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Bullshead Burger or better

I'm looking for a good burger place for my friend and I to go before we both leave SF for new jobs. Very familiar with Gott's (Taylors), been to Ganim's, Burgermeister, Burger Joint, In N Out etc.

Would like a really really good juicy burger with good meat, delicious fresh not frozen fries. Wanted to try burger bar but that looks like it got kind of lousy reviews. Would not mind paying up to $20 but Spruce is too much. Went to Absinthe but that was lousy.

Was thinking Bullshead might be nice, has anyone tried this recently or is there a better place?

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Bullshead Restaurant
840 Ulloa St, San Francisco, CA 94127

Burger Joint
242 King St, San Francisco, CA 94107

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  1. I had the 4505 burger at the Real Eats fest in Oakland and it was excellent. The hamburger was high quality. They serve them at the Ferry Building Farmer's Market. Might also try Zuni.

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    Zuni Cafe
    1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

    1. Based upon all the post-Bauer buzz I headed to Marlowe to try the burger and was not disappointed. Easily the best burger I've had in the city - a quick google will return piles of pictures and better descriptions than I can provide, but rest assured the burger is juicy and accompanied by the best of toppings and bread. The fries were also some of the best I've ever had - a great crunch, pillowy center, and great seasoning.

      That said, it's very different from the fast food joints like Gott's/In N Out/etc. so you may be looking for something different.

      Lark Creek Steak in the Westfield has a very decent burger in a pinch if you're in the mall and need a bite. It's not at the level of Marlowe but is fresh ground and delicious.

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      Lark Creek Steak
      845 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

      Marlowe
      330 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107

      1. Others to consider:

        Bix

        Wayfare Tavern

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        Bix
        56 Gold St., San Francisco, CA 94133

        Wayfare Tavern
        558 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

        1. My vote is for Darla's on Irving.

          1. I thought the Uruguayan Essencia beef burger at Pearl's was excellent. Doesn't Slow Club's burger tend to get a lot of raves?

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            Slow Club
            2501 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

            1. I like the burger and fries at Nopa, usually find myself comparing the burgers elsewhere in SF to theirs.

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              Nopa
              560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

              1. Recent burger discoveries: Citizen's Band, Marlowe, Wayfare Tavern. My go to burger in the city is Slow Club but if you have a Thursday free I'd definitely try the 4505 Burger at the Ferry Building. Perfectly cooked and a steal at $6.

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                Slow Club
                2501 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

                Wayfare Tavern
                558 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

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                1. re: tvham

                  I went to Marlowe and that was super good. The burger was very flavorful and juicy, with good char. The garnish was good, the bun was tasty, toasted well and did not fall apart. The fries were good but I am not sure I would call them the best in San Francisco. If you get in n out fries well done those are just as good. A couple quibbles: horseradish sauce not horseradishy-enough, and the beef and fries portions were a bit skimpy. I would have expected a huge pile of fries like Zuni and a patty that overlapped the bun, but got neither ;-(. Excellent baked oyster, pimientos de padron, and chocolate pot-de-creme.

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                  Zuni Cafe
                  1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

                2. I love the Bullshead, but it's old-school. 1977 never stopped inside that place. I think their burgers are really good-- the buffalo burger is the juiciest I think I've ever had with that meat. The fries are fresh cut (it's the kind of place where you see the guy carrying the 5-gallon bucket of fry-cut potatoes from the prep area in the back through the dining room and up to the kitchen in the front of the restaurant). The prices are good-- fries & burger for under $12.

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                  Bullshead Restaurant
                  840 Ulloa St, San Francisco, CA 94127

                  1. I've only been to B-Cubed once, and can't compare it with most of the places mentioned, but it was one fine burger. Definitely planning a return visit.

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                    B-Cubed
                    1152 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                    1. I have recently been to Bullshead as well as Maman's, Burger Bar, Lark Creek Inn and Absinthe. None of them is as good as Val's. Bullshead does not have shakes. To me that is a violation of good taste. Nothing wrong with the burger. Val's is old school. Cash Only. The milkshake cannot be surpassed and the fries or onion rings will feed 2-3. Wonderful.

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                      Bullshead Restaurant
                      840 Ulloa St, San Francisco, CA 94127

                      1. I must concur with Val's, although it's over in Castro Valley, it's worth the trip. Bullshead is fantastic, but check out Don Pisto's in North Beach on Union. Yes, it's a Mexican joint but their burgers are fantastic.

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                        Bullshead Restaurant
                        840 Ulloa St, San Francisco, CA 94127

                        Don Pisto's
                        510 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133

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                        1. re: Jason Kwong

                          Re: Don Pisto's http://www.donpistos.com/ WONDERFUL burger (has bacon ground up with the meat before cooking) comes topped with fresh guac, only $9 -- a real bargain. I don't think they have fries. Closed Mon, Sun has 1/2 price sangria. Open til 12:30 am, they also have counter seating. Friendly staff.

                          My only problem: it's too LOUD in here. Couldn't talk to my friend w/out yelling. They will do everything to go, too.

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                          Don Pisto's
                          510 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133

                          1. re: walker

                            Bacon ground up with the meat? Be still my heart (and if you eat too many of those, it will!). The website says the burger is marinated in bacon and onions. I wonder which it is? I had discounted the burger at DP because I read elsewhere it had onion in the patty which I'm not fond of...

                              1. re: grayelf

                                I did not taste or really notice onion, even tho I guess it was there. The waiter is the one who told us the bacon was ground up (or mixed in) with the meat -- I guess, both raw at same time? I did not see/taste bits of bacon. Just really delicious. Even tho the guac was great, I'd like the option of cheese.

                                There are very few late night options in SF, so this is good.

                              2. re: walker

                                The buns also come from a bakery just around the corner, fresh every day (at least the owner told me that). I usually go late early in the week, so not so loud for me.

                              3. re: Jason Kwong

                                You know I went to Val's and I was really disappointed. I thought that the burger was a bit mushy with no real char flavor. I also ordered onion rings. They were frozen and when they came they were only lukewarm. I think onion rings should be so hot you burn your lips. I sent them back and they came back with a new batch of the same temperature. Overall, thought they were resting on their laurels, won't take the trip out again.

                              4. Wonderful non-traditional burger at Namu, 6th and Balboa:

                                beef burger, kaiware, pickled daikon, soy glazed onions, dijon mustard, aioli, on a pain de mie bun,
                                choice of market salad or french fries 14 ::portobello mushroom burger 11 ::add kimchee relish.

                                Sorry, but call them about the fries . I always have salad. Kicks Bullshead to the ground. The burger is of Zuni quality.

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                                Zuni Cafe
                                1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

                                Namu
                                439 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

                                Bullshead Restaurant
                                840 Ulloa St, San Francisco, CA 94127

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                                1. re: stanbee

                                  I second Namu...best burger I've ever had, something about the pickled things, and unbelievably good flavored beef. I've been to Bullshead, it is for a certain nostalgia type, but try Namu for 2010 SF.

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                                  Namu
                                  439 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

                                  Bullshead Restaurant
                                  840 Ulloa St, San Francisco, CA 94127

                                  1. re: stanbee

                                    Namu's burger is great. I thought it was better than Zuni's, my longtime favorite in SF.

                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4217...

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                                    Zuni Cafe
                                    1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

                                    Namu
                                    439 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

                                  2. I don't get why spruce @ $14 is "too much" if you're willing to spend up to $20.

                                    NOPA should be on any list. $13.

                                    Serpentine has a nice burger. Made best of in SF Weekly. Their burger is 12.50
                                    http://www.sfweekly.com/bestof/2010/a...

                                    It should be the same as the Slow Club burger, but I had the Slow Club burger last week and it was OK not great I thought.

                                    If you want to go down market a bit, I rather like Mo's in north beach. Big Mouth is supposed to be good.

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                                    Slow Club
                                    2501 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

                                    1. Go to the Ramp (Mariposa/3rd Street) Had the hamburger (w/mushrooms) with fries -- expensive but excellent hamburger.

                                      1. What is your problem with frozen fries? Thomas Keller's Bouchon in Yountville uses frozen fries

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                                        Bouchon
                                        6534 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

                                        1. I tried Bullshead cheesburger (beef) for lunch this last Friday, and it was good. Juicy, well prepared. Did not have fries, etc. Had the cole slaw which was ok.

                                          It is not as good, in my opinion, to Cafe Rouge burger in Fourth St., Berkeley. Maybe the beef is aged or something? My other favorites are Slow Club (and presumably Serpentine). My last

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                                          Cafe Rouge
                                          1782 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710

                                          Slow Club
                                          2501 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

                                          Bullshead Restaurant
                                          840 Ulloa St, San Francisco, CA 94127

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                                          1. re: rln

                                            I thought the Cafe Rouge burger last Saturday was tasty but dry. Cooked medium rare so not overcooked but definite lack of juice. With fries $13, 4 bucks more than1/2 Bullshead burger with fries.
                                            Still fairly reasonable for 4th Street.

                                          2. OK, so I am always on the lookout for a great burger in SF and when I find one it is always at a sit down restaurant and it's always over 10 bucks. I just want a great burger with good meat, a good char and a bun that holds up...all for 10 bucks or less. Nothing fancy, just what I consider a really good burger.