Monday, March 24, 2008

BurgerMeister - San Francisco

BurgerMeister in San Francsisco was voted as the “Best Burger” in 7x7 Magazine's 2008 Eat+Drink Awards. I have been looking for a really good grass-fed burger. Although they aren’t grass-fed, BrugerMeister’s burgers are made from Niman Ranch beef, which is hormone-free and though not strictly grass-fed at least comes close.

I hit the church street location with burger veterans Juli and Bill. Juli had been there before and had good things to say. I liked the quirky interior, small, but comfortable ordered and picked one of the elevated tables in the back. I decided on the Meister Burger ($12.85), since I figured you don’t name a burger after the restaurant without it being your best foot forward. The Meister is a half-pound burger with avocado, bacon, grilled onions, mushrooms and swiss cheese. We also ordered Fries ($2.95), onion rings ($5.45) and a chocolate shake ($5.45).

The burger quickly came out with the other items and we dug in. It is 1/2 pound of fresh beef, flame broiled and sitting on a griddled bun. All the fixings mentioned above we artfully stacked. I bit in and tasted a perfect blending of all the ingredients without them overpowering the burger. The onions were red onions, which was a nice touch. Bacon was crisp and salty. I really liked it and can understand why it was voted best in S.F. Juli and Bill liked theirs as well.

The fries were piping hot medium cut fries with no skins. Juli thought they had a slightly buttery taste. Yum again. The onion rings were not quite as impressive.

The shake however was a pleasant topper to the proceedings. Juli best described it as having a not too chocolaty taste.

We lingered over our food as a steady stream of burger lovers filtered in. Styx and Billy Joel played on the house speakers and I thought back to the burgers I used to have back in Indiana in the 70s. It was a great memory and a great burger.

Burger 4.5 out of 5 spatulas
Fries 3.5 spatulas
Onion Rings 3 spatulas
Shake 4 spatulas

138 Church Street
San Francisco, CA


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