If you’ve ever heard of Chez Henri, a fancy little French-Cuban restaurant tucked between Harvard and Porter Squares, chances are you’ve heard of the pressed Cuban sandwich that heads up its bar menu and is talked about all over town. What’s perhaps lesser known, and possibly more delicious, is the vegetarian version of this famous sandwich. Here the traditional pile of pork is replaced with a mix of slow-roasted vegetables — eggplant, zucchini, red and green bell peppers, onions, and, of course, pickles — topped off with Gruyère cheese, and pressed between two thick slices of crusty French bread. This sandwich is huge; unless you haven’t eaten in a couple of days, you’ll most likely get tomorrow’s lunch for your 13 bucks. You also get a side of crispy fried plantains and sweet-and-spicy salsa to munch on. This twist on an old classic will leave you feeling just as full as your friend who orders the pork version — and a little healthier, too.
Available for $12.95 at Chez Henri, 1 Shepherd Street, in Cambridge. Call (617) 354-8980.