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The popular, all-vegan Burger Patch returns to midtown for its second pop-up event

The popular, all-vegan Burger Patch returns to midtown for its second pop-up event

Photos courtesy of The Burger Patch

The Patch Burger features a Beyond Meat vegan patty on a Truckee Sourdough Company vegan bun.

Meatless Monday will become Meatless Thursday next week in midtown when The Burger Patch—which took the Handle District by storm at its one-day event last month— returns to the neighborhood on June 22 to dish out tasty vegan eats for the Kings' NBA Draft 2017 Block Party.

Co-owned by husband-wife team Phil and Danea Horn, The Burger Patch held its first pop-up in May, in the space that formerly housed Saddle Rock at 1801 L Street, and people flocked to partake of the plant-based fast food. Think In N’ Out served up veggie style: the burgers feature a Beyond Meat meatless “burger” patty (largely comprised of peas), the chick’n strips are made from soy protein courtesy of Gardein, the bacon is made from beans, and the shakes get their creamy thickness from blended cashews.

The first pop-up was hugely popular, resulting in a three-hour-long wait time for some patrons: “We had a line of 200-plus people before we even took our first order,” says Phil Horn, “so there was going to be a wait there. But as far as the food goes, [the feedback] was overwhelmingly positive.”

Breaded soy-based chick'n strips, served with Patch ranch and shoestring fries

At the upcoming block party on June 22, The Burger Patch will inhabit the same space from 4-9 p.m., and offer a similar menu to the one they served up in May. Signature items include the popular Patch Burger with a Beyond Burger patty, lettuce, tomato, grilled onion and (secret recipe) Patch sauce on a vegan bun from Truckee Sourdough Company, and the Earth Quake, a chocolate or vanilla shake made from cashews, agave and soy milk. (Phil says to get there early for the shake—it was the one menu item they ran out of last month.)

The Horns, who live in the Pocket area, devised these pop-ups as a way to gauge the community's response to meat-alternative dishes in anticipation of opening a brick-and-mortar fast-casual joint by the end of the year. The couple eliminated animal products from their own diet nearly a decade ago, but only recently felt that food science had achieved the flavors and textures they were looking for.

“We definitely think the time is right and the appetite is there for it,” says Phil. “Sacramento [has] such a progressive food scene that there’s room for something new like this.”

June 22. 4-9 p.m. 1801 L St. theburgerpatch.com

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