Veggie Burger Battle: Hillstone vs. FEZ
Veggie burgers have come a long way since yesteryear's pre-processed, cardboard-flavor hockey pucks. Nowadays, they are made-in-house masterpieces full of whole grains, spices, and tasty stuff like black beans and mushrooms.
And you can find them in one form or another on many restaurants' menus. Two particular veggie burgers that we happen to like are Hillstone's House-Made Veggie Burger and FEZ's Black Bean Veggie Burger. Both have been referred to as "the best," but we wanted to put these vegetarian delights up against one another to see who would really come out on top.
May the best burger win!
In This Corner: FEZ's Black Bean Veggie Burger
The Setup: The first restaurant of the FEZ/Switch/Rebar trifecta is a snazzy joint with a bit of colorful Moroccan flair. The sleek pale gray walls are spruced up with touches of bright oranges and greens, and modern lighting hangs from the high ceilings. Comfy couches offer the perfect spot to relax with a couple cocktails or belly up to the lively bar for your libations.
FEZ's menu brings together American faves with a touch of Mediterranean spice. Its veggie burger is a housemade black bean patty.
The Good: This homemade patty was full of flavor with a distinct combination of black beans, garlic, and cumin. The patty was decked out with a tasty red onion slaw that added a nice crunch to the moist burger and a generous helping of tangy goat cheese. The sturdy wheat ciabatta bun was perfect for holding everything in place.
The Bad: We loved the burger's flavor, but the texture was a bit mushy. It kinda slid out the sides when we ate it. And although the goat cheese was a really good addition to the burger, there was way too much of it, and it started to overwhelm the rest of the sandwich.