No bacon? No problem. Keys eatery's FLT named one of the best

October 25, 2012 

No need for animal ingredients with Sugar Apple's layers 'fakin' bacon' with lettuce, tomato and soy mayo on whole-grain bread.

When it comes to the best bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich sans the bacon, a Key West eatery is among the best in the nation.

That's according to the Norfolk, Va.,-based People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which has no tolerance for anything that can hurt animals and lobbies extensively against animal abuse.

That apparently includes pigs because PETA says "there's been a revolution in mock meats: Many are now so good that they beat the animal-based versions at their own game. Nowhere is that more evident than at Key West's Sugar Apple Natural Foods," among a handful of places in the U.S. the group honored Thursday as having the top vegan BLTs in the U.S.

Located at 917 Simonton St. in Key West, Sugar Apple offers an "FLT" for $5.95 that's more of a culinary triumph than a sandwich: Fakin' Bacon (made from soy), lettuce and tomato piled high between two slices of whole-grain bread. Add soy mayonnaise, and "you'll forget about meat-based bacon the second that you take your first bite," PETA says.

"Sugar Apple Natural Foods 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.

The other winners:

  • DC Vegetarian in Portland, Ore.

  • Darbster in West Palm Beach.

  • The Spiral Diner & Bakery, with locations in Dallas and Fort Worth.

  • Yorgo's Bageldashery in Norfolk, Va.

  • Seattle's Highline.

  • San Diego's Loving Hut Mira Mesa.

  • The Green Owl Cafe in Madison, Wis.

  • Seva in Detroit and Ann Arbor, Mich.

  • Sticky Fingers in Washington.

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