R: We're delighted to welcome a new vegan baby to the San Fernando Valley food scene and are thrilled to share the good vibes, great flavors, and fun casual food we tasted at the Evolution Burger Food Truck!
Z: Sure, you can make a vegan burger at home, but rarely do most home kitchens have multiple toppings, sides, and bun/bread selections on hand to customize the burger in the grand style offered at Evolution Burger. Owner Dominique Villareal and his very cordial partner, Vanessa, make the vegan junk food experience deliciously indulgent with their super-friendly personalities. Both are eager to please and make their customers feel welcome and appreciated.
R: You couldn't ask for a more convenient food truck location. Parked on the east side of Reseda Boulevard at Northridge Park, about 1 1/2 blocks south of Devonshire, Evolution Burger is the only food truck there from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. every Friday through Sunday.
Z: You never have to go hunting for a place to sit down and enjoy your burger. About 200 yards from the truck, in the park are several picnic tables complete with trash barrels. And while you're eating, you might welcome a curious little sparrow chirping away and ready to visit your table for crumbs as soon as you leave.
R: Because this is a new business for Dominique and Vanessa, their hearty menu is still evolving and will continue to grow as demand develops. For now, it's burger heaven for those who love both the Beyond Burger and the Impossible Burger. And what better way to compare the two than to order one of each, which we did.
Z: Reuben chose the Impossible Burger on a regular hamburger bun with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, mustard, mayo, and Evolution Sauce that's actually a very tasty Thousand Island Dressing. My Beyond Burger arrived on sourdough bread with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and avocado, and no Evolution Sauce. Among the many choices of Sides, Fries with Chili was a must-have to accompany our burgers, and are we ever glad we went the total fast-food route! It was a delicious, savory-tasting endeavor, dripping with sauciness and delicious to the max!
R: The tasty fries stand apart because they don't come from a frozen package. Instead, every order of fries is hand cut and freshly fried to the perfect crispness. Every bite was delicious, but Zel's Beyond Burger was surprisingly exceptional and juicy even without the Evolution Sauce. I loved the rich, umami flavor of the Impossible Burger but found it a bit drier than I had expected. That's a burger hyped to be very juicy, yet it was outshined by the juiciness of the Beyond Burger. Of course, that's only our opinion--the Impossible Burger is definitely growing new fans every day.
Z: Some call this truck dining Street Food, others say fast casual. I just get down and dirty and call it junk food at its best. Amusingly, Dominique is up front about calling their menu vegan junk food and places that label on the Evolution Burger banner on the side of the truck.
R: If you prefer your burger with a sweet spot, try the Hawaiian burger, a Beyond patty with mayo, lettuce, grilled pineapple, and teriyaki sauce. Also on the menu are LA Street Dog, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Sourdough Bacon Cheeseburger, Chili Cheese Dog, and BLT.
Z: Those items come with standard fixings that range in price from $6.39 to $13.83, but add-ins, toppings, and bread choices are easily customized at a little extra. For breads, in addition to the standard burger bun, one can explore the tasty, grilled sourdough bread, pleasantly chewy pretzel bun, or gluten-free bun for a little extra.
R: We learned that Dominique ordered the Beyond Sausage, a brand-new item for the company, and came back a week later to give that a try along with a BLT. Zel ordered the sausage on a pretzel bun with tomatoes, onions, avocados, grilled onions all slathered with the Evolution Sauce, mustard, and ketchup.
Z: On all our items, we had them cut the sandwiches in half so we could share. That way each of could indulge our whims to the ultimate junk-food nirvana and sink our teeth into everything we ordered. In other words, double the pleasure! Slathered with a triple whammy of sauces, the Beyond Sausage got the royal treatment and made for such a joyful eating experience
R: Along with the sausage, we were curious to try the BLT--so glad we did. It was just as awesome as everything else we feasted on. We loaded the BLT with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and mayo, along with the tasty soy-based bacon from Loving Hut. The grilled sourdough is a real asset to the food truck offerings--it's great with the burger and fabulous with the BLT as well.
Z: The pleasant surprise was a new item the kitchen staff created--imagine Fried Pickles! Not knowing quite what to expect, we ordered the pickles along with our sandwiches and found them totally irresistible! Nestled in a rectangular paper bowl are sliced, tangy pickles dipped into a batter and fried until crisp and crunchy. To complete the pickle experience is a small plastic cup of Evolution Sauce AKA Thousand Island Dressing for dipping the little pickle chips.
R: The fried pickles are a clever idea added to the Sides menu--I'll bet they'll be copied and start to show up in other fast-food restaurants. If you're needing a little something sweet to top off your burger meal, consider their Cookies, Coffee Cake, Flan, Mini Drops IceCream, or Gansitos, which are mini cakes with a creamy and fruity filling and covered with a chocolate coating.
Z: There are also some delicious new items coming in the near future--maybe some French Toast or a tasty vegan egg sandwich for those looking for a tasty breakfast-start to the day. Stay tuned--there's always something new cookin' at Evolution Burger!
Evolution Burger Food Truck
Reviewed June 2018