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Let us have a Cook-out for Veggie Burgers
  • AKB May 23, 2013 - 9:47 pm #74553 Reply

    Folks, howdy. The Wash-Post had a story in their FOOD SECTION yesterday about veggie burgers found in groceries. All were considered bad/poor/sub-par/border-okay.

    Me and my family have tried all burger joints from Court House to Clarendon to V. Square to Ballston. They eat all kinds of meats and I just try the non-meat version. Well, all our bad or just-plain-okay.

    Me thinks what is needed is a motivation to restaurants to make a better veggie burger. They spend their effort on meat burgers but not on non-meat ones, as they are not good.

    So, what is the solution? Simple: ARLNOW sponsors a winner-take-it-all veggie burger cookout just for restaurants. The summer is long.

    Anyone wants to second this idea?

    novasteve May 24, 2013 - 8:32 am #74568 Reply

    Maybe you should try indian restaurants?

    newty25 May 24, 2013 - 9:13 am #74573 Reply

    The best are the spicy black bean burgers that Morning Star makes. I haven’t found anything that’s better.

    I have yet to have a restaurant serve a quality veggie burger. Top Golf serves a black bean burger with guac that’s excellent… it’s probably the morning star version.

    novasteve May 24, 2013 - 9:29 am #74574 Reply

    Areyou looking for a veggie burger that is like a hamburger? If you are, stop. They are veggie burgers, not hamburgers. You are only setting yourself up for dissapointment.

    CourthouseChris May 24, 2013 - 9:34 am #74575 Reply

    Do any restaurants actually make the veggie burger themselves? Admittedly , I’ve not tried many – but they seem to be mostly pre-fab burgers like the Morning Star ones newty cites above. I suppose I would like to see what a competent chef could do to make a from-scratch veggie burger.

    Sunshine May 24, 2013 - 9:51 am #74577 Reply

    Trader Joe’s Masala Burgers and Dr. Praeger’s California Veggie burgers are pretty good.  Sunflower Restaurant in Seven Corners might have a veggie burger. I’ve never paid attention to that on the menu since they have so many other good things to try.

    newty25 May 24, 2013 - 10:22 am #74584 Reply

    If you’re into vegetarian/vegan eating, my newest obsession is with the Gardein chicken. OMG is it awesome.

    The chicken chipotle lime strips are amazing. The texture, the taste, everything is just like chicken. They also have beef tips that actually taste like beef tips. But truthfully, I’m just not a beef fan any longer and other than making them into tacos, I can’t find much use for them.

    Harris Teeter has them in the frozen section next to the frozen fruit.

    I’m really excited to try the Beyond Meat products next. Apparently, they’re even better and are sold at WFs. BM is coming to Tropical Smoothie Cafe as well as a substitute for chicken in their wraps and sandwiches. Awesome!

    GoodOmens May 24, 2013 - 11:39 am #74602 Reply

    The Lentil Barley Burger at Meridian Pint is delicious.  And this is coming from a meat-eater….

    BPMBA May 24, 2013 - 1:16 pm #74631 Reply

    Mad Fox, Rustico and Fireworks all make their own. I think Mad Fox’s is the best – black bean and bulgar.

    As novasteve correctly points out, none of these are going remotely resemble a hamburger. But they are good!

    meredith May 24, 2013 - 1:42 pm #74639 Reply

    The Morning Star burgers are the best.  I will have to try Mad Fox’s burger.  I’ve never had any food I cared for there, which is a drag because the beer is great.

    Quoth the Raven May 24, 2013 - 1:43 pm #74642 Reply

    I was just going to mention the Mad Fox Black Bean Burger.  Really very tasty.  Goes well with their beer, but then everything does.

    AKB May 24, 2013 - 8:12 pm #74672 Reply

    Folks – thanks. Court House Chris: My point exactly. Restaurants need to be encouraged: Make a better veggie burger, just like a hamburger. ARLNOW Cook-out competition with some top chefs locally rate them. This would bring great publicity. Come on, all, think about it.

    Here is a book that I bought today at the bookstore in Clarendon.
    Veggie Burgers Every Which Way by Lukas Volger.
    Will there be a restaurant in DC-VA-MD that has so many types of veggie burgers?  Not bloody likely!

    novasteve May 27, 2013 - 12:51 pm #74697 Reply

    I was at Roots Market in Olney, MD over the weekend, and they have a huge huge vegan/vegetarian section there. You might want to go try some of the stuff there then if its good,t hen suggest it to restaurants. I have never seen so much vegetarian stuff. It makes whole foods seem like a biker bar in comparison.

    BPMBA May 28, 2013 - 8:24 am #74709 Reply

    I had the made-in-house veggie burger at Gordon Biersch (Navy Yard) over the weekend. It is delicious!

    Sunshine May 28, 2013 - 9:49 am #74720 Reply

    You are right about Roots Market. I went there with a friend of mine who is vegan. It is really a cool place. The prepared food was really good. It’s too bad there is not one closer.

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