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Posted at 4:15 PM ET, 03/ 9/2011

Going meatless for Lent? Where to get the best veggie burgers and more

By Lavanya Ramanathan
The veggie burger at BGR the Burger Joint -- a hulking mass of brown rice, sweet potato and black beans, with a crunchy kick from molasses -- will surely satisfy those who are giving up meat for Lent. (Matt McClain)

Today marks the start of Lent, and if you're observant, it's the day that you're giving up something you enjoy for the next 40 days. For many folks, that treasured substance will be meat. (At least on Fridays.)

Time to get acquainted with Washington's fine vegetarian options.

Yes, you may have to go weeks without the Doughnut Stuffed With Chicken, Drizzled in Maple and Sprinkled with Bacon. But Good Stuff Eatery's "Vegetarians are People Too 'Shroom Burger" -- stuffed with muenster and cheddar cheese, coated in panko bread crumbs and flash-fried -- could easily challenge its artery-clogging glory. It's so good, it made the cut for our brand-new list of Best Bets for Veggie Burgers.

And be sure to memorize our list of the area's vegetarian-friendly restaurants, check out a bar that's serving vegetarian and vegan-friendly bar food, and maybe even indulge in a high-end multi-course meal that is rich, delicious, and meat-free.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  | March 9, 2011; 4:15 PM ET
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Thank goodness Lavanya joined the team, the veg news is much appreciated!!

Posted by: VT2003 | March 11, 2011 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Um, Lent's about denial. Going out to a five-star seafood or vegetarian restaurant on Friday kind of defeats the purpose.

Posted by: FishBulb | March 11, 2011 1:26 PM | Report abuse

The one thing vegans or vegetarians must be conscious of in their search for the perfect vegan/vegetarian burgers is whether it is prepared on the same grill as the hamburger. Please ask the server before the burger is sent to be prepared!

Posted by: cadams123 | March 11, 2011 2:15 PM | Report abuse

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