WHAT YOU'RE GETTING: Trick Burger
Look, I know what you’re going to say, and I’ll be the first to admit it: I didn’t want to pick Trick Dog either. I already laud them for everything else, and it didn’t seem fair to keep with the lauding, especially in the food category. After all, they are a cocktail bar, right? Well, in order to feel comfortable with picks in SF, I went on a burger spree. A burger tear. A burger-thon. I re-tried all my favorites in the city, from Zuni and Nopa, to Maven and Rickybobby, to Pearl’s, Marlowe, and Tipsy Pig (sub in the smoked cheddar!), plus Hopscotch in Oakland, and even Hog & Rocks' underrated move. I took copious notes. I bought stretchy pants. And when it all shook out, I had no choice -- aside from 4505, Trick Dog is my favorite burger in the city. Their tongue-in-cheek riff on the burger dog at the Olympic Club’s snack shack comes shaped like a hot dog, but the house-ground blend of brisket, sirloin, and chuck is all burger. The toasted sesame bun with that combination of meat, shredded lettuce, pickles, and house sauce could only be made more perfect if they replaced the cheddar with American. But other than that, friends, I don’t know what to tell you. I’m sorry. It’s too damn good.