Last week I, along with several other Westchester food writers, stopped by BGR The Burger Joint in Mount Kisco for “blogger night.”
When I received the invitation to the event I checked out the menu to see if there was a vegan option:
Our fresh house-made recipe including brown rice, black beans, oats and molasses. Served on a fresh,
buttery-toasted brioche bun. Specify lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mojo sauce. Add cheese or applewood bacon.
I wrote back to confirm that they could offer me the veggie burger with a vegan bun (“buttery” is not an option for a plant-based diner; note the other strikeouts above on the other non-vegan items). They said yes and I RSVP’d!
We were greeted at the door by Luigi Olinto, Jr., the young man who put the event together, and his father, BGR owner Luigi Olinto.
Luigi Olinto, Jr., JL Fields, Luigi Olinto, and fellow Small Bites columnist Maria Reina
We placed our order with the gracious hosts and had a seat.
There are a wide variety of burgers on the BGR menu but this is a vegan column so I will share the veggie burger.
I ordered the plant-based patty, without the mojo sauce (not vegan), and the sweet potato fries. This is one tasty veggie burger! Grains and beans are two delicious, plant-based foods that are nutritious and integral in a vegan diet; the combination of brown rice, black beans and oats makes this sandwich a super-hearty meal! The molasses in the burger joined with the Dijon mustard that I added at the table made for a flavorful sweet and savory contrast.
I am going to go out on a limb and say this is the best veggie burger that I have had at a restaurant in Westchester County! Thanks to Luigi Olinto, Jr., and Luigi Olinto, for introducing it to me!
BGR The Burger Joint
20 South Moger Ave.
Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
I Eat Plants columnist JL Fields is a certified vegan lifestyle coach and educator. She writes about her transition to a vegan diet and lifestyle at JL goes Vegan: Food & Fitness with a Side of Kale. Her original recipes have been featured on Foodbuzz, BlogHer and Meatless Monday. She is the editor of the community blog Stop Chasing Skinny: Find Happiness Beyond the Scale. JL is the founder and lead consultant for JL Fields Consulting. She serves on the board of directors of the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary and the advisory board of Our Hen House. Follow JL on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+.