The development of Waugh Chapel south has provided an opportunity to fill some needs in Crofton. I was ecstatic for the Wegman's and Target especially. Other chains and restaurants I could have gone without or felt like we had one close enough to not warrant a second.
I'll be honest: I left lunch at Panera Bread one day with a friend and saw the sign staring me right in the face: Elevation Burger. I'd never heard of the place, but I was borderline livid. Five Guys is right down the street, and we're bringing in more burgers? Ugh.
I guess this is where I should tell you why this really bothered me so much: I'm a vegetarian. I made the switch in January and know that many individuals are doing the same. I was angry that a burger joint was filling a spot that could of housed an establishment that would provide food that I could eat.
I managed to cool off and do some research. That is when I found out that Elevation Burger goes a step beyond the nearby burger competition. In addition to fresh and organic conventional burgers, they also offer veggie burgers.
No typo there, they offer not one option to satisfy us plant-lovers, but two! Functionally named veggie burger #1 and veggie burger #2, one option is vegetarian while the second is vegan (a true rare fnd in any burger place let alone Crofton!). I was intrigued enough to reach out to Elevation Burger who kindly let me sample both burgers in exchange for my review.
I chose to have both burgers with the "original toppings" of lettuce, tomato, pickle, and "elevation sauce," a tomato-based condiment. Burger #1 contains cheese thus is not vegan, though ironically it is 20 calories less than burger #2. The pattie on its own reminded me of a broccoli and cheese rice ball, sans the broccoli. Burger #2 also contains rice, but reminded me more of a hash brown. Both burgers have mild tastes and are barely noticeable when paired with the very fresh toppings.
No burger is complete without fries, and those were provided to me as well. They are hand cut and cooked in olive oil. Fried is fried, but I appreciate the effort to go healthier. I had read previous reviews stating the fries were overly greasy, but I did not encounter that issue at all. They were of a good texture and appropriately salted.
The verdict? If you are looking for fake meat, this isn't for you. If you are looking for a fresh, meatless option on the go that doesn't taste like cardboard, Elevation Burger provides two solid options. I would gladly go back and eat either (though I think I am partial to burger #2). On top of that, I appreciate that Elevation Burger and I have shared values in terms of fresh ingredients, healthy options, and overall sustainability.