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May 18, 2007 07:27 AM

Best Burger in San Fran

Please list your non fast food joint Burger candidates!
Yeah In & Out is good but everywhere.
But give me your "I want to savor it" burger, and place.


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  1. Hasn't this been done to death? Check the archives.

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    1. re: Jim

      Not only that, but if In & Out is a standard for "good", the list will reach the moon.

      1. re: Gary Soup

        In & Out is "good", but I think that the OP wants "GREAT"! I've seen this done for the EB quite extensively, but not as much for SF.

        So, I'll bite...

        I'm on the same quest, RobertM, and thus I don't have a contribution to make perse, however I've heard that Zuni ranks up there... I'm curious as to what others think.

        1. re: chemchef

          The thing I don't get about the question in the OP is that In N Out _is_ a fast food burger. I think they're the best fast food burger around, but theyr'e a fast food burger, period.

          I'm a big fan of Burgermeister for the "non-fast food" type of burger (even though they're really quick). I haven't had the chance to try some of the other oft-mentioned burgers in town (Zuni, for example).

      2. re: Jim

        Ditto...people reply to it regularly too...

        1. re: wolverine61

          I've always been a bit confused about this - when is the Zuni burger actually served?

            1. re: celeste

              Tuesday through Saturday, Zuni's burger is available until 6pm and after 10pm.

              Dunno if it's on the Sunday brunch menu.

            2. re: gemster

              Here is a link to a page that has the lunch menu for May (the burger is on it). Not sure if they only serve it for lunch or lunch and dinner.


              Also, here are the hours:

              Hours of Operation:
              Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 6:00pm, Sunday: 3pm - 5pm
              Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
              Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm

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            1. Sorry for any heart burn over the topic. Im on the east coast and will visit SF next month.
              I have found Yummy Chow and their list of the burger holy grail. Are those places still current? Yeah I want to know what you guys out there consider a great burger not pick a fight or piss anyone off. I will follow the links to the past posted comments!!! Thanks

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              1. re: RobertM

                the bunrabs do a good job. their tastes are compatible with mine and therein lies the rub: they may not be compatible with others. woodrow wilson suggested, "i use all the brains i have plus all i can borrow."

                1. re: steve h.

                  Good burgers can be had at:

                  Big Mouth- 24th and Valencia
                  -Niman Ranch, grilled, good luck if you want it medium rare they tend to cook well done, but it's still good, great fries too.

                  -Burgermeister- Carl and Cole; Church and Duboce
                  -Niman again, will cook to order

                  NOPA- Divisadero & Hayes
                  -For a truly divine burger, go here. Nice restaurant, lot's of reviews on this board, house ground, gourmet burger.

                  Joe's Cable car- location?
                  -expensive but high quality burger, house ground

                  Have fun!

                  1. re: virtualguthrie

                    d & h sounds good. what does "house ground" mean in terms of flavor?

                    1. re: steve h.

                      house ground means they grind the meat on the premisis and therefore it is really fresh.

                      Forgot about Bill's place, glad someone mentioned it, great homestyle burgers.

                    2. re: virtualguthrie

                      Strongly second Joe's, though I was alarmed to learn the prices have increased substantially.

                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                        lol! i thought you would have taken a shot at wilson (much easier). burger wise, zuni is pretty good. the goofy storefront place in sausalito is ok, too. the pine cone diner is my favorite but you need a fast woman and a convertible to get there.

                        1. re: wolverine61

                          i'm kind of fond of the burger at pine cone diner. any thoughts?

                      2. re: steve h.

                        big mouth burgers doesn't use niman ranch beef. They have some other brand that is natural (no antibiotics, etc...)

                      3. re: RobertM

                        Don't fall for the hype regarding Joe's Cable Car. The burgers are ordinary at best (inferior to In-n-Out by a long shot), the service is cranky and the prices aren't realistic.

                        If you are coming west, I advise you to get your In-n-Out burger fix while you are here. Use the rest of your dining time on all the great eateries that SF has to offer.

                      4. Burger Joint is great. There are two locations in SF--one at Haight and Pierce (Lower Haight) which is the one I go to. This is on par with Burgermeister--a cut above fast food, with Niman Ranch beef, and the traditional toppings. I love the soft bun and pickles, plus a nice big green lettuce leaf, some red onion slices and a slice of tomato. It comes with a side of steak-type fries. That's about it--limited menu and one thing I love is that they serve a junior size burger--it's a manageable size if you're not absolutely starving and hits the spot. Plus, the Haight St. location has nice roomy retro booths, though you order at the counter.

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