By Tamara Palmer
San Francisco is a world center of hyperlocal, organic, artisan food. It's a place where fresh produce is revered and treated like pure art and restaurants are proud to proclaim the use of the most sustainable, humanely treated, and supremely coddled ingredients. But we also know how to dabble and even revel in supremely wrong cuisine, a kind of digestive sport where the trashiest specimens barely fit for human consumption ends up splashed on the feeds of Facebook and Instagram like some crazy fish caught out of the ocean with bare hands on a wild dare. And that's why this is a city where there are at least two places where one can attempt the feat of eating a donut burger, a dignity-defying concoction of heart-stopping meat and sweets. At Little Griddle
(1400 Market, 864-4292, LittleGriddleSF.com
), square, glazed doughnuts frame a beef patty crowned with apple-smoked bacon and American cheese. It's appropriately titled Lucifer for the hell it's likely to inflict on your stomach. Over at Straw
(203 Octavia Blvd., 431-3663, StrawSF.com
), an eatery built entirely on modern carnival fare that surpasses the typical fair favorites to almost disgusting degrees (hello, cinnamon Sriracha buffalo wings with cinnamon cream), the so-called Ringmaster sports round sinkers made in-house with a cheddar cheese-covered burger. Straw offers the options of adding bacon or a fried egg, or making it a "double-double" with two meats and four donuts, God help your soul.
Photo from Little Griddle by Joseph Geha