Our 2020 quest to push vegetarian options to the forefront, thus doing a little bit for the planet, brought us to Beetbox, on Davie near Thurlow.
Beetbox is the sister restaurant to Juke Fried Chicken in Chinatown but someone figured out how to make the fried chicken without chicken!
Still, you're better off if you don't try to compare it to chicken. It looks a little like it but it is deep-fried seitan. Crispy and tasty enough on its own, if you are thinking chicken you will think something is wrong. We really enjoyed this sandwich which was completed with lettuce pickles and miso aioli. More like dark meat if you still insist on thinking about a bird.
We also tried their Crispy Gordita which a little bit resembled something you might get at Taco Bell but again nothing had to die. Black beans and oyster mushrooms were the main ingredients with some slaw, avocado and 'cheez'. I would eat this all the time instead of the Taco Bell version and be perfectly happy. It was tasty and filling.
Of the dozen or so hot and cold sides, we decided that the Crispy Fried Brussel Sprouts were the most off the beaten path. Served with Tahini and pumpkin seed dukkah  (a salty herb and spice mixture) they were very good but not at all crispy. Beetbox offers a burger, house-made chorizo and sides of the healthy and 'less healthy' varieties. 
Casual but not uncomfortable, I like the painted bricks that they used for counter bases. The most expensive items on the menu are $12. So you can eat inexpensively and in good conscience too.
For what its worth, we give Beetbox 4 out of 5.
Beetbox Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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