When a reader recommended Lokal’s Pinto Bean and Mushroom Burger, I was excited because shamefully I have never been to Lokal, except for smoothies. The reason: why would I go anywhere aside from Five Leaves when I’m that close?
This was a good reason for me to finally sit down and take it all in. The place had a pleasant vibe and I absolutely loved the shell and sand below the plexi display tables.
Plus, the burger sounded and looked amazing. For $10 it is served with lettuce, tomato and red onions on a grilled brioche bun with hand-cut rosemary steak fries or mesclun salad.
(Just take it off the menu already, I’m never going to get the salad!)
I additionally ordered cheddar cheese, avocado and chipotle mayo: the veggie burger trifecta.
When the burger came I did what all experienced burger eaters do, try the fries. I was not impressed. I hardly got any rosemary and I tasted hot oil more than I tasted fried potato.
The burger was also not that impressive. To be honest, it had a lot of potential, being that it was basically mashed beans and mushrooms, with some bread crumbs and cumin. With essentially a meatball dough, the sky is the limit with flavor! Some more salt would have been a start. Maybe garlic powder, paprika, a kick of cayenne. It was also too thick. Thinner and there would have been more fry surface area. I will say that the brioche was very good.
I ate only half the burger (not a good sign) and wished I just ordered the french toast that my friends were raving about.
More great veggie burgers suggestions in Greenpoint?