“Has the KK Cafe really never been mentioned here?” asks vulber. The place is incredibly uninviting from the outside, but the owners are superfriendly and the burger, vulber says, is “one of the best burgers I’ve found.” It’s not organic, or ground in-house, but it is certainly delicious, with a touch of what tastes like cumin. Otherwise, it’s pretty traditional. A cheeseburger and fries is $5.95. Also check out the house-made peanut milk, which vulber describes as “definitely a unique experience.” For the meatless, the veggie burger is homemade also and very, very fine.
Foodnut8 had been psyched for the opening of Chef Hubert Keller’s Burger Bar San Francisco after trying the Las Vegas location. It’s a build-your-own burger concept, with primo ingredients: The Prime-quality meat is ground and hand-mixed daily, and you can get Kobe beef, foie gras, and truffle butter.
But on an early visit, it was an alterna-burger that was the winner: the hulking Atlantic salmon sandwich on a ciabatta bun with oyster mushrooms, asparagus, and a side of aioli. “Simple, tender, juicy, healthy and delicious,” Foodnut8 says.
A more traditional Black Angus burger is a huge hunk o’ beef with American cheese, bacon, and a tasty heap of onions and portobello mushrooms. The meat ended up on the well-done side, and thus not very juicy, but it did come on an excellent fresh sesame bun.
Buttermilk zucchini fries are fresh and crisp, while the ice cream shakes are velvety and not too sweet. The intense chocolate one is a must for chocoholics.
KK Cafe [Lower Haight]
252 Divisadero Street, San Francisco
Burger Bar [Union Square]
Inside Macy’s, Sixth Floor
251 Geary Street, San Francisco