Friday, August 16, 2019

Impossible Whopper review (Photos)

The Impossible Whopper at Burger King is the first nationwide release of a plant-based burger at a quick-service chain with locations in every region of the country, and has generated tremendous interest from beef and non-meat eaters alike. It is flame-grilled on the same equipment as the beef burgers at Burger King, as noted on the chain's website. The Impossible Whopper is not necessarily more healthy than the all-beef Original Whopper, and with the Whopper being my favorite burger, I certainly approached the sandwich with high expectations - and a high price, more than a beef Whopper at over $7.00 here in Montgomery County.
 Out of the wrapper, the overall sandwich looks like a Whopper at first glance - it has all the same toppings, and comes without cheese unless requested for an extra fee like the Original Whopper. The toppings were colorful, fresh and high-quality as they are on the beef Whopper, as well. It appears the Impossible Whopper patty is the same circumference and width as the classic Whopper.
Once the top bun is removed, however, the illusion falters. The Impossible patty is perfectly circular, and perfectly flat, unlike a hand-formed beef burger's irregular surface and edge. While sporting the identical flame-broiled grill marks as the famous Whopper, the patty does not match the beef Whopper in color - it leans toward brown more than grey. It looks like a mechanically-sliced patty from a machine-formed loaf.
The Impossible Whopper has the flame-grilled aroma of a Whopper, but does not replicate the beef aroma. Biting into the Impossible Whopper, one finds the texture is similar to ground beef in chewiness, but not in overall texture. The patty material is packed differently from a beef patty. There is no juiciness, making it a drier burger than a real beef Whopper.
Flavorwise, the Impossible Whopper has even-stronger flame-grilled taste - it's almost too much, and appears to be perhaps intentionally so to mask the lack of real beef flavor. A beef Whopper has a more balanced beef-smoke ratio, and tastes like a burger you made on a backyard grill. The Impossible Whopper tastes as if additional smoke flavor has been added beyond what the flame-broiling process alone bestows.

My final verdict? The Impossible Whopper seems to have overwhelmed hipsters in the mainstream press. The Washington Post declared it indistinguishable from a regular beef Whopper. They need to get out more often. I know the Whopper, I love the Whopper, and I would not be fooled in the least in a blind taste test that I was eating a beef Whopper with the Impossible Whopper. Perhaps you could fool the average person that they were eating a cafeteria hamburger, but that's as far as you could dupe most people - on a good day.

The Impossible Whopper is an event. You really should try one yourself. It may be a luxury item compared to what it forced on the American people down the road. And if you either simply want a non-meat alternative on the menu, or you love the Whopper but for whatever reason are no longer able to eat beef, this could be a great choice for you.

But if you're an extreme Whopper fan like me, you'll likely find it fails to recreate the magic of Burger King's signature burger. I'd recommend running out now and getting a fresh, juicy Original all-beef Whopper, which I rate six out of five stars (not a misprint). As far as the Impossible Whopper, I will give it a "good" three stars out of five - it delivers the alternative some diners very much want, but can't fool true Whopper fans enough to earn five stars.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Fuddrucker's Rockville closing

Fuddrucker's is closing at 1592-A Rockville Pike. An auction of the restaurant's contents has been scheduled for September 17, 2019. The restaurant is on the future site of B.F. Saul's Twinbrook Corner development.

MOD Pizza Rockville opening soon (Photos)

There are a few more boxes and pallets to unpack at MOD Pizza at the Montrose Crossing shopping center on Rockville Pike, and the pizzeria should be ready to open. All decor, furniture, and light fixtures are in place. The patio out front is also set up.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Signage installed at Fallsgrove Jersey Mike's in Rockville

The signs are up at Jersey Mike's Subs at the Fallsgrove Village Center in Rockville. Work continues inside, but you can see that the flooring is now in place, as well as some of the counters. This will be the popular sub sandwich chain's second Rockville location, with the other being at Wintergreen Plaza on Rockville Pike.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Comfort Inn Shady Grove gets updated branding and signage in Rockville (Photos)

The Comfort Inn at 16216 Frederick Road has updated branding and new signage. Gone is the old sun-and-waves logo. In its place is a minimalist "C" turned at an angle. I like this retro-style building. Although it's not apparent from the outside, the property did have a major interior renovation in the last three years, and is quite modern on the inside.
One plus of staying at this hotel - besides the convenient distance to Checkers, Red Lobster, Bowlmor and Burger King - is that parent company Choice Hotels is located just down the road, so you know the service and cleanliness are going to be carefully monitored by headquarters. From a nostalgia standpoint, I personally still prefer the old Comfort Inn logo - although it could hardly compete with the old Quality Inn logo, whose fonts and animation were only matched by the famous Holiday Inn signs that once lined America's highways.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Bambu Cafe to host grand opening August 20 in Rockville

Bambu Cafe will celebrate its official Grand Opening on August 20 in Rockville. They have operated on soft-opening hours prior to this. Bambu Cafe is located at 12242 Rockville Pike, at Towne Plaza.

Smashburger Rockville opening today

Smashburger is scheduled to reopen its Rockville location at 1800-A Rockville Pike today. They have been holding training sessions in recent days. Now the tables are set for diners inside. Smashburger is located in the Galvan development near the Twinbrook Metro station.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Rockville construction update: Main Street (Photos)

Here's a look at the progress on the Main Street apartments, a mixed-income residential building being constructed at 50 Monroe Place. This used to be the site of the IBM building. When completed, 25% of the units here will be set aside for the disabled, and 75% will be affordable.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

FM Karaoke building fenced off in Rockville (Photos)

The old FM Karaoke building at 2131 Veirs Mill Road has been fenced off, but the reason is unclear. No plans have been filed with the City of Rockville (or, at least, no plans that have been made public on the City website) for this address. But some demolition work has taken place already.
The property owner had suggested a building addition or redevelopment of the site were in the cards for the future last year. At that time, the Mayor and Council relinquished to the property owner a public right-of-way that ran in front of it to facilitate such an expansion, at the request of the owner.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Land's End to open Rockville store in late fall 2019

Land's End is coming to Rockville late this fall. The famous family apparel retailer will open a 8500 SF store at Congressional Plaza. While the new store will offer the advantages of a bricks-and-mortar location, it will also feature touchscreen kiosks to interface with the company's online operations.
“We’re excited to continue to expand our brick-and-mortar footprint, and integrate our digital retailer experience into our new store concepts,” Land's End Senior Vice-President of Retail Claudia Mazo said in a statement. “Congressional Plaza is convenient location for our customers in Maryland, and we’re excited to support them in the communities in which they live.” Land's End has begun hiring staff for the Rockville store.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Former Capital One bank fenced off at Montrose Crossing

The vacated Capital One bank branch at Montrose Crossing on Rockville Pike has been blocked off with construction fencing. Hopefully it is being replaced by a new restaurant, and not another bank.