I'm really surprised no one has been posting anything about what Ryan Farr has been cooking up at the Ferry Plaza Thursday Farmers Market. I've been steadily eating my way through his offerings for the past few weeks. It all started with the cheeseburger. It was a very tasty burger. He grinds his own meat and ages it 21 days. But it was a bit too small for $7. Luckily he started offering a double cheeseburger for a mere $9. The meat to bun ratio worked much better in my opinion. The flavor of the meat is superb. One of the most flavorful burgers I've eaten anywhere. The only downfall is that the bottom bun becomes incredibly soaked through so you can't really put it down once you start eating it, for fear of it falling apart. Nonetheless, it's absolutely worth it. And you won't want to put it down anyway.
It's DEFINIELY one of the top two or three burgers in the city IMO. NOPA is my usual fav SF burger. I tried BIX's last week. It was solid, but the meat was no where near as flavorful as either of these two burgers. And I still need to try Spruce's burger.
I nearly ate at Namu's stand last week, but once I saw Ryan's offering I really had no choice: Beef Shank and Smoked Lengua Crépinette with a fried egg, brussel sprouts and aioli. Sorta like a burger, but totally not. I instantly declared this one of the best sandwiches I've eaten in my entire life. Seriously amazing. And the bun held up nicely.
I went again this morning really wanting a double cheeseburger, but again, once I saw the special I really had no choice but to order it: Deep Fried Pig Trotter Banh Mi style sandwich. Ryan braised the shanks, deboned them, then took the meat and gelatinous good stuff, rolled it into a log, breaded and then deep fried to order. All atop a nice baguette with pickled carrots and daikon, cilantro and some chilis.
There are only a few weeks left of the Thursday farmers market, so I felt it my duty to inform the Chowhound community of what they're missing before it's too late. I realize this may lead to me waiting on line a bit longer, but Ryan deserves a larger fan base. This guy has quickly become one of my heroes.
Photos of all the epic sandwiches mentioned above attached.
439 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111, CA