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Best burger in Berkeley?

I've had the triple rock brewery and I can't remember it being that great, but it was good. I don't think I liked the sharper cheese on it. Perhaps I will have to go back for a second round.

I agree with you about Barney's. I liked the service at the location on 24th Street in Noe Valley and their topping are always to excess. You could order a bacon burger and a regular burger and make 2 bacon burgers out of that because that bacon burger comes with SO much bacon.

Burgermeister is my most hated burger joint because it's very basic and cost 12.50 for a bacon cheeseburger. It's niman ranch meat which is nice, but I know some place in Oakland called Sparky's that serves niman ranch burgers, basic, for cheaper....so I find them to be a ripoff and also the meat always seems drier, less juicy to me there. I stopped going. There is a new burgermeister in the Westlake shopping center in Daly City - if that's closer to your house.

I essentially feel the same way about Burger Joint...there is always a better place around the corner from them. Valencia street location? Go to Urbun Burger instead. Haight Street location? Go to the Metro Caffe instead. King Street location? Go to Holy Grill instead. Burger Joint is meh and overpriced to me.

The Holy Grill in SF uses Meyer's ranch meat and is also excellent. They use big seeded buns, which isn't my thing, but the holy sauce is excellent an the meat is juicy, flavorful. I go there regularly from work, but I wouldn't call it the best..definitely habit forming good because of the juicy meyer's meat and the holy sauce.

Another place I like in the city is the Bull's head restaurant in West Portal. They serve buffalo meat instead of beef which breaks up a bit more easily, but has a great grassy fresh taste to the meat.

I've had the Zuni burger which is very good, but I think I liked the Paragon burger better because it had a saltier taste (I think they add salt when they ground the beef) and I enjoyed the garlic aioli. I found the Coco burger to be pretty similar to the both of those burgers - about the same as Father's Office in LA.

I like the Val's burger because the meat is juicy and it isn't overdone with mayonnaise - lightly dressed with a softer, seedless bun and a basic cheddar cheese. I find burgermeister to be drier and some people prefer a drier burger, but I like mine wetter, juice coming from the meat with a bit of mayo or the aioli (at paragon). Also, sometimes simple is beautiful and you don't need a pretentious atmosphere to go along with your burger.

That burgerquest wasn't mine btw - I just linked the picture, but I'm glad you agreed with that quest's rankings.

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Zuni Cafe
1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Holy Grill
659 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Bullshead Restaurant
840 Ulloa St, San Francisco, CA 94127

Sparky's Giant Burgers
4120 Redwood Rd, Oakland, CA 94619

Urbun Burger
581 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA

Metro Caffe
247 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Burger Joint
242 King St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Best burger in Berkeley?

You know, bbulkow, I came over from yelp because I thought people were a little less cynical on here and just wanted to talk food opinions....but you're asking me to justify my opinion like you don't think my opinion is worth jack...that seems pretty uncool to me.

Many of the expensive burgers in the City/East Bay just aren't really that good. They charge an arm and a leg for something that's supposed to be gourmet, but really is a blue collar item. I like to call these places dishonest burger joints. Sometimes you get fed up with these dishonest burger joints and just want a burger that kicks ass...nothing with arugula or kobe beef. Val's is the no frills burger that kicks ass.

You could go mess around with some burger that really isn't what a burger is supposed to be and get all these frilly items that make you think the burger is worth what you paid for or you could get a Val's burger and have one like it's supposed to be. and I think Val's is the best of the honest burger joints in the bay area and yes it's all opinion.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/klara/31... check out this picture on flickr for a picture of a mama burger.

Best burger in Berkeley?

Don't think so. I think that's the one - I thought the burgers were great and unpretentious.

Coco500 and Paragon you have to pay but it's quality.

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Coco500
598 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Doctor Brown's Cel Rey Soda [moved from Not About Food board]

I love Cel-ray sodas....but they taste better when you have them with Pastrami or Hot Dogs. Something about the flavor mixes well with salty, cured meats. Try it and tell me I'm wrong!

Nov 06, 2010
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Best burger in Berkeley?

The sad truth is the best burger in the Bay Area is in Hayward, CA - Val's burgers. If you've been there you know...if not - you have to try it.

The Zuni Cafe burger is pretty good as well - kinda like the Father's office burger in LA. Some other burgers like that in the city (high priced, high quality) are at Paragon restaurant by the ballpark and Coco 500 in SoMa. You guys got Oakland and Berkeley pretty well covered on here!

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Coco500
598 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Paragon Restaurant & Bar
701 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

Val's Burgers
2115 Kelly St, Hayward, CA 94541

Cheap eats, near Metreon.

I actually really enjoy the Thai restaurant in the Westfield Mall - called Coriander Thai cuisine. Osha Thai is also right down the street. Those are two great Thai options within walking distance of the Metreon.

SF - Lunch at Orson - Pastrami Heaven

Orson was in the San Francisco Magazine's Opinionated guide to sandwiches (http://www.sanfranmag.com/story/an-op...) as one of the best pastrami sandwiches. I still haven't made it there, but it's on my list.

NEW: Clare's Deli, SF Mission (New East Coast Deli)

Thanks HHC - I'll have to get there and try a Reuben!

Anyone been to the new Montreal Smoked Meat deli in Brooklyn, called "MILE END" ????

Hello to everyone on Chowhound this is my first post, although I've been meaning to get on here for a few months! Ellen started this thread and promoted my blog (http://pastramiblog.blogspot.com/), thanks so much Ellen.

I came to Mile End January 30th, a few days after their opening. The place was packed and had a 45 minute wait for a table, so I got 3 sandwiches and an order of poutine to go. My friend and I enjoyed our smoked meat sandwiches, but it wasn't as good as my favorite meat - pastrami. The smoked meat was very spicy, almost too spicy - not for the faint of heart. If you like a deep hearty spicy flavor (almost jerky spicy) then it would be a good one to try out. The poutine was superb, I think I should have ordered two orders of the poutine - so don't skip out. We got our sandwiches around 1:30 and when we checked their status at 3 PM it read "sold out of meat today", so the best way to figure out if they're serving sandwiches is to check their twitter.

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Mile End
97 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Feb 13, 2010
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