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Oh boy. All that turkey…

Lessee. Healthy alternative? I’m looking up at the green menu board here at Evolution (used to be Nature’s Express) at 2949 Fifth Avenue (at Quince), 619-550-1818. Everything’s guaranteed “100 percent Vegan.” And what I’m seeing is:

“Raw Burger, $7.50.”

I mean, Burger rare’s one thing, but burger raw?

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The house of Evolution

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“The health advantages are great,” says Michelle. She’s behind the counter. Has a microphone and two roses tattooed on her chest. “Nothing is heated over 110 degrees, so the enzymes aren’t killed. They work on your digestion.”

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Michelle

She says the patty is a combination of walnuts, sunflower seeds, onions, and carrots. “We dehydrate them for 24 hours, then we squeeze them into a patty template.”

They do have a bunch of other vegan burgers made of soy, starting at $5.50. Or for $1 extra, a house patty made from black beans and flax seeds. But they’re cooked. Guess I’ll have to try the raw, just out of curiosity.

I notice at the top of the menu it says “Gluten-free bread available for an extra $1.”

Don’t think much about it till after I settle down with my burger and a coconut with a straw in it, which is not cheap at $4.95 but worth it. Coconut milk’s the most thirst-quenching drink in the world, I swear.

I’ve taken it all outside to a pretty cool patio with trellises and bougainvillea.

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Unwrap the waxy paper, and…oh, wow. The “sandwich” part is two cabbage leaves.

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The patty’s nubbly, with specks of green and red, and, looks like some hummus spread over it. Lots of bean sprouts and tomato slices.

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I crunch in, and I have to say, that cabbage idea is a pretty cool one. It does its job of holding the thing together. I pour on a little tub of chipotle sauce Michelle gave me, and with its heat and flavor, this is a pretty interesting sandwich.

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Plus, yes, gentle on ye gut. Great antidote to all the Thanksgiving excess. And I’m sure I can feel those little live enzymes working away. The flavor and the crunch are great, but the main bonus is you feel virtuous, eating this thing.

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Of course, with the five-buck coconut, I'm out $13.54. But, hey, can you put a price on virtuousness?

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