333 Jefferson Street
San Francisco, CA
In Vancouver, one of the burger shops that I have said everybody should give it a try, despite (or probably because) it being a total dive is Burger Burger. It is cheap, it is simple, it is messy. What else do you want from a burger? Of course, this being Vancouver, a “fancier” simple burger version type restaurant had to open (despite this statement sounds like an oxymoron). This place is, of course, Nimby Burger, which, despite there will be naysayers, it is inspired in In-N-Out Burger, a well-known chain in the Western side of the US. This has been blogged by Sherman and Mijune; however, it is not the fact it has been blogged but rather the enthusiasm. With that in mind, I knew that on this trip to San Francisco, I had to visit one of such location.
Due to some delay in our flight to San Francisco, Sherman and I just before noon; however, because the airport isn’t in the city itself, it took us a while to arrive to the city, check in and then finally go to the Wharf. I was quite hungry and walking through the hills wasn’t an easy task at that moment. But, it was a case of, the wait would (hopefully) make that meal more interesting. Grateful Sherman would tag along (hey, more stuff to try!), when we finally go there, there was a decent lining waiting for their orders so I was really hoping our orders won’t take long. Since we were supposed to have dinner in ~5 hours later, we sort of held back in how much we ordered but, to establish some threshold, we started with the plain burger.
Yup, just your bun, lettuce, tomato, dressing and a single patty. I won’t deny that, had it being this the burger I got without any other feedback, I would have said this is an overrated burger. It wasn’t bad, the patty was OK, not dry but not moist and there wasn’t anything else. In fact, I would say that some comparisons to the plain McD’s burger can be done (no offence…). However, as most people who have been to In-N-Out, that’s NOT how you order it. Instead, according to their not-so-secret menu, you have to order it animal style. And what does that mean? Well, let’s check my order:
I went for the double-double… No, not a Timmy’s coffe, rather, two patties with two slices of cheese. But, not only that, by making it animal style – “Burger of your choice with hand-leafed lettuce, tomato, a mustard cooked beef patty; add pickle, extra spread, with grilled onions”. (The “spread” being their dressing/sauce). These extra set of ingredients/condiments kicks the burger up a couple of notches in term of flavour, not to mention, moistness of the patties. Now, THIS is what I can call a burger… It was savoury, it was messy…
I made my order a combo which, actually is just putting the burger with fries and drink – in other words, pricewise was exactly the same as if they were ordered individually. Also, I made them extra crispy… Ahem, “fries well” to give it more of a crunchiness. And, indeed, it was almost to the consistency of chips. The reason behind this was to avoid soggy fries resulting from a single fry job.
Overall, I don’t think there is much for me to say that people haven’t said about it: It is a really good burger. And while it is not the best burger in the world, based on their price, it delivers a really good product. So, in that value/cost ratio, it hits a really sweet spot. Would I go back? Of course!
Update: Sherman’s post of this visit, here!