Best New Burger Joint - 2009
The old grungy location of Clown Alley has been completely transformed into the new upscale Pickles. The upgraded venue still offers burgers and dogs, but they're made from all-organic and sustainably farmed meats and poultry. The open patio is now enclosed, and rooms featuring booths and comfortable tables and chairs — and a fireplace — face the open grill room. Try the excellent five-ounce Clown burgers ($6) or the eight-ounce Pickle burgers ($9), which are made with Prather Ranch beef, adorned with tomatoes, red onion, Little Gem lettuce, and housemade dill pickle chips, and served on a bakery bun (cheese $1 extra). There are also sliders, chicken burgers, and veggie burgers made with black bean cakes and portobello mushrooms. Sides include handcut Kennebec fries, beer-battered red onion rings, beef brisket chili — and house creamed corn garnished with shishito peppers. For dessert, there are sundaes made with East Coast-style frozen custard.