best hamburger in the e. bay
I got some great answers to my soul food question and was hoping you guys could help me with another: I have yet to find an AMAZING hamburger place in the East Bay. When I lived in San Francisco, I'd go to Joe's Cable Car religiously...now that I live in Oakland, it's pretty out of the way. Can anyone recommend a good place? I've been to Barney's on Piedmont a few times but I think it's gone downhill over the past couple of years; and i'm not too into the gourmet hamburger thing, anyway. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. A place with great burgers AND fries would be wonderful, though I won't hold my breath for that miracle. ;)
thanks in advance!
The Red Onion in El Cerrito was my favorite when I lived in Albany, followed by Big Al's (both are on San Pablo Ave -- Al's is in Albany at about Brighton, The Red Onion is out by the Home Depot). The Red Onion is the old diner style, burgers off the griddle, with grilled onions on request. Big Al's uses a grill, and will use real cheddar on their cheeeseburgers instead of American for a few cents more. Both have acceptable but not great fries.
If you get out to Concord. Diggers at Willow Pass and Farm Bureau Rd. This is the place. The customer base is car nuts and old hotrodders. When they had a fire, the customers donated labour and materials to get them up and running. I love them most for being able to get a hamburger from the grill to my mouth while it is hot!