This $30 burger tastes like the death of San Francisco

I want to see the “specialized tool” , and suspect I live in “the boonies”. Rakes come in handy here. Almost time to collect leaves!

From today’s Grub Street:


I think Minetta Tavern (NYC) should set the ceiling for fancy burgers in the States.

Not surprising when you choose to refer to fries as “pommes frites”.



And yet, the dreaded “au jus” when it should just say “jus” if it refers to the ingredient.

No issue with the British spelling of “omelet,” tho?" :smiley:

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This discussion makes me curious what people are paying for standard (~ 80/20) ground beef? My large chain grocer is running about $6/lb.

What does this stand for? I asked Google but it didn’t know.

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I thought that omelet was the Americano spelling of omelette.

I think the spelling of omelet becomes omelette when the price goes beyond $19.99 in the USA.

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I’m paying $6 to $8/lb Cdn.

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I bet your bottom dollar that pommes frites are crispier and skinnier than typical fries, and not as floppy as previously frozen shoestring fries.

Sorry… What A Bunch Of Pretentious B.S.



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They’re fries. Some are great, some are good, others not so much… regardless of what you call them.

Ok, they’re also frites, regardless of what you call them.

Which works better for me up here in the Great White North since people will know what I’m ordering whether they speak English or in French.

For $33 the French dip should include fries :fries:


Amen to that!

I used to proudly wear a Hippo t-shirt, given to me at my 19th birthday celebrationat Hippo’s. My first taste of a gourmet burger. The sparklers they served with it unfortunately sent little fire bombs onto the blouce I was wearing. A very memorable experience.


I don’t understand all the hand wringing over a $30 burger. If you eat out regularly in sit down restaurants that price wouldn’t even raise an eyebrow. Almost every place in midtown Manhattan where you would go for a business lunch would have a similarly priced burger. Prices for eating out where you sit down and have someone take your order and then have it cooked to your desires and then served to you is going to cost more than it has before. That’s a natural result of higher costs whether it’s for food or labor. If you want to eat out, that’s what you have to pay. Grousing about it won’t change it. Denigrating people who decide to pay for the experience won’t make you feel any better or them any worse.

The cost of even a mid week dinner out for the wife and me at a nice place but nothing that would be a destination for anyone who didn’t live in the area is easily $200 now. I pay it and am happy to be able to have places I can go to and support. I know the owners of some of the places we frequent and I know they aren’t getting rich. It’s the price of staying in business.

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It’s just a poorly written article. Clearly the author was looking to take down the new RH building and its juxtaposition as a gleaming Beverly Hills style shop in the middle of what was once a low key industrial area. Nobody who has eaten out in San Francisco in the last 10 years thinks $30 is a shocking amount to pay for a burger. To my mind NOPA has the best burger and fries in SF and it is a relative bargain at $26.


Looks like this infamous burger is $38 at the NYC outpost.