Every September, Jersey City hosts its annual All About Downtown Street Fair in the Historic Downtown District. It’s been a couple years since we went to this festival, and wow, it’s gotten really big! They’ve also extended the hours to give everyone a chance to swing by.
The weather in September is always ideal for spending time outside. Sunny and warm, but not too humid. We sipped on beers from Zeppelin Hall, nibbled on empanadas, and enjoyed live music. Eventually spotted the Cinnamon Snail food truck and had to give snaily a try!
For those of you who don’t know, the Cinnamon Snail is Chef Adam Sobel’s award winning vegan food truck. Every other time I’ve spotted the truck, the line was obscenely long, which is why I haven’t tried it until now. Back in February, the Cinnamon Snail announced they would be closing, but it appears they’ve still been doing one-off events like this festival. Yay!
Many people flock to the truck for vegan donuts, but they also offer a selection of droolworthy savory dishes featuring tofu and seitan. The obvious choice was to get the Beastmode Burger Deluxe ($11) and given the name, we decided to share the burger. Here’s John with the impressive burger in hand, devising a plan of attack…
Sharing the Beastmode Burger was a wise choice as it was gigantic. I’m greedy, but I’m not that greedy. I’ll just let the description from the menu speak for itself: ancho chili seitan burger with maple bourbon BBQ sauce, jalapeno mac & cheese, arugula, smoked chili coconut bacon, chipotle mayo, grilled herb foccacia. It was GLORIOUS. Genius to put mac & cheese in there. So juicy with lots of heat, and a good bun to hold it all together. The one ingredient I didn’t quite pick up on was the coconut bacon as there was already so much good stuff going on.
If you ever have a chance to try this burger, DO IT. I guarantee this burger will win the hearts of vegans, vegetarians, veg-curiousians (I’m declaring that is a word), and even omnivores. Adam Sobel was a judge at the Burger Supremacy back in August. There were some delicious burgers at that event, but this burger is a completely different league.