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307853_285728374777486_611350680_nUm…. hi…. yeah, I can’t stop eating at Hugo’s.  And last night I ate a veggie burger that deserves it’s own separate review.

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…

Wild Mushroom & Black Rice Risotto   Forbidden black rice in a sauce prepared with mixed wild mushrooms, beet and carrot juice. Blended with mixed leafy greens, roasted butternut squash, diced roasted beets, onions, garlic and fresh herbs. Topped with chopped toasted pistachios. Crumbled Gorgonzola cheese added upon request.

Tika Masala Vegetable Patties Made of organic, sprouted mung beans, organic brown rice, assorted fresh vegetables, mushrooms, pumpkin & sunflower seeds, herbs and spices. Covered in an Indian inspired sauce of tomato, onions and spices. Served with turmeric rice, leafy greens and cilantro-mint chutney.

New American Veggie Burger ()An outstanding combination of organic sprouted mung beans, organic brown rice, assorted fresh vegetables, mushrooms, pumpkin & sunflower seeds, herbs and spices freid crispy. Served with onion, lettuce, tomato, Vegenaise and your choice of any burger toppings. This burger is new, because it is more nutritious than meat and is a positive use of our agricultural resources. And most importantly, it’s delicious. (Gluten-free without bun or wrap)
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