Racines' Vietnamese vegetarian sandwich hits the lunchtime spot

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Racines is deservedly popular with meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. The salads and veggie-friendly Mexican entrees are amazing, and a relatively new addition to the menu, the Vietnamese vegetarian sandwich, can easily be modified to suit vegan palates.

Pictured above, the sandwich consists of sliced cucumber, tomato, fresh jalapenos, avocado, shredded carrots, daikon, white vinaigrette dressing and fresh cilantro on a crispy, chewy baguette roll. The standard sandwich also comes with a chili-garlic mayonnaise, but vegans will want to skip that egg-including condiment. Even without the mayo, the sandwich isn't too dry -- the avocado and dressing definitely help with that -- and the jalapenos add a spicy kick that's beautifully balanced by the heaps of refreshing cilantro.

It's an interpretation of banh mi that may not be entirely authentic, but certainly is entirely tasty.

And, of course, all of the sandwiches at Racines come with a side: french fries, fruit salad, soup, sweet-potato fries, brown rice, Spanish rice, Asian slaw, rosemary potatoes, mashed potatoes, cottage cheese, sliced tomatoes, sauteed or steamed veggies or coleslaw. There are plenty of vegetarian options to choose from on that list, but we decided to make our side a dinner salad with the tart, tangy orange balsamic dressing. The greens were fresh and crisp, and you can't go wrong with that dressing.

Racines is open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 7 a.m. to midnight on Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday -- late night, anyone? Call 303-595-0418 or visit http://racinesrestaurant.com/index.htm.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.