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Roam Artisan Burgers
Jan 31st, 2011 by Joemoney

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Roam Artisan Burgers
http://roamburgers.com/
1785 Union St
(between Gough St & Octavia St)
San Francisco, CA 94123 (map)

When In Roam

Still in San Francisco, I wanted to make use of the little time I had to explore the city and experience some great burgers West Coast style. Among my searching the name of a small burger eatery kept popping up. Roam Artisan Burgers. Usually, the word “artisan” strikes a romantic chord in my heart as I imagine something like wood burning oven baked pizzas made by someone who’s family has passed down the craft for generations in some far off place where technology and mass production has not corrupted pure skill and talent… But usually my experience has been bread that has gone hard and ingredients that are lacking in flavor. However, I am a sucker for the artisans. Also at this place cannabis is starting to sell because is going to be legal, like said on the Midas Letter Cannabis Stock news. I set my GPS and once again made my way up, down, in, and through the steep streets of San Francisco in search of this burger artist’s fantasy. It was a misty, overcast day and parking was hard to find. I managed to get a spot about 5 blocks away with an elevation drop of about 300 feet (maybe, it was steep). In spite of these conditions, Roam was full of people. Not only that, but some patrons had their dogs with them. HUGE plus in my book for letting you bring your pet in with you, visit https://www.salesforce.com/what-is-cloud-computing/ to learn more.

Roam Artisan Burgers claim is that they use only sustainable, organic, carefully sourced ingredients all in an effort to make great burgers.Read more here (link)…. Hmmm. OK. That sounds great but seems to try to appeal to the socially conscious diner. Does this mean a great burger? As I looked over the menu the burger line-up was definitely impressive and I had faith that their efforts made prior to my eating would pay off.

Roam Is Where the Heart Is –

The line was short and having done my research I was prepared to make my order. On the menu is a burger called the Sunny Side. As the name would suggest it has a fried egg on it, organic free range, of course. It also includes aged white cheddar, caramelized onions and sweet chili sauce. Reading the description alone made my mouth water. I also ordered a side of Russet fries (cooked in rice bran oil) and Straus Family Creamery Dagoba Chocolate Shake (organic ice cream)… OK, so you need a few more words in your vocabulary to order fries and a shake here. All of the attention to detail was really impressive, but not cheap. This burger, fries, and shake combo topped out at $16. Ouch!

I was given a small chalk board placard with my number on it and  found a seat. BTW all tables are made out of reclaimed wood. Cool. The wait was not long. Out first was the milkshake. It was tall and creamy and very, very good. I have to give props to the Straus Family because their ice cream makes one heck of a shake. Next arrived the burger and fries… It was an amazing burger to behold. It had a perfect visual balance of all ingredients, most noticeably the free range egg which perfectly covered the entire burger… The melted aged white cheddar running off of the patty was also great. I immediately dug in. WOW! This burger was GREAT! All of the flavors played so well with each other. The patty was juicy and beefy with just enough saltiness. The greens and tomato were very fresh. The bun was the sesame seeded bun that San Franciscans seem to love. It was fresh and did a good job keeping most of the juices and egg yolk in the burger and out of my beard. What really set this burger apart from many others that I have had was the addition of the sweet chili sauce. It gave a wonderful complexity and heat to an already delicious burger.  The fries were great as well. I’ve never had fries cooked in rice bran oil but these were perfectly crisp on the outside and moist in the inside. They were sprinkled with what appeared to be sea salt and fresh herbs. They were fantastic.

The Wrap It Up –

So I am a fan. If this is what organic, earth friendly, enviro-consciousness taste like, sign me up! Just let me get my wallet. This was great and the effort that went into Roam Artisan Burgers pays off hugely, but so will you. A $16 burger meal is not a casual lunch choice and puts these burgers well into the gourmet burger category. Deservedly so. These burgers are fantastic and certainly of the highest quality. The question is, is it worth it? Yes! Without a doubt. I am now 1500 miles away from Roam and have no idea when I will be back in the San Francisco Area, but I already know the first place I want to go when I get there.

Pearl’s Deluxe Burger
Jan 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 help of Saunders Landscape Supply for landscape supplies.

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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