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Hubert Keller's Burger Bar - San Francisco

 Famous, or infamous depending on your perspective the Burger Bar serves what may be the most expensive hamburger on the planet. Celebrity chef Keller has cornered the luxury burger market with his ‘Rossini Burger’ priced at $60. This heart stopping indulgence is named for the classic French sauce made with foie gras, shaved black truffles and madera sauce. At the Burger Bar it’s served over a grilled Kobe beef patty inside an onion bun. OK, I hear you… may want to just go with the myriad of other options including the ‘Keller Burger’ at a mere $22 a pop.

If you are still on an expense account, let yourself go, otherwise order carefully, these are super good burgers - top notch in fact. The restaurant has a great selection of Belgian Ales, as well as an excellent wine list. Might just be a tad over the top for all excepting the Vegas crowd, but the Burger Bar certainly does for the iconic burger joint what ‘Hot Dog on a Stick’ did for the corn dog. 

On Union Square - inside Macy’s

251 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 296-4272



Umami Burger - the fifth taste in LA

Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter… Umami Burger is the creation of restaurateur Adam Fleischman. Great ideas and solid flavors. Great rings and tripple cooked handcut fries. Modern decor. Try the glazed truffle burger…

850 S La Brea Ave

Los Angeles, Ca
(323) 931-3000


Burger Lounge - premium burgers in San Diego

 Burger Lounge grew out of the idea that a hamburger should not only taste great, but also utilize healthy ingredients produced in a sustainable environment. The Burger Lounge provides a simple, premium quality menu that appeals to the health-conscious diner (vegetarians and salad lovers, that’s you!) to those simply hankering for a great hamburger.

The beef comes from one farm, grown by a small company where the animals are well treated and never spend time in a corporate “feed lot.” Their diet consists of tall green grass from beautiful Kansas prairie land. This is what nature intended cows to eat and nothing more. No hormones, no antibiotics, no grain, no corn—just beautiful green grass. These conditions produce a beef that is delicious and far better for you than conventionally grown beef. Great fries and rings complement.

Several locations in and around San Diego and La Jolla.

Open until midnight on Friday & Saturday!
Little Italy | 619.237.7878
1608 India St. (at the corner of Cedar)

Kensington | 619.584.2929
4116 Adams Avenue
San Diego

La Jolla | 858.456.0196
1101 Wall Street

Coronado | 619.435.6835
922 Orange Avenue


Bunker’s Bar & Grill – 9th Hole Burger Break

By: Laura Sabo  I’ve often read local articles where someone chooses the top burgers in town and not once have one of the best – in my opinion – made the list.  I’m talking about the well-hidden, unless you’re a golfer, Bunker’s Bar & Grill, located on the 9th hole of the Red Tail Golf Course in Beaverton, Oregon (Portland proper), behind the much-touted and upscale Stockpot Restaurant.

Open year-round, you can dig into one of the juiciest burgers for a mere $6.25 (add .75 cents for cheese) with all the toppings. Similar to that well-known fast food burger that has two all beef patties (except that it’s one patty), special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed  bun, this one’s grilled to order and perfection, and hasn’t been waiting around in a steamy bin for who knows how long. All burgers are served with fries or chips, but they have a “chips only” policy if you are on the turn or, for you novice golfers, playing the next 9 holes.

For the non-burger type and, yes there are some, all beef jumbo hot dogs are offered for $3.25. Golfers can also stop for hot or cold sandwiches or a quick beer between 9’s. Breakfast is served for early-birds and all day. Not a whole lot of options for vegetarians. Best advice: eat before golfing.

Neophyte golfers are more than welcome.  Otherwise, I would have never discovered Bunker’s.

Red Tail Golf Course

Bunker’s Bar & Grill /Stockpot Restaurant
8200 SW Scholls Ferry Rd
Beaverton, OR 97008
(503) 646-5166