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Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Rich Still Different from You and Me

Posted By on Thu, Oct 2, 2008 at 12:15 PM

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Despite the sky falling over most of the U.S. (check the value of your 401(k) lately?), it appears there are still those in SF with a leetle extra cash in their jeans, who are willing to splurge big bucks on a hamburger - and a glass or two of red to slosh it down with.

Well, Spruce, the well-reviewed (including by us) Pacific Heights restaurant, thinks - and hopes - so. It's just introduced Burgers & Burgundy, every Sunday night through November, at which you can order a $14 burger (served atop a housebaked English muffin, with pickled onions, zucchini, and remoulade) and glasses of boutique red Burgundy from Spruce's award-wining wine list -- at $12, $25, and, yikes, $50 a glass. A tasting flight of all three will also be available at $40.

The rotating selection might include Saint Romain, Christophe Buisson 2006, Mercurey, Les Montots, Aubert de Villaine 2006, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Les Bousselots, Robert Chevillon 1999, and other varietals, including some not regularly available by the bottle.

If you have some extra change in your pocket, you can even "spruce" up your burger, as they put it, with housemade pancetta for $3 or seared foie gras for $13. But wine-pairing buffs might do well to hold the pickled onions. --Meredith Brody

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