Thursday, January 29, 2015

Nice Buns

Welcome to Burger Month


May is beach season. It's also (appropriately) the beginning of outdoor drinking season (hello, happy hour at 620 Jones).

And it's also Burger Month, a 31-day marathon of meaty celebration culminating in one of America's favorite grillside holidays, Memorial Day.

Here are our six picks for making the most of meatastic May.

The Classic: Belcampo Burger
It's worth the 20-minute drive (or ferry ride, trips to cash-only bar optional) to Larkspur to dig into this meaty mound of humanely raised, organic beef sandwiched inside a perfectly-toasted sesame seed bun, with lettuce, ketchup and house-made aoli. Then buy some ground beef at their butcher's counter to take home as you attempt to recreate this masterpiece.
2405 Larkspur Landing Circle, Bldg. 4, Larkspur (415-448-5810).

The Foodie Burger: KronnnerBurger
Don't tell your hipster friends you haven't tried the KronnerBurger yet  or you're guaranteed an eye roll. Because this perfectly sized, 21-day-aged beef patty — always served rare — is a #YOLO moment waiting to happen. Top it with bone marrow, order a side of onion rings or cheese curd fries, and prepare to roll your eyes in burgerlicious ecstacy.
2379 Mission St., The Mission (415-656-9871).

The Not-A-Burger-Joint Burger: Marlowe Buger
Topped with carmelized onions, cheddar, bacon, and horseradish aoli, Marlowe and Park Tavern's gourmet burger is as close as SF gets to a signature burger. Once you've had one, it will never not sound good. Our favorite incarnation: ordered at brunch with the off-menu add of a fried egg topper. Actually, that sounds kind of awesome right about now. We'll be right back...
Available at Marlowe and Park Tavern.

The Package Deal: 3Bs at EPIC Roasthouse
What's better than enjoying Epic's cheese-filled Explosion Burger on their waterfront patio? Pairing it with an ice cold Budweizer (or PBR) and a brownie. And at just $20 for all three, you'll have plenty of change left over to order a fourth B: a glass of bourbon on the rocks. Just sayin'.
369 The Embarcadero, SoMa (415-369-9955).

The Veggie: Plant Burger
Just because you're avoiding red meat (or even all meat) doesn't mean you can't enjoy a quality burger. The Plant Cafe Organic's housemade patty built with lentils, beets, cashews, and bulgar wheet packs the protein-filled punch you've been craving, while the sourdough bun will make you feel like you're cheating. Not a vegan? Go ahead and top that sucker with sauteed mushrooms and melted cheese.
Locations here.

The Team Effort: OTG's Burger Pod
The newest meat patty fix for the food truck obsessed: Off The Grid's just-launched burger pod in the Financial District. Escape a particularly trying workweek by challenging yourself to try a different burger five days in a row, as a different burger truck visits the corner of Sacramento and Montgomery every day. And, yes, Fins on the Hoof is in the roster.
Mon-Fri 11a-3p. Sacramento St. @ Montgomery, FiDi.

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