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Oct 22, 2011 12:08 AM

Pearl's Deluxe Burger, SF review w/ pics

Finally tried Pearl's Deluxe Burgers in SF. It's not very far from Union Square/Tenderloin - probably good for when you are tired from shopping or before or after a show.

Small place, maybe 7 small tables. Order at the counter & they call out your number from your receipt.

I wasn't very hungry but still ordered a Turkey Burger $5.99 - it came on a wheat nut bun, lettuce, tomato, I asked for no onions, lite mayo, mustard, thick patty, very dripping. Pickles - FREE & help yourself near the register. Charged it!

Windy got a Mini burger (1/4 lb) $4.29 - it was well done, though she likes almost raw.

I asked for tap water.

Would like to try Veggie Burger $5.99 & a Peanut Butter milk shake $3.49 or under Special Shakes: Nutella $3.99.

One unisex bathroom in the back.

M-Th 11a-10p
F-Sat 11-11p
Sun 12-9p

Pearl's Deluxe Burgers
708 Post St, SF 94109

1001 Market Street @ 6th Street


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

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  1. They were supernice. Mini-burgers are hard to get right, so next time I might try a larger burger and pay $4 to upgrade to Kobe or buffalo.

    A warning that they put mayo on the burgers unless you ask them not to. Also they don't ask how you want the meat cooked, so if you don't want medium well, speak up.

    6 Replies
    1. re: Windy

      I walked by there on the way to a show at the Golden Gate -- it sure dresses up that corner! I hadn't realized what a blight the former tenant had been. With Showdogs across the street, on a sunny Sunday afternoon that corner looked much less scary than I remember.

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        I think you are talking about the new location on Market Street. The older location is in the 700 block of Post street.

        1. re: DavidT

          So they were. But my comments stand: the 6th and Market location is a real upgrade to that corner. I've only eaten at the Alameda location, but I liked it a lot: if you order right, you can have a juicy tasty burger for a reasonable price, and the fries and shakes are good, too.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            What kind of meat do you recommend? (Kobe, buffalo, turkey, regular beef)

            1. re: Windy

              I think the last time, when the burger was really good -- I just got the regular beef. I'm cheap that way. I think it depends more on whether they cook it properly than the beef itself.

        2. re: Ruth Lafler

          link to new Pearl's

          Pearl's Deluxe Burgers
          1001 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102

      2. I'm confused. Is the food any good? For example, if I'm halfway between their new Market St. location and SuperDuper Burgers, which is a couple of blocks away, which direction should I head?

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        1. re: johnq

          based on my overcooked burger in alameda, i would go to superduper.

          1. re: shanghaikid

            The person who overcooked your burger was in Alameda, not 6th Street.

            SuperDuper is okay. Fine, but not exactly a destination.

            1. re: Windy

              alameda was the 2nd location of pearl's that overcooked my burger. figured it's chain wide.

              both times i specified medium rare.
              the lst was at the flagship, phat's in mill valley. the meat dry and had gristle in it..

              1. re: shanghaikid

                My burger at Mill Valley was overcooked as well.

                1. re: DezzerSF

                  My guess is that it really depends on who is working the grill. The first burger I had at the Pearl's in Alameda was disappointing, but the second one was one of the best I've ever had.

                  I'd have to concede, though, that it's hard to unreservedly recommend a place that is not consistent.

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                    it was a party atmosphere amongst the workers (when i went) so i guess no one was "watching the grill"

                    everyone was having too much fun.

                  2. re: DezzerSF

                    I had a basic burger at the San Anselmo branch while on a break from shopping at Village Music's closing sale. I was happy with my non-happy meal burger. I would return, but haven't in the intervening two years. I think the sweet potato fries were good.

                    1. re: chocolatetartguy

                      Always ready to try a new burger, I went to the Alameda location. I like that they offer 1/4- or 1/2-lb burgers. I don't need a 1/2-lb burger, or even a 1/3-pounder. I ordered the mini-burger medium-rare with cheddar. I told the woman who took my order that I really meant medium-rare, not medium or well done. It arrived as ordered and was delicious.

                      I also ordered fries, but was less pleased with them. They put some kind of a coating on the fries before cooking that makes them come out crispy but too salty for my taste. I'm a purist. Just give me a properly made fry and I'm happy.

                      Next time I'll spend the calories on a shake rather than fries.