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Common Roots Cafe vs. French Meadow Cafe in veggie burger battle

Common Roots vs. French Meadow
Common Roots vs. French Meadow

May is officially recognized as Hamburger Month by the people who get to decide such things. The Hot Dish has no intention of questioning the wisdom of such a decision, mainly because we love burgers.

But we are aware of the large segment of the population that avoids eating meat. Luckily, the Twin Cities food scene offers a wide range of "alternaburgers"-- burgers made from all manner of things that don't have faces.

In this latest in an ongoing series, Common Roots Cafe's veggie burger goes head-to-head with French Meadow Bakery and Cafe's version.  Which of these eco-conscious eateries comes out on top?

 

Common Roots' spinach & walnut veggie burger
Common Roots' spinach & walnut veggie burger

Common Roots' spinach & walnut veggie burger

The inside--well, actually, it's all kinda 'inside'...
The inside--well, actually, it's all kinda 'inside'...
French Meadow veggie burger with cheese (standard)
French Meadow veggie burger with cheese (standard)
This patty tears instead of smushes.
This patty tears instead of smushes.

Winner: French Meadow Bakery and Cafe

These two burgers, while both touted as veggie burgers, offer a very different dining experience.  There's definitely something to be said for Common Roots' offering, like a robust flavor and a unique recipe.  But the presence of cheese alone could sway a lacto-vegetarian toward French Meadow.  And for those whose vegetarianism hasn't lasted long enough to wash away the memory of meat, French Meadow more closely approximates the texture of beef.

Have you sampled these two veggie burgers?  Do you know of one better?  We'd love your opinions in the comments section below.


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