I hope you don't mind if I blog with food in my mouth. I am stuffing my face with the best veggie burger I have ever had in my life. As soon as I finish I'm going to race over to the BGR burger joint in Bethesda and ask the guy who made it to run away with me.
If you live in the Washington area you've probably read about BGR. It's a burger joint on Fairmont Avenue that has critics from the Washington Post to GQ Magazine wetting their pants as they gasp about an American staple taking them to heights of ecstasy. This is burger porn, people.
I'm a vegetarian and I have choked on my share of dried multi-grained pale yellow slabs. And if it prevents animal suffering then, my god, I''ll choke them down with joy. But the veggie burger from BGR is a char-broiled, plant-based wonder so deliciously evil that I need to channel Eartha Kitt as Catwoman to truly express how it makes me feel. Grrrrrrrrreeeeeowwwwlll.
Hang on, I gotta dig up my bustier.
BGR is not a vegetarian restaurant. It's a burger joint that offers sublime veggie options. There's the brown rice and black bean burger (purrrrr), amazing french fries, sweet potato fries and simply grilled asparagus (mmmmmm).
If you're looking for a "green" burger place, Elevation Burger is coming to two locations in town. It's a local company based in Falls Church, Va., that's about to open burger joints in Arlington and at National Harbor.
Their meat is USDA certified organic, free-range, grass-fed and is ground on the premises. Elevation Burger also uses green buidling in their shops, specified by the LEED building codes (meaning Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). So they'll use recycled, recyclable and renewable materials (purrrrrrrrr).
Elevation Burger opens in Arlington and National Harbor on May 2. I am anxious to try their veggie burger. Fingers crossed it will be worthy of fishnets and high heels.