This Bourdain-approved burger (and pizza) hole-in-the-wall has been keeping San Francisco fed on the cheap since 1956 (often well after midnight). If you've had a long night in Chinatown there are few better decisions than spending $8.99 on a beautifully simple old-school cheeseburger, a pile of fries, and a Coke.
Anthony Bourdain called the double cheeseburger at Sam’s one of the three best burgers in the world. To be fair, he’d been vigorously imbibing beforehand, but if you’re at Sam’s, there’s a good chance you’ve been doing the same. There’s nothing gourmet about this affordable (for SF) burger; the magic is that it’s “just” a classic burger topped with American cheese, mayonnaise, mustard, lettuce, tomato, and onions on a sesame bun. It consistently hits the spot no matter the time of day, but it becomes life-changing after midnight—which is good since it’s one of your only dining options at that time.