After a week of no-holds-barred eating, I’m ready for tea and toast. My Thanksgiving week indulgences covered everything from chicken gumbo to brownies to mashed potatoes made with a cow’s worth of heavy cream, including detours through ham, turkey, pot roast,spatchcocked chicken, sweet potato crunch, almond cakes, cupcakes, and pralines.
By last Wednesday, I was already feeling the need for a little restraint, so I opted for the veggie burger at Tru Burger (8115 Oak St, New Orleans, LA; 504.218.5416). Oy, what a mistake! Now, I’m not a veggie-burger-hater in general terms; in fact, the housemade veggie burger at Cowbell just down the street is right tasty. Tru Burger’s meatless patty should be renamed the BeetBurger. It was, as far as I could tell, 99% shredded beets. One bite revealed an interior color far more gory than a rare beefburger, with an ultra-beet flavor to match. Honestly, I couldn’t finish it; too earthy, with an odd, intermittent crunch (crisped crust? undercooked beets?) To a beet-lover, the burger is probably heaven. To the beet-indifferent (moi), it was far too much.
To wrap up today’s free association, I’d love to hear about your favorite San Francisco food spots, as I’m headed to the West Coast next week.