It was Good Friday yesterday. It was also Earth Day. That meant no beef, no chicken, no pork. Shucks. This also meant no driving to work, recycling all of your trash, and free coffee at Starbucks. Though I didn’t walk to work, I did eat at Rutabegorz. These guys are serious about going green. As much as they are conscious about the environment, they have a hefty vegetarian friendly menu. This poor carnivore was not happy.
We started off with the 41 cents Earth Day Delight Dip. It was a blend of cream cheese, almonds, mango chutney, curry, and cranberries. At first I got the cream cheese flavor, then the nutty texture, sweet fruit, and the kick from the curry. At first it was a bit odd, but I loved it in the end — the curry needed a bit getting used to. And why 41 cents? They were celebrating their 41 years in business.
I tried the boca veggie chili burger and the Mexican Cesar salad. This burger was humongous, but no size or soy patty is going to fool me! Don’t get me wrong, the thing was delicious. Melted cheese, red onions, bean chili, and the soy protein all mixed forming an open faced sandwich in front of me was a task. It was messy, and it was filling. The way I look at it, it made me appreciate meat a little more.
The best was the salad, hands down. My favorite cheese was in there — feta! That’s all you really need to keep me happy — all you need to get me to eat salad. I loved the crunch of the tortilla chips and the bite of the pepitas were so mouthful. You won’t see me eating a lot of salad, but if anyone can make me, it’s Rutabegorz.
Boy do I miss meat. Eating like a vegetarian is like giving a T-Rex twigs for breakfast. Eating a boca burger is like giving a great white shark a human shaped blob of seaweed. Eating like a…well, you get the idea. Despite my animalistic ways, I enjoyed my time at Rutabegorz — I get them. They are all about the environment and vegetarian eating. They aren’t like a bunch of hippies serving food and saving the world. They are passionate about what they do and they surely found their niche in the Orange County.