Best Burgers - 2006
Readers' Choice: BurgerMeister
The great American hamburger is as close as this minichain of trim, family-owned hangouts. Naturally raised, hormone- and antibiotic-free Niman Ranch beef is formed into a half-pound patty and grilled the way you like it, resulting in a magnificently smoky, juicy example of the burger-maker's art. The red onions are crisp, the butter lettuce is leafy, and the applewood-smoked Niman bacon adds sweet, chewy contrasts. (Other toppin' options include four kinds of cheese, grilled onions, and why not? pineapple and mango.) Among the sides are skinny, crunchy garlic fries lightly dusted with roasted garlic and a spring mix salad dressed with a pleasantly spicy vinaigrette. There's Anchor Steam, Bass, and Sierra Nevada on tap; the shakes, malts, and floats are made from Mitchell's peerless ice cream; and another plus the Duboce Triangle and North Beach outlets are open till midnight.