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Monday, August 4, 2014

Layla Takes Veggie Burgers Up a Notch

Posted By on Mon, Aug 4, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Layla in the Grove. | Mabel Suen
  • Layla in the Grove. | Mabel Suen

Last week Gut Check readers voted for the most underrated veggie burger in St. Louis. We got a ton of write-ins, too -- more than the number of nominations we originally received. But the veggie burger we'll be checking out next is the "Jane Says" at Layla (4317 Manchester Avenue; 314-553-9252).

See also: Layla Debuts New Menu Focusing on Burgers and Shawarma

There are several burgers on the menu at the recently relaunched restaurant. Owner Jason Sparks bought Layla in 2013 when it was a Lebanese restaurant and changed the menu somewhat to match its signage: burgers, shawarma, shakes.

"Honestly, I always really wanted to do a burger joint, but at the same time I really liked a lot of those items that were on the menu of the original restaurant," Sparks told us in July, "and since I kept the name, I wanted to keep some of those items. I think we have the best falafel in town, the best hummus in town. It's all made from scratch."

The "Jane Says" is a lentil patty topped with Monterey jack, smokey mango sauce, lemon-garlic mayo, flash-fried kale, tomato and sumac onions on a brioche bun, served with a side of fries, tabbouleh, batata, a seasonal vegetable, or hummus and pita.

The SweetBurger at SweetArt. | Kholood Eid
  • The SweetBurger at SweetArt. | Kholood Eid

The top write-in was SweetArt (2203 South 39th Street; 314-771-4278), which is known for its SweetBurger made with onions, carrots, lentils and nuts, among other things, and served on a toasted wheat bun, with mixed greens, tomato, ketchup and SweetArt's housemade vegan spread.

Here's the full report:

Layla (4317 Manchester Avenue; 314-553-9252): 40.76 percent Stacked Burger Bar (7637 Ivory Avenue; 314-655-4900): 27.01 percent Other: 20.01 percent Baileys' Range (920 Olive Street; 314-241-8121): 11.37 percent

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