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Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Elevation Burger in Collegeville & Wynnewood
Last weekend, I was out shopping at the Town Center in Collegeville. I was looking for something quick and healthy for lunch, and I stumbled into Elevation Burger. This isn't your average fast-food chain. The people behind Elevation Burger are trying to create a burger joint that is healthier and environmentally friendly. The space itself is simple with clean, white bead board walls, funky blue pendant lights, and high ceilings. You order your food, and then they call out when your order is ready. The burgers are made with 100% USDA certified organic beef, from 100% free-range, grass-fed cattle. Elevation Burger uses none of those pesky growth hormones, pesticides, chemicals, additives, and fillers. It reflects in the price, but it's worth it. Their fries, though a bit stubby, are cooked in olive oil, and tasty enough. There is something on the menu for everyone. Vegetarians have a choice between Veggie Burger #1 or #2. Veggie Burger #1 is a "savory blend of veggies and cheese".
I chose the dairy-free Veggie Burger #2, a pre-frozen patty made with organic ingredients but surprisingly good. The veggie burgers cost $4.19 each. Elevation Burger has a website and a Facebook page, and only if you are in the store is there Nutrition Info available-- and by request. There is no nutrition info on the website, and though I searched the web high and low, I could find no accurate nutrition facts anywhere online. Right now there is an Elevation Burger in Collegeville and in Wynnewood, but according to an employee, they are looking to expand to the Main Line. I never would have guessed that my "burger" was pre-frozen. It tasted fresh, and I could see the bright green shards of zucchini within. It was toasted just enough to give it a crisp flavor. There are lots of toppings to choose from on the board, and they offer nutrition info for those too. Elevation Burger also offers a kid sized burger, grilled cheese sandwiches, and milkshakes, all made with healthy, hormone free ingredients. My husband loved his meaty burger with cheddar cheese and jalapenos. One downside--I would have preferred a Whole Wheat or Whole Grain bun instead of the Potato Bun. They do have an option of wrapping the burger in lettuce if you don't want bread.
Total cost was $30 for a family of four to have lunch, and I felt much healthier leaving Elevation Burger than I would have had I dined at McDonalds. I can't say I would go out of my way to eat here, but if you are in the area and have limited time, it's definitely an option!