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900 Grayson has the Best Burger in the East Bay

Better than Cafe Rouge, better than Lukas, better than Eccolo, even better than my beloved Gregoire blue cheese beef patty. Heck, we can even venture into SF because this burger puts Zuni's to shame.

Expertly cooked Creekstone Natural beef. Topped with the usual toppings plus Nueske's triple smoked bacon, house made bbq sauce and fried onions. The flavors come together perfectly. The soft bun absorbs the juices while maintaining its form. I said "wow" so many times while eating this burger that my dining companion started making fun of me. Fries are solid, get the dipping sauce that comes with the fried onions on the side.

At this point, I've tried most of Grayson's menu and I've yet to hit a clunker. The burger, chicken and waffles, corned beef hash and scrambled eggs with smoked salmon are standouts, but the entire menu is solid. Combine that with organic ingredients, reasonable prices, friendly service and good beer on tap and you've got a real winner. This is the best restaurant to open in Berkeley in years. Now I just can't wait until dinner service starts.


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  1. How do all you Bozos, er, of course I mean Chowhounds, get time during the day to eat at 900 Grayson? I can't even find the time to go to Piedmont Gregoires to get the beef/cheese dealie.

    Pass the leftover chicken wings, please.

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    1. re: oakjoan

      I've been only once, for a late breakfast on a weekend and was underwhelmed, but I clearly need to get back there sometime to try the burger.

      1. re: oakjoan

        They are open for brunch on Saturdays. Their "brunch" is more like a "best of" from the breakfast and lunch menus.

        1. re: oakjoan

          Distinct advantage to working from home!

          1. re: oakjoan

            I'm with you, oakjoan. I am so anxious to try out this place, but between the drive, parking and eating I'm guessing this is a 2 hour lunch for me. Got to wait for a day when the boss and boss's boss are out for the day!

            1. re: Cindy

              Finally got to try the Demon Lover today - really good, very moist chicken breast. The gravy was absolutely delicious, not a smudge left on the plate.

              Surprisingly, this was only an hour long lunch for me - it's almost right off the freeway, and parking (at 11:30am, at least) was easy just 1/2 block away. The owners are really nice and friendly; lots of "regulars" came in while we were eating so it's obviously very popular with the locals.

          2. thank you. i've been looking for a burger review from here for the longest time. looks decadent.

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            1. Thanks for the report, Morton. Now I don't know what to order first, the burger or the chicken. :)

              Are you still going to post about Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen and Bistro Jeanty, or did I miss them?

              1. Data point: pro

                Very very pro.

                I will say that it's a judiciously sized burger--more than adequate for the health-conscious burger indulgence, but a little small for a calorie-fest.

                I can't say if I like it more than Luka's. I need to try both again. You know, for science...


                1. I had it last weekend and I have to disagree that it beats Luka's. My burger was slightly overdone and my bun was burnt at the edges. That aside, the flavors were still good and I did enjoy it, which says a lot considering. I liked the staff and the environment at Grayson, they kicked Luka's butt there. I will definitely go back, especially if they start serving dinner.

                  1. When are they going to serve dinner

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                      1. re: Morton the Mousse

                        Never been to 900 yet, but have heard wonderful things-especially about some TV dinner thing.I did hear from a friend who works near by that dinner was soon. I hope so, but you seem to be in the know from reading your blogs.

                    1. Wow. Thanks for the tip. Your description was mouth watering. Next time I'm over in the East Bay I will absolutely give 900 Grayson a try! Over here in SF I believe Joe's Cable Car is the best for burgers. I've been going there since I was in high school .... back in the late sixties ... well into the middle of the prior century (My God I'm old!)

                      Joe's Cable Car is still owned and run by the same fellow who started it and the quality is outstanding. He starts with choice-grade beef chuck and then trims it down to no more than 6 to 8% fat. That's more lean than most, that's for sure!

                      Then the chuck is ground fresh every day. The patties are hand-formed in 4, 6 and 8-oz sizes. You'll find Joe's at: http://joescablecar.com/