Monday, July 19, 2010

Chick & Ruth's Delly

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!

Cost: $5.50
Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Burger patty: 1     Bun: 2     Toppings: 2

Chick & Ruth’s Delly
165 Main Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

YumVeggieBurger review #9


  1. Strange that they would name the veggie burger after a Republican! Is that Roscoe vegetarian? Also, I really hate when wait staff answers vegan questions like that. A good server would say, "I'm not sure, but let me go ask someone in the kitchen." You know? I've come across that same attitude way too many times in restaurants, and it's so annoying. All that said though, the burger does look tasty on that whole wheat toast. I do like mushrooms in my veggie patties.

  2. I'll have to pop by there sometime, it sounds like a quaint place to be. I'm enjoying reading about your Veggie burger adventures.

    Did you visit in places in Baltimore, Mount Vernon is veggie friendly. In my twenties, I lived there for about six years. They used to have an amazing veggie burger at Brewer's Art and Al Pacino's Cafe. I'm not sure if they still have them though. I haven't been there to eat in years.

    @Bianca, you have quite a few vegan Republicans, even though it's not normally covered in the veggie world. ;) I've met quite a few in my lifetime. At times, I cannot help but think that there are some that want to paint the group as not being veggie friendly. That's simply not true.

  3. Thanks Moondancer! I didn't have time to try any restaurants in Baltimore, but I will add those suggestions to the list for next time :)