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best hamburgers and milkshake in sf ?

hi !

i'm new in sf and a friend of mine is coming to visit me and he wants to eat a good 'traditional' hamburger and a good milkshake also. american cliché, you know...

is anybody has a suggestion about that ?

thanks for answering.

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  1. One contender is Bill's Place, on Clement Street between 24th-25th Avenues.

    Bill's Place
    2315 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

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    1. re: DavidT

      Nuff said.

      In-N-Out Burger
      333 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

      1. re: tstrum

        Just look at my screenname and it speaks for itself!

        James Randall in Los Gatos does a pretty kick-ass burger made from ground brisket. Couple that with their truffle fries and you're loving life.

        James Randall Restaurant
        303 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030

          1. re: wolfe

            In-N-Out's neapolitan shake is all-three flavors of vanilla-strawberry-chocolate or the Choco-Vanilla Swirl... Root Beer Float.

      2. re: DavidT

        A 2nd on Bill's. Old fashion, traditional, standard greasy burger...good fries and shakes. Also the environment matches the food.

      3. Barney's Burger off Chestnut. They have great shakes and fries (garlic, curly, steak, or skinny) and the burgers aren't bad. I love the turkish coffee shake.

        If its more of a gourmet burger you want try Wayfare Tavern.

        Barney's Gourmet Hamburger
        3344 Steiner St, San Francisco, CA 94123

        Wayfare Tavern
        558 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

        1. If your friend is foreign, I'd say go for atmosphere: Orphan Andy's at 2 am, St. Francis Fountain.

          St. Francis Fountain & Candy
          2801 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          Orphan Andy's
          3991 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

          1. Previous burger and shakes thread with fries on the side.

            1. How about super duper?

              Super Duper Burgers - 2304 Market St San Francisco, CA

              1. Roam Artisan Burger! They have a Bison option too and last time I was there, they had a special for Elk burger. But all game meat aside, their serve a traditional beef burger with several options of toppings.

                Get the Salted Caramel shake!

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                1. re: Keesey


                  Roam Artisan Burgers
                  1785 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

                2. I will also suggest Bill's Place. Very good burgers. fries, shakes in a very traditional burger joint place.

                  Bill's Place
                  2315 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

                  1. I've been to Bill's a few times, but the shakes sadly are not my favorite. I can't recall if Taylor's shakes were that good, but the location is cool....

                    Gott's Roadside in the Ferry Building - used to be Taylor's - Burger, Fries, and Shakes....

                    Barney's has really thick shakes....

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                    1. re: myst

                      I stopped by Gott's today and had a burger. As much as I like the location and the atmosphere, boy, it seems so many vendors have surpassed them. Good bun, but the meat itself is nothing special.

                    2. Burger Joint has that traditional malt shop kind of burgers,fries and milk shakes. But it has been awhile since I have been there.

                      1. I'd recommend Super Duper or Pearl's. Not a fan of Bill's Place but the atmosphere is very traditional and old-school if that's what you're looking for. The milkshakes at St Francis Fountain are excellent but I have not sampled the burger.

                        Bill's Place
                        2315 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

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                        1. re: rjk6w4

                          Dreamsicle (vanilla and orange sherbet) or Espresso Shake at the St. Francis Fountain and Diner

                          1. re: rjk6w4

                            Pearl's Deluxe Burgers - the nephew's fave ... and now, the niece likes the burger, too.

                            I like Mo's Grill; Hall of Flame; Bullshead www.bullsheadsf.com/ and I do stand in line for Tuesday-only burgers at Rosamunde on Haight Street. — but there are so many burgers still untasted at Mission Beach Cafe, Urbun Burger, Bistro Gambrinus, Broken Record, Super Duper, Buckshot, Roam Artisan Burgers, Don Pisto
                            -read more at http://sanfranciscoburgerblog.tumblr....
                            or read http://www.facebook.com/thehamblogger

                            For non-traditional, my choice is SF Grill; http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/755399

                            Pearl's Deluxe Burgers
                            708 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94109

                            1. re: rjk6w4

                              I've had the burger at St. Francis a few times and it is a totally tasty average burger -- not sure it is a "destination burger" -- but it certainly is a cool-kid burger & shake experience. Also you can get Yo! MTV Raps trading cards (unless they've sold out).

                              I discovered Pearl's on a walk last December and didn't have time to try it out, but it was packed on a weekday and looked very tasty. Any favorite styles to try?

                              There's probably a thread or two on Pearl's that I'll check out later.