Living with vegetarians means I rarely cook meat at home, which gives me an excuse to eat out more often. Tonight I stopped by Burger Joint, which is consistently amongst the highest rated places to pick up a burger in this town. I’d also heard that it’s owned by the same people who run Luna Park, and I’ve had good meals at both their SF and LA locations.
The place was deserted when I got there, which made me a little nervous, but by the time I finished eating it was busy enough for a Tuesday night. And the burger was delicious. They actually ask you how you want it cooked, and if you order it medium rare it comes exactly as requested. These days most places are so worried that you’ll catch a stray e. coli bug that they burn the meat no matter how you order it, but not here. The meat comes from Niman Ranch and it was a huge patty, juicy, tender and flavorful. The bun and toppings were great too, but for me the test of a burger is the meat itself. The fries it comes with are big thick steak fries with that great earthy flavor you get from fresh-cut potatoes. And that’s it. Burger and fries, $7.00. No special sauces, no side salad, no accompaniments unless you want a soda or a milkshake. And really, how much more do you want from a burger joint?