So, the truth is I don’t know how fake meat is produced, and I don’t always like it, but I went to Evolution the other day and tried a chick’n (fake chicken – apparently the meat lies in the e) sandwich and chili, and it was all freaking good.
I looked it up, and here are the ingredients for chick’n strips, so I imagine the fauxmeat in this sandwich has similar fixings – water, textured soy protein concentrate, natural flavors (from vegetable sources), less than 2% of: salt, barley malt extract, yeast extract, tapioca starch, onion powder, dextrose, garlic powder, annatto (color), paprika, potassium chloride, chicory fiber (inulin), natural smoke flavor. You can also read this article about fake meat from TIME.
Last time I went to Evolution I was less than impressed with the vegan burger. I mean, it was okay, just not the greatest thing I’ve ever put in my mouth. The chipotle (love) chick’n sandwich, however, is a different story. This is crave-worthy, and I actually have craved it since I had it. In fact, I wanted one today, but then I realized this cold I have has temporarily terminated my ability to taste, so I thought against it, since Evolution, while a good deal for a speciality meal, still is not cheap by any means.
When I eat meat substitutes, I typically find they taste good at first, but after a few bites, the flavor gets a touch funky. Not in this case. The sandwich held its flavor and chicken-like texture throughout the entire meal. Impressive, Evolution. Plus, the chipotle adds the perfect amount spicy goodness. Really. I loved this sandwich.
I got a cup of chili to go with the sandwich instead of fries because I wanted more protein, and it was a winner, too. Also spicy, but the two together are in no way overwhelming. I think there are bits of tofu or vegan burger in it, or maybe it’s barley. How lame that I don’t know on my food blog, but let’s just all be comfortable with the idea that the tomato-based chili is satisfying and carries many notes in texture and flavor.
One of the best attributes of Evolution is, of course, the people watching opportunity it offers. I sat at the counter inside with a book, but I was really observing the great variety of non-meat eaters, from businesspeople to hippies, come through. I also eavesdropped on an entire conversation between an older couple sitting near me about following your dreams, being free, and not being afraid to live life in an effort to be happy. Cliche convo in the vegan restaurant? Yes, but who cares? It was grand.