Constructing a great vegan burger—the kind that makes you not miss meat at all—seems like one of the toughest tasks in the culinary world. But if anyone can pull it off, it’s chef Kenny Chye, the brain behind the popular Veggie House in Chinatown, an all-vegetarian restaurant that specializes in dishes using meat substitutes. Chye, who had three successful restaurants in San Diego before coming to Las Vegas, opened Veggie House because he had to watch his own health and change his diet.
His new place, VegeWay, is a fast-food joint looking to do with vegan food what In-N-Out Burger does with meat—quality grub at a reasonable price point. The VegeWay burger won’t make you think you’re eating meat, but it’s so good it won’t matter. As Chye has proven at Veggie House, it’s not just taste that makes it work, but texture, too.
Here, he succeeds with a rice/soy/veggie medley patty that’s scrumptious and has a satisfying mouth feel. Chye also excels with his “fish” tacos, achieving the necessary crunch factor. And his “beef sandwich,” a vegan bahn mi, is so flavorful it can compete with any in town.
Chye is already eyeing new locations for VegeWay, and with a product this good, vegans, vegetarians and even carnivores are sure to enjoy his meals wherever the new spots pop up.
VegeWay 7790 S. Jones Blvd., 702-614-3380. Daily, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.