This is my first time posting, though I drop in to read alot. Unfortunately, my budget doesn't allow me to do much food adventuring, but I dine vicariously through you! (Yes, I'm the type who reads cookbooks for fun, even though I do very little cooking that requires a recipe.)
I am hoping you all will be able to lead me to the best places in Oakland/Berkeley to get a great hamburger. We like them fat and juicy, cooked rare to medium rare (bonus points if they don't overcook). A nice assortment of toppings is nice, but doesn't need to be anything off the wall. Bonus points for great fries too. We don't drink, so while we're perfectly happy with a brewpub atmosphere, no points given for microbrews, etc. Points are given for fun N/A drinks like good root beer.
I'll contribute my research so far... The best we've had so far is at Triple Rock Brewery -- they really cook them to the temperature you ask! Barclay's is a horrible patty-style entity.
I see Barney's, Christopher's, Pyramid, and countless places that have burgers on more varied menus. Any advice?
Thank you so much!