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SF – (Townsend) – Holy Grill ... the burger was not quite a religious experience

rworange | | Dec 28, 2006 02:54 AM

There’s a new restaurant section in the Design District on Townsend & 8th ... near the traffic circle.

Holy Grill serves burgers, hot dogs, shakes, floats (root beer or berry), frozen yogurt (Ambrosia), fries, onion rings, chili and daily specials ... called the secret menu & posted next to the counter. The names are cutesy with a religious theme ... the floats, for example, are called “walk on water”.

The website says of the burgers ...
“BURGERS ARE MADE WITH 1/3 LB OF HAND FORMED MEYER’S RANCH 100% NATURAL ANGUS BEEF, GRILLED MEDIUM WELL, SERVED ON A MILTON’S BUN WITH CRISP LETTUCE, TOMATO, ONION, PICKLE AND HOLY SAUCE (HOLY SAUCE = KETCHUP, MAYONNAISE, SWEET RELISH AND DAB OF DIJON):

I ordered the Pagan ($6.99) ... cheese and hickory bacon.

It had some potential ... but here are some tips
- ask for it pink in the middle. The standard medium well resulted in a dry patty that might have been from a fast food joint ... and I’m not trying to insult McDonald’s here ... which are juicer
- Don’t ... DON’T order the blue cheese ... the cambozola blue was more like salad dressing
- Skip the bacon ... over-cooked and dry.

Now the reason I say there is potential is that the bun/condiments were quite good, despite reports to the contrary elsewhere on the web.

I thought the bun was a nice, on the verge of being fancy but still traditional. It held up well on my burger. There was a nice piece of butter leaf lettuce, tasty slice of tomato, two fresh, thin rings of red onion and two nice slices of pickle cut length-wise. The Holy Sauce was ok.

I think that if the burger wasn’t over-cooked there would be something there.

A note ... the Guru is vegetarian with a Portobello mushroom substituting for the burger. There is another veggie option ... Yoga ... a house-made veggie patty (brown rice, lentils & mushrooms) caramelized onions & jack cheese on a wheat bun.

There are turkey burgers, chicken breast and a fish sandwich (Good Friday).

The plain hot dog is called a Dogma. The Dog with Voodoo chili is called a St. Bernard. I could use some booze about now ... which they have ... wine (Big House) and beer.

You can get a 100% buffalo burger too called “Enlightenment” ... sigh ... and I thought Café Gratitude was pushing my cute-o-meter into over-drive.

Hand-cut fries are plain with sea salt (Virgin), baked with garlic, olive oil & chives (Nirvana), or topped with cheddar & voodoo chili (Gratitude). The buttermilk dipped onion rings with sea salt and ranch dressing are called Halo rings.

They are open till 9 during the week ... which in that area is a miracle.

Holy Grill

659 Townsend St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 431-4659 (or 431-Holy)
www.holygrillsf.com

Hours:
Closed Sunday:
Mon-Fri: 11 am – 9pm
Sat: 11 am – 7 pm

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