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Nov 26, 2010 04:42 PM

ISO Burgers, Fries and Shakes in SF

Mrs. Wineguy is desperate to find great examples of all of the above in one place in San Francisco. Please help me satisfy her craving. Price is not a consideration. Any thoughts?

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    1. re: wolfe

      Mel's is not a great example of any of those things.

      Gott's whatever the new name of Taylor's Refresher is has great shakes, and the burgers and fries are pretty good, though not great.

      1. re: JasmineG

        WG said he was desperate. Desperate people can do foolish things.

        1. re: JasmineG

          I agree with you about Mel's and have always felt that Taylor's was overrated.

          1. re: wineguy7

            I'm not necessarily sure if it's overrated; the consensus from most people I know is that it's good, not great, but that it's too expensive for what it is. The fries are definitely the weakest point.

            I totally agree with the recommendation for True Burger in Oakland, their burgers are fantastic (I haven't tried their shakes).

            1. re: JasmineG

              Taylor's/Gott's is definitely overrated. I've never understood why people line up for mediocre food at Ferry Building prices, assembled factory style, and served in a place with the ambience of a prison cafeteria (indoors). In that part of town, I'd rather pay twice as much for a burger at Americano that is ten times better. Given that the requirement about serving shakes rules out most fancy restaurant burgers, I'd say Mo's. I'd rate their burgers about as highly as any fancy restaurant burger and they have good shakes and fries.

        1. re: nocharge

          I've been wanting to try Mo's. Thanks!

          1. re: wineguy7

            I would try Barney's -- not the best hamburger, but a decent hamburger in a place with great fries and one of my favorite shakes - very thick turkish coffee shake. You can have steak fries, curly fries, thin fries, garlic fries, or fried veggies.

        2. I know its not in SF but True Burger in Oakland, near 19th St bart, does all three quite well. Better than Taylor's/Gott's

          1. What about PEARL BURGER?

            I havent been in a while, and the Post Street loc isnt much ambiance-wise, but I think they'd be a contender. I cant remember what the fries were like tho. Your "Value at Risk" would be small, anyway.

            ok tnx.

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            1. re: psb

              I totally second Pearl's! The fries, sweet potato fries, and onion rings are fine, but the burgers and shakes are wonderful!

            2. Bullshead, Cafe Maman and Larks Creek Inn on the Fourth Floor of Bloomingdales in SF Marketplace are notable as well.

              Bullshead Restaurant
              840 Ulloa St, San Francisco, CA 94127