The beef burgers at Roam Artisan Burgers
are just fine ― in terms of thickness and quality, the median between In-N-Out and your average $12 bistro burger, with bonus points for grass-feddiness ― but the caramelized pineapple soda is fantastic: a drumroll of bubbles, the reverberating clang of pineapple, brush-taps of caramel and salt. Unlike Roam's other freshly made sodas (prickly pear, Meyer lemon), the pineapple soda contains no agave syrup to sweeten it up ― it's just carbonated water and caramelized pineapple puree from Napa's Perfect Puree
. The combination of the drink's demure sweetness, bright acidity, and salt all bring to mind Vietnamese soda lemon, or a very dry whiskey sour. Roam Artisan Burgers:
1785 Union (at Octavia), 440-7626.