Walter Mencken 2:09 p.m., March 26
How to Eat Burgers Raw
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?
The house of Evolution
“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.”
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.
Unwrap the waxy paper, and…oh, wow. The “sandwich” part is two cabbage leaves.
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.
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.
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.
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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