I first heard about the Superiority Burger through meat loving food bloggers. To be honest, I didn’t pay much attention because I assumed they were raving about some rich meaty burger, and I’ve gone meatless long enough that the thought of meat sometimes makes my stomach feel a little uneasy.
Anyway, I soon learned that this new burger joint that everyone was fussing about is vegetarian, sometimes accidentally vegan (that’s how they put it), and headed by Del Posto’s former pastry chef. When I stopped by to pick up a couple burgers to go, I thought something seemed vaguely familiar about the location. Lo and behold, it’s the home of the original small Dirt Candy! This tiny location has a history of delicious meatless eats.
Superiority is open for dinner only, and there was already a line at 5:45pm on a Monday evening. Get your food to go as there aren’t many seats in there. I have no idea how some customers managed to squeeze themselves and their backpack into those tiny seats with swivel tables. Help yourself to free Superiority water while you wait. When you place your order, they’ll automatically ask you if you want it vegetarian or vegan.
My order consisted of the Superiority Burger ($6), Sloppy Dave ($7), and Burnt Broccoli Salad ($4). Interestingly enough, they don’t have any fries on the menu, but rotating selection of salad/veggie specials. The broccoli had an addictive burnty flavor and nice heat from the red chiles. There was a little eggplant in there, and John gobbled it up without any complaints. Shocker!
The $6 namesake burger is topped with muenster cheese, ice berg, tomatoes, and dill pickles. On my next visit, I’ll have to ask for the vegan version for comparison. The patty appears to be a mixture of quinoa, beans, and nuts. Great texture, very meaty for a meatless patty.
Overall, the burger is smaller than I expected, really more of a fast food style slider. Is it intended to be a meatless version of White Castle? I have no idea as I’ve never had White Castle before. Either way, it gets a thumbs up from me, and I could easily eat two of these.
The Sloppy Dave is their meatless take on the classic Joe. Tofu crumbles in a tomato ragu with crispy frizzled onions and a sesame bun. Hello Dave, where have you been all my life?! Delicious and messy. If I didn’t get this to go, I have a feeling I would embarrass myself eating it in public. What a mess, but messy in all the right ways — it definitely lives up to its name.
Bonus: The Sloppy Dave is much more generous in in portion size. Also, I’m pretty sure you could feed this to an omnivore, and they’d have no idea there’s zero meat in there.
i know it’s bad for you but i love burnt-y food! haha i actually like it that they serve vegetables/salad instead of fries. with the rate that vegan/vegetarian restaurants are coming up with these alterations, i swear burgers are gonna be considered “healthy” in no time!
Hah, I’m going to keep pretending that veggie burgers are healthy just because they don’t have meat in them. :P And yes, I love burnty food too!
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Your blog posts are sparking my curiosity about meatless burgers and that Sloppy Dave really looks sloppy, nice and juicy.PS: How about the ramen burgers? Are they still around in New York, or were they just a fad?
I’ve definitely been on a burger kick lately! Yep, the ramen burgers are still around, and I’m actually going for lunch at http://www.ramen.co on Friday to try their tofu ramen burger! :D
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Ha, the way the name of the place is written got me confused for a bit. “Soup” in Serbian is “soups”, so I was musing for a few moments before I continued reading :) Anyway, I love how everything looks. Maybe I’m just hungry, but the size of the burger does seem on a smaller size :D
Hah, you must have been expecting a soup post from me! The burger was definitely a bit smaller than I expected, but at least the Sloppy Dave was quite generous in size. ;)
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Hah, Sloppy Dave, I still find it funny. Why Dave? :)
Haha, Sloppy Joe’s are normally made with ground beef. I guess Dave is Joe’s vegetarian brother? ;)