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Jan 28, 2009 12:02 PM

Best Sit Down Hamburger with a Full Bar

I would like to find a place with a bit of panache that has a really good to great hamburger and great french fries and offers a full bar. Since I am staying in the Union Square area I can spread out from there.

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  1. NoPa fits the bill...great food, amazing drinks, full upscale bar, but it can be absolutely awful to get a seat at the bar as a walk in (it's a cannibalistic madhouse for bar seating), but you could try to call the day of to get on the unadvertised list for seats at the "chef's bar" or whatever they call it that's got a view of the wood-fired oven and kitchen in the back of the restaurant.

    1. Zuni..but only for lunch or after 10 p.m.

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      1. The best burger I have had that fit the bill is:

        1. Spruce. Sexy space. Excellent burger. Full bar.

        Although Spruce is not extremely close to your hotel, it is worth the cabfare / busride.

        3640 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94118

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        1. re: Senor Popusa

          plus the bar menu offers the burger all day.

          nopa is another great choice, as is balboa cafe (if you don't mind the sourdough in place of a bun)

        2. Strange as it seems, O Izakaya Lounge in Japantown fits the bill perfectly. The restaurant has a full bar, and the best darn hamburger and fries I've had in SF. Other places to consider - Namu (although their burgers include some unusual condiments) and Custom Burger Lounge (a little odd, but interesting and long list of burger options).

          439 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

          O Izakaya Lounge
          1625 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

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            Custom Burger
            121 7th St, San Francisco, CA 94103