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Nov 13, 2007 11:06 PM

Gayle's Super Burger (Santa Rosa) - Report

Finally got a chance to hit the lauded Super Burger today. I enjoyed the counter dining experience... particularly the community feel, they seem to get lots of regulars... and there is lots of chatting & joking ala Cheers.

As far as the food goes... the Cheese Burger is decidedly ordinary & homey... really reminds you of something from the backyard... small lumpy reasonably moist patty, run of the mill ingredients & condiments... slightly burnt bread... not cheap... $5.50, Onion Rings were average... as was the coffee.

Honestly... Super Burger isn't on the same continent as Heavenly Hamburger (RIP)... I think In & Out might actually be better.

Sorry Gayle... I am afraid you will NOT be the next iron chef.

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  1. I noticed Gayle's after having dined at Phyllis' in San Rafael earlier in the day. I was wondering, but you answered my question. Phyllis' RULES!

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    1. re: GroovinGourmet

      In the area... I have now tried Phyllis (Santa Rosa), Carmen's, Super Burger, the little teenage hangout at Montecito Center, and of course Heavenly Hamburger. My ranking would be:

      Heavenly Hamburger

      Super Burger

      Next up is Mike's at the Crossroads in Cotati (which I believe is suppossed to be the best in Sonoma County).

      Honestly... Phyllis & gang aren't any better than the old people diner chains.

      1. re: Eat_Nopal

        I would be interested in your reaction to Phyllis in San Rafael, which I consider the best burger in the area. I'll have to make a pilgrimage to SR for a Heavenly Hamburger.

        1. re: rfneid

          You might want to hold on with that trip to Heavenly Hamburger.... it was forced out of its location and replaced by Phyllis... but please let me know if you are ever in the area.

        2. re: Eat_Nopal

          EN- Have you tried Follini & Eichenbaum Café’ on Arnold in Sonoma? This from Kathleen Hill in the Sonoma Sun newspaper -

          Speaking of great burgers, I think we found the best!... Follini & Eichenbaum Café’s bargain Niman Ranch burger, consisting of one-third pound of organic ground beef on a toasted Dutch crunch roll with generous servings of lettuce, tomato slices, onion and the best pickles around for only $6.95. The burgers are grilled outdoors, and with cheddar cheese (other cheeses available) lend just enough natural juices to the roll to soften it up. We never did add the condiments or veggies.

          House-made potato chips cost $1.95 in a small bucket and are well worth it! The back of the new menu says she will close this location May 30 to open an all-organic store elsewhere in the valley, so get it while you can! 19100 Arnold Drive at Grove, Sonoma. 707.996.3287.

      2. After seeing the show on FN, I tried Squeeze Inn in Sacramento which we thought was great. In your burger quest, have you tried their second spot in Napa? We plan to visit soon and will post as a seperate thread.

        1. EN-

          Have you tried the Chippery at1021 Hahman Drive in Santa Rosa? It's just south and east of Montgomery Village...kinda catty corner from Montgomery High. My burger-eating buddy said she's had some good burgers there. Haven't tried it myself. Report back if you do.


          Chippery Potato Chip Factory
          1021 Hahman Dr, Santa Rosa, CA

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          1. re: Stephanie Sugars

            Walked in their once because I thought any place specializing in Potato Chips might be interesting... then realized they meant French Fries... looked around, it seemed pretty soulless to me (teenagers working there, no enticing aromas etc.,) so I left.

            If anyone is interested... I often meet up with Kare_Raisu for lunch on Wednessdays... maybe we can coordinate & do a mini burger crawl.

            1. re: Eat_Nopal

              Damn you for being so far away! A burger crawl here in the East Bay would be pretty short. Sure, we got quite a few places w/upscale burgers, but what I crave is the down & dirty (in a figurative sense), classic American greasy cheesy. There is a real dearth of those in the EB. The Red Onion is the one that comes to mind. It sounds like SR has a much wider selection.

              1. re: rfneid

                We have a few... I am not that thrilled. In ghetto L.A. there are over a hundred Greek owned burger joints (that is significant because they all get their meat, bread & condiments from the same sources... which happen to be fairly decent... I call this the Greek Burger Mafia)... and they are consistently better than most burgers in the Bay Area... and yeah I am talking accumulated layers of grease & grime on the grills creating a smokey environment... a brilliant pungent Greek secret seasoning mix... luscious Thousand Island type sauces... nicely sliced, pungent onions etc., Very few upscale burgers come close.

                I just made myself hungry. I was in L.A. a couple months back... and I definitely indulged at my favorite ghetto burger joint (Dino's on Main at Griffin Ave in Lincoln Heights).

                1. re: Eat_Nopal

                  Upscale burgers are too....clean. They don't drip grease mixed w/mayo & melted cheese globules. They have no soul. I've spent a lifetime seeking out the best burger wherever I've lived. The Bay Area is essentially a wasteland for your CAGC (classic American greasy cheesy). The best of them (Phyllis/San Rafael, Red Onion/El Cerrito) are pale imitations of the late lamented Band Box in Little Rock, AR - the finest CAGC ever crafted.

                  1. re: rfneid

                    I get my fix at Georges Giant Burger in Walnut Creek!!!
                    Cheeseburger mediam rare and french fries extra crispy

                    1. re: ez2b4d

                      Thanks ez2b4d - I'm in Walnut Creek every Saturday. I'll check it out.

                    2. re: rfneid

                      It's been a while, but we used to really like Sam's Quarter Pound Burgers on Hesperian in San Lorenzo for that kind of burger. Also, (speaking of Greek burger places) Athens Burger on Dublin Blvd in uh, Dublin, is excellent. Really great charburger flavor, unless they've changed their grill.

                    3. re: Eat_Nopal

                      I'm really bummed that you didn't like Superburger. It looks great and it's walking distance, and I really want it to be good. In the same neighborhood, there's Carmen's burger bar next to Pacific market in Santa Rosa. I haven't been there because my parents said they were treated extra-rudely by the staff. My parents aren't known for being over-sensitive, or always feeling snubbed and ignored, but they got the feeling that the staff was trying to discourage their demographic in favor of a young crowd.

                      So if somebody has a better report than that, let me know--- I'd need to read something positive in that regard to give it a try.

                      1. re: wearybashful

                        Carmen's is okay.... might even have a few of the best burgers in the area... the problem with them is two fold:

                        > Thick patty (which can be good, but I am definitely in the thin patty camp)
                        > Really thick Ciabatta bread

                        They cook the burgers well enough & have a few interesting ones (particularly the one with brie)... but you probably will not be craving them. I have never seen them be rude... but they are definitely a tired, almost cranky looking bunch.

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