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And the Golden Bun goes to ...

Move over enchiladas con carne and huevos rancheros. Lulu’s Jailhouse Café, 918 Main, has been awarded Best Hometown Veggie Burger in PETA’s national Second Biennial “Golden Buns” Awards. PETA taste testers, who sampled upwards of 150 burgers over the past several weeks, chose Skinny Connie’s Veggie Burger for its ample size and variety of condiments, including fresh avocado. Lulu’s hearty Gardenburger brand patties are made with rolled oats, nuts, mushrooms, and soy, and served on a toasted sesame-seed bun with a bag of chips.

“We were honored and surprised,” says Lulu’s owner Mike Behrend, who notes the burger is especially popular with the late-night club crowd. “There’s a movement in town to eat more vegetarian food — it’s not exactly fast, but more and more. You know, at a table you might see three chicken-fried steaks and one veggie burger, but it increases every year.”

New chef at Turquoise Turkish Grill

The Turquoise Turkish Grill has a new chef, Kadir Guner, formerly of Houston’s Pasha Restaurant. Kadir specializes in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes, including a Turkish pasta dish similar to ravioli stuffed with ground beef and spices and dressed with garlic yogurt and roasted-red-pepper sauces, and lahmacun, a Turkish flat bread that is baked in a pizza oven with lamb, pepper, and spices, slathered with lemon, parsley, tomato, and onion, and folded like a taco. For more information call 946-3070.

Full service

Taco Garage, 8403 Broadway, is now open for dinner. The restaurant’s new hours are 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 7 a.m.-11p.m. Friday-Saturday. For more information call 826-4405.

– Compiled by Devon Wilson and By Susan Pagani

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