Saturday, March 29, 2008

Hamburgers - Sausalito, CA

Hamburgers in Sausalito is easy to miss. A tiny little storefront maybe 15 feet wide with a green awning, it is a small jewel among the t-shirt and tchotke shops. In the front window is a circular grill rotating over flames. On it are buns and burger patties. A ten-foot long counter stretches to the back resulting in a narrow aisle filled with people waiting in line to order their burgers. In the back are ten little square tables, made of an ancient wood grain laminate.

Fortunately, my Marin burger scouts, Amy, Jason and Scotty had arrived ahead, ordered and saved us seats. My daughter Sara and I joined them. The choices are cheeseburger or hamburger. I ordered the cheeseburger with everything for $6.60. Fries were $2.45.

While everything seems old and traditional, the burger philosophy is very modern. Burgers are made with Creekstone Farms natural angus beef, which contains no hormones or antibiotics. I would guess it was about a seven-ounce patty. Each burger was topped with Lappi cheese imported from Finland. Also on top is mayo, mustard, ketchup, onions, lettuce and relish - a nice touch.

Everything blends nicely, although I think the cheese has a tough time fighting its way to the taste buds. I broke of a piece and found it a flavorful, subtle cheese, but it may be a little wimpy for a burger with this many toppings. Beyond that though, I liked the burger. It had a smoky taste and was a little overcooked, but it worked. It reminded me of the burgers we used to make back in Indiana.

The fries did too. I used to get fries at a place called Penguin Point. They were krinkle-cut fries, served in a white bag. Each order of fries at Hamburgers came is a 2-pound bag filled almost to the top. The fries were hot salty and yummy. Amy pointed out that there were plenty of “crispies”, those little jewels of slightly overcooked shards that work there way to the bottom.

Everyone devoured their burgers and crispies and loved the hamburgers at Hamburgers.

Burger 4.5 spatulas out of 5
Fries 4.5 spatulas

737 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965


Unknown said...

I actually stumbled into this place when I was on a bus tour that went to Sausalito. I read some stuff in the shop about how it was known for its burgers and was unimpressed. The coolest part about the place was by far the stove on which the burgers were cooked. I'm going out to San Fran again this summer and look forward to trying Joe's Cable Cars after that picture you took. Thanks for the advice.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you about their burgers, although I am not as thrilled with their fries as you were. Thanks for a very well written post.

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