The veggie burger is a funny thing. It was one of the first vegetarian and vegan items that mainstream restaurants carried back in the early 90s. It was also one of the first vegan frozen foods (hello Boca!). Here in Seattle, thankfully, it has been remastered by Wayward Cafe and elevated by Plum Bistro. But other than that, most veggie burgers are terrible. Really terrible. They are dry, bread-on-bread, microwaved, and textureless. The house-made patties often just crumble into a pile of dry, unseasoned beans, or grains. They are the last thing I want to see on a restaurant menu.
Some genius vegan told me that Shadowland in West Seattle had a vegan burger. I didn’t jump at the chance to try it, thinking I’d be disappointed. Waiting, was a mistake. So you shouldn’t follow my lead. You should go to Shadowland and eat this thing!
First, it comes with a spicy, dense arugula salad, which I love (or fries). Second, it also has caramelized onion for sweetness, Veganaise (best processed vegan food item every invented), and an amazing stone ground mustard for bite. But that is not all. Also has guacamole, lettuce and tomato! This burger is piled high with juicy toppings that won’t leave you with dry mouth. But the best part? They don’t use a boring old dry cheap patty or try to make some patty on their own: they use the new local Field Roast burger patty. But wait! Do I see TWO patties on the burger? You do my friend, you do.
Truly, all of this together makes for one amazing burger. The only thing is that it is hard to fit in your mouth. But who is complaining? Not me.