Great American Hero
Lemmon Avenue @ Throckmorton, Dallas
This little neighborhood spot makes a mean hero - or panini or wrap or what-have-you. They offer a wide range of vegetarian sandwiches, and I've developed a special place in my heart for The Healthy Hero, a satisfying combination of cream cheese, jack cheese, sprouts, mushrooms, cucumber and the like on fresh baked bread. It's crunchy and creamy and downright delish - and at only $5, it'll leave you with plenty of dough for dessert. (p.s. Yes, we're calling cream cheese "healthy" now. You got a problem with that?)
Various locations to choose from
I just love Panera. The bread is fresh, the service is fast, and they have free Wi-Fi. Nice. Only thing that would make it better would be the use of organic, free-range deli meats (especially my beloved turkey). Barring that, I'll stick with the Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich - basically a Greek salad on bread, with an added schmear of hummus to provide palate-pleasing protein. I'm also excited to try the Portobello and Mozzarella Panini - with a name like that, what could be bad?