I managed to squeeze in one last burger before leaving San Francisco and had heard about Gott’s roadside from guidebooks and local sources. I was delighted to spot it from the tram literally on the way to the airport. Situated in Embarcadero in a shiny new pier shopping complex, Gott’s had the appearance of a large chain with a huge warehouse-style building. Plenty of outside seating meant you could enjoy the local buskers and musicians from the relative safety of Gott’s barriers, but couldn’t guarantee safety from seabird attacks.
I ordered their cheeseburger, sweet potato fries and veg sticks, as this was to be my last burger in the US.
The cheeseburger was a good size, its patty was cooked to medium and gave off a nice juicy-beef flavor but the bun was so sweet it tasted like Madeira cake. I noticed the love for sweet bread in the US, which is definitely off-putting. Also the veg sticks were just slices of carrot and rather lame looking and flavourless courget, I ended up sharing these with the seagulls! All in all, I was disappointed with my last US burger experience; whilst the burger was good it by no means stood out or was any different to any of the mass-produced fair.
To add to this disappointment outside of Gott’s I noticed food stalls from 2 of the other highly praised burger bars I’d missed out on, 4505 meats and Namu. Looking forward to a return visit to try these both out soon.