Best of Burque Restaurants 2016
By Monica Schmitt & Megan Reneau
Mom says you have to eat your greens.
Best Vegetarian Food
Winner of multiple categories this year, Annapurna's World Vegetarian Cafe has been delighting customers with homestyle organic vegan food for over a decade. Offering nourishing meals like the Yogi Bowl, filled with your choice of two delicious veggies of the day, heaped on top of basmati or brown rice with a side of chutney, there's a reason why there were no runner-ups in this category. Annapurna's offers fresh seasonal vegetables every day, steamed to perfection and they even have breakfast dishes like quinoa with dried fruit or a brunch burrito smothered with house-made green chile sauce.
Best Vegan Food
If you're looking for some delicious vegan fare, you don't need to look any further. Thai Vegan offers dishes galore that contain meat substitutes that taste just like actual meat. It might sound strange, but soy chicken tastes, well, just like chicken. The miso soup and pad thai are especially delectable, but quite honestly, there's nothing on the menu that doesn't score a 10 out of 10 in our book.
Best Veggie Burger
No Clear Winner
Ah, the veggie burger. It can go so right, but it can go so wrong. And our voters agree, since no leader rose victorious amid the clammering mob of vegetable patty peddlers. Guess we’ll just have to stick with eating meat! Mwahahahaha!
No Clear Winner
Author Sylvia Boorstein once said, “The mind is like tofu. It tastes like whatever you marinate it in.” So if you marinate tofu in something yummy, you know it’s gonna taste good. Apparently it’s so easy, no one gets a crown for doing it.
Best Vegan Dessert
Vegan dessert? How tasty can that really be? The answer, dear reader and eater, awaits you at Annapurna's World Vegetarian Cafe, home to carrot and lavender cupcakes, almond biscottis, rich, decadent cardamom cookies and gluten-free coconut pie sweetened with agave. Annapurna's makes sweets even sweeter by using alternative sweeteners like maple syrup, brown rice syrup, agave, turbinado sugar and molasses. Is your mouth watering yet?
Best Vegetarian Chile
Yep, it's true—Sister Bar has more than just stellar drinks and concerts. They serve some pretty tasty grub, too! If you haven't scoped out the relatively new lunch menu, definitely put it at the top of your to-do list. Whether their delicious vegetarian chile is served on top of a calabacitas taco or piled on top of some gooey chile cheese fries, it's pretty much the best thing.
Best Vegan “Meat”
It's the middle of the afternoon and you wake up from your boredom-induced nap at work. You were dreaming of it again: meat. It's been so long since you've had meat. You don't need it. You don't. Just munch on some more apples covered in peanut butter, you'll be okay. Except you won't. Stop telling yourself lies and get to the place where you can eat freely without compromising your morals. Thai Vegan won this category last year, and with good reason, the wheat meat and soy meat will satisfy you in ways you've never dreamed possible.
Best Restaurant for Vegetarians and Carnivores to Coexist
Over 50 percent of Sister's menu items are labeled vegetarian or vegan. That, like, never happens, man. Especially when a place doesn’t go crazy advertising the fact. But the folks at Sister know that no one should have to compromise or have to miss out on tacos, so they make tacos (and fries and tots and drinks) available for all eaters alike while still making them high quality a.k.a. super frickin' tasty.
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