Located within the Silver Spring Whole Foods, PLNT Burger is a fast-casual burger joint with an entirely plant-based menu. But don’t mistake this for some kind of health-food salad bar. PLNT wouldn’t have the overwhelmingly positive scores that it has on sites like Yelp and UrbanSpoon if it couldn’t make great-tasting burgers, fries, and milkshakes that stand on their own. DC celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn serves as both the owner and culinary director, and helms an operation that utilizes products that are appealing to vegans and carnivores alike. The burgers come in a range of varieties, from your basic cheeseburger to a mouth-watering double-barbecue mushroom bacon burger.
If you don’t feel like a traditional sandwich, you can drop the bun and order anything in a chard wrap, or choose an all-green meal from the rotating salad menu. And make sure to order yourself a side of Bloomies (bite-sized fried onions) or some herbed fries on the side.