No matter what the presentation, the restaurants that just heat up a commercial grade Gardenburger® Veggie Medley are never going to make the cut anymore.Trust me that I am judging more than just foods in State College. Harrisburg’s Appalachian Brewing Company’s Tree Hugger Burger was close in the running with its perfectly cooked house made patty. I see they no longer carry it but am looking forward to trying their new Cucumber Garden Burger to consider for Pennsyltucky Veggie Awards 2012.
This year I give my 2011 Pennsyltucky Veggie – Best Veggie Burger award to Otto’s Pub & Brewery in State College. For $6.00 – $7.00 a choice of 3 differently styled burgers can be had with their meat subsitute of a Vegetarian Walnut Burger. The best of the choices is the Arthurnator topped with avocado and Amish pepperjack cheese.
As with the 2011 Porotbello Award, I am not considering the accompanying sides in the judging of the many Veggie Burgers, they are too various for it to be fair. What makes Otto’s Arthurnator the winner is it’s flavor, texture, choice of ingredients, cooking style, presentation and value for portion size.
All of Otto’s Vegetarian Walnut Burgers are rice, black bean, and walnut based then are served on huge Gemelli rolls. The burgers are crafted in house with a nice smoky and peppery flavor, the local Amish cheese and avocado making this a really special burger. Make sure to ask your server to have it cooked separately from any meat products, they have enough cooking surfaces to do so. The vegetable oil it is grilled with can been clearly tasted without a trace of meat cross contamination.
Congratlations to Otto’s Pub & Brewery (see restaurant review here) for being chosen to receive Pennsyltucky Veggie 2011 Best Veggie Burger.
Do know of a Pennsyltucky restaurant’s veggie burger that you think can beat this one in 2012? If it’s in central PA (see map here) and is a regular vegetarian menu item, let me know and I will include it in the judging next year! Drop me, Pennsyltucky Veggie, a line or feel free to leave a comment!