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Friday, April 1, 2016

WesBurger to Debut New 11-Course Vegan Tasting Menu

Posted By on Fri, Apr 1, 2016 at 7:30 AM

  • Peter Lawrence Kane
In an abrupt turn, the still-softly open WesBurger N' More (224o Mission) has pivoted from the carnivore-heavy cousin of a defunct Howard Johnson's in circa-1965 Palm Springs to an all-vegan enterprise dedicated to utter joylessness.

Proprietor Wes Rowe attributed the sudden switcheroo to an ayahuasca ceremony on the evening of the vernal equinox during which he envisioned his own head swelling into the shape of Texas and thousands of baby armadillos nibbling ferociously at the corners.

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Umami Burger's Dessert Sliders Are Worth Your Attention

Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 5:30 PM

  • Peter Lawrence Kane

Here at SF Weekly we are always on the lookout for highbrow-lowbrow foods. It's the one thing that keeps us all from descending into pure foodie preciousness or forgetting that the world does not subsist on braised octopus and avocado toast. We don't drink the proverbial Kool-Aid here, unless it's laced with Zima or something equally trashy-hot.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Rove Kitchen's Fried Chicken Sandwich and Burger Are Instant Classics

Posted By on Tue, Sep 1, 2015 at 8:00 AM

The Rove Burger - TREVOR FELCH
  • Trevor Felch
  • The Rove Burger

Let’s get this out of the way — the TenderNob’s almost-five-month-old Rove Kitchen has no relation to and is not inspired by the close advisor to the somewhat controversial 43rd POTUS. That is a curious thought to think about but a restaurant devoted to Karl probably would fair a little better in, say, Crawford, Tex., compared to San Francisco.

The menu might be ragingly conservative in terms of number of choices at Rove Kitchen but both sides of the political aisle (and of Market Street) will agree that the two constants — a fried chicken sandwich and an elevated onion heavy cheeseburger — already can claim spots among the city’s elite in those competitive genres.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Five Guest Chefs Hit Kearny St. Super Duper Next Week

Posted By on Thu, Aug 13, 2015 at 1:00 PM

  • Super Duper

Super Duper, the homegrown burger chain well-known for occasionally giving away hundreds of burgers at a time, is taking whatever lingering connection artisanal hamburgers have to McDonald’s and setting it aflame. Next week, from Monday, Aug. 17 to Friday, Aug. 21, the Kearny Street location will feature one local star chef per day, offering a burger of his own creation, as part of Eat Drink SF.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Massive, Three-Way Burger Battle Hits the Hall, Aug. 30

Posted By on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 at 12:01 PM

  • Wesburger

August might be a slow time for a lot of things, but from the J-POP Summit to the SF Street Festival to Eat Drink SF, you can gorge yourself every weekend all month. (Compare that to, say, the mass closure of everything tasty in Paris during the month of août.)

That still leaves one empty weekend, though, so if you like to eat burger and haven’t yet made plans for Sunday, Aug. 30, consider Burger Battle: Gourmet Burgers & Craft Beers at The Hall on Market St.

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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

  • Betty Wang

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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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Get Ready for Sonic (Mostly in the Deep East Bay)

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2015 at 6:00 PM

  • wikimedia

If you've ever seen all those Sonic TV ads, complete with that cheerfully violent punching sound that accompanies all their menu items, you might wonder where exactly where you can find a Chili Cheese Coney or a SuperSonic Bacon Double Cheeseburger. There really aren't that many Sonics in Northern California, and the closest one to San Francisco is in Hayward. It's like living in Chicago and having to watch ads for gubernatorial candidates in Wisconsin or Indiana.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Super Duper Strikes Again, This Time With Breakfast

Posted By on Tue, May 19, 2015 at 12:32 PM


Super Duper
had better slow its roll, or it’s going to bump against the formula retail ban, which thwarts businesses from opening in certain neighborhoods if there are more than 11 or more locations across the galaxy. Until that happens, we’re going to keep enjoying all the free jalapeños and housemade pickles we can handle, to say nothing of the garlic fries.

(Not for nothing were they SF Weekly’s Best Homegrown Chain this month, but for the record, they’re up to nine locations, of which six are in San Francisco proper.) And a new location at 346 Kearny Street (at Pine) formally opens next Wednesday, May 27, with a free food giveaway from 6-8 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 26 and 27. Watch out, though: Unlike the three other downtown locations, this one won’t be open weekends.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Kronnerburger Opens in Oakland, Bringing Burger Options to 697,350

Posted By on Mon, May 18, 2015 at 2:00 PM

  • Gilt City
When you’ve just paid over $75 bucks for burgers, fries and beer for two, you know you’ve just eaten at KronnerBurger. To be fair, it wasn’t ordinary beer — it was a 750ml bottle of Saison Dupont. And the "fries" were actually poutine — crisp and slathered with cheese curds and a thyme-heavy beef cheek gravy. Also, one of us tends to be a bit of an over-generous tipper, especially for counter service. Lastly, the burgers — well, with this much build-up for a burger that until recently was only made on the other side of the Bay and, was it worth all that? We’re still asking ourselves that very question.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Pigging Out on the "Porky" at Temescal's New Grange Hall

Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 3:45 PM

Grange Hall has — wait for it — a rolling ladder at the bar. - ALIX WALL
  • Alix Wall
  • Grange Hall has — wait for it — a rolling ladder at the bar.

The first thing you notice when you walk into Grange Hall, a new eatery in Oakland’s Temescal, is the rolling ladder at the bar. “Yes, we take our booze seriously,” it seems to say, and that they do. They even have a deal where you can buy your own bottle of a preferred spirit at a discounted price, and they’ll keep it for you on future visits, or make you a cocktail in the spur of the moment based on your preferred booze.

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