A “hippie sandwich” is the vegetarian sandwich on the menu at the Shady Grove restaurant at 1624 Barton Springs Road (“restaurant row”) in Austin. It’s not to be confused with the “hippie sandwich” that Alembic, Inc. uses to make guitars.
Various Austin restaurants have copied the idea, changing the name to “hippie burger.”
Shady Grove Menu
Grilled eggplant, oven-roasted bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, arugula, tomato & mozzarella cheese served on our famous Hippie Bread w/ pesto mayonnaise.
Hippie Sandwich Plates
Half a Hippie or Hippie Chick Sandwich & a side salad.
Hippie w/ Thai Grilled Chicken Breast.
About Shady Grove
Shady Grove opened its doors to customers in January of 1992. Nestled under the shade of a tall pecan grove just minutes from dowtown, the restaurant fast became an Austin favorite.
The “hippie trailer” where you can relax while you wait for your table.
Wikipedia: Alembic, Inc.
Alembic was founded in 1969 and is a manufacturer of high-end electric basses, guitars and preamps.
Alembic’s 4 string basses were usually based on a five piece multi-laminate through neck using various combinations of maple, purpleheart, walnut, cherry and ebony. This construction technique inspired the nickname “hippie sandwich” basses. By 1979 maple and purpleheart was the standard.
Wikipedia: Tiger (guitar)
Tiger was Jerry Garcia’s main guitar from 1979 to 1990. It was built by Sonoma County luthier Doug Irwin. The Tiger is named after the tiger inlaid on the preamp cover located on the guitar’s top, just behind the tailpiece. The body features several layers of wood laminated together face-to-face in a configuration referred to as a “Hippie sandwich” by employees of Alembic Inc., where Irwin worked for a brief period in the early 1970s.
Fred 62 (Los Angeles, CA)
Avocado, thick tomatoes, alfalfa sprouts and melted Jack cheese. Served on toasted multi-grain wheat.
Anvil Restaurant (Harper Ferry, WV)
Portabella mushroom w/peppers, lettuce, tomato & secret sauce
W/ French Fries $ 7.75
County Line BBQ (Austin, TX)
Boat House Grill (Austin, TX)
Vegetable & grain patty served on a toasted bun with mustard, lettuce, tomato, pickle & onion
Bad Albert’s Tap & Grill (Seattle, WA)
Finally, our homemade vegetarian burger. Roasted garlic, black beans, jasmine rice and southwestern style seasonings with white Cheddar on grilled sourdough and all the fixin’s. Also available vegan style. $8.95
Tortilla Flats Restaurant (Providence, RI)
A grilled meatless garden burger served on a bulky roll with guacomole, lettuce and tomato. With Mexican rice or fries.
World Imports Pub (Sioux Falls, SD)
$2.50 Hippie Burger (veggie burger)
29 February 1992, Austin (TX) American-Statesman, “Shady Grove Good Add to Cafe Row” by Hilary Hylton, pg. 11:
In addition, we tried something called a “Hippie Sandwich.
Google Groups: austin.food
Subject: Re: Best Veggie Sandwich in Austin?
My wife swears by the Hippie sandwich at Shady Grove.
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From: Kelli Hughes
Subject: Re: Tourist Sites in your Hometown
Eat at Shady Grove. This is one of my favorite restaurants located near Barton Springs and Zilker Park. Outdoor casual dining makes it unique. There are many local restaurants here in Austin, but Shady Grove is one of the best. You should have the cheese fries. For the vegetarians out there, there is the hippie burger. Lots of great stuff for the rest of you too!!
LA Weekly (October 23, 2002)
This newest quirky manifestation of human creativity is Fred Eric’s Airstream Diner on the corner of Camden Avenue and Little Santa Monica Boulevard, a happy 24/7 establishment that draws all its visual cues from a famous trailer.
Other ethnic contributions range from the “Pressed and Creased Cuban Sandwiches” to the “Sin Delicious” Vietnamese-style noodles, to the “Hippie Sandwich,” avocado, tomatoes, sprouts and jack cheese on multigrain bread.