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Pearl’s Deluxe Burger
January 21st, 2011 by Joemoney

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Pearl’s Deluxe Burgers
http://www.pearlsdeluxe.com
708 Post St
(between Jones St & Leavenworth St)
San Francisco, CA 94109 (map)

Mother of Pearl -

San Francisco… Californ-eye-ay! I have not been to this state before and after 29 years of seeing it in movies and music videos I had high expectations for the Golden State. As usual, work brought me to this part of the country for a few weeks and I came prepared. Thanks to much internet searching (I use this phrase instead of verbifying the name of a multi-billion dollar company) I compiled a lengthy list of prime Burger Tymes. One stood out above them all. Pearl’s Deluxe Burger for two reason’s:

1. Pearl is the name of our super cool Australian Shephard (see top right) and I trust her endorsement.
2. Pearl’s Deluxe Burger has a cool logo and promised an actual burger experience, unlike the many enviro friendly, vegantarian offerings that seemed to dominate the dining landscape in this city.

With the decision made I convinced a vegetarian coworker from India to come with me on the premise that Pearl’s has a veggie burger. We began our trek up and down and through the steep streets of San Francisco on a Tuesday night. I have not had much “big city” experience, by which I mean a metropolitan area where people live and spend time in the evenings. It was really cool to experience the energy of San Francisco at night. No matter where I was there always seemed to be people coming and going and having a great time. We finally arrived at Pearls on a steep Post street. We made our way inside the small, small dining area. Obviously space is at a premium in this city and Pearl’s Deluxe Burger has packed in the maximum amount of Burger Tyme per square foot as possible.

Pearl of Great Price -

We went inside and crammed ourselves in to the line to place our order. I should warn you that all food in San Francisco seems to be much more expensive than an most other places I’ve visited. With that thought in mind I was able to justify the prices. $7 for a cheese burger. $4 for a shake. $2 for a soda. $2 for fries. The combination of a burger, fries, and a drink were going to cost right at the $10 Burger Tyme threshold putting this almost in the gourmet burger category. They had an option to upgrade the burger to Kobe beef for only $4 dollars so I opted for that thinking that an $11 Kobe burger actually seems pretty inexpensive and definitely qualifies as  gourmet. I also ordered a chocolate shake and fries to round out this $17 order. My poor coworker was not so lucky. While discussing the veggie burger  he learned that they used egg to make the patty. This was a no go for him so his dinner consisted of a milkshake and onion rings. Poor guy.

We took a seat at the counter in front of the window and watched people passing up and down the slanted sidewalk. My milkshake arrived first. It was chocolaty and creamy which equals good in my book. One thing that I really enjoyed about it was that they gave me a wide straw which made the shake easy to enjoy. Nothing is worse than trying to drink a thick shake through a normal soda straw that keeps collapsing under the pressure exerted while I’m trying to drink. My burger and fries where ready shortly after and the burger looked great. I have never seen cheese so perfectly melted on a burger. The kobe beef patty had a beautiful sear and was visibly juicy. The veggies looked fresh and the un-toasted bun had sesame seeds on both the top and the bottom. I would come to learn that this is San Fran’s favorite kind of burger bun. I dug in immediately. I had never had Kobe before but I sort of expected it to taste different than normal beef somehow. It was good and juicy but just not noticeably different than a regular beef patty. The cheese was GREAT! I was able to see them place the two slices of American cheese on the patty as they grilled it and the result was some of the gooeyist cheese I’ve ever had on a burger. It was great! The veggies added a nice “healthy” touch to this gorge fest. The fries on the other hand were not that great. They were plain ol’ frozen fries. At least the price was reflective of the effort to make the fries.

The Wrap It Up -

So lets sum up. Tiny burger joint in the middle of down town San Francisco. Expensive burger meal. High quality burger ingredients. Good shake. Sub-par fries. No real veggie option (sorry bro). Total for all of this was $17… yikes. But I did not leave Pearls Deluxe Burger for so cheap. .. Why? I liked it so much that I bought a t-shirt. That’s right! This was a great burger in a great environment AND I loved the logo! My only suggestion is to save $4 and skip the kobe next time and just enjoy the burger made from traditional, American Hereford beef. Also, the prices here may seem high in comparison to every where else in America, but burger prices seem to be going up across the board and I have to be fair and compare it to what the going price is for the area.


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  • SlideSF writes:
    January 21st, 20112:18 amat

    Kobe beef is a bad choice for a burger, as its main attribute is tenderness. Hamburgers are made of ground beef, hence already tender. Save your money.

    Also, Post Street is pretty flat there in front of Pearl’s. You want steep, go around the corner to Jones St.


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