Santana's Vegan Grill
might just create more conscious eaters in the Springs, offering a plant-based fast food burger that does a hell of a job replacing the real thing. That’s mostly thanks to a Beyond Burger
patty — tagline: “looks, cooks and tastes like a fresh beef burger ... without so many of the health, environmental, and animal welfare downsides of traditional animal-based meat.” It’s pea protein that “bleeds beet blood,” with 20 grams of protein per serving. Texturally, it’s spot-on.
After a short wait at this drive-thru, I grab the deluxe bacon cheeseburger ($7.49) made with Lightlife brand fakin’ bacon, traditional fixins and sesame seed bun. Despite commercial inputs, it doesn’t taste synthetic or odd, but surprisingly like a chain burger, entirely satisfying, especially with house-cut french fries ($1.99/small) with plenty of salt, neither limp nor overly crisp. Current hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily, expected to expand as the weather warms.