The Endless Road Trip — San Diego’s Top 10 Eats: 4. The Veggie Burger Comes Full Circle

Once upon a time, veggie burgers were merely a last-resort option for lonely vegetarians at BBQs or meat-centric restaurants that didn’t have a single other flesh-free entree. As we know, they’ve come a long way since then. Now, faux burgers are less likely to be be a poor man’s meat substitute, and more often something inventive enough that even a human carnivore would want to eat.

My second San Diego food truck stop took me to MIHO Gastrotruck. I had heard good things about their carnitas tacos and pork belly bahn mi, but one particular thing on the chalkboard menu caught my eye:


Look closely. Yes, their veggie burger has the option to add bacon. And why the eff not? If a vegetarian patty is good enough to attract meat eaters, well then shouldn’t it be even tastier with bacon on it? Now everyone’s happy.

This particular patty was a luscious blend of quinoa, farro, carrots and beets — so that it had the bloody red allure of a beef burger. The farro and quinoa loan a heartiness, while the veggies make sure it stays juicy. With melted havarti cheese, herbed aioli, grilled red onions, local butter leaf lettuce and a whole wheat bun, it is anything and everything a vegetarian would enjoy.

And yes, it is even better with bacon.

More of the Endless Road Trip — San Diego

1.  Pickle Tater Tots
2. Tostada Loca
3. Pacos (Pancake Tacos)
4. The Veggie Burger Comes Full Circle
5. Live Sea Urchin
6. Uni Everywhere
7. Pork, It’s What’s for Breakfast
8. Triple Threat Pork Sandwich
9. The Best Drunk Bus
10. Scrambled Eggs, Meet Rice and Beans

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  • erica June 6, 2012  

    i LOVE a good beet burger, now i want the recipe 🙂 the house vegi burger at Henry’s 12th Street Tavern here in Portland does a huge, greasy beet burger that got me hooked on them.

  • BS June 6, 2012  

    good idea – will ask MIHO for the recipe!

  • kim June 15, 2012  

    The most fantastic veggie burger I ever tasted was at The Bad Ass Cafe in Dublin, Ireland.

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