Monday, June 4, 2007

Jeffrey's - San Mateo, CA

Jeffrey's has a big sign in their front window. It says "Best Burger Top 5, Chronicle", throwing down the gauntlet before you even enter the restaurant. The restaurant is shiny and clean, evoking a 50s diner feel with red naugahyde and stainless steel. "Sherry Baby" played on the speakers. It all feels shiny and new. The large menu board proclaims "Fresh Ground Today - Beef or Turkey". You place your order at the counter inside the door, take a number and take a seat. Elvis and Jerry Lee at the counter were efficient and cheerful. I ordered the Bacon Cheeseburger $6.69, my buddy Jeff had the cheeseburger.

We also ordered onion rings $2.99, fries $1.39 and chocolate shakes $3.59. I ordered my 1/3-pound of fresh chuck to be cooked medium. It came out closer to medium rare with melted American cheese and crisp bacon on top. I added ketchup. The white bun was fresh and tasty. I thought the burger was juicy and flavorful. Jeff thought it was a little greasy. If you get a burger from chuck, the traditional hamburger, it contains more fat than a burger from sirloin or other steak. Franky, Annette and I like them that way. I gave it 3.5 out of 5 spatulas. Jeff went with a 3.

Like a Doris Day picture, the shakes were a little syrupy and sweet. Mine wasn't that cold. They came with whip cream and a cherry on top. We both gave the shake a 3. "There is a freshness about the onion." Jeff proclaimed and he was right. The onion rings were thick and crisp - heavily breaded and cooked just right. I rated them a 5. The fries were medium thick with the skins on. They were slightly overcooked and a little greasy. Nothing special. 2.5.

I found the ambiance cheerful, the service quick and efficient. I enjoyed Jeffrey's and the rest of the people filling the place to the brim seemed to agree. I hear Jeffrey's is coming to Menlo Park. I think Ike would approve.

Burger 3.5 spatulas (out of 5)
Fries 2.5 spatulas
Onion Rings 5 spatulas
Shake 3 spatulas

Jeffrey's Hamburgers
42 South B Street
San Mateo, CA 94401


Unknown said...

Wow, I'm hungry now! Jeffrey's is right across the street from my mother-in-law's. Next time we're in the neighborhood I'm insisting we go there.

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Christopher said...

Jeffrey's is still one of the finest burgers in the mid-Peninsula... and the lovingly separated sheets of iceberg lettuce show their "quality" orientation.

Too bad about the milkshakes. A year ago, they were better, less sweet. If you're a regular customer, let them know, and maybe they'll go back to the old recipe.

Scott R. Kline said...

I have been back to Jeffrey's once in San Mateo ad at the new location in Menlo Park twice. Since my original revue, I have upgraded my rating on the onion rings from 4 to 5. I will stick by my other ratings. The Menlo Park location is lot of fun to eat at and is always busy, but the wait is never long. - SK

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