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Bacon burger fail, veggie burger win. Where do you go for house-made veggie patties in Tacoma?

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on May 18, 2011 at 6:55 am | 7 Comments »
May 18, 2011 6:56 am
The Mama Africa burger at Quickie Too is a house-made millet and quinoa patty. Where else do you go in town for a veggie burger? Click "more" and comment.

I paid a visit to The Ram for a burger exploration mission. I forged one bite into the new Bacon Bacon Bacon burger ($10.99) and immediately injured the roof of my mouth from too much crunch. While a burger with bacon mayo, a bacon-studded patty AND chicken-fried bacon sounds over-the-top swell in theory, this burger was poorly executed on two separate visits. The crispy chicken-fried shell on the bacon was just far too crisp and dry, leading to a burger that scraped more than pleased my palate. Pass.

While I might not return for the chicken-fried bacon burger at The Ram, I do know what I would return for: The veggie burger.

The veggie burger ($9.49) was meaty without the meat, and tasty in a way that doesn’t make a diner think “meat substitute.” The patty was house made with bulgar wheat, rolled oats and pinto beans. It was more of a bean patty (in texture anyway) than a patty made of chewy grains. Think black bean burger, only made with creamier pinto beans. The crunchy exterior of the griddled, garlic-tinged patty gave way to a soft and flavorful cheesy interior. Dressed with lettuce and tomato and served on a whole wheat bun, it comes with your choice of sides.

Another restaurant that serves delicious veggie patties made in house is Quickie Too on the Hilltop. The millet and quinoa patty on the Mama Africa burger is worth a visit. Read about Quickie Too and other Hilltop restaurants here.

YOUR TURN: Which restaurants here make their own veggie patties in house? I’m not talking the tired old Gardenburger or Boca Burgers or a portabella mushroom (I’m so tired of those), I’m talking restaurants that make their patties from scratch. Know of any? Comment here.

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