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