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Turkey Burger at SF Saloon

David Kahn | Jun 18, 200602:47 PM

I have to say; I don't get the praise this place has garnered. After reading lots of raves over the past several months, the Missus and I gave the SF Saloon (11501 W. Pico, (310)478-0152) a try for a couple of turkey burgers yesterday afternoon. We arrived at around 2 p.m. and were told to sit anywhere we wanted. (There were four or five tables occupied and a couple of folks at the bar.) Sat down at a table that was so sticky, it felt like it had been sprayed with 3M adhesive. Moved to another table, slightly less sticky, and ordered two turkey burgers.

The Missus got a turkey burger with cheese and avocado with a side salad; I ordered mine with jack cheese and sauteed mushrooms, with fries. Burgers arrived ten or fifteen minutes later, and were utterly unremarkable. Dry pre-formed turkey disks, with no real grill flavor, tasting as though they had been pre-cooked and then reheated. Toppings were bland, although they were generous with the avocado on the wife's burger. (The Missus says the side salad was good too.) Fries were hot, but limp and greasy. All-in-all, the type of food you'd expect to be served in a decent hospital cafeteria. Not horrible, but certainly nothing special.

Additional items. Service was excellent, friendly, with numerous refills of diet coke/lemonade. Restrooms were disgusting. The men's room had a large pile of ice floating in the urinal, making a sort of urine soaked iceberg lake extending out onto the bathroom floor. (They have the old-style fixtures where the bowl is flush with the floor.) Perfectly placed right in front of the sink so that washing one's hands was only possible if one was willing to engage in some tricky acrobatics. The Missus reported that the ladies room was similarly unsavory.

In sum, I might return if I lived right down the street, and I was really hungry, and there was no food in my house, and my car was broken. Otherwise, no thanks. The double turkey cheese burger at the Beverly Hills Diner (474 N. Beverly Drive, at the corner of Little Santa Monica, (310) 271-2227), to cite but a single example, is objectively better in every respect.

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