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Nov 12, 2009 02:46 PM

4505 Meats: EPIC lunches at the Ferry Plaza Thursday Farmers Market

I'm really surprised no one has been posting anything about what Ryan Farr has been cooking up at the Ferry Plaza Thursday Farmers Market. I've been steadily eating my way through his offerings for the past few weeks. It all started with the cheeseburger. It was a very tasty burger. He grinds his own meat and ages it 21 days. But it was a bit too small for $7. Luckily he started offering a double cheeseburger for a mere $9. The meat to bun ratio worked much better in my opinion. The flavor of the meat is superb. One of the most flavorful burgers I've eaten anywhere. The only downfall is that the bottom bun becomes incredibly soaked through so you can't really put it down once you start eating it, for fear of it falling apart. Nonetheless, it's absolutely worth it. And you won't want to put it down anyway.

It's DEFINIELY one of the top two or three burgers in the city IMO. NOPA is my usual fav SF burger. I tried BIX's last week. It was solid, but the meat was no where near as flavorful as either of these two burgers. And I still need to try Spruce's burger.

I nearly ate at Namu's stand last week, but once I saw Ryan's offering I really had no choice: Beef Shank and Smoked Lengua Crépinette with a fried egg, brussel sprouts and aioli. Sorta like a burger, but totally not. I instantly declared this one of the best sandwiches I've eaten in my entire life. Seriously amazing. And the bun held up nicely.

I went again this morning really wanting a double cheeseburger, but again, once I saw the special I really had no choice but to order it: Deep Fried Pig Trotter Banh Mi style sandwich. Ryan braised the shanks, deboned them, then took the meat and gelatinous good stuff, rolled it into a log, breaded and then deep fried to order. All atop a nice baguette with pickled carrots and daikon, cilantro and some chilis.

There are only a few weeks left of the Thursday farmers market, so I felt it my duty to inform the Chowhound community of what they're missing before it's too late. I realize this may lead to me waiting on line a bit longer, but Ryan deserves a larger fan base. This guy has quickly become one of my heroes.

Photos of all the epic sandwiches mentioned above attached.

439 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

4505 Meats
1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111, CA

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  1. No wonder they had such a long line! I haven't been to the Thursday market in awhile and so 4505 is new to me and I wanted to give it a try, but I was scared away by the noontime crowd. Maybe next week I'll show up early. Thanks for the update!

    1. brian, great photos! I'm salivating.

      1. A few people talked about 4505 Meats in this post but not in this detail, so thanks. I didn't know the Thursday market was ending soon -- when is the last day of it?

        4505 Meats
        1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111, CA

        1. Hey Brian

          I just want to point out that the Thursday Market is actually OPEN year-round now, so keep coming back this winter, when the vendors/farmers will need your business the most!

          1. Speaking of Ryan Farr, he's apparently cooking at or sending food to a Meatpaper benefit in Brooklyn next Wednesday, so if you're a fan you might want to let any NY friends know.


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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              I could have sworn someone said the last market would be at Xmas time, but if that's not the case it's great news. I usually try and go around 11:30 to avoid the rush, but the crowds have dwindled lately, at least at the 4505 stand. Which completely baffles me as I think Ryan is serving up the best food there.

              1. re: brian j

                I was at the 4505 stand today. There were a handful of people around by noon, but not a huge crowd.

                I quite enjoyed the burger. It's reminiscent of the the "outdoor burger" at T-Rex, for anyone who's from the other side of the bridge, in that the bun and toppings are similar, but the meat is in its own league. The burger almost didn't need sauce or toppings, as the meat was tasty enough on its own.

                The single is just the right size if you want to combine your Ferry lunch with something else (in my case, a Tacolicious taco - which was just OK compared to the burger). The meat seems rich and heavy enough that a small portion is enough to hit the spot for lunch.

                Yeah, I can see why Ryan Farr has joined Blue Bottle, Acme Bread, etc. in attracting a following.