Food & Drink

What to get at the most important SF burger joint opening of the year

Published On 06/26/2014 Published On 06/26/2014
Joe Starkey

What if we told you there was a new-this-weekend burger joint called Big Chef Tom's Belly Burgers that just got opened by a Food Network Star finalist who makes his burgers entirely out of pork belly, and already has one of SF's best burgers despite not even having a restaurant prior to this week? Would you say, "Please show me pictures of the best five burgers immediately"? Thought so.

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1. Classic

Fried chili pepper aioli, Cotija cheese, and tomatillo relish. Totally classic. Right.

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2. Philly Porker

Inspired by Italian roast pork sandwiches he used to get in Philly (which's where Chef Tom is from), except these come with sautĆ©ed broccoli rabe, sharp Provolone, and Italian herb mayo.

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3. Tong Po

This patty's topped with salted pineapple, iceberg lettuce, and Thai peanut sauce, and named after the bad guy from the classic movie Kickboxer. Note to burger chefs: if you don't have a burger named after a villain in a Van Damme movie, you're doing it wrong.

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4. Banh, Baby, Banh

Like a banh mi but in pork belly burger form, this dude tops the namesake patty with fresh cilantro, hard-boiled egg, and Vietnamese caramel sauce.

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5. All-American (with a twist!)

A Chef Tom personal-favorite, this is the All-American (rosemary mayo, sliced Granny Smith apple, sharp cheddar) but with added jalapeƱos and *gasp* a patty made from ground chicken thigh! That's right, you can get your patty in chicken form (or, ugh, vegetarian). That's right, part two: you can add the crap out of jalapeƱos. And totally should.

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They also have sides you have to try, like the buttermilk- and spiced-flower-dipped crispy red onions, or the house-made crinkle-cut fries you can (and should) get covered in Cheez Whiz (not house-made).

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1. Big Chef Tom's Belly Burgers 1550 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Big Chef Tom's Belly Burgers hails from one of the best burger chefs in the city -- a Food Network Star finalist who makes his burgers entirely out of pork belly. Head on in for some of the best, juiciest burgs around.

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