SF Eats: Roam Artisan Burgers

As mentioned in the last post, I spent an extended weekend in San Francisco, and worked up an appetite walking around. I attended a conference on Sunday afternoon out at Fort Mason Center, and by late afternoon I was craving a burger. The Cured Ham recommended that I walk up Gough to Union, and explore the blocks en route to Fillmore; that’s how I came across Roam.

The concept and menu reminded me of The Counter in Pasadena—complete with an option for buffalo, which Roam offers as a permanent menu option, and one-ups with elk. I ordered the Heritage: applewood-smoked bacon, fontina cheese, butter lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions and herb mayo (I’m a no-mayo kind of guy). I added an order of russet potato fries and ice tea, and took a seat outside.

From their website:

Roam is committed to utilizing sustainable meats and produce, as well as other high-quality ingredients in its menu, which begins with 100% grass-fed beef, free-range turkey, all-natural bison and an organic veggie burger.

The burger was tasty—a little greasy, but that’s what I was craving. The meat was lightly seasoned, and had good flavor on its own; the cheese helped keep it together, and the onions gave it a quite a bit of sweetness. The lettuce was crisp, as expected (I wish more restaurants offered user butter instead of iceberg).

The fries were…well, fries. Nothing notable, but they did the trick. And the place was packed, though what restaurant in SF isn’t around dinner time?

I walked back to my hotel in the Financial District to burn off the calories. I regretted not ordering a shake.

4 Responses to “SF Eats: Roam Artisan Burgers”

  1. The Cured Ham
    August 24, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    The look and feel of Roam has always appealed to me and I knew you’d notice it. It’s a newer arrival to Union St and from what I know, popular. Glad you took the random walk down Union St. on a great day in The City by the Bay.

    • james
      August 24, 2011 at 11:48 pm #

      I was almost lured into Brick Yard – had I not had a specific craving, the menu posted outside would have pulled me in. But this hit the spot.

      The hour and a half walk I took was good for the spirit, too – thanks again for the suggestion!

  2. Luke
    August 24, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    James– next time you’re in the city, stop by Magnolia Gastropub on Haight East of Ashbury. Good brews and eats!

    • james
      August 24, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

      Thanks Luke – I’m putting that on the list for the next visit!

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