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best fast food(ish) veggie burger?

AdamFoodie Aug 8, 2007 04:35 PM

i'm talkin about places like fat buger, johnny rockets, red robin, the habit, fudruckers, etc..??

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    AdamFoodie RE: AdamFoodie Aug 8, 2007 04:46 PM

    the reason I ask is because I just stoped eating meat, and I loved burgers. so far I tried the veggie burger at red robin, the habit and jhonny rockets. johnny rockets wasnt so good, but the habit and red robins were great

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      alliebear RE: AdamFoodie Aug 8, 2007 04:59 PM

      I like the veggie burger at Good Stuff. I always choose it over their meat versions, even though I'm more of a meat-eater.

      What are you looking for in a veggie burger, though?

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        AdamFoodie RE: alliebear Aug 8, 2007 07:08 PM

        one that taste like a real burger

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        NELAeats RE: AdamFoodie Aug 8, 2007 10:19 PM

        Although not fast food, an amazing veggie burger can be found at the Alcove in Los Feliz.

        I've been meat-free for 9 years and they have the best veggie burger I've ever had.

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          Rizza RE: AdamFoodie Aug 9, 2007 11:10 AM

          If you get to the south bay try the spot (Hermosa) or the green temple(Redondo). Those are my favorite veggie burgers ever. Both have take out, and a burger will run you about $9. I have a family of meat eaters, but they all love these veggie burgers. You can make Red Robin burgers at home since they are made with gardenburger or bocca burger. For at home burgers I prefer Amy's "Chicago style" which is available at whole foods. The texture and flavor of the spot and green temple burgers are in a category of their own though. Not the typical hockey puck variety.

        2. adevejian RE: AdamFoodie Aug 8, 2007 08:16 PM

          I keep hearing about the amazing veggie burger at Houston's that I have yet to try. And to boot, they have shoestring fries!

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            Densible RE: adevejian Aug 8, 2007 10:56 PM

            I like Johnny Rockets Boca Burger-think it tastes like a hamburger but I have not had one in 30 plus years.
            Islands has a good veggie burger and you can get it with any of the toppings. Bluenami is very good and very naughty.
            IMO Houston's is too wet and too grainy (full of grain) and I think it's purple?
            I used to like McD's veggie burger but think it is discontinued

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              igj RE: Densible Aug 9, 2007 02:52 PM

              Funny, I thought the veggie burger at Islands was bland, and the spacey service made that a one-time experience.

              And, I love the Houston's veggie burger - beets is the ingredient that makes it purple.

              Neither place is really fast food though. I had a veggie burger at Good Stuff last week and it seemed to be just your standard Gardenburger-like oats/mushroom/mozzarella patty.

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                adevejian RE: Densible Aug 14, 2007 04:05 PM

                Just returned from Houston's and the veggie burger was pretty flavorless. The shoestring fries were dry and plain. And to boot, the tab after tip costed me $30 for two bitter coffees and a split (onto two plates... $5 fee) veggie burger.

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                  a_and_w RE: Densible Aug 15, 2007 09:31 AM

                  Definitely Johnny Rockets.

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                    Emme RE: a_and_w Aug 15, 2007 02:09 PM

                    ...which is just a Boca Burger.

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                      a_and_w RE: Emme Aug 15, 2007 02:21 PM

                      LOL! I know, but they cook it well. When I was a vegetarian, I cooked a lot of boca burgers but never quite managed to replicate the overall taste of the veggie burger at Johnny Rockets.

                      That reminds me, I think Fat Burger uses Boca Burgers, too. Anyone tried their version?

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                        a_and_w RE: a_and_w Aug 16, 2007 09:00 AM

                        Well, I tried Fatburger's veggie burger last night. It, too, was a Boca Burger, yet markedly inferior to the Johnny Rockets version. Fatburger's tasted mushy and not particularly meat-like. I also missed the fried onions they put on it at JR.

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                          nick_r RE: a_and_w Aug 16, 2007 09:34 AM

                          Well, after Fatburger's string of vegetarian-baiting ads, I'm not especially surprised.

              2. Emme RE: AdamFoodie Aug 8, 2007 11:32 PM


                will also suggest newsroom cafe (the one in santa monica is "fast")

                island's ironically enough

                m cafe de chaya

                less fast, lucky devil's, the counter, 26 beach, double dutch dinette, life on wilshire, gulfstream, and concur about houston's

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                  Densible RE: Emme Aug 8, 2007 11:37 PM

                  Oh yes Double dutch is decent, especially with sweet potato fries and I have to try 26 beach. went to lunch there this week and had a salad, while everyone else had beef burgers which they said were great. expect veggie will be good too.
                  Astro's is great and they have head veggie burgers for ever. My husband I and I used to go there after clubbing years and years ago. Really good...

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                    liu RE: Emme Aug 9, 2007 09:46 AM

                    I really like the veggie burgers at Islands, and you can build 'em as you like 'em! They "crisp" the edges just perfectly!

                    I must add, however, that if I am ordering from a restaurant that has many other tasty choices (Houston's or M Cafe de Chaya or 26 Beach), I will usually opt for something else...so my opinion counts only a little!

                  2. la vida dulce RE: AdamFoodie Aug 9, 2007 12:28 AM

                    Farmer Boys on Alameda near 7th in downtown LA. Get the avocado veggie burger, good and cheap.

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                      LLLLL RE: AdamFoodie Aug 9, 2007 09:19 AM

                      For a fast food veggie burger try sunny grill on venice near the bowling alley, the veggie burger delux is tastey. Avocado and grilled onions. It usually takes a while for them to get the order out but they do have a drive thru so it is convenient.

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                        Olallieberry RE: AdamFoodie Aug 9, 2007 09:25 AM

                        It's not particularly "fast" (though they do have takeout) or cheap, and in fact it doesn't taste like meat at all, but the veggie burger at the Counter is so good I keep dragging people back there to eat with me, all of whom are afraid to try the veggie burger and end up with a disappointing meat patty instead. But the veggie burger with fried onion strips, tomato and sprouts on an english muffin is perfection.

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                          PlatypusJ RE: Olallieberry Aug 9, 2007 04:17 PM

                          Yeah, nothing's more disappointing than a big hunk of beef cooked medium rare.....mmmmmm

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                            Olallieberry RE: PlatypusJ Aug 9, 2007 08:25 PM

                            Point taken, I'm just personally not that big a fan of the Counter's regular burgers. Only tried them a couple times though, perhaps I should give them another taste...

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                            westsidegal RE: Olallieberry Aug 9, 2007 05:55 PM

                            you'll like it even more if you find a way to include their very good quality blue cheese too.

                          3. cookee RE: AdamFoodie Aug 9, 2007 09:28 AM

                            Cisco's Burger in Long Beach. They have a spicy black bean burger...so good. And their fries are really great too. Check it out!

                            Cisco Burger
                            620 W Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90813

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                              crystaw RE: AdamFoodie Aug 9, 2007 09:30 AM

                              If you're ever in the Irvine area, give the Veggie Grill a try. Yum

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                                will47 RE: AdamFoodie Aug 9, 2007 01:26 PM

                                You could try Astroburger, if there's one close.

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                                  CucumberBoy RE: will47 Aug 9, 2007 01:44 PM

                                  Big fan of the veggie burger at Billy's Grill in Sherman Oaks (southeast corner of Van Nuys and Magnolia). Sweet hot mustard and sprouts, lettuce, great tasting whatever-it's-made-of veggie patty, cooked and crisped perfectly. Try one with the amazing onion rings and an ice cold glass of milk (or Southern Comfort) and enjoy...

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                                    Diana RE: CucumberBoy Aug 9, 2007 01:49 PM

                                    I second Billy's

                                    Do you eat Fish? Billys also has a good tuna burger!

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                                      CucumberBoy RE: Diana Aug 9, 2007 03:12 PM

                                      Diana, I've been eyeing their ahi tuna burger for some time now. Ahi? Bless you!

                                      Sorry, couldn't resist.

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                                        Diana RE: CucumberBoy Aug 9, 2007 04:04 PM


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                                        Densible RE: Diana Aug 9, 2007 07:43 PM

                                        Does Billy's have another location in Redondo Beach? I pass it on 190th St. and have been curious about it but not so much as to actually go there....
                                        A veggie burger for me and an ahi burger for partner would be more than enough motivation.

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                                      AdamFoodie RE: will47 Aug 9, 2007 01:45 PM

                                      I really like the veggie burger at astroburger, I actually had it when I was still eating meat and LOVED IT. so far my top 3 fave veggie burgers are
                                      1) Astroburger
                                      2) Red Robin
                                      3) The Habit

                                      next places im going to try is fatburger and the counter.

                                      p.s. although its not a hambuger, I love love love the club sandwhich at follow your heart =0)

                                    3. tatertotsrock RE: AdamFoodie Aug 9, 2007 06:08 PM

                                      ASTRO BURGER
                                      for sure.
                                      I'm a FULL-ON MEAT EATER that LOVES the veggie burger at Astro Burger...the bun is always so yummy, the edges of the patty are just crispily-crisp enough, the lettuce crisp and the tomato big and juicy.....with a side of onion rings, life is great.

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                                        another_adam RE: AdamFoodie Aug 9, 2007 08:27 PM

                                        Though again not quite in the fast food line (but not *too* far off), you might check out Native Foods in Westwood. (They have a few other SoCal locations, like Costa Mesa) The format is restaurant burger format, though the flavor isn't really the "trying to fool you into think it's meat" style.

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                                          Emme RE: another_adam Aug 9, 2007 09:44 PM

                                          Almost forgot Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers in Brentwood as well and Lazy Daisy Cafe!!!

                                          One more non-fast food per se, Madeline Bistro in Woodland Hills. A Votre Sante in Brentwood is also good.

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                                          nick_r RE: AdamFoodie Aug 14, 2007 04:15 PM

                                          Novel Cafe in Westwood has a great veggie burger, mainly due to its incredible presentation (on a delicious bun, stacked high with onion, avocado, tomato, etc. etc.). It's sit-down but they have takeout as well.

                                          Nearby, Nature's Way Cafe has a large number of veggie burger options (tofu burgers, tempeh burgers, etc.).

                                          I have to agree with the dissenters on Islands. They use the bland Gardenburger-esque patty favored by places that don't really know or care what makes a good veggie burger and just want it on the menu to appease us vegetarians.

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                                            will47 RE: nick_r Aug 15, 2007 09:12 AM

                                            Ick... Nature's Way is kind of gross IMO. And Native Foods is just up the street with much more interesting veg burgers. If we're counting this as "fast foodish", I recommend the Bali Surf Burger, blackened, w/ caramelized onions and native "cheese". Or the Jerk Burger.

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                                              nick_r RE: will47 Aug 15, 2007 10:12 AM

                                              Well, to each his own... I found Native Foods to be the gross place. The one time I went there, they seemed to be entirely unfamiliar with the concept of seasoning.

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                                                will47 RE: nick_r Aug 15, 2007 11:17 AM

                                                Really? What did you try there? To me, Native Foods is fairly unique among vegetarian restaurants because they are fairly liberal with flavor, spice, and fat. I've never really had anything there that's been bland or unseasoned. Some of the dishes are definitely better than others, but I've never had anything that made me think they didn't know what seasoning was. If anything, I've found that some stuff almost has too strong a flavor (for instance, their pesto has a very strong flavor).

                                                The Westwood restaurant itself does have a slightly funky smell according to some (it's never bothered me), mostly because it's in such a small space.

                                                Nature's Way has been consistently unappetizing every time I've been there, and the prices aren't cheap enough to justify the not-that-good food... I'd probably eat there sometimes if the food were 50% cheaper. They just plop a gardenburger type patty on a wheat bun with some mayo and veggies - nothing special or unusual here. Their noodles and breakfast burritos didn't really impress me either, and it's hard to get a straight answer from them about food ingredients.

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                                                  nick_r RE: will47 Aug 15, 2007 11:20 AM

                                                  I had some kind of bowl dish with tofu spears and steamed veggies. Probably picked the wrong thing. I'll give it another shot one of these days.

                                          2. ouimarie RE: AdamFoodie Aug 14, 2007 04:28 PM

                                            Ruby Tuesdays is pretty good. I like Burger King's and Backyard Burgers' too - although they are just grilled gardenburgers.

                                            1. organic_goddess RE: AdamFoodie Aug 15, 2007 05:23 PM

                                              My family likes the veggie patties @ Islands restaurant. Hubby gets the bleunami, also mentioned here, I get the Kilaeua (spicy) and step-daughter likes the Hawaiian. With fries and rings, of course.

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                                                LMelba RE: AdamFoodie Sep 4, 2007 11:23 PM

                                                Vegan Plate & Lenora's both in Studio City makes good fast foodish burgers. The Good Earth's version is really good to, but the service there is really slow.

                                                1. luv2veg RE: AdamFoodie Sep 5, 2007 01:20 AM

                                                  Orean's in Pasadena. http://oreanshealthexpress.com/ I like the veggie burger with grilled onions at Rick's in Silver Lake, too.

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                                                    pfoods RE: luv2veg Mar 21, 2008 09:25 AM

                                                    the Orean salad burger is good for fast food vegetarian stye... (and get a soy shake too)

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                                                    MysticYoYo RE: AdamFoodie Sep 5, 2007 03:48 AM

                                                    The veggie burger at Ruby Tuesdays was pretty disappointing. Reminded me of the basic, tasteless veggie burgers that were available from mixes in health food stores 20 years ago. Bleh.

                                                    1. ragazza RE: AdamFoodie Sep 5, 2007 08:21 AM

                                                      Been a strict vegetarian for 14 years now, and enjoy the veggie burger at Blue Plate in Santa Monica

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                                                        Teleport RE: AdamFoodie Mar 19, 2008 05:05 PM

                                                        Not really fast food, but you must try the veggie burger at Pete's Cafe and Bar in downtown with their blue cheese fries...YUM!

                                                        As for fast food, I really enjoy the Santa Fe burger and Five Alarm Burger at Red Robin subbed with their veggie patty + mushrooms. Delicious.

                                                        Also enjoy the veggie burgers at Bob's Big Boy and Farmer Boys

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                                                          ciliegia RE: AdamFoodie Jul 23, 2008 10:44 PM

                                                          Does anyone know the recipe for Cheese Cake Factory’s Veggie Burger? For me, the best veggie I ever ate was at the one in Beverly Hills. I now live in Austin, and the CCF here doesn’t serve it. (They may have taken it off all their menus.) I loved them because they were full of vegetables and didn’t taste like a grainy falafel. I attempted to make a veggie burger from scratch and added sautéed eggplant and beet, but I would kill for their recipe.

                                                          1. suicidemartini RE: AdamFoodie Jul 24, 2008 11:41 AM

                                                            I think the bases have been covered for a meaty-tasting veggie burger, my personal favs are Johnny Rockets (specifically the Beverly HIlls Diner that used to be a JR and has the same menu), Astro Burger and the old McDonalds "McVeggie"(right?) which was an Ives patty.

                                                            Its not so burger-ish, but I love the "Cowboy Burger" at Vegan Glory. It's 2 seitan slices with lettuce, tomato and the best sauce and big bun. Their fries are simple shoestring but always cooked perfectly. Obviously they have tons of vegan options; a lot of thai food, but also a lot of american fast-food vegetarian stuff.

                                                            Vegan Glory
                                                            8393 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                                                            1. Dommy RE: AdamFoodie Jul 24, 2008 02:10 PM

                                                              We really like the one at Indulge Cafe on Pico!

                                                              Indulge Cafe
                                                              5101 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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