Maybe you've always wanted to try Fifth Floor but thought the price tag was a little prohibitive. Perhaps you're curious about its dreamboat chef, but find menu elements like carrot foam and pastis emulsion a little effete (you're a 'Merican, goshdernit!) Or maybe you just want a damn fine burger, paired with some beer and whiskey.
This weekend SFoodie checked out Fifth Floor's burger, bourbon, and beer deal, served in the bar/lounge area outside the restaurant proper. For a fairly priced $25 (everything is relative), you get a thick patty of ground short rib, chuck, and skirt steak served on a chewy, almost-sweet brioche bun. It's topped with a tangle of cooked onions, bearing light hints of bourbon; crisp, housemade pickles; shredded lettuce; Comté cheese; and smoky pimentón aoli.
Our burger was straightforward, juicy, and perfectly cooked, served with a generous mound of well-seasoned fries. There were no reconstructions or molecular surprises to challenge the palate, just the sweet fire of Eagle Rare bourbon and a Firestone IPA to wash it down. It was refreshing to be in the corridors of haute modern dining, but enjoying such approachable, uncomplicated fare. This felt like our Fifth Floor point-of-entry, before removing the training wheels for a full meal in the dining room.
Or maybe we'll just get another burger.