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The Veggie Burger at Alamo Drafthouse
treefalls Posted at 2011/10/19 7:35pm reply to

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The veggie burger at the Alamo Drafthouse is vegan, so is the bun.  I stopped eating it forever ago because I thought it must contain egg or dairy.  Of course, you have to order it without the mayo and I might go ahead and ask them to make sure the bun is not buttered, just to be safe.

I emailed the Lake Creek location and here's the response (I'm only guessing this applies to the other locations, but you may want to ask for yourself):


  Thanks for your patronage to The Drafthouse, and for your comments.
  Our black bean burger is made in house and the patty is vegan.  Our buns are made at New World Bakery in Kyle, and it is a totally vegan bakery.  To make this burger vegan you just need to omit the dijon aoili(try the jap lime vinagrette as a sub).
  The spaghetti squash with pomodoro sauce is my favorite vegan dish on the menu.  Spaghetti squash is sweet and succulent and this dish is a nice play on pasta and sauce.
  Again thank you for your comments and support of the Alamo Drafthouse.  
Ross Posted at 2011/10/19 9:22pm reply to

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awesome. thanks for posting this, I've been kind of unsatisfied with the spaghetti squash being the main option there. I like it, but it's not exactly hearty food I want to eat at a place like Alamo, so I may try the burger sometime. Would be awesome if they had a vegan mayo, but cool to know about the patty and bun
weigand Posted at 2011/10/19 11:00pm reply to

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That's weird. I remember asking on at least 3 occasions, and the waiters came back saying sorry, no the black bean burger patty is not vegan, and neither is the bun. Hmmm. Then again, it was just the waiters, not the chefs or owners. And this was at Lakeline, Anderson Lane, and Downtown.

Stuff like this confuses the heck out of me. I wish everyone would just label stuff clearly on their menu as "VEGAN" or "can be made vegan".

I've had their spaghetti squash before. It's actually pretty good. It comes with garlic bread. I'm not sure if the garlic bread is vegan, though they claimed it was the last time I was there. I usually get a basket of fries with it, but I have no idea if it's fried in the same oil as meat or fish is.

And vegan mayo? I'm strange I guess. I never liked mayo even when I was a meat eater. Stuff grosses me out for some reason. Blech. Hehe. So no major loss as far as I'm concerned.

- Steve
Gabriel Posted at 2011/10/19 11:13pm reply to

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I think there are still some questions about New World Bakery's products.  They were definitely NOT a totally vegan bakery in the past, yet they misrepresented their breads as vegan to at least some local businesses.  A few of those businesses switched their bread to other bakeries, so maybe that made them change things.  I know Thundercloud made a big deal about saying their bread was suddenly vegan.  The problem was Thundercloud themselves have been inconsistent about the bread and its ingredients.  I think it makes sense to contact New World Bakery to find out whether or not they are still using duck feather derived L-cysteine.
carrie Posted at 2011/10/20 12:10am reply to

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Gabe, you should get in touch with Sue. She has started serving New World bread again because they went vegan. She can probably answer your questions.
Gabriel Posted at 2011/10/20 8:05am reply to

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Thanks, Carrie!
peter Posted at 2011/10/20 11:05am reply to

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Hmm...this is weird, because I distinctly remember hearing that the patty contained egg. I heard it through Errol, who was told by a waiter.
Josh xvx Topic Posted at 2011/10/23 2:36am reply to

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i love the veggie burger at alamo. I always have them add mushrooms to it. yummm.....
kayla Posted at 2011/10/25 2:15pm reply to

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i always get the asian chicken salad at the Alamo and have them sub tofu for the chicken. it is a great salad and i always look forward to eating it!!
weigand Posted at 2011/11/03 5:29pm reply to

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Well today I went to the Lake Creek Alamo, and I ordered their black bean burger, without the aoili and used avocado instead. Tasted great. And they did confirm that it was all vegan if you get it without the aoili sauce. So good to finally be able to eat their veggie burger.

- Steve
StephanieNahas Posted at 2011/11/18 8:38am reply to

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Hmm.. When I first started ordering this, I had the waitress go ask the chef about the bun and she confirmed that it's NOT vegan. She replaced it with a ciabatta bun.
carrie Posted at 2011/12/02 8:35am reply to

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I think they may use New World bread, which recently went vegan.
MadisonHale Posted at 2011/12/14 10:32am reply to

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The Veggie Burger at Alamo is DEFINITELY NOT VEGAN!!!!

I just went last week and asked my waitress. She went and talked to the cook...there's eggs in the patty.

I don't know about the bun though.
Ross Posted at 2011/12/14 11:11am reply to

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Sounds like we need some emails!
Cassandra Posted at 2011/12/14 11:16am reply to

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Hi MadisonHale!

Just out of curiosity, which Alamo did you go to? I feel like each location has a different burger/chef and that's why we keep getting different answers. I thought that they were working on streamlining all of the menus for all of their theaters and working with the same distributors for all of their food.

It seems ridiculous that we have to revisit this issue at least once a month. I guess I'll just stick with my usual fries and Italian soda. That's generally safe.
MadisonHale Posted at 2011/12/14 12:34pm reply to

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I went to Alamo South Lamar.

Definitely will be sending an email to Alamo, also encouraging them to label what dishes are vegan--and hopefully start including more!
treefalls Posted at 2012/01/03 7:04pm reply to

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Just thought I'd chime in here again - I only contacted the Lake Creek Alamo Drafthouse.  As I mentioned in my original post, I'm not sure if their recipes are consistent across locations. Also, the person who replied to my email from Lake Creek was named Brandon Hanna.  According to his email, he is the Chef at this location.  I feel confident in his response and I only go to the Lake Creek location, so I don't feel the need to question it further.  Hope this helps!
Ross Posted at 2012/01/04 8:49am reply to

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Thanks for the clarification happy I ended up trying the black bean burger a few weeks ago (wasn't super fond of it), and I ended up feeling a little sick afterwards. They did go check with the chef for me and said it was vegan though.
bgooch Posted at 2012/01/09 12:12pm reply to

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Tomorrow night will be my first time ever at the Alamo Drafthouse as I was invited by a non-vegan colleague. I have no idea what is good and would love some rec's. It will be at the Ritz location downtown.
carrie Posted at 2012/01/09 12:56pm reply to

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I really like the Spaghettie Squash and Pomodoro Sauce. It comes with french bread, and I'm not sure if it's necessary to specify no butter on the bread or not. But I have seen it advertised as a vegan dish before. Yael got the Asian Chicken Salad with tofu subbed for chicken and no wonton strips. It looked very good. In the past I used to order their pizza minus cheese, but I haven't ordered that in a while. They give you less pizza for the money, and I don't know if they are still vegan friendly.
MadisonHale Posted at 2012/01/17 10:07am reply to

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THE ANSWER, FINALLY!! THE BLACK BEAN BURGER IS VEGAN!

I e-mailed Alamo yesterday. They didn't address the conflicting reports (I told him I had been told it was made with eggs), but they did respond quickly. Also, I asked about all of the locations. Here's what they said:

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Brandon Hanna brandon.hanna@drafthouse.com
9:42 AM (23 minutes ago)

Hey Madison,
Thanks for the inquiry.  The black bean burger is a completely vegan patty(no eggs).  The bun set-up however is not, but if you omit the dijon-aoili  it is.  
  Again thank you for the feedback"
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