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Veggie burger at UMini westwood (review)

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in a tie with the various garden burger offerings around town for The Worst of the Veggie Burgers.

the deep fried chickpea patty was an overcooked crunchy thing full of grease. the idea was probably workable because there are many extremely good falafal places around town and doing a burger takeoff on falafal makes a lot of sense. there is, however, a long way between a good idea and a good execution.

the bun's appearance suggested that it might have some texture because the top looked brown and has some shine. in fact, the texture was much like plain white bread. it was warm white bread because they had put it on a grill for a moment or two, but they didn't leave it there long enough for it to actually toast.

the goat-cheese spread didn't taste like goat nor did it taste like cheese. it tasted like generic white spread
the tomato slice was exactly what you'd expect.

the best part of the burger was the honest-to-god decent piece of lettuce on the thing.

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  1. I lay no claim to having tasted all the veggie burgers around, but I think of ones that I have had the best may have been at The Habit.

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    1. re: mc michael

      thank you.
      that is one i haven't tried yet.
      will report back.

      1. re: westsidegal

        Depending on your taste, you may want to add avocado for $1. And the fries are pretty good.

        1. re: mc michael

          just tried the Habit per mc michael's suggestion.
          best veggie burger for the buck.
          basically it is a dr. praeger's type burger (may actually be an actual dr. praeger burger) prepared correctly on a nice toasted wheat bun with cucumber, good lettuce, and good tomato. (i had them skip the sprouts and the sauce).

          they have a complimentary condiment bar with ketchup, pepperocini's, pickled yellow peppers, and pickled jalepeno slices.

          the burger is served on a plastic plate big enough to hold the condiments as well as the good-sized burger. (i.e. it is not served on a pieceof wax paper).

          for a $5 burger, a terrific bargain.
          thank you mc michael for the tip. it was a good one!

        2. re: westsidegal

          I think I did like the one I tried at Houston's, or one of the locations of the Hillstone conglomerate.

          1. re: kevin

            veggie burgers that i like:
            humble potato (which technically isn't a veggie "burger" they use tempeh slices instead of meat)
            houston's
            the counter
            cafe gratitude

            for the fake meat kind i like veggie grill.

            will make it a point to try the Habit per mc michael's recommendation.

            1. re: westsidegal

              Other great veggie burgers are at 26 Beach, Alcove, La Grande Orage, HealthyCa, BLD, Plan Check (they don't always have it), Akasha

              1. re: bruinike

                I wonder what Burger Boy has to say about this.

                1. re: mc michael

                  Yea. Where you at burger boy ?

                  Personally that hot fudge sundae might wok here with a veggie burger but then again I've only had it with the beef burger.

                  1. re: kevin

                    burger boy would say this:
                    GO TO 26 BEACH

                    1. re: westsidegal

                      Indeed he likely would.

                      Btw. Has anyone tried the beef burger at Rustic Canyon ?

                      1. re: kevin

                        Love love the beef burger at Rustic Canyon

                        1. re: maudies5

                          Ok. I'll give it a whirl.

                          Is it very heavy though ???

                          1. re: maudies5

                            They have bar or counter seating too, correct, Maude ? for a a relatively quick in and out.

                            1. re: maudies5

                              And would it still be pretty good without the bacon and fried egg ?????

                              1. re: kevin

                                I never get it with bacon or egg. Great without any add ons. There is a full bar. It can get crowded.

                              2. re: maudies5

                                +1. Delicious.

            2. Yikes! Thanks for taking one for the team....

              1. Thank you for preventing me from ordering it. So far, I am a fan of Veggie Grill's V Burger (no cheese).

                1. WG, I will skip this one, espeically since in my opinion, my fervor with the now ever expanding Umami empire dropped off once it expanded from the original, minuscule, BYOB location along LaBrea a few years back.

                  1. Is this the same as regular Umami's veggie burger? If it is, it's not really vegetarian because it contains fish dashi. I didn't find it that delicious and agree with the off texture and grease. In general, I find most of Umami's burgers full of grease.

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                    1. re: PandanExpress

                      since i eat fish, the "non-vegetarian" factor wasn't critical to me.
                      it was the taste and texture of the item itself that was offensive.

                    2. Tops in Pasadena (the original on Michillinda & Colorado) had my favorite veggie burger. Don't know how it was made or what's in it, may even be a frozen Sysco one for all I know, but with all the toppings, and I would add avocado, it was delicious, huge and filling. I think they knew to add extra sauce to it, as they are usually a bit too dry.

                      Palisades Garden cafe has a very decent one, just tried it today, and though I know now next time I will ask for a bit of extra sauce, it was very tasty and filling.