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Apr 11, 2013 03:12 PM

Pearl's Alameda closed

Just drove over to Alameda to get a burger at Pearl's and it looks permanently closed. Is the whole chain gone, or just the Alameda location. Too bad. they had the best burger I've ever had at a chain joint.

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  1. It seemed pretty dead in there the few times I've been, as is half of Southshore or whatever they're calling it now. Rent in a mall can't be cheap. Lots of vacant store fronts there. I'd guess it's the location.

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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Could be but the trucks only come once a week, but it is Sat.

        Any way, there has to be at least a dozen empty store fronts there.

    1. Looking around for another place to eat, the pickings were slim. The map said there was a Southshore Cafe, but that was closed too. We ended up at a little Greek place that was pretty bad. Should have gone to Chipotles.

      So I gather the other locations are still in business? The website still works, but it lists the Alameda location as still open.

      1. Scolari's on park makes a much better burger period.
        the onion place on park is probably more hospitable.

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          1. re: Melanie Wong

            yes, seems to be popular, especially for families.

            1. re: shanghaikid

              Had a burger at Red Onion recently. Not as good as Pearl's was.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                pearl's was inconsistent. couldn't get a med. rare burger. came nearly well done.

                it's expensive for a family to eat at pearl's.. not so at red onions. scolari's has bested both of them. however, scolari's isn't family friendly. (no seating, seating is at bar next door).

                btw, my comments re red onion don't reflect my personal preference but the business model of pearl's and red onions.
                i.e. pearl's failed to get the family biz, pearls only got the singles looking for great burgers and some beer.

                1. re: shanghaikid

                  I only went to Pearl's twice, but both times my burger was medium rare, as ordered. I also appreciated that they offered 1/4 pound and 1/3 pound burgers. I'm not a big eater, and hate it when places only offer a 1/2 pound burger. 1/4 pound is plenty for me.

                  1. re: shanghaikid

                    That was not my experience. The fries at Pearl's were large enough to share -- that makes them more economical for a family, as does being able to get smaller burgers.