I recently learned about this cool new phone app that helps you find things off the beaten path. I contributed a burger tour for San Francisco, but you’ll find many other neat things for SF and LA. Check it out and grab an early invite: urbandig.com
Unfortunately you cannot go out and try this burger because I ate it at an underground restaurant! How cool is that? Though I suppose you could request a private dining.
Here’s the description as provided by Lazy Bear: “Cheeseburger, our way, fries, and a chocolate milkshake, $20. BYOB. Think housemade black brioche bun. Our own mix of dry-aged natural beef. Special sauce. Cheese. Something green. With thrice-cooked french fries and a chocolate milkshake.”
The bun was most impressive to me, it was so soft and its flavor really complimented the burger. An extremely tasty burger with some excellent special sauce, though the meat was a little too salty. I enjoyed every bite and I know that is the burger for someone out there, but its just not the burger for me. The fries were ok, but the shake stole the side show. It was like a Wendy’s frosty but 20 times better.
I give it four stars because aside from the saltiness of the meat, that was a mighty impressive hamburger – he made his own bun!!!
For Albie this burger was solid and nostalgic. For me its a dependable, average pub burger. I ordered the “Nelly’s Burger” which comes with Irish bacon and cheddar cheese for $9. I was intrigued by the Irish bacon, having never heard of it. Turns out Irish bacon = Canadian bacon = a thick slice of ham. The burger meat didn’t have any special flavoring and the patty was thin. In the end it was just an OK burger and it kind of matched the rainy day on which I consumed it.
But $16 for lunch for two people? Felt like that should have cost more! And the place was empty for lunch. Something doesn’t add up.
Spruce is a bit of a fancy place ($$$$), not normally one I would consider for a burger as this one cost $16 for the burger and fries. Before delivering my burger I was presented with a small cup of pumpkin soup, which turned out to be extremely yummy with really good bread on the side.
Then came the burger. It looked like it would be great, bursting out of the bun with meat and cheese. The presentation was fantastic. However, the burger let me down. It fit some of my criteria: messy, pink on the inside, crispy on the outside – but totally void of flavor. Albie referred to it as “an insipid trophy wife”.
I must say though, the toppings were great and the fries were really good. You see in the picture, the fries were in a metal container, which is a great idea because it kept them warm and free of burger juice so they didn’t get soggy. I know you may want to dip your fries in the burger juice, but I don’t want them to sit around in it.
Overall I was disappointed.
I know we can all eat good burgers, but can you make one? The Pub at Ghirardelli Square is throwing a burger contest through May 31st. All you need to do is submit your awesome burger recipe. You can win a $200 Gift Certificate to The Pub and your burger will be on their menu for 6months! Visit this web site for more details.
Have you ever heard of a Lion Burger? Me neither! Check out this list of 20 Outrageous Burgers that Actually Exist. There are some very interesting looking burgers on there, some I would be willing to try – like the Kangaroo Burger, Alpaca Burger, or Cupcake Burger. And others that I would not due to self-preservation, referring to the Tower of Doom and World’s Largest Burger. Anyone ever had any of these? There are instructions for the Bacon And Cheese Stuffed Pizza Burger – are you brave enough to attempt it?
What a fantastic burger! It met all of my criteria with flying colors. I couldn’t stop eating it! Oh wait, I should give a little description here, its a grassfed beach buger with pondhopper gouda, caramelized onions, winter mushrooms, garlic aoili, and kennec fries.
This burger was a big mess right off the bat. The bun was just right, the toppings were great, the meat was pink inside and so full of flavor without being too salty. With each bite I felt like I was home. The fries were really good too, especially the truffle fries (which my friend got).
The burger was a little on the high end for price ($13.50), but well worth it. This place is super busy on weekends though, especially around brunch time. So I recommend going during the week if you can or plan ahead!
Edward P on Facebook recommended we try Uncle Boy’s. Albie and I arrived early (they open at noon), but the two guys who work there were nice enough to let us in on a chilly day. While we sat and waited for them to finish opening I decided on my burger, the “unhorsed cowboy:” 1 grilled angus beef patty, 2 crispy onion rings, 2 strips of bacon, and 1 slice of am cheese, topped with our cowboy sauce all in a toasted bun – $6.85. Not a bad price!
This burger turned out to be somewhat nostalgic for me. It reminded me of a burger I used to get long ago… what was it… ah yes, this is what the Burger King BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger is trying to be! The special sauce was really good; the meat was not so special; but the special toppings saved it. The fries were not for me, but Albie liked them. We also ordered some jalepeno poppers, which were great. Hard to mess those up though, right?
If you plan on eating at Uncle Boy’s, I would suggest getting a fun burger, not a plain burger. Because I couldn’t stop eating the fun burger… just… couldn’t… put it… down.
Here’s a 50% off voucher from Mobile Spinach (only available for 4 weeks on iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry Torch; Google Chrome, Safari and Firefox 4.0).
The name speaks for itself, these burgers are Super Duper. Though not enough for five stars, I only give them four. The reason? Well, the burger was really yummy; the edges of the meat were crispy, but the middle wasn’t pink. I also really liked that I could get a smaller burger (a Superburger Single, $4.75 — meat, bun, super sauce, lettuce, tomato, red onions, cheddar cheese), so the portion was just right for me. The burger caused a nice mess and the price was good. It just wasn’t the perfect burger by my standards, but I would eat there again if I had a burger craving in the Castro.
In the photo my burger is the little guy on the left. The one on the right belongs to my husband, Steve. As you can see, the double is a bit more significant. You should try one if you’re in the neighborhood though, it was definitely delicious! The fries were alright and the shake was good. If you want to try them, you can get a 50% off voucher from Mobile Spinach (only available for 4 weeks on iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry Torch; Google Chrome, Safari and Firefox 4.0).
Double Play is really close to where I live. This is where I go when I need some greasy food to cure a hangover. The food is good, cheap and just what I need for a spinning head and hungry belly. I’ve had the burger many times, but of course the time I go for an official review I am horribly let down.
I didn’t realize that you had two choices for your burger bun: “French roll or bun”. Because I didn’t notice this on the menu the bartender chose for me, and she chose wrong. I ended up with a sourdough bun, and I HATE sourdough. (You might also note that the menu didn’t say sourdough either, so I wouldn’t have known either way.)
Now you might say that isn’t fair, how can I hold this against them and their burger? Well, aside from the bun, the burger just wasn’t doing it for me like it had in the past. It just wasn’t the magical piece of tasty messy meat that I remembered and it wasn’t cooked medium like I ordered. Come to think of it, I wasn’t hungover for the review and maybe the haze of hangover really skewed my past judgment. Well that’s just too bad. Until I go in there for another hangover burger, the rating is just going to have to stand at three stars.
Also, the fries suck. But its a great day-time dive bar.
If you’d like to try Double Play, here’s a 50% off voucher from Mobile Spinach. Even though I didn’t like the burger that much, they do have great hangover food (as mentioned) and its a great bar for watching the game (whatever game that may be). I have lunch here just about every other weekend. (The voucher is only available for 4 weeks on iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry Torch; Google Chrome, Safari and Firefox 4.0).