Sunday, October 23, 2016

You won’t miss the beef with this Echo Park veggie burger

The Park’s veggie burger/Valentina Silva

By Valentina Silva

If you’re not familiar with my hard-hitting journalism, then you should know, I’m always on the veggie burger beat. No fan of processed patties, it’s my mission to find vegetable-and-grain-centric burgers that aren’t packed with soy and other filler. By my estimation, the best veggie burgers are treated like their beef counterparts with tasty buns, pickles, cheese and all the usual All-American fixings. I’m not diametrically opposed to sprouts and other “health” toppings, but yogurt in place of mayo and cucumbers in place of pickles (heaven, help us) is just plain condescension. An insult.

Thankfully, none of that nonsense is at play at Echo Park’s The Park. The neighborhood restaurant makes their patty in house, and it holds together nicely with a combination that includes quinoa, carrots and zucchini. The patty isn’t thick, but it’s tremendously well seasoned, so the flavor doesn’t get swamped by the charred bun. I added Gruyere to mine, which played well with the red onions and the from-scratch tomato soup I opted for instead of fries.

I’m still calling Four Cafe’s veggie burger as the best in Los Angeles, but The Park is formidable competition.


The Park, 1400 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles

Valentina Silva writes about food and restaurants. You can also find Valentina’s reviews and stories on her blog, Eastside Food Bites.

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  1. Will have to try this. I have found finding a decent veggie burger is a real challenge. I like Houston’s veggie burger patty, which is also made in their kitchen with various beans/legumes. Other than that, I can’t recall antyhing that left an impression on me. I am not vegeterian but sometimes I just want to try something different/new. Thanks for the tip.

  2. Flore (in Silver Lake) makes a couple varieties of tasty, minimally processed, veggie burgers. And Sage also offers a pretty delicious one.

  3. I know it’s gonna sound crazy but The Oinkster in Eagle Rock, of all places, makes a killer in-house veggie burger.

    • Last time I asked at The Oinkster they were using Dr. Praeger’s frozen veggie burgers … but yes, they’re fantastic.

      I just tried the version at Story Tavern in Burbank. It’s black bean, with oats as the binder. I thought it was great.

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