Hands down, one of the GREATEST HAMBURGERS that I've ever tasted can be found at, Pearl's Phatburgers
, in the tiny village of Mill Valley, Marin County, California. (The walls were adorned with quotes from local food critics/experts. While this type of decoration is quite typical, the accolades usually mean something and this was no exception.)
A fantastic burger, beautifully & sumptuously done! Crusty
on the outside, pink
on the inside with a perfectly toasted bun
. Thick pattie but perfectly flat and easy to eat. I ordered mine with Monterey Jack cheese
and personally complimented the cook after the meal. Even my girlfriend (an Italian food snob) commented on how good it was, even 2 weeks later. 'Twas a burger to remember!
Apparently, there are 2 other Pearl's in San Francisco (Pearl's Deluxe). Hopefully, they are just as good as the joint in Mill Valley.
Upon recommendation from Inexorable Tash, I tried out Super Duper
(the one on Market St.) but it wasn't as good as Pearl's. It was very tasty but much too sloppy. The pattie actually looked like a flying saucer; thick in the centre, flat on the edges! Weird...but special!
Burgers! (It's also a chain in some other, major U.S. cities so if anyone else feels like giving some feedback, you'd be more than welcome to do so.) Inexorable Tash & Le Saboteur both recommended Umami...Next time, dudes!
Pearl's in Mill Valley RO-O-O-O-O-O-OCKS!