Canadians are proud when it comes their comfort foods. From coast-to-coast and from poutine to ketchup chips, the classics are the classics. So, you’d think there’d be an uproar if someone messed with burgers. Actually, it’s quite the opposite. Ask popular burger chain White Spot.
The beloved restaurants just introduced new-age meat substitute Beyond Meat to its menu with the launch of the new Avocado Beyond Burger. And not to give up their 90-year tradition, the plant-based burger is sporting the trademark pickle crown.
Like so many restaurants, cafés, and grocery stores around Canada and the US, adding a vegan patty to the menu or shelf is not only on trend, it’s important to keep sales trending upward next to their rivals. A&W introduced the Beyond Burger to its Canadian chains in 2018, selling out nationwide almost immediately before rolling out the patty to all of their locations. In the US, the Impossible Whopper is making its rounds.
Yet, we were still surprised by White Spot, restaurants that have been serving their “Legendary” beef burgers in BC since 1928, debuting a vegan menu item. Try to read this before lunch time and not trigger instant cravings: a chargrilled Beyond Burger patty, avocado, pickled onions, roasted corn, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeño ranch, and edamame hummus, served with salad or coleslaw and ‘endless’—yes, endless!—Kennebec fries. Though, if you want some healthier options, spring for the sides of sweet potato fries or The Spot’s Salad. Fitt Tip: you can also sub the Beyond Burger patty into any signature burger, and enjoy it as a lettuce wrap or on gluten-free bun.
In keeping with a menu that already offers gluten-friendly, vegetarian- and vegan-friendly options, and alongside the new Avocado Beyond Burger, the Southwest Power Bowl also benefits from Beyond. It’s sliced Beyond meat over a quinoa and jasmine rice medley, served with avocado, cherry tomatoes, radish, roasted corn, cabbage, greens, jalapeño ranch, and edamame hummus.
Tantalising, right? Almost a century later, White Spot is showing it has taste, continuing to innovate to produce quality, delicious food that families keep coming back to. And with almost 15 locations in Vancouver alone, we’ll eat that Avocado Beyond Burger any day.