Burger Joint in San Francisco feels like a 50’s diner down to the atomic look and lack of air conditioning. Green laminate tables and red Naugahyde seats complete the look. You order your burger at the counter and retire to a booth. Too bad there are no waitresses on roller skates.
Burger Joint’s claim to fame is serving Niman Ranch naturally fed beef, free of hormones and antibiotics. This isn’t the same as free range, grass fed, because they are finished on grain. But it is a step in the right direction.
While Power Stations’ “Some like it hot”, played overhead, - appropriate on this rare 90-degree day in San Francisco. I ordered the Cheeseburger and Fries ($7.95). I chose swiss cheese and added grilled onions (50 cents additional). Fries by themselves are $3.45. There are no onion rings. An egregious violation of burger joint rules. I also opted to partake of a chocolate shake ($4.75).
The 6-ounce burger arrived juicy and hot. The grilled onions piled on top were sweet and scrumptious. The burger was very fresh tasting and flavorful. I rate it 4 spatulas out of 5. My burger buddies joining me rated their burgers as follows. Juli 3.5, Bill 3.75, Robin 4.
The best thing were the fries. Fresh, fat and hot, skins-on they were fabulous. 5 spatulas. The shake was creamy, cold and not too syrupy tasting. 4 spatulas.
I would recommend Burger joint for a good hamburger, but it wasn’t the transcendent burger experience I expected. The food, the music and the restaurant were all hot. And that is half the battle on a good burger.
Burger 4 spatulas out of 5
Fries 5 spatulas
Milk Shake 4 spatulas
807 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Other locations on Haight Street and in the International Terminal at SFO.