Description of lunch at LowBrau Bierhalle, one of the many restaurants participating in The Great Sacramento Vegan Burger Battle taking place this month.
I met my friend Pam, who blogs at Sacramento Vegan, for lunch at LowBrau Bierhalle recently. LowBrau is located on 20th Street between J and K Street in Midtown Sacramento/Lavender Heights.
Pam is trying to sample the vegan offerings of as many of the restaurants participating in The Great Sacramento Vegan burger Battle as she can during the month of June.
See related blog post: The Great Sacramento Vegan Burger Battle
I arrived first, and as it was a pleasant day seated myself at one of the picnic tables on the outside deck to wait for my friend. I was immediately greeted, and provided with a menu. As I waited I noted that every staff member walking by acknowledged and greeted me as well.
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My friend arrived shortly afterwards and our server checked in with us, inquiring as to our choice of beverage and bringing us water. We both asked for a glass of iced tea ($3) and for information on the LowBrau Vegan Burger.
Our server returned with a card providing the details on the LowBrau Vegan Burger ($12) (house-made black bean patty, lettuce, red onion, B&B pickles, almond crema, chimichurri, on a pretzel roll). We also decided to share a side dish – the vegan potato salad ($3).
This was my first experience with a vegan black bean burger – so I did not know what to expect. As one would anticipate the texture of the patty was unlike a hamburger, an Impossible Burger, or a Portobello mushroom burger.
I found the black bean burger to be a bit too spicy (hot) for me – but at the same time it was lacking in flavor – if that makes sense.
The side of potato salad was generous, but it also seemed to me to be missing something – perhaps some salt and pepper would have helped. Overall, I thought the potato salad was rather bland.
As this was my first experience with both of these vegan dishes, take what I say with a grain of salt (pun intended). All of my blog posts at SacramentoRevealed.com (All Things Sacramento) are from a personal perspective as noted on the “About” page.
As an aside: As I was writing this post the thought occurred to me that I did not know the ingredients in an Impossible Burger, so I looked it up out of curiosity. If you ever wondered but did not take the next step to find out – the Impossible Burger is made of:
- Textured Wheat Protein
- Coconut Oil
- Potato Protein
- Natural Flavors
- 2% or less of: Leghemoglobin (Soy), Yeast Extract, Salt, Konjac Gum, Xanthan Gum, Soy Protein Isolate, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Thiamin (Vitamin B1), Zinc, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin B12.
The next vegan burger I sample during The Great Sacramento Vegan Burger Battle will be either an Impossible Burger or mushroom burger. I have had, and enjoyed, both these types of burgers previously.
I like the regular menu at LowBrau, as well as the atmosphere and the friendly staff, and look forward to patronizing LowBrau again in the near future.
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