Not Sure How I Feel About Plant-Based ‘Meats’
There is this growing trend of plant-based "meats" going around all the fast-food chains. It's almost become a necessity for most chains to at least have the option available, such as Burger King's new Impossible Whopper.
I, for one, think that you just can't mess with the original. If McDonald's came out with a different version of nuggets that are plant-based, I'm pretty sure they wouldn't taste the same.
KFC is testing plant-based chicken nuggets from Beyond Meats in some of their stores. My initial thought is "Oh hell no, nobody wants that." Well, I was wrong, they locations that currently carry these fake-me-out nuggets had cars looped around the block waiting in the drive-thru line to get some. The Beyond fried chicken comes at a time when Popeyes is pulling their instantly famous spicy chicken sandwich off the menu, proving that people want and will do anything for real chicken.
Burger King just a few weeks ago announced their Impossible Burger, which is plant-based and packed with protein. It hasn't been as wildly popular due to the announcement they made stating that the patty is cooked on the same grill as the meat burgers.
Even local spot Mary's Steamed Cheeseburgers in New Bedford, which has been serving plant-based "meats" for a while now, has seen tons of success with their version of the meatless burgers. I spoke with Mary and she said she has had plant-based items on her menu for over a year now. Mary has expanded her plant-based options over the course of the past year.
"We find people are traveling from all over for our plant-based options," she said.
I have yet to stop in and try anything plant-based but I think I might have to take Mary up on her invite to come take a taste test this plant-based chicken sandwich.
Have you tried this stuff? Is it a good substitute? I'm all about the texture, is the texture the same?
Fill me in!