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best hamburgers and milkshake in sf ?

sylcha Mar 1, 2011 08:09 AM

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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    DavidT RE: sylcha Mar 1, 2011 08:18 AM

    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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      tstrum RE: DavidT Mar 1, 2011 01:07 PM

      Nuff said.

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

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        InNOutBurger RE: tstrum Mar 1, 2011 03:54 PM

        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

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          wolfe RE: InNOutBurger Mar 1, 2011 03:59 PM


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            Cynsa RE: wolfe Mar 21, 2011 04:45 PM

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

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        ML8000 RE: DavidT Mar 1, 2011 05:34 PM

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

      3. myst RE: sylcha Mar 1, 2011 08:52 AM

        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. Robert Lauriston RE: sylcha Mar 1, 2011 09:03 AM

          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. wolfe RE: sylcha Mar 1, 2011 12:37 PM

            Previous burger and shakes thread with fries on the side.

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              Justin L RE: sylcha Mar 1, 2011 04:19 PM

              How about super duper?

              Super Duper Burgers - 2304 Market St San Francisco, CA

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                Keesey RE: sylcha Mar 1, 2011 04:38 PM

                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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                  Robert Lauriston RE: Keesey Mar 1, 2011 04:43 PM


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

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                  smokestack lightning RE: sylcha Mar 1, 2011 06:58 PM

                  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. myst RE: sftaoofpao Mar 2, 2011 03:41 PM

                    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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                      bbulkow RE: myst Oct 3, 2011 09:56 PM

                      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. chefj RE: sylcha Mar 2, 2011 03:22 PM

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

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                        rjk6w4 RE: sylcha Mar 21, 2011 02:29 PM

                        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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                          Cynsa RE: rjk6w4 Mar 21, 2011 04:51 PM

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

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                            Cynsa RE: rjk6w4 Mar 21, 2011 05:03 PM

                            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

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                              insectazoids RE: rjk6w4 Mar 21, 2011 05:53 PM

                              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.

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