Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Damn, I missed it!

You should be able to come to Burger King and get a healthy, low-calorie, low-fat meal. You can. Beyond that, I don't think it's my job to tell Americans what they should eat. We might as well go back to communism.
--Burger King CEO Greg Brenneman

Did I just up and miss an important era in American history? Seriously, I paid attention in history class but I don't remember a thing about the US ever being communist.

Anyway, so the above referenced article mentions a Burger King veggie burger. I had no idea they had one, not having darkened the door of a Burger King for ... well I can't remember the last time. Anybody every tried one? I'm just wondering if it's worth setting foot into a Burger King for. The main thing that grosses me out about fast food restaurants isn't so much the food as the fact that they always seem so filthy (althought the food is indeed generally gross). I'm afraid to touch any surface because everything's always either sticky or greasy. Plus, people are always bringing their kids to these places, and as you know children are just hyperactive little disease vectors. Anyway, if anyone has tried said veggie burger, let me know what you think.

8 comments:

wordnerdy said...

i tried the veggie burgers twice when they were doing a hamtaro giveaway, and i wanted their happy meal toys. they never have them ready to go--the first one i had required pulling away from the drive-thru and waiting in the parking lot for five minutes. it had obviously been grilled on the regular grill and tasted greasy and meaty--defeating the purpose of the veggie burger. then i was informed that if you ask, they'll microwave it. this also required a wait, and it tasted like most microwaved veggie burgers do, only soggier and with less flavor. definitely not worth it unless you're stuck w/o options or really want whatever toy they're giving away.

leff said...

I'll agree with word nerdy. I tried one recently when I was stuck in the Phoenix airport for 1.5 hours. It was flame broiled, probably at some previous time, and them microwaved at time of sale. It was soggy.

But it was better than nothing.

Lisa B. said...

So thanks, y'all, I guess that answers the question of why each burger King franchise only sells about 3 veggie burgers a day. "Better than nothing," is not a ringing endorsement. Maybe Burger King is setting up its own self-fulfilling prophecy: they claim that they are giving people "what they want" with all the meaty, high-fat, really-really-bad-for-you-crap, but to shut their critics up, they introduce a veggie burger (which they don't advertise at all) that really sucks and is considered a last resort by vegetarians everywhere, so nobody buys their half-assed pathetic veggie burger and Burger King can claim that the public doesn't want non-meat and/or healthy foods. So there will be no special trip to the Burger King for me ... there's one about a mile from my house and I pass it all the time but I never stop, and now I never shall.

lisa said...

their grilled chicken salad is actually pretty good, and pretty healthy too. probably a hell of a lot healthier than the veggie burger, which comes on a processed white flour bun, is fried in grease, and is entirely likely to be consumed with a side of fries or onion rings and a sugar and/or caffiene bearing soda.

vegetarian does not automatically = healthy. believe me, i'm living proof.

as for the disgustingness of fast food restaurants, that is a problem (well, it's a problem if you want to eat fast food). probably why drive-thrus are popular (in part). not all fast food places are equally gross, however. chick fil a's tend to be nicer. fast food restaurants outside of durham tend to be nicer.

Anonymous said...

We weren't communist under the Carter Administration?

Lisa B. said...

I actually hate fast food and only eat it as an emergency measure (usually when I'm traveling). I was only interested in the Burger King veggie burger if people said it was good.

Wouldn't it be great if they had a delicious salad that didn't contain chicken? Almost every restaurant offeres imaginitive salads that contain meat, but then for vegetarians they usually just offer a dismal "garden salad" with nothing interesting about it. I mean, couldn't you offer that dee-lish carribean chicken salad without the chicken?

And chicken has always been my least favorite meat (in fact I remember joking on a few occasions "I only eat red meat"--not including ground beef; never a big fan of it). In addition, I get to see a lot of photos of chicken factories here at work and I think they're worse than any other kind of meat factory (even hog farms). It sort of puts me off my food a little ...

wordnerdy said...

non-vegetarian salads are the bane of my existence.

lisa said...

ok, admitting now that i know more about this than i wish i did...

the burger king salads are "modular". you can get a garden or a ceasar salad with no meat, with chicken, or with shrimp. the garden salad is actually pretty damn good without the meat-- cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, carrots, onions, and parmesan cheese shavings.

wendys also has impressive salad offerings, at least one of which comes with black beans for a little vegetarian protien. i've not investigated the meatless salad options at wendys.