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It's no surprise, then, that vegan blogs have been lighting up like Christmas trees with the news that Denny's (home of the Bacon Slamburger) is now serving a bona fide vegan burger. "That's really cool!" one poster writes on VegNews. "While I VERY rarely eat out, sometimes it's unavoidable and I'm kind of bored with having only fruit or fries to choose from." The folks over at This Dish Is Veg somewhat hyperbolically cited the news as evidence that hell must have frozen over:
"Right about now Satan himself must be ice skating throughout the underworld like some red suit wearing, two horned Scott Hamilton."
While Denny's did offer a veggie burger before, the Amy's-brand burger that it's now serving in its place is 100 percent vegan. The restaurant's menu still calls it, simply, a veggie burger, however, and it rather obliviously includes melted pepperjack cheese as the topping of choice.
Denny's spins the switch as trying to offer more choices to more customers, but as the nitpicking responses on some of the vegan blogs demonstrate, this demographic may be harder to please than Gordon Ramsay on a bad day.
"I wonder if the grill used to cook Amy's veggie burger is the same one use to cook the bacon, beef, etc.," one poster asks, while another writes: "My husband is veggie, I am vegan, but he has an allergies to oat and tomato, and I am trying to determine if he can eat the one Denny's is offering."
More quinoa, anyone?