Update: This place is not vegetarian friendly. It turns out that their veggie sandwich is made with beef broth.
My coworker and I had the opportunity to work the El Paso Public Library’s Annual Great Southwest book Festival this past October. During our lunch break, we went walking downtown to find somewhere to eat and happened upon Kipp’s Cheesesteak. I’ve been wanting to try this place out, but had visited their website and found no vegetarian choices, except for salads. When we entered and asked for vegetarian options, they said they had a veggie sandwich.
We were asked if we wanted cheez whiz or provolone, which was a tough decision for me since the whiz is near and dear to my childhood. When I was little, my dad came up with this awesome quesadilla that appeased my picky eating habits. It was a corn tortilla with peppered beef (?) and cheez whiz (long before my vegetarian days). I ended up choosing provolone for the melty factor. The sandwich was pretty large, but I didn’t think it was worth paying $9 for a sandwich, fries, and drink. What would it cost if I ate meat?!
The bread was pretty good, but white was the only option (I always feel guilty when I eat white, plus wheat is so much more flavorful). It had bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, and I think green chile. Some parts were really flavorful, while others were bland. They did not skimp on the cheese. The fries were crinkle cut fries, which made me think of frozen fries (they claim to hand cut their fries). I would recommend this place for its fun atmosphere and beer selection, but it is definitely overpriced for vegetarians. Vegans may be restricted to salads (unsure if the bread has animal products or if veggies are cooked where meat is cooked).
Kipp’s is located at 203 E. Mills. Check out their website and menu here.