Top Five Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Unveiled by PETA

Vegan Options Soaring at Hot Spots Across the Country

For Immediate Release:
March 30, 2015

Alexis Sadoti 202-483-7382

Just in time for National Grilled Cheese Day on April 12, PETA’s “official” tasters are releasing their picks for the Top Five Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Richmond’s Strange Matter beat out a throng of competitors to take home top honors for its sandwich The Revenge, which boasts a crowd-pleasing blend of vegan ham, jackfruit, and Field Roast in between two vegan grilled cheese sandwiches.

Taking second place is the Vegan Grilled Cheese, courtesy of Ballyhoo’s Historic Seafood Grille in Key Largo, Fla., featuring house-made coconut milk cheddar. Nabbing third and fourth, respectively, are the sautéed mushroom and grilled onion–layered Pesto Grilled Cheese at Plum Bistro in Seattle, and Bill Clinton’s Epiphany at Heywood Gourmet Grilled Cheese in Los Angeles, which is loaded with roasted red peppers, avocado, and melty vegan cheddar. In fifth place is the vegan-upon-request Parmageddon at Cleveland’s Melt Bar & Grilled, featuring potato and onion pierogi, sautéed onions, vegan cheddar, and fresh napa vodka kraut.

“Each meal in our top five won the hearts of our lucky tasters by leaps and bounds,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “With animal-friendly cheeses easier than ever to find across the country, PETA encourages everyone to trade dairy cheese in for a cheesy vegan treat.”

As documented by PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way,” cows exploited for their milk are genetically manipulated to produce up to 10 times the amount of milk that they naturally would and are mutilated, often without receiving any painkillers.

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