For the final post of our Veggie Burger Power Hour, we went back to the experts. Erica Meier, executive director of the DC-headquartered animal advocacy non-profit Compassion Over Killing, was so kind as to share several of her favorites with us. Here are Meier's picks:
Founding Farmers: "The vegan “patty melt” is a meat-free—yet very “meaty”— version of one of FF’s signature dishes—and you almost might think it’s the real thing. It’s 100% animal-friendly and heart-healthy (since it’s all-vegan, there’s no cholesterol). This burger is a hit with vegan and meat-eaters alike!"
Science Club: "House-made veggie burger that’s crunchy like falafel but made with veggie and black beans (vegan)."
Meridian Pint: "This lentil/barley burger is a hearty and huge meal — it can be a bit messy but it’s finger-licking good."
BGR The Burger Joint: "Homemade, base is rice, potatoes, and beans. Burger is vegan, but the bun is not (though you can order it on a bed of lettuce/salad)."
Brookland Café: "Small, eclectic eatery featuring a range of unique vegan options, including a fish fry platter. Everything is made from scratch, including the veggie-based burger."
Tonic: "Local favorite for its popular RRP Salad Burger (Roasted Red Peppers)."
One restaurant in particular earned plaudits from both of our non-meat-eating friends today, so we're going to take this opportunity to unilaterally declare Science Club the honorary winner of DC's Best Veggie Burger. Thanks for joining us for Veggie Burger Power Hour. It's been real.
Science Club [Photo: Amanda H./Yelp]