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DC Vegetarian food cart wins PETA BLT honor

A vegan BLT in Portland could be the best in the nation.

That’s according to the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, who surveyed vegetarian and vegan BLTs across the country looking for the most tasty meat- and dairy-free sandwiches.

A bacon-lettuce-tomato sandwich made by Portland’s DC Vegetarian food cart was named No. 1 in PETA's recent survey.

The survey was announced Monday, with Portland’s food cart at the top of the list. Others included Darbster in West Palm Beach, Fla., and the Spiral Diner & Bakery, with locations in both Dallas and Fort Worth. Seattle’s Highline restaurant also was on the list.

“DC Vegetarian proves every day that a delicious BLT doesn’t have to cost a pig ‘an arm and a leg,’ ” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “All our picks are winners because they’re leading the charge to satisfy America’s growing hunger for humane, healthy and Earth-friendly foods.”

DC Vegetarian is at the corner of Southwest Third Avenue between Stark and Washington streets. Its BLT is made with crispy tempeh (from soy) bacon, lettuce and tomato piled between two slices of bread or prepared as a sub sandwich. It’s dairy- and meat-free, even with two kinds of vegan cheese.