Burgers and Shakes: Try the Veggie Burger and Sweet Potato Fries
In honor of Meatless Monday, the ultimate in veggie junk food comes from Burgers and Shakes in North Beach.
All photos by Carina Ost Goodbye, sad, meatless patty. Hello, portobello!
If you want a meat-free transition from your grilled burgers over the holiday weekend, go for the veggie alternative. If you're thinking a veggie burger has to be a dry, cardboard-like puck, think again.
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The thick, gooey veggie burger ($6.75) has no traditional patty but rather is composed of grilled portobello mushrooms, roasted red peppers, baby arugula, tomatoes, melted mozzarella, and a smear of pesto on the bun. It is a gorgeous array of colors, textures, and flavors that leaves you feeling full. You won't even notice the absence of meat. However, if you can't go without meat for a meal, you can add a beef patty for a dollar more.
When it comes to fries, Burgers and Shakes has French fries, sweet-potato fries, onion rings, chili fries, and fried pickles, all fried in pure peanut oil. The sweet-potato fries ($3.45) arrive a dark orange, sometimes even black. At first they might appear burnt, but a sweet-potato fry that's extra-well-done is extra-awesome. They are sweeter and their flavor intensity reaches new depths, yet they remain squishable between your fingers. The over-the-top factor: These delectable fries come with honey packets for your sweet dipping pleasure. They could be dessert.
Sweet-potato fries with an extra side of sweet.
To wash everything down, try a milkshake ($4) in one of the classic trifecta of flavors: chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry.
Don't let the absence of meat stop your meal from being indulgent, flavorful, and filling.
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