We arrived at Hugo’s with hungrier stomachs than we’d first realized! A short 10 minute wait for a table, and a good 5-6 minutes before our waitress was able to get to us, gave me ample time to really truly read the menu. I literally could have ordered every last vegan meal on the menu & probably eaten it all in some sort of Man vs. Food super-challenge & beaten Adam at his own game! After several minutes of flip-flopping between the Wild Mushroom Risotto on the specials menu and the Tika Masala Vegetable Patties, I saw it: The New American Veggie Burger. My heart skipped a beat & I knew, right then, I’d just laid eyes upon the greatest veggie burger known to vegan-kind.
A little background here: when I was a meat-eater as a child & young teen, I did not eat burgers. I would if I was given the choice between burgers or hot dogs, because social etiquette at BBQs clearly states that in order to be “normal” you have to eat either a burger or a dog. If there was a food I hated more than hamburgers, it was hot dogs. This hatred extends now into the fake meat world. I wouldn’t eat a fake hot dog if it was the last food on earth & I knew I was going to starve to death if I didn’t eat it. Veggie burgers are right up there as a disgusting texture & taste I won’t tolerate.
But Hugo’s menu writer put the ingredient list in the absolute correct order for me, starting with the Mung Bean Sprouts. For all I cared, this burger could have been a pile of mung bean sprouts on a bun, but clearly there are other even more yummy ingredients!
I ordered the burger with avocado, tomato, onion, lettuce, vegan mozzarella & french fries. When the burger arrived, I immediately regretted the onion. For all the times I’ve eaten at Hugo’s, this was the first time I’ve ever had their french fries!! (yum) The burger itself was savory & sweet – the texture of the sprouts, rice & veggies not combining to make a “hamburger” texture, but a unique veggie burger texture that made my heart swoon! It’s going to be difficult passing up the veggie burger the next time I eat there…