Double Decker

“Burgers, Wings, & More” just a quick bus ride on the 21 away!

Are you a student in need of a quick and affordable burger on your way home from class or a local businessman looking for a deal on a quick delivery?  If so, Double Decker is the place for you.  They provide “burgers, wings, & more” that are well-priced and taste about exactly how you’d expect a local diner’s food to, nothing phenomenal, but not a bad place for afternoon snacks.

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California Burger

I took the 21 bus only a short few stops away from the University of San Francisco with my roommate this afternoon.  I was happily surprised by the creativity of Double Decker’s building design.  There is available seating on the first and second floors of the circular building that represent the two layers of meat in a double decker burger, very clever.

The staff were sitting at the diner’s booth seating on their phones when we walked in, but soon jumped up and walked to the cash register to take our orders.  The process was nothing special and the employees were not inclined to provide any helpful information as we studied the menu.  After ordering, I selected “no tip” on the ordering tablet which noticeably shocked the woman operating the cash register, but it was her lucky day because I planned to tip $2 in cash from my wallet.

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Buffalo Burger

After discovering the hidden steps to the second floor, I found an available table near a television (the channel was stuck on paid programming) and a self-serve water station.  There were nice views of Grove Street, but the inside of the restaurant had poor lighting.  I suggest that customers either take their order to go or order delivery that Double Decker provides for free on purchases over $20.

The food was prepared in very short time.  I ordered the California Burger which came with heaps of avocado and a slice of Swiss cheese for $9.50, not a bad deal if you ask me.  The burger would’ve benefitted from some additional seasoning, but it was decently prepared and probably equivalent with a burger that I could make in my dorm room.  My roommate ordered the Buffalo Burger and provided no real commentary, simply stating that the meal was “meh, ok.”

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An accurate representation of how dark the restaurant truly is!

For a quick, cheap diner burger, I suggest Double Decker.  Unfortunately, this restaurant is not for those interested in an exceptional dining experience.

Double Decker is located at:

465 Grove Street                                    Phone: (415) 552-8042

San Francisco, CA 94102                      Hours: Open Daily 10:30am-9pm

Check out Double Decker online!

Big Chef Tom’s Belly Burgers

A hidden gem in downtown San Francisco with food that is pure luxury for your stomach.

San Francisco welcomes tourists from around the world to visit its amazing sightseeing attractions.  There’s the Golden Gate Bridge, the famous AT&T Giants Stadium, the expansive Golden Gate Park, and then there is Big Chef Tom’s Belly Burgers.  I cannot believe that I did not know about this place!

Located near Market Street in downtown San Francisco, CA, Big Chef Tom’s Belly Burgers is a trailblazing leader in the Bay Area’s burger community.  Chef Tom is widely recognized for his catering truck and mobile cooking that operates at private events such as Outsidelands; however, I was recently able to visit his kitchen and sit at the communal table with two of my close friends.

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Image from BCT Belly Burger’s website of the Gringo & Firecracker menu options.

The restaurant was rather empty on the afternoon that we visited, but the slow-paced atmosphere allowed me the opportunity to ask the woman working the cash register about Chef Tom’s menu.  She willingly discussed her choice preferences in casual conversation and even gave me a discount on my drink order!  She recommended that I order the Truck Stop Burger which, according to her, was their most popular selling traditional burger.

Despite the employee’s suggestion, I ordered the Gringo Burger with the assumption that one of my friends would order the Truck Stop (which they, sadly, did not).  The Gringo was one of the best burgers that I have ever had in my life, hands down! Piled with charred peppers and pepper jack cheese, it truly was a remarkable pork belly burger with a perfect medium rare cook that perfected a crispiness upon being bitten that I have never before experienced.  Seriously, I will be visiting this place at least once per month while living in the Bay Area because their pork belly is quite literally to die for.

Prior to entering the restaurant, I asked an employee at a nearby store what he recommended that I order at Chef Tom’s and all that he had to say was “a half order of fries.” His suggestion was simple, but it was absolutely key.  Chef Tom’s fries were top tier, combining the delicious taste and crispiness that McDonald’s french fries are well-known to have with a shape similar to the homestyle potato wedge that you might find at your nearest luxury steakhouse.

My friends ordered the Firecracker and another Gringo and, to no surprise, were equally as impressed by Chef Tom’s unique approach to making burgers.  My roommate states that the burgers were “exceptional,” but that the fries were unmatched.  They were “a version of In-n-Out’s legendary animal style fries except with fries that are actually good.”

The atmosphere in the restaurant would’ve made for an uncomfortable experience if the food were to have not been as incredible as it was.  In fact, the employee at the cash register frequently argued with the cook (who is incredibly talented at making burgers) about the mechanics of the cash register.  Additionally, there were two different radio stations that were playing very loudly, one in the kitchen and one in the dining room, as if in competition between each other.

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My roommate inside Big Chef Tom’s Belly Burgers.

Despite the minor distractions within the restaurant, Big Chef Tom’s Belly Burgers should permanently be regarded as one of the greatest burger establishments in San Francisco.  If you find yourself strolling along Market Street, do not forget to stop by and make sure to order a side of fries!

BCT Belly Burgers is located at:

1550 Howard Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

Phone: (415) 800-7801 

Hours: Mon-Fri: 10:30am-9pm, Sat: 12:00pm-9pm, & Sun: 11:30am-8pm

Check out BCT Belly Burgers Online!

Roam Artisan Burgers

A welcoming rustic artisan burger restaurant with quality food and a family friendly atmosphere.

The Heritage Burger & House-made Meier Lemon Soda

Roam, a staple restaurant of the San Francisco culinary scene, provides all that burger enthusiasts search for +more with the ability to customize and order menu items ranging from wild boar burgers to springtime chimichurri and arugula veggie burgers.

I had the pleasure of visiting their welcoming, street-side location on Fillmore St. in downtown San Francisco, CA.  Bordering restaurants such as Woodhouse Fish Co., The Grove, & SPQR, it’s certainly located amongst some stellar local spots.

Roam maintains the simple over-the-counter burger stand idea with order numbers, but also offers self-seating and kitchen to table meal delivery by their hip and friendly staff.  The woman behind the counter was friendly, inviting, and knowledgeable of the menu, offering me advice on my drink order by suggesting that I try one of Roam’s homemade sodas.  The soda list includes: Meyer lemon, ginger lime, prickly pear, & caramelized pineapple, from which I chose the least risky option of Meyer lemon.  It tasted very refreshing, with a sour tang that just perfectly overpowered a hint of sugary sweetness.

The 6 to 8 minute wait for food was justified by the beauty of The Heritage burger.  What the dish lacked in plate presentation, it made up for in taste!  Exploding with a juicy flavor combination of applewood smoked bacon, fontina, butter lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions, & herb mayo, the burger was far better than anything I could have possibly anticipated to eat that afternoon.  I recommend that, no matter what entree you decide to order, you add caramelized onions as an extra…they were that good!

Roam has, without a doubt, been added to my regular restaurant list.  With a trendy, relaxing atmosphere, good-looking and passionate employees, and a long menu of different burger combinations, it is impossible to not love this place.

3 Tips:

  • Japantown is very close by and a provider for great post-burger desserts.  The local indoor market is home to many of San Francisco’s best boba and mochi cake cafes.
  • Roam is a great place for friendly get-togethers or group family outings, my roommate and I met up with a couple that went to our high school and felt very comfortable with the volume in the restaurant.
  • Drinks and burgers are both very pricey.  Do not miss out on the homemade beverages, but make sure that you come prepared to throw down a few more dollars than you would at a typical Bay Area burger restaurant.
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The French & Fries Burger

“The French & Fries Burger came with truffle parmesan fries, gruyere, avocado, caramelized onions, watercress, piquant sauce, & whole grain mustard.  Great meal size, stellar seasoning, and the perfect amount of fries…it was filling” – Matthew Kerfoot, my roommate.

Roam Artisan Burgers is located at:

1923 Fillmore Street (between Bush and Pine)
San Francisco, CA 94115
Open daily from 11:30 am – 10 pm

Phone: (415) 800-7801

Check out Roam’s menu online!