I recently did a guest review on another great Burger site: hoosierburgerboy.com. I suggest you check it out if you haven’t by now. So SRK (who runs Hoosier Burger Boy) sent me his Top 3 San Francisco Bay Area Burgers, which means I am now planning a trip to the West Coast as you read this. Take it away, SRK:
My guest review for the BurgerBeast.Com will feature my favorite three Burger joints in the San Francisco Bay Area. There are many great burgers here, but these are places with a great Burger Joint aesthetic. They are all locally owned and stand-alone restaurants.
The Palo Alto Creamery in Palo Alto is right in my back yard. Not only do they have a great Burger, they have great Shakes as well. Their fresh Angus patties sit on top of Buns baked right at the restaurant.
Get the California Burger with Avocado, Hobb’s Bacon, Jack Cheese and Grilled Onions. Fresh Cut Fries come with the Burger, but get the Onion Rings as well.
Don’t forget the shake. After lunch, walk to the nearby Stanford campus for a beautiful way to work off your lunch.
Joe’s Cable Car Restaurant in San Francisco proudly proclaims “Joe Grinds His Own Fresh Chuck Daily.” If you don’t believe, ask Joe yourself. He is always there making sure you are enjoying your lunch. You can get a 4, 6 or 8-ounce Burger.
They aren’t cheap, but they are very good. The place is spotless and the service is spot on as well. Great Onion Rings and Shakes too. It is fun to just sit and look at the neon versions of a Cable Car and the Golden Gate Bridge in the windows.
Val’s Burgers in Hayward, CA has been serving up great Burgers for fifty years. It sits in a quiet neighborhood well off the beaten path. Get the 1/2-pound Mama Burger unless you are really hungry, then go for the 1-pound Papa.
The 1/3-pound Baby is there for the petite appetites. Get the Grilled Onions too. One of my favorite sides is the Mushrooms that are buttered and spiced up for your enjoyment.
I lied about three favorites. If you are heading up to the Napa Valley for some wine tasting, you have to check out Taylor’s Automatic Refresher in St. Helena. Be prepared to wait in line. This is a very popular place.
You can grab a perfect Burger and sit outside in the sun at one of their many picnic tables.
The natural beef patty is flame broiled and goes great with Cheese, Bacon and their Secret Sauce.
Palo Alto Creamery
566 Emerson St. Palo Alto, CA 94301
Joe’s Cable Car
4320 Mission Street at Silver
San Francisco, CA 94112
2115 Kelly Street
Taylor’s Automatic Refresher
933 Main Street
St. Helena, CA 94574