Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Greens & Vines

I spent the last two and a half weeks in Hawaii – warm, sunny, wonderful Hawaii (thanks for the cold, snowy, welcome home, New York… haha). It was the first real vacation I had taken in three years, and it was even more amazing than I could have hoped for.


I’d been to Hawaii five years ago, before I started this blog – and I remembered eating a ton of delicious vegetarian food while I was there, so I was looking forward to seeking out some veggie burgers this time. I ended up trying 6 different veggie burgers over the course of my vacation, so for the next couple weeks I’ll be sharing my reviews of them here!

The first Island I visited was Oahu, where my friend Joe lives in Honolulu. We did a lot of amazing day hikes:
hiking the three peaks of Olomana


And one day after an afternoon at the beach, I stopped by Greens & Vines for a raw, vegan burger before going back to the beach to watch the sunset.


The zucchini crisps they served as a starter were so delicious, I could have eaten a huge bowl of them!

It’s been awhile since I last ate a raw veggie burger, so I was looking forward to trying “Syl’s Garden Burger w/ Jicama Fries”


The onion “bread” that this raw burger was served on was probably the best bun I’ve ever seen/tasted on a raw burger (usually they are too similar in consistency/ingredients to the burger patty itself – but this one was notably different in texture and taste). It was thin like a pita or tortilla, and chewy, but sweet and flavorful.


The burger patty itself (which the menu notes is “an all veggie patty (no fillers like bread crumbs)”) had a nice healthy, earthy flavor – but it was a tad dry, and could have benefited from a bit of spice or something to add more flavor. The date mustard and cashew mayo toppings were good (the mustard in particular was deliciously tangy), but there just wasn’t really enough of them to balance out the patty. Although the fresh, crisp lettuce and tomato helped a bit. I should have put some of the sun-dried tomato ketchup on the burger instead of using it all to dip my jicama fries in – because that stuff was delicious!

A lot of people in the restaurant were ordering the raw lasagna, which the waiter said was their signature dish. If/when I go back to Honolulu, I'd love to try that - as well as any of their other dishes. It's nice to vacation in a place where you don't have to worry about finding food that will fit your dietary requirements! Hawaii certainly has vegan/vegetarian food in abundance.


Cost: $11.75
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Burger patty: 3       Bun: 4      Toppings: 3

Greens & Vines
909 Kapiolani Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96814

YumVeggieBurger review #90


  1. Your pics are just what I've always imagined about Hawaii. The burger? Not so much! There used to be a Blossoming Lotus there, but no longer. Shame b/c the one in Portland is awesome. Aren't they famous for a hot dog joint that serves a vegan version too?

  2. Are you thinking of Hula Dog? http://www.yelp.com/biz/hula-dog-hawaiian-style-hot-dogs-honolulu
    I had one of their veggie dogs (not sure if it was vegan though) and it was delicious!