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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Eat This: The "Eastern" Burger with Kalbi Sauce at Buzz

Posted By on Wed, Jul 22, 2015 at 10:00 AM

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For burger fans looking for a little unique flare on their next burger, try "The Eastern" at Buzz Burgers. The relatively new burger joint has been open for a few months now, and their inception came as quietly as the departure of the former Japanese restaurant that occupied the space. Oddly enough, this strip of Geary, despite being wedged between the Inner Richmond and Laurel Heights — two fairly desirable San Francisco neighborhoods — has always been rather quiet. Even with the close proximity to USF, it remains rather peaceful. This is good news for fellow burger fans, meaning that landing yourself a seat (or even a parking spot) will likely not be an issue at this joint that's worth at least one try.

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  • Betty Wang

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  • Betty Wang
"The Eastern" burger comes with Kalbi sauce, lettuce, sautéed mushrooms, grilled onions, and a nice melty slab of American cheese atop a juicy, grass-fed beef patty between a soft bun. Those of you familiar with kalbi (or galbi, barbecued beef short ribs), will know that it's a staple dish when it comes to the meat sweats-inducing affair known as Korean BBQ. And Buzz slathers on the traditional marinade. Kalbi sauce is generally comprised of soy sauce, white or brown sugar, green onion, and sesame oil, and the pleasing savory-sweet and umami-ish blend goes well with the sautéed mushrooms, grilled onions, and beef patty.

While it's not necessarily a game-changer, it's still an incredibly tasty alternative, especially for those who enjoy it when the sweet hooks up with the salty. "The Eastern" is likely to please a wide array of palates, especially for those who are a little tired of defaulting to the bacon and/or fried egg option (which, let's be honest, is pretty standard these days on the S.F. burger scene, however delicious). It offers an Asian-inspired, almost-familiar-but-still-novel-on-a-burger flavor. Everything melds well together.

Buzz also has five-to-seven other burger options, including a classic burger, a black bean patty (their vegan/vegetarian option) "The Western" (bacon, grilled onions, sharp cheddar, BBQ sauce), "The Sunrise" (which comes with a fried egg, avocado, grilled onions, cheddar, and a sweet and spicy sauce), and "The Southwestern" (roasted jalapeños, tomato, pepper jack cheese and ranch), among a few others. A few deep-fried sides (including jalapeño poppers), salads, smoothies, and draft beers round out their menu.

The signage consists of the huge silver letters "BUZZ" placed atop the joint. For those of you who are fans of Dad-humor, yes, you can ask yourself and annoy your party by asking, "What's all the buzz about?" before entering and enjoying your burgers.

Buzz. 3420 Geary Blvd, 415-592-9958

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