The Good Earth rocks a vegetarian-friendly menu

The Good Earth's Planet Burger

The Good Earth's Planet Burger

I'm not sure where I got the perception, but I used to think that the Good Earth in the Galleria was a restaurant for tree-huggers. Given that, I'm always surprised at how jammed the place is, and the story was no different last Saturday when I ate there for the first time in years. It appears that this restaurant, despite the heavy serving of vegetarian-friendly options is truly for the masses.

I'm addicted to the Good Earth's cashew chicken salad, and have enjoyed their Thai chicken wrap as well, but this time around I wanted to try something totally new. I decided to order the Planet Burger ($9) and quickly realized that names like this are why I had that tree hugger perception in the first place. The burger is constructed out of a blend of beans, sunflower and sesame seeds as well as cashews and mixed veggies. It's served with tomatoes, lettuce, pickles and I totally bit at the suggested addition of avocado.

I was surprised at how flavorful the burger was. The cashews added a nice nutty tone and crunch while the beans were brilliantly seasoned, giving me the perception that I wasn't just eating a bunch of mixed veggies. Carrots were also incorporated into the patty and added not only flavor, but substance. The downfall of the sandwich was the mushy texture. Despite what I tasted, it just had a very non-burger mouth feel, which would have been fine if it weren't for these darn teeth. Lastly, the addition of avocado was great for the flavor, but contributed to the mushiness.

Sandwich Rating: Good, not great. The flavors were not only unique, but a little different and exciting - more so then I would have anticipated. I just couldn't get over the foreign texture.

Epic Sandwich copyright 2010 by Teddy Hobbins