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Mar 6, 2007 09:37 PM

East Coast Style Burger in SF, the Peninsula or the South Bay?

Looking for a GOOD East Coast Style Burger (is: Peter Luger's, Five Guy's, etc) as far south as San Jose and as far north as San Francisco.

Just a greasy and juicy flavorful patty, molten cheese, maybe some raw onions or crisp bacon sandwiched between a toasted bun. a heart attack in other words. no lettuce, tomatos, condiments, etc.

sounds simple, but i've yet to find one.


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  1. I have never heard of an east coast styled burger and I travelled quite a bit to the east coast. My experiences were almost always that the burgers were fried on a griddle, too densely packed so there were little if any juices, and the meat always tasted a little off. Is this the kind of burger you are referring to? One option for a pan griddled burger with onions might be at Original Joe's down in the Tenderloin. They can either grill it or cook it on the griddle to your preference.

    1. I know nothing of East Coast burgers, but your description reminds me of Oscar's, in Berkeley.

      1. I always specify no lettuce, tomato or mayo. I'm from the midwest and burgers there didn't have all that stuff on them (onions are great, though).Somehow California ruined burgers :-) I add my own mustard and catsup. My point is that you can get that treatment any time you want.

        1. Oh gosh, I remember Five Guys from living near Washington DC. That was indeed good, good stuff. I can't think of a place around here like it. :(

          1. Try the new "TruckBurger" at Truck,the bar at Folsom and 15th

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            1. re: coralv

              Are they open? I couldn't find the information in their website and no one answered my call! I have a happy hour with a friend who lives 2 blocks from there so thought it would be a perfect time to try it out.