Fort Worth gets a good old-fashioned (vegan) burger and shakes joint
A new burger joint has debuted in Fort Worth's Near Southside specializing in an all-American duo: burgers and shakes, but done vegan-style. Called Vice Burger, it's at 1515 W. Magnolia Ave., in the space recently vacated by Poke-Poke, and is from Charlsye Lewis, founder of Boulevard of Greens, the smoothie and juice café in west Fort Worth, and her husband Marcus Brunt.
The couple took possession of the location a few months ago and were using it as a Boulevard of Greens spinoff pop-up, but decided to introduce something new.
"We thought, 'Let’s do something fun and family-friendly,'" Lewis says. “When people think of vegan, they sometimes think salads and greens. But vegan can be a lot more fun than that."
They're doing classics like hamburgers, bacon cheeseburger, grilled cheese sandwich, fried chicken sandwich, and hot dogs, all made entirely of plant-based ingredients.
For the burgers, you can choose from Impossible or Beyond burgers, although Lewis hopes to switch over to patties made in-house. Burgers come topped with the classic lettuce-tomato-and-pickle and a zesty secret sauce, plus additional options like sliced avocado, jalapeno, or diced Hatch chiles.
Hot dogs are made with acclaimed Field Roast plant-based franks and topped with tomato, onion, and pickles. Optional add-ons include roasted red pepper, sauerkraut, or relish.
“They’ll be decadent burgers and hot dogs,” she says. “But in a healthy, plant-based way.”
Prices are low: burgers are $10 and hot dogs are $8.
Sides include chunky sidewinder-style fries and tater tots, and there's a kale salad and a Caesar. A kids' menu features items such as Impossible chicken nuggets.
Shakes are non-dairy, made with NadaMoo! milk, in flavors such as Oreo, chocolate, and mint. Beer and cocktails are served, along with coffee from Roots Coffeehouse, which Lewis and Brunt also own.
The historic 1935 building is tiny, featuring a diner-inspired countertop lined with bar stools inside, with additional seating outside in a spacious patio area that overlooks Magnolia Avenue, which Lewis says will be great for kids.
They're currently open for lunch Tuesdays-Sundays 11 am-2 pm, but will add dinner hours in the next few weeks.
“We want this to be a fun place where you can hang out and have a healthy burger that happens to be vegan," she says.