Monday, July 19, 2010
For my second Annapolis veggie burger review, Carlea took me to the deli where she worked back in high school.
All of the sandwiches at Chick & Ruth’s are named after political figures – the veggie burger is dubbed “Congessman Roscoe G. Bartlett Jr.”, who wikipedia tells me is a Republican representing the 6th District of Maryland.
I asked our waitress if the burger was vegan… but her reply was “what’s that? It’s just vegetables and whatever else they mix it all together with”, so I’d hesitate to recommend that any vegans eat here, although it’s possible the burger might be dairy-free if you order it without cheese.
The menu says the burger comes on “toasted whole wheat” – one would assume this means “a toasted whole wheat bun”, but, surprise! It was served to me on slices of toast. Which actually tasted good – with the melted provolone cheese it was kind of like a grilled cheese sandwich that happened to have a veggie patty inside, but it definitely didn’t feel as much like a burger. The tomatoes were nice and juicy, but the patty itself was one of my least favorite kinds: one of the generic frozen variety, but with more bits of chopped up mushrooms inside it than other ones I have tried. And I am one of those weird vegetarians who does not like mushrooms.
As Carlea said, Chick & Ruth’s is not really the sort of place you go to for vegetarian food. It’s a deli that offers the prize of a t-shirt if you can eat their “colossal” burger or sandwich stacked high with meat in under one hour. But it's an essential stop on a tour of Annapolis. Also, interesting fact: apparently they recite the pledge of allegiance every morning at breakfast.
Roscoe Bartlett is reportedly seeking reelection this year… I’d suggest he find a better veggie burger to name after himself if he wants to win though!
Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Burger patty: 1 Bun: 2 Toppings: 2
Chick & Ruth’s Delly
165 Main Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
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