Bottlenick told L that he recently tried the Beyond Burger at A&W. He mentioned that people often wonder why vegetarians want to try mock meat. Bottlenick said it was because flesh cooking on a BBQ has an appetizing smell. My stomach churned at that description. I pictured my detached arm, pale side up, sizzling on the grill. For this post, let’s listen to The Breeders – Cann-ibal.
L and I were grocery shopping when I started to get hangry. He suggested we go to A&W. I said no, because I didn’t have my coupons with me. L hates using coupons. He said coupons never work for him. He gets something he never wanted in the first place and ends up paying even more for it. L and I don’t ever really fight, but when we do disagree, it’s usually about fast food coupons.
We ordered one Beyond Burger, onion rings and one root beer. When the employee told us that the bill would be $13 dollars, I said in shock, “Wow! That’s expensive!” L hushed me and said the employee could hear me. I didn’t care, she should also know how expensive the food is for us common folk. L was impressed with how easy the transaction was – he said this was the first time he could hear the employee speak clearly over the intercom. It took about a minute to receive our order.
Usually at McDonald’s, the burger looks small, sad and pathetic. At A&W, the burger actually resembled its picture on its advertisement. The burger was stacked with fresh produce. Two layers of chilled crisp iceberg lettuce, pickles, a whole slice of tomato and red onion. The bun was fluffy and toasted. The size of the whole burger was quite substantial, double the size of a McChicken or Quarter Pounder.
The cheese was melted all over the patty. The patty didn’t quite taste like meat, the seasoning was mild and lacked that taste of animal fat. The texture was soft and crumbly and the exterior wasn’t crispy. However, it was a very tasty burger, particularly so because of the abundant amount of produce, cheese and sauce in each bite.
The onion rings were hot and still sizzling from the fryer. I liked the crunch of the batter and it was tasty enough that you didn’t need anything like condiments like ketchup. By the way, if you want ketchup, you got to ask.
Would I get this burger again? Yes. Was it worth $8? Yes. A&W taste more like something you get from an American diner. I plan to use my coupon book to return and taste test the Beyond Burger against my old favourite – the Mozza Burger.