Friday, July 18, 2014

#74: "Burger" at Small Batch Whiskey & Fare

Posted By on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 6:00 AM

click to enlarge Small Batch Whiskey & Fare's vegetarian burger. | Caroline Yoo
  • Small Batch Whiskey & Fare's vegetarian burger. | Caroline Yoo

Sometimes, I just have to have a big, greasy burger -- one that covered in gooey cheese, tangy sauce and served on a soft buttery bun with crispy lettuce, red onions and some juicy tomatoes.

I never expected I'd find one to satisfy this craving at a vegetarian restaurant.

See Also: Dave Bailey Announces New Barbecue Restaurant in Downtown for Winter 2014

Small Batch Whiskey & Fare (3001 Locust Street; 314-380-2040), the latest feather in restaurateur Dave Bailey's cap, aims to make vegetarian food accessible to herbivores and meat-eaters alike. One way it attracts the carnivorous set is with its burger. In place of meat, the star of the sandwich is a deep-fried, sweet-corn fritter. The patty provides the grease, the black-bean salsa adds texture, and a dollop of creamy guacamole gives the burger its richness. The chef tops the burger with a traditional lettuce-tomato-onion garnish and some salty Chihuahua cheese, then slathers it with Bailey's "rooster sauce," a spicy mayonnaise.

Paired with a stiff whiskey cocktail, it's a meal fit for a cruelty-free cowboy.

Previously: #75: Smoked Salami Sandwich at Adam's Smokehouse #76: Gyro on Pita at Olympia Kebob House & Taverna #77: The Johnny Cake at TreeHouse #78: A Classic Glazed Doughnut from Pharoah's Donuts #79: Skordalia at the Purple Martin #80: Beef Brisket Birria Taco Taco at Mission Taco Joint #81: Cappuccino from Sump Coffee #82: The Salted Caramel Croissant at Pint Size Bakery #83: Gnocchi at the Good Pie #84: Truffled Tater Tots at Blood & Sand #85: Marinated Feta Cheese at Evangeline's Bistro and Music House #86: Chorizo and Egg Sope at Spare No Rib #87: Duck Burger at Planter's House #88: WildSmoke's Smoked Chicken Wings #89: The Duck Prosciutto Flatbread at Bella Vino #90: The "Dam Burger" at the Dam #91: The "Hog Mess" at Blind Tiger #92: Khao Soi at Fork & Stix #93: The "Smokehouse Club" Sandwich at Bud's Smokehouse #94: Cafe Natasha's Yogurt Dip #95: Macarons at La Patisserie Chouquette #96: The Libertine's Fried Chicken #97: Pork Belly at Element #98: M'Lwee at Baida #99: Breadbasket at Juniper #100: Bucatini All'Amatriciana at Pastaria

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