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Apr 2, 2008 06:15 PM

*New Superburger* In Santa Rosa

Went back a couple of weeks and didn't see anything from the usual North Bayites, so...the folks at Gayle's Superburger on 4th in Santa Rosa sold out a few weeks ago to retire (also told they're selling their house and moving out of state) and a new owner is running Superburger -- very successfully, I must say.

Beef is freshly ground, hand formed patties, and the burgers rate *Five Napkins* on my scale (a burger only needing one napkin isn't worth the trouble). Had a half pound "Kingburger" which arrived nice and pink, as ordered...the owner, Bill, asked how I wanted it cooked.

Good and juicy, now served with freshly sliced red onion and a slice of red tomato. Minor quibbles about the fries arriving with a tad too much oil, but Bill said he's still trying to figure out best to equip the tiny grill/fryer area to include appropriate area to drain deep fried items before serving.

The thick patty, ripe tomato and good vibes made for a delicious burger...better than Taylor's in my mind, and I live in St. Helena.

The shakes/malts are still freshly made, additional menu items (grilled chicken sandwiches, cole slaw, etc.) and fresh Meyer lemonaide (and 'bottomless' soft drinks) add up to a strong recommendation.

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  1. Five napkins, eh? Sounds good. Thanks for the heads-up.

    1501 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

    1. I saw the new owner shopping at the farmers' market, and he said he was a neighborhood boy... I hope he succeeds.

      1. Although I never tried Super Burger, I found the Best FAT Burger in Santa Rosa (and Sonoma County) is found at:
        John Barleycorns on Yulupa Avenue (cross street is Bethards) in the Longs Shopping Center. [And BTW, tried Phyllis's Burger on Highway 12 x Middle Rincon in Santa Rosa and it was a huge disappointment--unless u like an overpriced frozen Costco flat patty dwarfed by a huge stale bun and rude, unfriendly, smart-alecky service.

        Now, my mate and I are extremely particular about quality and service (Disclosure: we WILL NOT re-frequent a place if we experience bad service or food. Period. snobs we are Not. I've been a waitress and we both work very hard for our meager incomes so want to choose wisely when we do go out to eat).
        Fat, juicy burger served with fries or side salad for about $10.00. We discovered by happenstance this somewhat funky place about 8 years ago when a friend & I were shopping in Bennett Valley and she had a Sonoma Express Card with Barleycorns on it. And I am so Grateful ever since!!

        Consistently High Quality Fat Juicy Burger Made to Order and Pleasant, Friendly Efficient Service.
        I like my Burgers FAAAT and a little Juicy - and for the past 8 years, they have done it every time, except once when it must've been an off night.

        I especially love the mushroom burger- the shrooms are saute'd perfectly and are delish w/ just a hint seasonings to enrich their flavor and come overflowing the top of the burger and onto your plate. You can also add grilled onions with the same result in flavor and texture and as of yet, never over cooked

        Most noticeable when you enter is a long bar that takes up half the restaurant running the length of the restaurant, couple of big screens- with the sound off -on two walls (thankfully they are always muted). But don't be put-off by this atmosphere ( i was the first time i went, but realized the food justified the visit), the food is awesome and you actually can hold and hear a conversation with your dinner guests. The dining area takes up the other half of the restaurant. Seating is available at tables for two & four (accommodations for larger parties is easily done by joining several tables together) and there is one large comfy booth near the entrance.

        They recently changed ownership and I can report that my mate bellied up and he found the same high quality and service as before- As an aside, when i am in Marin and have a hankering for a burger the only choice hands down is the Wild Fox (can be seen from 101 in Ignacio-behind burger king) for the same reason's as noted above.

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        1. re: IJustWant GreatFoodandService

          I've been a little underwhelmed by Wild Fox but haven't tried the burger.

          Gee, there's not much out there about Barleycorn's. However, whenever it is mentioned that hamburger is recommended. Thanks.

          This burger smackdown liked the buffalo burger ...

          "Buffalo Bacon Cheeseburger-just the right amount of spice and a whole lot of sloppy!"
          "Ask for the Baja Burger, which isn't on the menu anymore, but they will still make it for you: A burger, cheese, avocado, bacon, green chilies, lettuce and tomato."
          "I've eaten at all the other places, and I still think the best burger I've ever eaten anywhere is the Buffalo bacon cheeseburger at John Barleycorn"

          I was looking at the menu and they have Steak Diane. Don't see that often these days.

          Barleycorn's Bar & Restaurant
          2700 Yulupa Ave # 7, Santa Rosa, CA

          1. re: rworange

            Forgot the Wild Fox link

            Huh ... looking at the website who knew that every June they have a Cuban NIght. The sixth annual one this year ($150) included a banquet, live music, hand-rolled cigars and a mojito bar

            They have a cigar menu on the website.

            They also have live jazz on the patio on Thursday evenings.

            There's also an early-bird prix-fixe nightly for 19.95 before 6 pm

            Appetizers at the bar are are half price between 4:00 P.M and 10:00 P.M

            They make their own ice cream. One of these milkshakes might be good with that burger - Vanilla, Strawberry, Raspberry, Malted, Chocolate, Chocolate Malted, Banana, Banana Butterscotch

            Menu says the saurkraute for the Rueben is house-made.

            Who knew there could be something interesting about Wild Fox?

            Previous Wild Fox mentions:

            Wild Fox Mesquite Fired Kitchen
            225 Alameda del Prado, Novato, CA

        2. I'm kind of embarrassed that it took me so long to get to SuperBurger, but I finally did it. I just ordered a plain hamburger. It came with a dab of barbecue sauce, and lettuce, onion and tomato slice. Pickles and other condements were on the counter. The meat was good: I'd have to say it tasted as though I'd made it myself on my backyard grill. I can't tell you anything about the fries, but I did notice some people ordered them with garlic pieces in some kind of sauce-- if it was butter, that would be really evil-- poured on top.

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          1. re: wearybashful

            << some people ordered them with garlic pieces in some kind of sauce-- if it was butter, that would be really evil-- poured on top.>>>

            Wouldn't truly evil be with all that and a side of mayo? : >P

            1. re: PolarBear

              Wouldn't truly evil be with all that and a side of mayo? : >P
              From the primer on how to become an endangered species?

              1. re: wolfe

                Yeah, as an educator/scientist it's always confused me, survival of the fittest and that which doesn't kill me, only makes me stronger. (Note: my best friend/physician goes for months without speaking to me).

              2. re: PolarBear

                Don't worry about ordering the side of mayo. Mayo is sitting in front of you on the counter, waiting and ready should your will power falter for an instant.