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Oct 31, 2007 11:08 PM

Two messy thumbs up for Phyllis' Giant Burgers


Made a point of eating at the San Rafael location (saw one in Santa Rosa as well...any others?) after coming across the Roadfood review.

I went with the Cajun burger sans those nasty green bell peppers. Ordered it rare, and that is what I got. Dripping with cheese, sauteed onions, jalapeƱos, meat juice and a mild sauce with Tabasco in the background.

And that made for plenty of yummy glop to scoop up with the oh so crisp onion rings.

Business will have me back in the area at least once a year, and Phyllis' will most definitely be in the rotation.

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  1. Best burgers around IMO. I've spent a lot of time trying to find a burger that measures up to my all time favorite - The (late, lamented) Band Box in Little Rock, AR. Phyllis's are a very close second. I'm a classic American greasy cheesy guy - medium rare patty, cheese, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions & mayo only. Phyllis does it right.

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    1. re: rfneid

      I would bet that, even though I've never eaten at the "Band Box" in Little Rock, that their "classic" cheeseburger doesn't come with mayo. I grew up in the midwest and, while I'd been to places with mayo as an option, it took me several disappointing purchases to figure out that CA restaurants just ASSUME you want mayo. I think that's a CA only phenomenon (and it should be illegal).

      1. re: cwujd1

        Wrong! I was born & raised in SC. Burgers came with lettuce, tomato & mayo - no mustard, no ketchup, unless requested. Band Box burgers came with mayo. I frequently have to request mayo in CA.

    2. There's a much larger Phyllis place in a shopping center in Novato, but somehow something is lost in the translation from the San Rafael place to Novato. The Novato version (and the short-lived Corte Madera Village version) somehow misses the mark for me and I much prefer the San Rafael version. I think the San Rafael version has more dripping meat juice as you so aptly put it. It's possible that the quality varies, maybe with the particular cook that day, because some people on this board have reported very poor burgers there, but I haven't experienced that and it's still my favorite buger in the Bay Area.

      1. I like Phyllis' Giant for their amazing turkey burger.

        1. Links and previous reports

          Phyllis' Giant Burgers
          924 Diablo Ave, Novato, CA 94947

          Phyllis' Giant Burgers
          2202 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901

          Phyllis' Giant Burgers
          4910 Sonoma Hwy, Santa Rosa, CA 95409