We know it sucks. In May, the U.S. Department of Labor reckoned the jobless rate in the S.F.-Oakland-Fremont area at 9.7 percent -- call it a leading indicator of all those steak-frites and dirty martinis not being consumed in local restaurants, either by those of us recently hustled out by security (with desk swag hastily tossed into a banker's box), or those of us scared spitless we'll be next. To help, we thought we'd offer a high-low guide to some of our favorite dishes in the city: a relatively pricey version for when you're flush, and a lower-cost option for when you're f%@#ed. We picked a budget simulacrum that, if you strolled into an EDD office munching one, wouldn't cause some petty bureaucrat to look over her glasses at you. Except maybe with envy. First up? A pineapple burger smackdown.
Tiny South serves up Aussie and New Zealand flavors designed by Sydney super chef Luke Mangan. His burger offers a big taste of Ozzie-size deliciousness, starting with high-grade beef from pedigree cows raised Down Under. It's a plush, loosely packed patty, topped with gooey Crescenza cheese, pineapple (pickled with white wine and vinegar, sugar, curry, chiles, and herbs), and a leafy mix of mâche and cilantro. Comes with salty, crisp-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside steak fries. Nice.
Double Teriyaki Burger with Grilled Dole Pineapple ($7.75) Carl's Jr., One Hallidie Plaza (at Eddy), 391-5799