Jane and I were out doing our usual errand-run, it's Saturday after all. And somewhere in the middle of all our errands we realized we weren't going to be home anytime soon. Time for lunch. We were very close to a vegetarian restaurant we like to frequent anyway, so there was no question as to where we would go: Bean Sprouts, in Arcadia, California. (No link, because they don't have a website.)
The restaurant is located in a community which is primarily Asian, and the specials are usually written in Chinese? We usually don't even bother to ask what they are as we have a number of favorites on the menu: I like the Sweet and Sour Sauce with Soy Fish on Rice and the Curry Rice. Jane has a hard time ordering anything but the Dan-Dan Rice. Sometimes she'll get the Miso Soup too. And we could both wax poetic about the Pan-Fried Radish Patties and Rainbow Rolls (just make sure to ask for vegan mayonnaise).
So when we arrived for lunch and saw they had a Tofu Burger on the specials list we were conflicted. Should we order our tried and true regulars, or should we have the Tofu Burger replete with fries? The fries won out.
The burger wasn't bad, but it came with a slice of cheese. Of course we removed that, but the cheese was still, in essence, "consumed" as Bean Sprouts reduced their inventory by two slices of cheese. We mentioned that to the waiter and he earnestly wanted our opinion on how the burger could be improved, if at all. In all honesty, we couldn't really come up with suggestions, but I don't think either one of us would order it again. There are far better options at Bean Sprouts.
They're located at 103 E. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA 91006.
Hours: Monday, Wednesday through Friday Lunch 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Dinner 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.