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3 Must-Try Burgers In San Francisco’s Cow Hollow/Marina Districts

3 Must-Try Burgers In San Francisco’s Cow Hollow/Marina Districts

Hamburgers are meaty, juicy, succulent, all-American fare. Loved round the world, American hamburgers have a strong pull. They are addictive! When you find yourself in the Cow Hollow/Marina Districts of San Francisco, there are three must-try places for remarkable American hamburgers. I’ve placed them in the order I discovered them – all are wonderful.

Perry’s, Union Street

Perry's Burger with housemade potato chios

A 45-year-old San Francisco establishment, Perry’s food and service are always top notch. The Perry’s Burger is made with house ground beef and served fully dressed on a billowy homemade bun. Cooked to your liking, the meat is top quality, tender, full of flavor and oh so juicy. With or without cheese, it’s hamburger heaven. Pair it with a cold beer or a glass of red wine. The house made potato chips (crisps) served with the burger will leave you wanting more.

Perry’s menu is made up of American Bistro fare. Everything is fresh and of the best quality. A full service bar serves up micro brews, wine and spirits.

Try this celebrated burger at 1944 Union Street, between Buchanan and Laguna Streets, in the Cow Hollow neighborhood of San Francisco. Outside and inside table seating are available. Food is also served at the bar. It’s the perfect lunch or dinner spot while strolling and shopping on Union. Breakfast and Sunday Brunch are also served.

Causwells, Chestnut Street

Causwell's Burger with cheese

Causwells in San Francisco’s Marina neighborhood is a real local’s favorite. They serve their house ground beef burger with American Cheese, Causwell’s Sauce, a very special pickle and onion. Succulent, beefy, cheesy – yum. Vinaigrette dressed greens come on the side.

I enjoy this burger with a cold beer. They serve one called ‘Mama’s Little Yella Pils’, a light American Pilsner, that doesn’t overpower the food. Perfect match.

Outside and inside table seating are available. Food is also served at the bar. My favorite seat is the stool height counter in the front window. It’s ideal if you are a people watcher.

Open for lunch and dinner, you’ll find Causwells at 2346 Chestnut Street, San Francisco. Chestnut Street is the commercial hub of the Marina District. Causwells is a spot-on stop for lunch after a morning exploring the Palace of Fine Arts. This beautiful San Francisco landmark is just a short walk to a memorable burger.

Umami Burger, Union Street

The Umami Burger and a Manly Burger with sweet potato fries

Umami Burger, located at 2184 Union Street, San Francisco in Cow Hollow/Marina, gives you a wide selection of burgers, eleven in all. Try an American-style burger, bbq burger, truffle burger or an Ahi tuna burger, turkey burger, even a black bean burger and several other varieties.

All of Umami’s beef is ground in-house. In fact, everything you eat is made in-house. The buns, condiments, pickles, everything. The freshness and quality is obvious in the burgers and accompaniments. Salads and four types of French fries plus onion rings are irresistible, but don’t pass up the Pickle Plate, a seasonal variety of house pickled veggies that add the perfect tang to your meal. Local craft beer on tap and bottle, wine and soft drinks round out the beverage menu.

Umami Burger is an ideal Union Street shopping respite or a great place to meet friends for a meal. Inside table and bar seating are offered.

Other Cow Hollow/Marina activities

A travelers boutique, Topdrawer, Tools For Nomads - Cow Hollow District, San Francisco

Shopping – Union and Chestnut Streets have some of San Francisco’s best boutiques, shops and designer studios.

Dining – Bistros, pubs, cafes and fine-dining spots are ubiquitous on Chestnut, Union and Fillmore Streets.

Marina Green is located on the San Francisco Bay. It is perfect for walking, photography and sightseeing.

The Wave Organ is an acoustic sculpture. It plays music made by the Pacific. On San Francisco Bay at the end of Yacht Road, past the Golden Gate Yacht Club.

The Palace of Fine Arts is a San Francisco landmark built in 1915 for the Panama Pacific International Exposition. It provides excellent photo ops.

Fort Mason – A former military base that is now home to museums and historic buildings. Excellent hiking and unique photo ops.

Burger heaven in Cow Hollow/Marina districts of San Francisco

When that burger craving hits you in Cow Hollow or Marina, San Francisco - three places serve house ground beef burgers that are unforgettable and totally American. Enjoy this classic fare made and served with love and care of the best quality ingredients.

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Mary Charlebois is a Northern California Freelance writer, photographer and videographer. Her career in publishing technology fulfilled a lifelong dream, traveling the globe. Now retired,...Read more

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