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Dec 14, 2007 08:50 PM

best burger in Palo Alto?

I'm looking for the best burger in Palo Alto or the surrounding areas. Is the burger at Sundance Steakhouse any good?

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  1. I don't have any personal experience with any of these except for the creamery, but the places that seem to be mentioned the most for good burgers in the area seem to be The Counter (pricey? bad service?), Peninsula Creamery (great shakes), Jeffrey's and Kirk's (not what it used to be?).

    1. Village pub in Woodside ( pricey but if you go about 5 30 and eat at the bar you can get in without reservations) . for just fun burger like bacon blue cheese, try Bucks in Woodside

      1. I like The Counter though not as much as Taylor's Refresher. For a less expensive option, I prefer Taxi's over Kirk's or Jeffrey's (haven't had Peninsula Creamery). Ooh, just remembered the burger I had recently at Dutch Goose in Menlo Park...not bad. I've also heard The Oasis burger is good. Took the kids there once during off hours to try it out, but they didn't care for the divey atmosphere & we left. Perhaps there are families with kids there during normal hours (like Dutch Goose)?

        1. Kirk's, in my humble opinion, has never been the same after the move to Town & Country. Dry, overdone burger consistently.

          Have never been able to elbow my way in to try the Counter -- which is probably a good sign.

          One venerable operation that seems to have survived a move pretty well: The Old Pro, which is now where the sainted Ramona's used to be (I'm dating myself). Expensive burger. Satisfying.

          Don't overlook Menlo Park in your quest. I'm not a fan of the Goose or Brix, but there are at least a couple others you might want to check out -- including the new place (name?) that opened in the ill-fated location of Ken's House of Pancakes (dating myself again) .... after the ill-fated fish restaurant, after the ill-fated steakhouse, etc.

          Good luck. Please remember to report back with full details

          Sushi Monster

          5 Replies
          1. re: Sushi Monster

            Jeffrey's Hamburgers, also in San Mateo...

            1. re: cbepicure

              Jefferey's has another output on the menlo park / palo alto border. The burgers are quick and satisfying, but not up to the quality of Peninsula Creamery - it's an excellent fast food burger, but a below average restaurant burger.

              Otherwise, I'm in agreement with the rest of the posts. The usual suspects, and getting a burger at sundance would be interesting. I go there when I'm in the mood for a new york strip and a martini, so couldn't tell you about the burgers.

              1. re: bbulkow

                I would have to disagree here- I would consider Jeffrey's above average restaurant quality burger, but most likely it would depend on what is considered an average restaurant.

                1. re: P. Punko

                  Disagreement is reasonable - what peninsula burgers would you compare it against? How is Jeffery's superior, in your view?

                  1. re: bbulkow

                    Oh bb,

                    My point was just that I was thinking "average restaurant" covers hundreds of places that never even get a mention on chowhound because they are nothing special, or for most of america, some sort of chain restaurant where the majority or non-fast food burgers are probably eaten. Given all of those unmentioned places, I would consider Jeffrey's pretty good. See my comment below for my feelings on peninsula burgers.

          2. Peninsula Creamery has the best burger I've tried around Palo Alto.

            The Counter is fun, but a little more concept than quality. They have dozens of items you can choose to put on your burger including some unexpected choices. Fun to experiment with different flavor combos, but there is no way they can have such a massive array of ingredients and keep it all fresh, so the quality is a notch below PC, but both are worth trying.