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May 20, 2011

Elevation Burger Part II

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

I had extremely high hopes for this restaurant after the first signs were posted on its windows a few months ago. It’s located dead behind my all-time favorite fast food restaurant, Chic-Fil-A, which is how I found it. Jessica and I have been talking for so long about how we need more vegetarian lunch options in the neighborhood, and sure enough, Elevation offers two: one for vegetarians and one for vegans.

The first vegetarian patty they offer is rice-based and, according to the owner Magali Vannier, contains mozzarella cheese for flavor. Unfortunately, I couldn’t taste the mozzarella cheese and the rice made the patty a little dry. The second option is vegan, with no cheese in the patty, and is entirely vegetable-based. It is moist, yet thinner, and more abundantly seasoned. I wasn’t so sure about this place after our first visit eating the vegetarian burger, however after our vegan burger, I’m positive we’ll return.

As Jessica mentioned, they offer the choice to put any burger, including the organic grass-fed beef patties, on lettuce instead of their roll. I highly recommend this, especially with the vegan burger, as the flavor was actually much better without a hunk of bread in the way. And just as Ms. Vannier said to us the first time we met her, it certainly leaves more room for the fries.

My suggestion to Elevation Burger? VEGAN CHEESE! I actually ordered a vegan burger with cheddar and felt like it was sacrilege

The french fries here are cooked in heart-healthy olive oil, which is certainly a step up from canola oil. The only problem is that they seem to be hit and miss. With the burning point of olive oil so low, it is really difficult to get a good crisp fry without it absorbing tons of oil. The first time we visited the fries were excellent, perfectly salted and crispy. This time they fell a little short, but they weren’t incredibly greasy, just somewhat limp. Hopefully this was just an off day for them.

The ordering process here is similar to many other fast-food restaurants, you choose the patty and basic sandwich that you want, add your own toppings, and then order fries and/or a drink. You pay and then a food runner will bring the tray to you when you’re ready. There is a drink fountain as well as milkshakes available. The milkshakes were good, but incredibly rich and only one size, something I wouldn’t be able to eat more than once every month or two. It would be great if they sold kid’s sizes for the option of indulging a little more often.

Overall, this place is a great step towards healthier, vegetarian and vegan cuisine in Miami Lakes. It is certainly wonderful to have options other than salads and Asian food. While they do have a few little kinks to work out, it is a great establishment and one that I will most certainly frequent. For being open only two weeks, they have much more time ahead of them to learn and grow.

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May 20, 2011

Elevation Burger Takes it to New Heights Part 1

by jem614

A new burger joint opened up in Miami Lakes and we went to investigate last week.  After a less than stellar first impression with their #1 Vegetarian burger (it was a bit dry), we decided to give them another try today.  After all, the owner Magali Vannier, was extremely nice and suggested that we try their Vegan Burger wrapped in lettuce so “we can eat the fries without the guilt”.  Her friendly demeanor and helpfulness is also reflected in her staff.  In fact, when you get to Elevation Burger, you stand in a short line to order then you go sit down and wait for someone to bring you your meal, I love it already.  One of the worst parts about fast food places is the standing in line!

Elevation Burger prides itself on its grass fed beef and healthier burger options.  They use olive oil for their fries, which Ashley in her infinite wisdom has suggested may be an issue because Olive Oil does not cook as well at higher temps.  Regardless, they were delicious and abundant and I only finished half of them.  You also have to try the amazingly scrumptious shakes that we had last week but because I’m kicking the dairy habit, I did not go for a second round today.  The shakes are thick and creamy and you can choose two additions (oreos, cherries etc) to add into your shake (note to all of you who watched Jamie Oliver on Letterman, we still had the Vanilla Ice Cream in this one and it tasted nothing like beaver).

On to the burger- today’s #2 VEGAN burger was really quite good.  It’s a mostly vegetable patty that is really moist and wrapped in the lettuce, I actually had ZERO guilt eating it.  On the plus side it looked kind of snazzy wrapped in a large leaf of lettuce.  The only negative to this burger would be that I would have preferred it being wrapped in a more nutritious lettuce like romaine or for the more healthy people, Kale (granted, Kale is not the greatest tasting lettuce on its own) but it’s really not worth the complaint when you can add our own toppings of which I had added tomato and pickles and onions.

To top it all off, I left with a refill of their Orange Cinnamon Tea that reminded me of a summer version of apple cider.

I will be going back.

Update: 6/8/2011
We did go back! Discovered a new treasure at Elevation Burger- the most amazing chocolate oatmeal cookies.  You must stop by and try!
The cookies seriously deserves a Five Carrot Crunch!

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