Best Veggie Burger in LA?
As a (very casual) vegetarian, I've spent the past few years indulging in just about every veggie burger I can find. Below are a few of my faves, but I'd love more suggestions! Also, I have yet to try the veggie burger at Houston's. Is it as good as they say it is?
Here are some of my favorites:
King's Road Cafe (on Beverly) - never hear this mentioned, but it's simply fantastic
Fig (in Santa Monica) - hints of curry
M Cafe - Think it's good, but only put it here because if I don't someone else will
The Counter - delicious!
For those contributing, I'd prefer a list of veggie burgers that are made in house. Other ones I've tried include 8 oz. burger bar, Real Food Daily, Golden State (not made in house), etc.
Kings Road Cafe
8361 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Sorry, but the veggieb. at King's Road Cafe was a disappointment, with far too much cheese, and a small bun, so that the contents constantly fell out of it. The sweet potato fries served with it, though unhealthfully "fried," were delicious and plentiful. I also had a banana/blueberry drink that was good.
I try veggieburgers in most of the restaurants I frequent. Somewhere between 50 & 75% turn out good to xlnt. However, one thing that keeps veggieburgers from topping my list of favorite foods, is the "bun." Buns, on virtually all the veggieburges I've tried, are usually like a slice of a remotely bread flavored, toasty, and flaky piece of 1/2" white paper. Occassionaly, the paper is brown. What can be done about these deplorable buns? Are they this bad, because it's cheaper that way? Is it largely because it's hard to make a "flavorful" bun out of anything but highly refined white flour? Aren't there other ways of making a bun that's flavorful, possibly gluten free or wheat free, made out of other more nutritious grains, potentially bean flour, etc.?
the bun on the veggie burger at Cafe Gratitude, as well as it's contents, are, imho, good.
dunno what kind of organic flour they use, but whatever it is, it's good enough for me.
also, although i haven't had one of the M Cafe de Chaya burgers since they moved out of downtown culver city, iirc, they also served good buns.
no, it is not
here's the menu description and pricing
Homemade veggie burger on a whole wheat bun with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, mustard sauce, and spicy chipotle ketchup. Served with a side salad
substitute roasted potatoes for salad +2
substitute raw gluten-free wrap + 3>>
imho, it is well worth the $12, especially when you factor in that the ingredients are organic.
keep in mind that this burger falls into the "vegetable patty" category rather than the "phoney meat" category.
they make no attempt for this patty to resemble the texture/flavor/appearance of meat.
Hole in the Wall
Blue Star Diner
R & D in Santa Monica
Earl's on Crenshaw
Earlez Grille on Crenshaw (reopens August 9th maybe?)
6613 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
2200 E 15th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
3630 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
Thanks for the links! Looks like I have a lot of veggie burgers to try. I just remembered another one I've had that simply blew me away: The Earth Burger at Umami (across from Amoeba Records). It had tremendous flavor.
Next one on my list: 26 Beach.
3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292