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Best New Burger 

Wes Burger

Burger slanger Wes Rowe was a photojournalist and author of a burger blog, but thankfully for the meat-loving citizens of San Francisco, he decided to get on the other side of the counter. His Wednesday night pop-up at Mojo on Divisadero is perpetually packed, and once you eat his food it's easy to see why. Rowe understands what a burger should be: deeply meaty, oozing with cheese and sauce, with toppings that enhance the flavor but don't take away from the elemental satisfaction of the thing. The burger's beefiness is achieved through a custom-ground brisket patty that's fried in a cast-iron pan, sometimes with onions underneath, to season the meat with its own fat and juices. Rowe's most famous creation is the Hot Wes, a masterful take on Jack in the Box's Hot Mess, topped with onion rings, pickled jalapeno, and homemade queso, befitting his Texas roots. But his weekly offerings at his pop-ups around town range from a bruschetta burger with basil-garlic aioli, balsamic tomatoes, and mozzarella, to the basic All-American with American cheese and yellow mustard. And, though Rowe is a friend, when we closed our eyes and thought back on all the burgers we've eaten over the past year, his creations were consistently at the top.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)


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