It was Sam’s birthday recently, and we ate burgers for 5 consecutive meals, including a free burger at Red Robin. Sam loves burgers. In our several months in San Francisco, we have had our fair share… but we’ve only just begun. From the top:
Rickbobby’s: Beef and Bacon Burger – beef & bacon ground together, american cheese, house mayo, ketchup, onion and pickles on the side. The photo I captured was of the burger almost entirely consumed.
NOPA: grass-fed beef burger. grilled. no frills. cheese and bacon optional. housemade brioche. very. very. good.
Mission Beach Cafe: prather ranch beach burger with caramelized onions, winchester gouda, mushrooms, heirloom tomatoes, and garlic aioli. MBC is a solid brunch place with a solid burger.
Umami Burger: truffle burger – house truffle cheese, truffle glaze, and garlic aioli. the house burger – parmesan crisp, shiitake mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions, and housemade ketchup. Umami burgers are good, but for the size (small) and the price (big) the taste didn’t wow us enough to keep us coming back.
Super Duper Burger: Super Duper Burger is a fast food burger at its finest (well, In-N-Out and Shake Shack are better). The two 4 oz beef patties come crusty on the outside and pink on the side with a wide range of burger fixings to your liking including blue cheese and bacon, my preferred burger toppings.
Pearl’s Deluxe Burgers: Another slow fastfood place like Super Duper, Pearl’s offers a solid burger with a variety of meats including kobe and buffalo burgers. It’s a good burger, but not particularly memorable.
Griddle Fresh: I previous blogged about Griddle Fresh as a great place to have pancakes. We have since discovered they also make a mean burger. Our first foray into Griddle Fresh burgers was actually at their sister restaurant Mymy Coffee Shop – also Korean-owned if it wasn’t obvious from the restaurant’s name. We got the Ultimate Roasty Burger: grass-fed beef, roasted bell peppers, pesto, gruyere, roma tomatoes, greens, and garlic aioli and the Big Papa Burger: grass-fed beef, salty onion strings, roasted jalapeños, bacon, cheddar, and chipotle aioli; both with a sweet and soft pan de mie bun.
We ate at Marlowe for Sam’s actual birthday, specifically to try Chef Jennifer Puccio’s famous burgers. The beef-lamb (80/20) burger is topped with caramelized onions, cheddar, bacon, and horseradish aioli. We started with the deviled eggs with aged provolone, bacon, and pickled jalapeños, and crispy brussels sprout chips with lemon and sea salt. All decadent; all delicious. My main course was the New York steak frite with red wine and porcini au jus. I got the smokey baked cauliflower topped with bubbling provolone and smoked cheddar as my side. And for the birthday dessert, an unassuming upside down strawberry crisp with bourbon ice cream & brown butter caramel sauce that blew our minds. We aren’t even dessert people. It tasted and felt like an ice cream-cheesecake hybrid. Prather Ranch’s burgers were climbing to the top of our best burger list. Prather Ranch Meat Co. is a meat shop with several locations and their Eatery is located in the Ferry Building. Each of their burgers are 6 oz dry aged beef, cooked medium on an Acme sesame roll. Served with farmers lettuce, shaved red onion, special sauce & a dill pickle spear. I ordered the Roasted Garlic Burger: with roasted garlic & maple bacon mayonnaise, sharp cheddar cheese, grilled onion, and wild arugula… with a fried egg on top. Sam got the Range Burger: with cheddar & american cheese, maple bacon, crispy onion rings, and BBQ sauce. During another visit we also tried their sausages with the Chuck Wagon Chili Dog: all beef hot dog with chuck wagon chili, sour cream, scallions & cheddar. Everything was spectacular. Even still… of all the burgers consumed, our favorite burger thus far in San Francisco:
ROAM. We’ve had their Sunnyside burger, Heritage, French and Fries, and Pacific Blue — so about half their burger menu. And every single burger was phenomenal. The quality of the meat, the deliciousness of their toppings, and price point all come together to make Roam our favorite burger joint in SF… thus far. Delicious shakes like Blue Bottle Coffee topped bruleed marshmallows, as pictured above, doesn’t hurt.And, the Fry-Fecta – russet fries, sweet potato fries, and zucchini & onion strings all in one bowl of fried goodness.
I’m looking forward to amending this post with more SF burgers to come…