Thursday, January 23, 2014
Monday, January 06, 2014
|A Roam beef burger with all the trimmings (Photo courtesy Roam)|
You want to impress them with your street cred and insight into new places.
You are anxious to find experiences you can share that you'll all enjoy.
Just when I told my two sons I found a great burger place I thought they'd like and offered to take them, I found out not only did they know about the small Bay area regional chain I had newly experienced and become enamored of, that they had eaten at one of its two San Francisco locations often.
Oh well, at least they agreed that the burgers, fries and house-made sodas at Roam Artisan Burgers are exceptional which did help my street cred with them a bit.
It also impressed them somewhat that I had been invited to one of the opening parties for Roam's new Lafayette, CA, location and got pretty much unlimited free food. (Although, I'm not sure if it is the honor of being invited or the free part that impressed them the most.)
I was impressed enough myself with Roam that I would go there regularly and pay for their delicious beef, turkey and vegetarian burgers (they also serve burgers made from bison as well as elk, but I did not get a chance to try them). Not to mention their fries, sweet potato fries and a transcendent dish of filament-thin fried sweet onions and zucchini. Oh and the fizzed-just-for-you fruit sodas -- I may never drink Coke again.
It's attention to details that really makes these burgers shine -- Roam uses top quality meat, creative, fresh toppings, and great buns. It's cooks treat griddling burgers like they were cooking filet mignon -- carefully and lovingly. As a result the burgers look and taste great.
While the beef patty flavor was rich and satisfying, it was the turkey burger that amazed me. It was the best turkey burger I've ever eaten. It was moist, flavorful and worked well with toppings. I've also been raving about the beet and black bean based vegetarian burger. It doesn't try to fool you with pretending to be something it's not -- it just has good heft, texture and taste. It, too, is sturdy enough in flavor and substance to stand up to Roam's range of creative toppings.
You can see the menu here including a list of the toppings and combinations they offer. Pick one of their combos or choose your toppings ranging from ketchup to truffle parmesan fries (yes on your burger). That pickle on your sandwich was made in house. Bun choices include sesame seed, whole grain and gluten free or you can opt to go bunless and have your burger in a lettuce wrap.
|Pineapple and blood orange sodas|
There are salads, milkshakes and other items on the menu, but I didn't get a chance to try those so I'm just assuming they are as thoughtfully prepared and delicious as the food I was able to taste.
I thought it would be helpful to get some burger making tips from Roam. Below is some advice from Roam's owners, Josh Spiegelman and Lynn Gorfinkle: