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Voyages: Benny’s Burgers

Voyages: Benny’s Burgers

If you’ve walked around Downtown Halifax lately, you’ve probably noticed that there are some new faces in the street food scene. Small but mighty, Benny’s Burgers is making waves around the city for their vegan burgers and classic hot dog stand vibes. When Ben O’Toole and Morgan Zwicker first came up with the idea, they had one goal in mind – to bring vegan fast food options to the people of Halifax that taste as delicious as they look.

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At Benny’s, the menu is simple – the same base patty and bun is used on all of their creations but with different topping combinations to suit anyone’s cravings. If you don’t see something on the menu that tickles your fancy, you can always create your own burger!

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As I stand amongst the workday lunch rush, I watch in awe as they begin throwing together burger after burger, made-to-order in a matter of minutes and served with a side of veggie straws.

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Sinking my teeth into the first burger of the day, the Nacho Macho, I am hit with an explosion of flavours. The richness from the soy patty is enough to fool anyone into thinking they are eating real meat, while the spice from the banana peppers and salsa are balanced with the creaminess of the guacamole. To top it all off, a layer of crispy tortilla chips brings a perfect crunch to the burger, making it unlike anything I have ever found on the streets of Halifax.

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Next up is The Elvis, which puts a vegan twist on the classic Peanut Butter Burger that Haligonians have come to know and love (shoutout to Darrell’s). The saltiness from the peanut butter coupled with the sweet jam makes for such a unique flavour, while the smokiness from the coconut bacon brings it all together and keeps you craving it day after day.

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While all of the other burgs are top notch, you cannot leave Benny’s without trying The Big Mama! This hearty beast is topped with two soy patties, vegan cheeze, pickles and their signature ‘secret squeeze’ sauce (like a vegan big mac sauce), which is sure to satisfy those fast food cravings.

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Whether you’re a hardcore vegan and want a fast food option or you’re just looking for a healthier alternative to the fast food classics – Benny’s Burgers has something for you. Head on over to the corner of Spring Garden and Grafton Street today to enjoy some of these incredible guilt-free burgers. No McNasties included.

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