At the start of this year I found myself in Kennwick, Washington, staying in a hotel for the week. I did sample quite a few veggie burgers while I was over there (particularly mushroom burgers, which seem to be very popular in the US – much more so than in the UK), but this was the only one that I have images of, and also the only one that I ate more than once. The hotel we stayed at was the Red Lion, and they had a small bar facility on site which served food, including the veggie burgers which we ate.
It was served with chips in a diner style complete with red checked paper, something that was certainly of excitement to two Brits looking for something American to eat. The burger itself was a bean burger in style and formation, and was garnished with salad, including gherkins which I kept taking out. There is something inherently disappointing, I always feel, about reading “pickle” on a menu and then ending up with a gherkin, instead of the Branston type. It was, however, well stocked with lettuce, red onion, and some “singles” style cheese on top which melted nicely into the burger and the bun. The chips were nicely done wedge-style with a hint of seasoning on the outside.
It may look small, but it was certainly more than enough food for one serving, particularly with the chips on the side. There was also plenty of sauce to keep it moist and flavoursome on the inside! As it has now been a while since I ate it, and it was before I started the VegBurge blog, I can’t really say more about it than that. It was good enough to eat twice, and was preferable to going all the way out to the next building to get a meal, which tells you that it was definitely good enough for a hotel bar.
On the VegBurge scale, I give this…
Taste – 7/10
Price – 6/10
Rest of experience – 7/10