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

San Francisco There are just some things in life you can never get enough of: Game of Thrones fight scenes, Game of Thrones sex scenes, Game of Thrones fight scenes... that are sexy... oh, and BURGERS! Man, how good are burgers? Someone's job should literally just be to tell you about four new SF burgers every day. Someone like, um, us.

Palm House/Maya Placido

Trade Winds Burger at Palm House: From the awesome people behind Bergerac and Foreign Cinema, this light, bright (but not Lite-Brite) spot in Cow Hollow is your new go-to for West Indies comfort food like the Trade Winds Burg, served with Maui onion relish, jerk-Dijon mayo, and mango ketchup with island fries. Continue Reading

Red Dog Restaurant

The Crispy Pork Trotter Burger at Red Dog Restaurant & Bar: This giant, industrially charged, 120-seater from the genius woman behind Il Cane Rosso is an all-grown-up effort with a full cocktail menu and brunch, lunch, and dinner service all already a go. Get the burger at all three of them; it uses a fried-pigs-feet patty that's actually delicious, and's topped with pickled red cabbage and served with fries and a mustard aioli.

Gaspar Brasserie/Maya Placido

Le Gaspar Burger at Gaspar Brasserie: It's served with a shallot confit and oven-dried tomatoes on a brioche bun that you don't have to -- but totally should -- add brie to, since this is a high-end, 115-seat French spot. Oh, and get your cocktail here liberally: former Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen bar star Kevin Diedrich is the dude running the drinks show, and he's running it very, very well.

Belcampo Meat Co

The Belcampo Cheeseburger at Belcampo Meat Co.: Finally available in San Francisco proper at BMC's first restaurant-cum-butcher counter in the 7x7, its c-burger uses a patty made from its humanely and organically raised beef harvested at a later age for better and more flavorful marbling, with NY cheddar and caramelized onions on a perfectly toasted brioche bun. Oh, and definitely order it "for here" and sit at the leather banquettes, which're custom-crafted from Belcampo's own steer hides.

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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 (Financial District)

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 (Russian Hill)

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.