Food & Drink

4 brand-new SF burgers that you need to eat immediately

Published On 06/19/2014 Published On 06/19/2014
Joe Starkey
Palm House/Maya Placido
Red Dog Restaurant
Gaspar Brasserie/Maya Placido
Belcampo Meat Co
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1. Palm House 2032 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

This skylit, tropics-channeling Marina go-to offers island-influenced fare (and a beverage program to match) that'll have you quickly putting your mind into vacation mode. Sip a mai tai while nibbling on tuna poke, coconut crusted prawns, and macadamia-topped mac and cheese. Groups will want to tackle a boozy punch bowl complete with rubber ducky garnishes that make drinking even more fun.

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2. Red Dog Restaurant & Bar 303 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

This massive 120-seat resto and bar features a full cocktail menu, and serves brunch, lunch, AND dinner to the masses. And if you wanna go for one of their signature eats, try the Crispy Pork Trotter Burger, which uses a fried pigs-feet patty and is topped off with pickled red cabbage.

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3. Gaspar Brasserie 185 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94104

This Parisian-style brasserie in FiDi is the kind of place you'd bring a date if you wanted that date to go on for hours. For starters, the dark wood interior, red leather banquettes, textured walls, and chandeliers practically ooze sex appeal. The downstairs restaurant serves a menu of classic French food with a Northern California twist, but there are some pure bistro staples like Croque Monsieur and steak frites. Upstairs in the Cognac Room bar, you'll find the largest selection of brandy drinks in San Francisco.

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4. Belcampo Meat Co. 1998 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Equal parts cafe and butcher shop, Belcampo Meat Co. sources organic meat from its own farm to prepare some of the finest burgers in the city. The hamburger patties are juicy and marbled with the right amount of flavorful fat. BMC's cheeseburger is a standout, sandwiched on a toasted brioche bun with a thick slice of Cheddar, caramelized onions, and house sauce. The restaurant is outfitted with old-school blue leather banquettes made from the company's own cow hides.