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Bubbie’s Opens in Dupont With Meat-Free Burgers and Fried ‘Chik’n’ Sandwiches

Pow Pow’s owners are testing out a veggie burger shop in their new Plant Food Lab Incubator

A fried “chick’n” sandwich with agave mustard from Bubbie’s Plant Burgers
A fried “chick’n” sandwich with agave mustard from Bubbie’s Plant Burgers.
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Dupont Circle has a new veggie burger counter that sells seitan- and beetroot-based patties, faux pork belly bacon, and crispy “chick’n” sandwiches for takeout and delivery.

Bubbie’s Plant Burgers opened Monday, January 4, offering delivery within a 5-mile radius of 1829 M Street NW. The one-time pop-up on H Street NE is the first brand to set up shop inside the Plant Food Lab Incubator, which will rotate through vegan ventures from owners Margaux Riccio and Shaun Sharkey. The couple also runs Pow Pow, a popular fast-casual shop for meat-free Asian fusion bowls that’s expanding downtown.

The all-kosher lineup at Bubbie’s includes fried chick’n sandwiches drenched in sauces such as Thousand Island dressing, agave mustard, or Buffalo combined with cashew-based blue cheese. Other options include beetroot patties or plant burgers topped with Riccio’s version of bacon, non-dairy cheese, and pickled jalapeno, along with a slow-roasted jackfruit variety inspired by a pulled pork barbecue sandwich. Sandwiches run $9 to $19, and sides start at $4.

Gluten-free options include slow cooked baked beans, coleslaw, and hand-cut salt and pepper seasoned fries, plus gluten-free buns for burgers. The 48-ounce “Big Salad,” a nod to the Seinfeld story line, is a seasonal mix of greens, almond cheese crumble, tomato, carrot, raw onion, English cucumber, and candied almonds. There’s also non-alcoholic canned and bottled fizzy drinks, along with a coffee program from La Colombe.