Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Energy Fuel

Happy New Year! Now that the holidays are over and work has slowed down, I've got a whole bunch of exciting new reviews to share. I was recently working over near Fort Greene for a few days, and took the opportunity to check out a new veggie burger on my lunch break:


Energy Fuel bills itself as a restaurant and juice bar – with a ton of different mostly-healthy sandwich, salad, and wrap options, including many more vegetarian choices aside from the burger.


The burger arrived inside a whole-wheat pita. I guess because that’s healthier than a bun? I don’t mind a burger inside a pita (example, Sparrow Tavern’s excellent veggie burger!), but it’s usually not my first choice just because when I am craving a burger I am usually imagining one with a bun.


The greens were very fresh, and the tomato slice was nice and juicy. The slices of cucumber mixed in were a nice surprise, something I don’t often see in burgers. But I really wish there was some kind of dressing or sauce! It just needed that extra kick of moisture and flavor.


The patty was some kind of average pre-made mash of carrots, corn, and soy beans. It was served steaming hot, and it did fill me up for the rest of the day, but its flavor was not particularly memorable. I asked the restaurant staff if it was vegan, and they seemed confident in saying that yes, it was.

I would probably return here to try a juice or smoothie (they had so many different options, including smoothies made with soy milk instead of dairy!), or a different sandwich on the menu, but if I really want a burger I’ll go someplace that serves a more exciting one.

Cost: $7.00
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Burger patty: 3       Bun: 3      Toppings: 3

Energy Fuel
386 Myrtle Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
additional locations in Brooklyn and Queens, check website for addresses

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  1. Bummer. Can't get behind a pita-ed burger anyway, never mind dry.

  2. That looks like an amazing burger....I love veggie burgers made from veggie mashes. But not so sure about the pita bun....

  3. Instead of any bun at all, I order the veggie burger in a plate with lentils and either spinach, sweet potato or hummus!
    That is my favorite meal!
    (Does EF make their own veggie burgers? Or do they get them from a wholesaler-just curious)