I love a great vegan burger! I prefer to make my own, but if I do not feel like cooking, there are many brands and varieties that I can choose from in my local supermarket. Several of the brands have a similar look, taste, and texture...but then you have the Beyond Meat Beyond Burger. It is in a league of its own! I have been a fan of Beyond Meat products for a while. I really like the Beast Burger, and I also use the Beyond Chicken Strips, and Beyond Beef Crumbles in my vegan recipes.
I thought the company outdid itself with the Beast Burger, but the Beyond Burger looks remarkable. Now that is has arrived in Georgia, I am going to have to give it a try. People have been flocking to Whole Foods in Sandy Springs and Whole Foods Avalon to stock up while they can. I have seen mixed reviews on the burgers, but mostly positive comments.
They are sold in the meat section of grocery stores, and the company website describes them as "the world's first plant based burger that looks, cooks, and tastes like fresh ground beef."
It looks like I need to go to out and try them for myself! I will keep you posted!
Have you tried the Beyond Burger yet? If so, what do you think?
Chick-fil-A Pass and Fail
Several weeks ago when I went through the drive thru at Chick-fil-A on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta, I was given this card with my receipt. I briefly glanced at it and took a closer look at it when I got home. As a vegan, the options on this card did nothing for me. I placed the card in the door of my car and forgot about it. As my daughter and I were running errands this afternoon, I glanced at the card and had an idea.
I decided to call my local Chick-fil-A and see if they would accommodate for a vegan. It was worth a shot. I spoke to a manager named Brandon. I told him I received the card and explained that I am vegan and asked if I could switch an item on the card for a vegan option on the menu. He asked me to come by the store. A few minutes later, he came out and handed me two of these cards.
I am very grateful that he took the time to do this for my daughter and I. I was truly impressed. Since I had such a great experience. I called the North Point Parkway location as well to see what would happen. I received the card below in the mail from that location for the same promotion. This photo shows the back of the card. The front of the card shows a chicken biscuit, sausage biscuit, or egg white sandwich.
So...I called the North Point location, asked to speak to a manager, and I told him about the card I had received in the mail. I told him I am vegan and asked if I could substitute a vegan item for an item on the card. He quickly recommended a wrap. I asked him if the flatbread is vegan. He asked me to call back in five minutes while he checked. When I called back, a girl answered the phone. Before I could explain anything she stated, "He said the flatbread is not vegan friendly." That was it. No trying to offer a fruit cup or fries or anything. He just had the employee relay the message. So, I said, "Okay, thanks." That was it.
Although they would not offer a vegan substitute for a non-vegan one, this was not a total loss. While on the phone with the manager initially, he asked me several questions about being vegan, asked me how long I had been vegan, and had me to specifically define what vegan meant. I was able to share information, and maybe in the future when they do customer promotions, they will put a variety of items on the card to cater to all of their customers!
When searching for vegan options at a non-vegan restaurant, have you ever had any memorable or interesting experiences? Share your story below!
About Tabatha James
Tabatha James is a wife, mom, and children's book author navigating her way through a vegan way of life!