Impossible Burger from West Coast to East Coast

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Impossible Burger from West Coast to East Coast

We were visiting Santa Barbara, CA, in August – it is like one of the most beautiful places in the world! The sunshine, the food is amazing, and the people watching – what can I say!

I am a mostly a vegetarian/pescatarian – once or twice a year I may have a piece of bacon (zoiks). One thing I miss is a really great burger. Even if you order a meatless burger made on site, it’s still doesn’t have that burger unctuousness. I had been reading a lot about The Impossible Burger and in the early days it was difficult to find on the East Coast.

I was in search of a West Coast pub that served The Impossible Burger. Jackpot! Around the corner of our hotel, The Hotel Milo was Finney’s Crafthouse & Kitchen We are always on the lookout for a great pub and I was delighted to find they had The Impossible Burger on the menu. Theirs is served with grilled onions, American cheese, lettuce, tomato and house spread; I ordered it with a fine dark draft. The Impossible Burger did not disappoint. It was “meaty”, juicy, tasty and totally hamburger, you will be asking yourself: Where’s the Beef?

In February, we went to our local Tavern in the Square and I ordered what I thought was The Impossible Burger with bacon, onion jam, aged cheddar, fried egg – I was so disappointed. It was dry, the bacon was hard not crisp (how do you do that?) had no flavor and they overcooked the egg! When I was getting ready to write this review, I revisited the menu at Tavern in the Square.  The burger is listed as Impossiburger – a play on the real Impossible Burger. Shame on them!

Today I headed out for more research (Yum) and visited the Rail Trail Flatbread Co. to try their Impossible Burger. Which comes with chao cheddar (dairy free), green leaf lettuce, pickle, onion, tomato, vegan aioli, and potato bun. I substituted muenster cheese and added avacado. I ordered a Berkshire Beer Company Halidale Stout to go along. They were both scruptious – the beer and the burger.

The Impossible Burger is the made by Impossible Foods According to their website “We’ve been eating meat since we lived in caves. And today, some of our most magical moments together happen around meat: Weekend barbecues. Midnight fast-food runs. Taco Tuesdays. Hot dogs at the ballpark. Those moments are special, and we never want them to end. But using animals to make meat is a prehistoric and destructive technology. Animal agriculture occupies almost half the land on earth, consumes a quarter of our freshwater and destroys our ecosystems. So we’re doing something about it: We found a way to make meat using plants, so that we never have to use animals again. That way, we can eat all the meat we want, for as long as we want. And save the best planet in the known universe.”

Caveat Emptor – Let the buyer beware! The Impossible Burger is fabulous, the Impossiburger – tastes just like a regular frozen veggie burger – Blah!

That is a lofty promise, and they totally live up to the expectations!

Eat, Drink and Be Merry,


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28 Responses

  1. Anna says:

    That is something my husband would love. I will let him know. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Holly Bird says:

    WOW this looks like a great burger! Thanks for sharing

  3. Karie says:

    That first picture looks so delicious. I just got through eating yet I’m craving that burger. Lol

  4. Ramae Hamrin says:

    These look really good! I’ve been vegan and vegetarian for periods in my life, and it was almost impossible to find a good burger substitute that tasted anything like hamburger!

  5. LEIGH ANN says:

    This is making me hungry! Beautiful pictures.

  6. Nikki says:

    How interesting. But they look absolutely delicious! Thanks for the information

  7. Nikki says:

    How interesting but they look absolutely delicious. Thanks for the info

  8. Lisa says:

    We are headed to Santa Barbara soon, will definitely put Finney’s on our list. Thank you for sharing.

  9. YUM! I love a good burger! Looks like my kind of place.

  10. Jessica says:

    Now I want a good burger!

  11. Laura says:

    Sounds like a great new option! I have to find it near here! Thanks for the tip!

  12. Kayella says:

    I wouldn’t even be able to tell it’s not beef! Looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Kim says:

    This burger looks so good!! I love that they have dairy free cheese. Not many restaurants have dairy free options

  14. Dee says:

    I have many vegan friends and the impossible burger is delish!

  15. Cindy says:

    I’ve been plant based for almost 3 years and haven’t had a meat burger for that long. Don’t miss meat. But I’m intrigued by the Impossible Burger. And I LOVE their philosophy. I’ll have to check their website and see what it’s made from. Thanks for the info.

  16. This looks like a terrific option for plant-based diets, the burgers do look like the real thing! Shame that Tavern on the Square botched the egg and bacon (hard bacon comes from cooking the oven too long) the burger sounds delish with the onion jam…ugh what a sad day. But you’ve had some serious winners! I will keep these in mind for our events! Thank you 🙂

  17. Good to know not to waste the money getting the imposter burger!! The description of the REAL Impossible Burger sounds amazing though!! I’m going to search it out or maybe try to make it at home!

  18. Akiko says:

    I have never heard of The Impossible Burgers but now I’ll have to look for them on the menus and check them out. Thanks for the info!

  19. There is a food truck in my area that sells an impossible burger. I’ve always wanted to try it!

  20. Dennis says:

    That plate looks delicious! This is going to be a must try!

  21. Pauline says:

    I will try just about anything and I’d try this burger even though in the past I’ve tasted plant based burgers and they were not yummy. I eat meat though so maybe that was it.

  22. This sounds awesome!!! I think it is very hard to find a non- burger that truly tastes like a burger.

  23. That burger looks SO good! Definitely need to check this place out. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Amanda says:

    That looks so good!

  25. I’ve not heard of the Impossible Burger before….. the pictures look devine. I love a good burger every now and again.

  26. Nicki says:

    That looks so yummy!!

  27. T.M. Brown says:

    I have yet to try an Impossible Burger. Everyone is talking about it and I have not heard a single negative comment. Guess this is going on the foodie bucket list. PS – love that you did coast to coast!

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