Burger Bracket 2012: The Elite 8
Photo by Troy Fields Green Seed Vegan
Team Fatty FatBastard
Bracket: Veggie Burgers
First up was Ziggy's Healthy Grill. It took us all about 30 minutes to show up, so we ordered some chips and "homemade" salsa... Tostito's and Pace would have been better. Sadly, this was the highlight of the meal.
We decided to order one chickpea burger, one bean burger, and a buffalo burger. We all agreed that everything was horrid. The buffalo was overcooked and dry, and the two veggie options? We were very worried about the rest of the places we were obligated to go...
Next up was Beaver's. We all agreed that this burger was pretty good, although a slice of cheese would have really added to it. And the $12 price tag was ridiculous. However, if you're going to get this, might I suggest you split a side of mac & cheese? That was the show-stopper. I highly encourage you suggest this to the next team, as well.
Then came Green Seed Vegan. This one we went in pairs on, with wildly different results. The first two sent me texts this week showing they were there. The next pic showed this. (I have the pics...)
They said it tasted like dirt, and found it inedible. Needless to say, my friend and I went for round 2 with very low expectations. We chose to split one, and the lady cheerfully obliged. (She really was sweet.) When we tried ours, we both nodded and shrugged. This was pretty damn tasty. I even envied the fact that his half had more cilantro and avocado than mine. I would recommend folks to try this (at least the one I had) and will be taking the other two back to try this again to see which one of ours was more accurate.
Finally we got to Natachee's. Naturally we ordered one vegetarian sandwich, three chicken fried steaks with eggs and hashbrowns, one open-faced meatloaf sandwich, and a club. This one was also very good, and we all agreed that the cheese made the sandwich. Would we order it again? Certainly, if our doctor said we had to go meatless for a month. There are far too many good items here.
As to the results? Here's the funny part. Even the two who thought Green Seed tasted like dirt preferred it over Ziggy's. Their entire menu needs serious work. Green Seed wins easily.
As to Natachee vs. Beaver's? This was, by far, the hardest to judge, as both were interesting, pleasant and (hopefully) healthy. Major points went to Natachee's for automatically adding cheese. But Beaver's wins by a nose. I also suggest that the next team try one with cheese and one without to see if it makes a difference.