Our Tenderloin Geographic Society is on fire these days:
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Hambahgah, hitotsu [one] kudasai [please].
Does this anime augur well for government-backed Pearl’s Deluxe Burgers?
Only Time Will Tell.
(Make mine rare, extra rare.)
“Expectations: a long line of grumpy people and a halfway decent burger. Reality: A fast moving line with friendly people, friendly staff and a fun event with a DJ. 3 choices, ahi, cheeseburger, kimchee pulled pork. All came with fries and a drink (soda, champagne, beer). I was so surprised that they did the whole meal not just the free burger! The burger was cooked perfectly medium, fries were perfect and beer was good.”
Throw in 1000 free red shirts and it turned out to be quite the shindig. We’re talking crunk crunk, junk junk, drunk drunk.
Ah, Cristal, my T-shirt, and a couple of free ahi burgers - why not?
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Verily, it was a “dancin’ on the tables kinda night.”
Bon Chance, Gott’s Roadside!
(I’ll tell you, ever since the Bay Area News Project co-opted me from discussing San Francisco Bay Area News / Culture / Community under the Citizen brand, well alls that’s left to talk about* are free food giveaways. Leave us commence.)
Turns out that beloved Taylor’s Automatic Refresher had a little intellectual property hassle having to do with ownership of its name, so starting tomorrow refer to this glorified hamburger stand as “Gott’s Roadside Tray Gourmet.” (It’s just like when Murder Burger of Davis, CA changed its name to Redrum Burger.)
“…cheeseburgers, ahi burgers, kimchi and pork burgers, fries, ice cream sandwiches and drinks.”
It’s going to be a madhouse Enjoy.
*The white man ain’t left me nothing out here but the underworld, and THAT is where I dance. Where do you dance?
Burgers – reminiscent of White Castle
Fries – reminiscent of Burger King
Onion Strings – reminiscent of Asqew Grill
Hype – reminiscent of In & Out
It looks like a chain, but it’s not. People line up out the door during lunchtime, but it’s not that long a wait. The burgers, fries and onion ring string things taste good. A little pricey for what you get.
Maybe it’s for you, maybe it’s not.
493 Pine at Belden Lane near Kearny
If you want a burger from a cable car in San Francisco (and really, why wouldn’t you?), you’ve got two choices.
Starting with Tony’s Cable Car. It’s a simple old-skool hamburger stand at 2500 Geary perched over the tunnel that goes under Masonic. A portion of the ingredients have been previously frozen, so that’s offputting to some. But if you pay $13 for burgers and fries, the bag they put it in will have some heft and the contents will be well-prepared, hot, and yummy.
Now we’re ending with Joe’s Cable Car at 4320 Mission. Did you know that Joe Grinds His Own Fresh Chuck Daily, or something? Lot’s of people know that because this joint has been featured on the Food Network. So you’ll get tourists making pilgramages down to the Outer Mission.
People tend to like the food, but not the high prices (adding 2 oz. more chuck to your burger costs $3.50 - that’s $26/lb!) or the $15 per capita minimum order service charge. All that daily grinding costs money, you see, but some question if Joe has gone too far with his pricing scheme.
The Yelpers seem to prefer Tony’s.
Floors, Walls, Ceilings Improperly constructed, in disrepair, not clean
Improper Storage: Equipment. Utensils, Linens
Foods not separated or protected
For Tony’s, aka “Geary Drive In”, the DPH simply states:
So there you have it. You make the call.
(Or you could compromise on the cable car theme and check out Bill’s Place on Clement. Lot’s of people like that joint.)