"Bleeding" Vegan Burger Only Sold at 3 Orlando Restaurants

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Updated 1/12/17 12:02pm

By Mark Baratelli
There are only three four restaurants in Orlando that serve Impossible Foods' "bleeding" Impossible Burger and they're not any of our city's wonderful vegan or vegetarian restaurants. They're vegan-friendly spots! All three locations of the restaurant chain Toasted serve the Impossible Burger according to Impossible Foods' website. Our wonderful readers informed us (and we confirmed it) that The Edison restaurant at Disney Springs serve it as well.
  1. Toasted UCF - 11551 University Blvd, Orlando MAP
  2. Toasted Winter Park - 1945 Aloma Ave, Winter Park MAP
  3. Toasted Lake Nona - 10783 Narcoossee Rd, Orlando MAP
  4. The Edison Disney Springs - 1570 E. Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista MAP
The Impossible Burger tastes like meat and uses 95% less land, 74% less water, and creates 87% less greenhouse gas emissions that cow burgers. And it bleeds!

The product has been described as "bleeding" because it uses Heme, a basic building block of life on Earth. It's a molecule found in plant roots and is uniquely abundant in meat. That's what gives meat that meat smell, sizzle, bleed, and taste. They use the root version in their burger which makes it "bleed" and taste like real meat.

Right now, the Impossible Burger isn't available in grocery stores anywhere and you can't buy it online.

A restaurant in Chicago uses the meat to make vegan tacos. See photo below.

At a press briefing in 2017 Stanford biochemist Patrick Brown, Impossible Foods’ founder and CEO said “We want to completely replace animals as a food production technology by 2035,” according to Mercury News.

From the website: "Our dedicated team of top scientists, farmers and chefs spent the last five years studying it from cow to bun. Then we identified methods and ingredients to naturally recreate everything -- the sights, sounds, aromas, textures and flavors."

Related: Orlando has a vegan deli at The District in Mills50. Another vegan deli is on the way called Heirloom.

Photo Credit: Impossible Burgers
Photo Credit: Impossible Burgers
Photo Credit: Impossible Burgers
Photo Credit: Lindsay Widdel / Handout
Photo Credit: Impossible Burgers