggies, including cucumbers, tomatoes and spring green mix.

2311 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 384-9546

Handlebar in Wicker Park is a vegetarian and vegan restaurant across the board. It should come as no surprise that this restaurant has one of the best veggie sandwiches in Chicago. You’ll also find that they know how to use tofu as a fabulous main ingredient. For starters, the Chicago ‘tofu’ is made with a hefty piece of focaccia, and is layered with healthy and tasty ingredients, including arugula, garlic aioli, tomatoes, giardiniera, Dijon mustard and a thin piece of pesto tofu. This spin on the Chicago ‘hot dog’ comes complete with a dash of celery salt.

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Elizabeth SanFilippo is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not blogging about food, she’s working part-time at a culinary vacation company, The International Kitchen, based in the Windy City, as well as repping Younique cosmetics and skincare products. Some of her writing can be found at